Monthly Archives: January 2006
Project Rank Downloads
Saturday 56,824 7
Sunday 4,294 48
Monday 3,185 56
Two days after launch 111 people have downloaded our open source trouble ticket system. It would be interesting to see how many people start using it.
This was a view from an onlooker in east London…
One of the projects that the Mash Pit team worked on yesterday was an ‘event in a box’ mashup. Their idea is to allow attendees (virtual and physical) to see (record) what is going from three perspectives 1) Visual (camera), 2) Dialogue (IRC chat), and 3) Informational (wiki). Here is the design idea:
Jeff Jarvis is blogging about "Exploding the conference business" and Chris Messina is already doing it with his BarCamp un-conference series. We just finished holding our own BarCamp here in Dallas (check out the flickr stream here).
Why give your treasure and mindshare to IDG? (They hold more than 170 conferences like the upcoming Open Source Business Conference) The communities interested in a conference can simple self-organize without incurring all of the cost and ‘low-risk’ speakers that Jeff is railing against. DIY – just like Chris did with BarCamp and now Mash Pit. (We organized Mash Pit 2 at BarCampDallas the day before)
Mark Evans posted ‘A New VC Model?‘ this morning on his blog. The concept is simple, the Web 2.0 landscape has helped many of us realize that, "the best services will market themselves virally" and that "development and distribution costs are modest" for most new startups. How can VCs participate in this new reality? He suggests that perhaps by investing in more deals, using less money and more resources (networking, recruiting, technical and marketing).
This sounds a lot like what we have been trying to do. When we first started m|ventures we positioned ourselves as a boutique venture capital firm. Our limited partnership was created and we raised a small fund from a handful of very close friends and relatives. We then shifted our positioning from a boutique VC to more of a holding company. Now we just plain don’t know how we want to position ourselves. We don’t look or act like any venture capital firm I have ever met with. What are we doing? Simple, we are working with a number of early stage companies (see list here) that need less money and more resources (i.e. like Rick Segal and Mark are talking about). In many cases we are working with people who need a shot in the arm – i.e. someone to instigate that first spark of an idea. Need less money? Need more resources? Tag us: mvenidea
It has been a busy weekend (BarCampDallas just wrapped up). Chris Messina is hosting the second Mash Pit at the Architel offices (the first with guys like Matt, Niall, Chris and Josh was held on January 18th) this morning at 10AM. Kevin (of soon to be SimpleTicket fame) will be representing Architel, Brian will be there to represent Weblogs Work – but alas I have painters in my house (hopefully to be someone elses home soon) and lunch with out-of-town relatives. I might be on the IRC chat: irc.freenode.net/#mashpit!
What is MashPit? The idea is simple: a single day of hacking by a small group (10-15) of people. The morning is used to discuss what human problems they want to solve and the afternoon and evening to actually build something. The idea is not to build something completely from scratch, but to ‘mash-up’ various Internet applications to build something new.
I think Scott is right, BarCampDallas left me with the thought that there can be a technology community right here in Dallas (you don’t have to move to San Francisco). I think Mash Pit might take the feeling and turn it into a real tool. Dallas 2.0? I know, too cheesy…
Chris from Flock gave a great presentation on the product this evening at BarCampDallas. I was there for the Web 2.0 launch, it was rough – trainwreck comes to mind. They should fire their PR agency – keep it real – keep it expectations down. Keep Chris out showing off the product – it will sell itself.
Give them another year and I will become a user. For now I will be using it to get ideas. Chris’ team is doing great innovative work.