Friday, December 31, 2010


Happy in Hawaii!

Sun coming up

bizarre voicemail of the day

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Subject: PhoneTag from (406) 530-5215 at 11:03AM 12/28/2010

Hello.  This is Larry  (Ions?), president of Hillsdale college, the publisher of your monthly in (Imprana?).  I'm calling about an important package I have just sent you.  I hope you will watch a video with (Fresh Limba?), Mark Levine, Michelle (Markins?) and conservative leaders.  They're going to tell you about Hillsdale's exciting new plan in Washington DC.  You're going to lead our nation and our government back to our constitution.  You have a chance to save the beautiful legacy of freedom and justice that is our heritage.  We here at Hillsdale have been committed to that cause for almost 170 years now.  I'm eager to hear what you think about this video.  I hope you'll get back to me soon and I look forward to working with you and I thank you for your attention and your help.  Thank you and goodbye.

Team PhoneTag

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Monday, December 27, 2010

4 foot drift

More #snowpocalypse photos

Is this illegal stock pumping? Fw: Breakout alert: HHWW may hit $2.25 by days end

I get these kind of emails from time to time after never signing up. Are they spam or stock pumping?

From: "Oakshire News Bulletin " <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:13:07 -0500
Subject: Breakout alert: HHWW may hit $2.25 by days end

If You Missed Buying True Religion (Nasdaq:TRLG) At $0.67 And Selling For $31.08 – You're About To Get A Second Chance Only This Time Your Gains
Could Be Even Bigger!  

The biggest names in Hollywood and Music are making sure they're seen wearing high-end clothing brand Horiyoshi the III! And like True Religion before it, Horiyoshi Worldwide (HHWW) shares could soar 4,538% or more before the New Year!

Fellow Investor,

Fashion industry experts are already predicting big things for Horiyoshi Worldwide's exclusive, high-end clothing line Horiyoshi the III...

And it all starts with True Religion.

You see, in 2006, unknown jean designer started taking Tinsel Town by storm, popping up on some of the biggest movie and music stars all across Hollywood...

And it didn't take long for the fashion-conscious to take notice.

The rest of the story is an investor's fairy tale come true

True Religion exploded - and this former little 65 cent "stock that could" jumped to $24 and onto the Nasdaq, making early investors in this denim company instant Millionaires!

However, as impressive and unbelievable as this price explosion is, shares in HHWW could be even more lucrative...


Because Horiyoshi the III already has something True Religion never did – a proven track record of success! Why? Well, this isn't the first time the Japanese tattoo legend, Horiyoshi Nakano's designs have hit Western shores

Just last year, Japanese tattooing legend, Horiyoshi's artwork was used in a very exclusive, extremely successful and multi-Million-dollar-making t-shirt line for gigantic apparel company Affliction.

And even though we may not know much about fashion, if there's one thing we do understand, is the nature of business, and we'll take Million dollar sales and a proven track record every time.

True Religion never had the support of a proven track record, yet TRLG still jumped 4,538%...

And it's these proven sale records that could have HHWW surpassing the jean company's meteoric-rise to stock superstardom, and if it does, that mea huge profits for investors who act now!

And while matching True Religion's success is impressive, it's what Horiyoshi Worldwide is planning to do next that has investor's around the world salivating

I've detailed all the eye-popping details in my hot-off-the-press report on HHWW, and lets just say Horiyoshi the III is about to set the entire fashion world on fire!

Happy Investing,

Eric Dickson,
Editor, Breakaway Stocks

Continue Reading...

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kitchen at Gordon ramsays

Comment I posted on Kara's women on boards piece ....

Just posted this to Kara's important blog post:

We should all focus on this issue a little.

best jason

I would have to agree with Cyan. 

Board seats are primarily chosen to represent classes of stock, which come in to flavors: common for founder and preferred for investors. 

In most small boards four of five seats are selected based on representing stock: two for founders and two for investors, with one being an independent. 

An independent seat is selected based on need, knowledge and previous experience. Typically the best thing for a founder to do is find someone who was the CEO of a bigger company and put them in that position. 

Now you can see why we have a problem:

1. There are not many women founders, so 40% of the seats are now male.

2. There are very few investors who are female (angel or VC), and there are plenty of women with a ton of money they could invest. I'm not sure why this is, but the end result is that women are not investing so they don't get the investors seats. Now 80% of the seats are spoken for.

3. Finally, you have the indie seats left and they are going to go to former CEOs who, you guessed it, are primarly male. 

As Kara knows from running events, and as all event hosts know, getting females on the program is very,very hard. There are a small number of females in the CEO/founder slots, and they get asked to speak at EVERY conference. The result is they can't say yes to everyone. 

I suspect the same thing is happening here: everyone is hitting up the same small pool of qualified female candidates and there aren't enough to go around. 

