Monthly Archives: May 2006

Logoworks tackles Spur branding

Michael Arrington wrote about Logoworks recent redesign (I like it much better now).  He even had them take a pass at the TechCrunch logo.  We have been talking about Logoworks for a long while and have used their service on seven projects.  Our latest is the branding of our new company name: Spur.  Here are their latest comps, what do you think?

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Texas Pacific Group Raises New Fund

The image “http://portland.indymedia.org/icon/2004/05/288418.jpg� cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.The TPG guys (Fort Worth) are raising their second biotech fund with a $400MM target size.  They plan to invest $20MM per company and have already made a few investments including a round for drug developer Avidia, Five Prime Therapeutics and FoldRx.

For those of you who don’t know about TPG (from their website):

Texas Pacific Group is a leading global private investment firm with over $20 billion of capital under management. We manage a family of funds including private equity, venture capital and public equity and debt investing. Since the firm’s founding in 1992, our investment philosophy has been to create value by investing in change – change created by industry trends, economic cycles or specific company circumstances.

Targeting users with Valleyschwag!

The Big in Japan team decided they didn’t have enough female users so they decided to use Valleyschwag‘s May edition to reach some of the most clued in and influential women in the world.  They created a summer edition of their Mash-Up shirt just for female subscribers of Valleyschwag.  The shirts are babydoll style and are specifically sized for each female subscriber.  Sorry guys!  Meirla posted hers to flickr first:

Big in Japan released SocialMail

Big in Japan released SocialMail last week without much fanfare. The latest powertool released by the Biggu team allows users to create email addresses that are accessible via RSS only. Reading your email via RSS feeds is not unique, Google has allowed it for a while. What is unique is that the addresses are casual, meaning you can give the feed to anyone and allow them to read messages sent to the address. You would not want to give out your Google RSS feed, but it makes sense to release your SocialMail feed:

  • Non managed mailing lists (i.e. you don’t need to mess with adding and deleting users)
  • Catch-all email addresses (sales@, careers@ and so on)
  • Turn existing mailing lists into a feed
  • Repurposed content (take any email content and deliver it via feed to a website)

Web 2.0 = jumped the shark. . .

Jump The SharkI think May 24th, 2006 will be the date that everyone decides that the term Web 2.0 is tired and should be taken out behind the woodshed and shot.

Why the 24th?  On that date, CMP working with O’Reilly Media sent a cease and desist letter to IT@Cork claiming they own the term and that they can’t use it in the title of their event:  Web 2.0 half-day conference.  My advice to Tom Raftery?  Let CMP and O’Reilly keep the term.

If only we could all agree to stop using it.  We are changing the logo of Big in Japan to remove the reference to Web 2.0.  This blog is getting a make over and all references to Web 2.0 will be removed.  Soon we will be Web 2.0-free!

Weblogs Work at Aspen Institute

Brian was in Washington DC this week speaking at the Aspen Institute on Disaster Communications. He has become something of an expert on the use of social media during a crisis. He talked with Tom Evslin while at the meeting, have a listen to his interview from Weblogs Worknotes:

Tom Evslin Interview

My Laptop is Internet Famous!

The Valleyschwag guys featured my laptop in the “Battle of the Laptop Stickers.“  I am confident that “my laptop will kick your laptop’s butt!”

Alexmuse

SuperNova2006: Connected Innovators

Mike and Kevin selected twelve companies to serve as ‘Connected Innovators‘ to be held at the SuperNova conference this year.  Here is the list:

Auditorium
(that is my head on the front ow on the right)

Smart post: media more vc than vcs?

I don’t agree with Umair’s politics (even a little), but he writes interestings posts. His most recent I found most interesting: Research Note: Discovering the Wrong Future – Denuo Mini Case Study.

(I also like the smart car too, no connection…via)

Regional Fed Board Reform!

Brad Feld has an interesting post about several questions the Fed Governors asked him to report on.  I won’t repeat them here, you can read it there instead.  The most interesting thing you can gleen from the questions is that the Fed really has no idea how venture capital investing works.

Can you imagine?  Brad’s buddy, who sits on the board of the regional Federal Reserve Bank, said it best, “The Fed actually seems to know little about venture investing.  I think I am the only director in the entire system with an early-stage background.”  Brad is terrified by this idea – me too…

I have a crazy idea, bring on a minimum of one startup CEO or venture capital partner to each regional Federal Reserve bank.

Picture of SFO Fed – by Thomas Hawk