Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blist hits DEMO '08

Congratulations to friend Kevin Merritt on Blist's recent funding and this weeks BIG SPLASH at DEMO 08.

DEMO's Response:

blist set out to create the “world’s easiest database” and it’s achieved that goal. Sure, you could argue that there are consumer database tools that are simple to use, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one that is simple and highly functional. The blist drag-and-drop user interface lets individuals build complex databases by thinking about their information and how they want to use it. The smart go-to-market strategy -- which turns non-paying consumers into for-fee business customers -- should set blist on course to be the preferred SaaS provider of database application services.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Turning off my cable/dish provider

This holiday we had a little time to catch up on some of the shows we used to watch. The problem was that we were staying at a house that did not have any TV service, but DID have wireless.

Simply an RGB cable and we were pushing high definition television shows to our 37 inch LCD. It was GREAT.

Ecogeek posted recently on this as well.

The main issue for doing this "all in" is that we would miss out on live sports and have to watch episodes one day delayed. Each day that passes, I am thinking I am willing to live with that.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Looking forward to 2008

I am really excited for 2008. More than any other year, I feel as though I have made significant progress toward doing work I truly love, helping early stage companies with product vision, strategy and execution. I left Jobster in March, after helping found the company in 2004. I also returned to Microsoft for a short time to support my old team as a consultant.

I will start 2008 working with Verdiem, whose power management software aims to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of IT devices in organizations of all sizes, while delivering tangible cost savings. Did you know that 15 PCs running for a year is equivilent to a midsize car in terms of CO2 emissions? More on Verdiem in a later post.

From a networking and relationships perspective, I expect this year to be very exciting as I watch many "Jobster alums" continue to make a go of it with their own early stage ventures. By my count, I know of at least 20 and probably close to 25 Jobster alum start-ups. If you broaden the scope to Jobster alums that went on to work for other startups, you easily can add another 15 ventures. What a great thing.

Last, but certainly not least, this year should also be a big year for us on the family front, as our youngest boy moves out of his terrible twos and starts using words to tell us what he needs rather than screaming at the top of his lungs :-)

Goodness all around...