July 29, 2014

Is Aereo legal but doomed?

This afternoon the folks from Aereo invited me and several other early adopters to lunch at the Ritz for their Dallas launch. The company has found a perfectly legal way of retransmitting over-the-air television via the internet to subscribers. The company is facing legal challenges by content providers, but they have successfully fought back each [...]

When should you raise money? NOW! [updated]

Garrett Camp, the co-founder of Stumbleupon, recommends, “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” I think I have been quoted saying the same thing, but over the past few years I have come to realize that you can wait too long to raise outside capital. When I founded LayerOne I raised money first and then built [...]

Coffee with Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata

Shortly after the City Council meeting on Wednesday I was surprised to get an email from Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata suggesting we meet for coffee. We met at Ascension yesterday afternoon and had an in depth conversation about the proposed updates to the section of the City’s code which regulates limousines and taxis. I [...]

#DallasNeedsUber Could be an Opportunity for Dallas

I’ve lived in Dallas almost my entire adult life, but until today I had never attended a City Council meeting. The meeting started off with a bang as a woman dressed in traditional African costume (along with an accompanist on drums) serenaded Mayor Mike Rawlings just before she accused the Sergent at Arms of ‘wanting’ [...]

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room

I’ve had the opportunity to speak hundreds of times to large and small audiences all over the world and I assumed I had seen everything – that was until today. When I arrived at the Samsung Mobile App Academy I learned that the event organizer had Photoshopped my slides to remove images of the Apple [...]

Are Accelerators Derailing Entrepreneurs?

What if the advice entrepreneurs are getting from mentors/investors who participate in accelerators is wrong? How is an entrepreneur to know which advice to follow and which advice to ignore? Fred Wilson is talking about mentor/investor whiplash in context to accelerator programs in his latest blog post. In it he answers the age old question [...]

Mark Cuban’s Sharktank Deals

In 2001 a television program called the Tiger of Money aired on Japanese television that featured entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of investors. The format, called SharkTank in the US, has become wildly popular around the world. While I have seen the show a few times my son watches it religiously stoking [...]

HAUL Update & Help Wanted

It has been a big week here at HAUL. We are firmly ensconced in the now open DEC (Dallas Entrepreneur Center) and have a team of five (along with a gaggle of contractors). We received noticed that we were accepted into an early stage startup accelerator (they have yet to announce so I won’t steal [...]

One Word: Video

In the Graduate Mr. McGuire told Ben, “I just want to say one word to you, just one word, PLASTICS. There is a great future in plastics…” Here is the clip for those of you who missed it the first time: Assuming Mr. McGuire were alive today I suspect he would replace plastics with video. [...]

Video Production Coworking Space in Dallas

Yesterday I sent out a very informal Tweet and Facebook message asking if anyone would be interested in being a part of coworking facility with studio space for video (green screen, whisper room, edit bays). Basically a place where you could have rent a few desks AND access video production facilities. Located in the Dallas [...]