What we really need to do is focus on the funnel that fills board: founders, CEOs and angel investors. 

Better than getting women on these boards would be creating a female ycombinator! In fact, that gives me an idea... when my daughter is old enough maybe I will come out of retirement and start one with her. :-) 

Now I'm off to call Martha and try to get her on the board! :-) 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best part of coming back to bay ridge!

Next 12 YCombinator-inspired accelerators by application deadline

My researcher just completed the complete list of incubators, and have contacted all of them.

We've only been able to get 12 application deadlines from the various accelerators, but all of them say they are still going to operate in 2011. 

Most said they will have dates in the new year/over the holiday break. 

Interesting that no incubators have shut down yet. Is this a sign of a bubble or a sustainable boom?

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Fw: Etacts is shutting down #deadpool

From: Etacts Team <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:35:00 -0000
Subject: Etacts is shutting down

--> -------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Etacts user,

After almost a year of providing our free service to help you manage your relationships, we're sorry to announce that we will be shutting down the Etacts service. Effective January 31, 2011, the service will cease to operate and your user data will be deleted. We recognize and appreciate the time and energy you've given us in using Etacts, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause you.

Thank you for your support throughout our existence.

Evan and Howie
The Founders of Etacts

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Friday, December 17, 2010

IMAGE of the DAY: Darth Vadar full back tattoo

I would have gone with Boba Fett

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Reaching out to @Yahoo to see if @Mahalodotcom can maintain @delicious

If @Yahoo says yes we will maintain and expand @delicious and keep the original team if they are interested in working at Mahalo. 

Mahalo has 12M + uniques and 18 f/t developers (80 total staff), and we have a lot of love for the brand. We think we can maintain the integrity of the brand and not corrupt it, etc.

Fingers crossed. 

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Complete List of Incubators and Accelerators (like Y Combinator)

We're making a  Complete List of Incubators and Accelerators (like Y Combinator and TechStars) 

Anyone whotweets the list and/or posts a correction/addition in comments will get entered into a drawing for a free ticket to launch!   

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This was a test by my video team: Tron Exit Polls

YouTube - TRON: Legacy Audience Exit Poll

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bulldogs sleeping on each other

YouTube - How does a new entrepreneur compete with established companies?

YouTube - How does a new entrepreneur compete with established companies? 

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I am attending the @GDGT board meeting in my bathrobe.

Genius! YouTube - First Round Capital 2010 Holiday Card

Evernote Founder Phil Libin on This Week in Startups

Evernote Founder Phil Libin on This Week in Startups 

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The price of Zuckerberg represents our industry: government regulation.

When someone like Zuckerberg becomes the "Gold Standard" in our industry--the person we put up on a pedestal and say represents the best of what we offer--this is what happens: over regulation.

The fact that we need to have a Privacy Policy Office in the Government is truly sad. 

We should be behaving ourselves and treating our users with so much respect that the Government is not even aware of privacy being a potential issue.

Shame on us. 

U.S. Urges Web Privacy 'Bill Of Rights'

The Obama administration called Thursday for the creation of a Privacy Policy Office that would help develop an Internet "privacy bill of rights" for U.S citizens and coordinate privacy issues globally.

The U.S. Commerce Department's report stopped short of calling directly for specific privacy legislation. Instead, it recommends a "framework" to protect people from a burgeoning personal data-gathering industry and fragmented U.S. privacy laws that cover certain types of data but not others.

The report marks a turning point for federal Internet policy. During the past 15 years of the commercial Internet, Congress and executive branch agencies have largely taken a hands off approach to the Internet out of a concern that a heavy government hand would stifle innovation.

The report cites comments from some major technology companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc., expressing concerns about the current patchwork of rules and guidelines governing online privacy.

The 88-page Commerce Department report states that the use of personal information has increased so much that privacy laws may now needed to restore consumer trust in the medium.

The report is preliminary and will be completed next year. At that time, the administration is expected to make more specific legislative recommendations.

The report rejects the current state of Internet privacy notices. It says people shouldn't be expected to read and understand the legal jargon contained in privacy policies "that nobody understands, if they say anything about privacy at all."

A better approach, the report suggests, might be for companies to conduct privacy impact assessments that would be available to the public. Such reports "could create consumer awareness of privacy risks in a new technological context," the report said.

The Commerce report says people should be notified when data about them is being used in a way that is different than the reason for which it was collected. "Consumers need to know that when their data are re-used, the re-use will not cause them harm or unwarranted surprise," the report says.

It calls for a Privacy Policy Office that would "serve as a center of commercial data privacy policy expertise." The agency wouldn't oversee government use of data or existing health and financial privacy laws. Instead, it would aim to help the personal data-gathering industry develop codes of conduct that could be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

The report also calls for the development of a national data breach law that would make it easier for companies to navigate the current patchwork of state data breach laws.

