October 31, 2014

RSS focused Venture Fund Announced

Jeff Clavier, venture consultant and angel investor, brought a new RSS fund to our attention. Partners John Palfrey and Jim Moore, from the Berkman Center, announced a new venture capital fund focused on investments in “tagging, RSS, OPML, search, social software, and realted next-gen standards.” Moore indicates that they have already raised $20MM from Ritchie [...]

Start-ups are cheaper and easier to start…

Great post from an entrepreneurship blog titled: It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur. Reasoning: 1. Hardware is 100x cheaper than the late 90s. 2. Infrastructure software is free. 3. Access to global labor markets. 4. SEM marketing. What does this mean? More innovation because more people can and will be entrepreneurs than at [...]

Slingbox Update…

Slingbox is available today (not sure if I will pick one up as the player only works on Windows XP – no MAC support) at CompUSA. PC Magazine reviewed the product here. Previous Slingbox Posts: What is broken about your living room TIVO=Time Shifting, Slingbox=Place Shifting

Completely useless post – but intriguing nonetheless.

So I saw this site for a glue company. Basically, they took an old monitor and used superglue to attach it to the wall. Then they connected a realtime webcam to the wall aimed at the monitor. Finally, they created a web interface so you could type comments and see them in realtime on the [...]

What is broken about your living room?

I was listening to NPR and Steve Rubel was being interviewed (is that guy everywhere these days or what?) about various new technologies and how they are being sold. Steve had a great perspective on XM and Sirius Satellite radio. Both companies have spent billions trying to sell us an alternative to radio, but for [...]

Interesting Dallas Real Estate Project.

Many of our Dallas readers are familiar with new home builder Diane Cheatham and her forward thinking development practices. She discovered a 12-acre parcel just inside the loop South of Forest East of 75 and West of Greenville and announced the development of 53 modern homes there. The City Council approved the project called Urban [...]

Google Print is out (Beta).

http://print.google.com/

Apple’s Podcasting iTunes 4.9 was released this morning! What happens to Odeo?

If you run the system update on your Mac iTunes 4.9 will show up. I have not tried it yet.

TIVO=Time Shifting, Slingbox=Place Shifting

Dixon Doll and the guys at Mobius funded a neat start-up called Sling Media last year (Series A was $11.5MM). The technology is very cool and my understanding is that it will be availble in stores this summer (maybe June 30 from CompUSA). Basically Slingbox allows you to stream TV content from your cable, satellite [...]

Meriton Networks Closes Series C (oversubscribed $54MM)

I served on the board of advisors for Meriton and have a small interest in the company. WTG Mike Pascoe (new CEO)! The funding came from new investors VantagePoint (Cynthia Ringo) and Nomura International (Andrew Healey) as well as from all previous investors including: Desjardins Venture Capital Group, Newbury Ventures, Primaxis Technology Ventures, RBC Capital [...]