Archives for December 2012

Instagram’s Turn for a Face-Palm

Homer - D'Oh!

Yep, we’ve stepped on the rake again.  In what is becoming an almost weekly ritual, we’ve had yet another user revolt and PR fiasco because of revised user terms and conditions.  Instagram’s turn this week. The line in the damage control note from Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom today that grabbed me was: “Legal documents are easy to misinterpret.”

This statement is stupid in so many ways.  For starters, [Read more…]

Constructing a Pitch

Pitch Clinic

I’ve been meaning to post this video of a pitching clinic I gave at MassChallenge 2012. For the diehard viewer, my talk is followed by a panel discussion critiquing a couple live pitches.  The first 30 minutes or so capture what I think are the key concepts in constructing an early stage fund-raising pitch.  Enjoy. [Read more…]

The Secret to Solar

The NYTimes Magazine recently published a piece about solar that did such an excellent job of pinpointing the problem as a business model problem rather than a techical problem, that I decided to devote an entire post to it. What it makes you understand is that our basic solar problems are mental obstacles – nothing more. Well worth a read, but here’s one of the more interesting passages to give you a taste:

Enough sunlight falls on the earth’s surface every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for one year. A plot of roughly 100 miles by 100 miles in the American Southwest, if covered with today’s industry-standard 15-to-20-percent-efficient solar panels, could generate enough power for the entire United States. This is not the whole story, of course; [Read more…]

Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0009 / Mixed]

Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across some of the ScratchPaper focus areas. This time we have items in Apple, CyberSecurity, Entrepreneurship, Green, Internet/Big Data/Internet of Things, Literary Humor & Miscellaneous, Media/Publishing, Mobile, New Urbanism, Photography, and Social Networking, including Tim Cook’s big interview, ten things Julius Caesar could teach us about business, lots happening in solar, especially in the developing world, and a prescription to fix publishing once and for all.  Enjoy.  [Read more…]

365 Sunrises

[This post is part of a series about our net-zero residential solar project – see a list of links to the full series here, a list of frequently asked questions here or click here to bring up all Green-related postsPrevious Post in Series.]

[Posted in Dec 2012]  This week marked the first anniversary of our solar conversion. A year ago we flipped the switch to begin powering our house with a solar panel array. So how did we do our first year? [Read more…]