It also calls for strengthening the existing wiretapping law—written in 1986—to protect more types of data from government surveillance.

Read more: 

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Time Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg

Fascinating choice, and I'm not certain I disagree. Mark has done an amazing job in building Facebook and pushing boundaries. There are many things I don't agree with Mark about, but I do respect what he has accomplished--even if it wasn't a perfectly clean journey.

Interesting this comes the day after I wrote "What I Learned from Zuckerberg's Mistakes"

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My boy @landryfields is taking over!

This kid is new John Starks in terms of heart, with the rebounding of Charles Oakley!

My favorite new player on the Knicks right after Amare... and Felton.... and.... and.... what a season!  

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Quora:Threatening Calls from DEMO conference-waste of $/time #fail

Anon User
My company chose to launch at Demo.  There were some positives from the event.  But they were few and reflected a very poor ROI had we paid up front for the event.

In the end we attended having not paid up front and being assured this would be okay and we could pay post funding.  Of course the harassing phone calls started immediately DEMO was over and included their representatives threatening the company in all sorts of manners including doing everything they could to have us shut down and fail as punishment.  They backed off later but I still felt it highly inappropriate and for this reason alone I would hesitate to recommend DEMO.  You also find out, talking to your fellow participants, how many of them made private deals on pricing, which leaves one with an unpleasant taste in the mouth - everyone doesn't pay the same for the same service.

However this is a minor quibble compared to the substance of what one has to consider as a startup founder deciding where to prioritize limited resources.  What could you want from DEMO?  What do the DEMO folks either state outright, or imply, or encourage you infer, about the benefits of the event?

1) Press coverage - we analyzed our press coverage of the event and it was minimal outside of the IDG/DEMO family of publications.  They tout how all the big journalists "like Walt Mossberg" attend, then on the final afternoon walk Mossberg around for 15 minutes and show him a couple of favored startups.  You won't meet him, he won't look at your booth, and neither will many of the other journalists you read every day in technology.  You'll do better talking to those journalists directly.  

--- a note on tech media:  there seems to be an unhealthy balkanization creeping into the tech media, where you get reduced coverage on one site if you launch on another.  It's sad, it's denied, but it's true.  Think about that when choosing media strategy as a startup.

--- as an aside from this: DEMO/IDG is really pathetic for a media company at understanding social media.  They made it virtually impossible to share our video from DEMO (one of the big benefits they sell you on), and the site is/was out of date, poorly structured and badly SEO'd.  People won't find your info easily.

2) Investors - not really.  I met maybe two or three investors from VC firms you'd know - one of whom isn't even active nowadays.  Several corporate investors were there, or at least represented by associates.  We felt we got a really good contact with a corporate VC from there, though it didn't really go anywhere, so it's hard to tell.  However talking to other DEMO alumni we were luckier than them to get that one follow up.  DEMO won't get you funded.

3) Partnerships - this is perhaps a stronger card for them.  We saw a lot of people who were obviously from big corporations, there on the company dime. Not sure how active they were or weren't.  They certainly diligently went around the exhibit hall and talked to all of us.  Made it a bit less boring, as there were at least people to talk to (and what entrepreneur doesn't love pitching their product?).  I guess this is as good a way as any of picking up business cards for later follow up.  Just an expensive route to that result.

If you're launching your product, and it's your company's first product - i.e. you're relatively early stage, then DEMO is just the wrong place to do it.  You will spend too much money and get little or no results.  Worse, the negative signaling value of having spent money on DEMO is high.  We had to start skipping talking about our DEMO pitch entirely when talking to VCs as, if we raised it early, there was a visible shift in their attitude to the negative.  It looks bad if you weren't smart enough to realize that DEMO is not a good use of money for an early stage company.  Angels in particular will have a very negative reaction even if you bootstrapped your way to DEMO.

The event was fun, well organized, pleasant.  The people involved were nice to work with and it was a great few days.  The food was good.  But I'd have spent less money taking my team for a diving weekend in Belize and had better results IMHO.  We were seriously distracted by working towards DEMO, trying to follow up after DEMO and trying to gear up our strategy towards expected results from DEMO.  

I know this sounds negative, and there's enough in here to identify us if you're reading this and work for DEMO and want to start picking fights with us again.  But I think it's a disservice to my fellow entrepreneurs not to be honest about our experience.Suggest Edits

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Win!!! YouTube: Thor - Official Trailer #marvel

WOw... YouTube: Metrodome Roof Collapse Video From the Inside

Public @Chartbeat for LAUNCH website:

The public @Chartbeat for LAUNCH website can be found here:

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Mahalo screen tests

We're screen testing our experts, and crowd-sourcing the feedback on YouTube!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Breaking: most shocking Wikileak ever was just released!

Saturday, 12 December 1998, 16:13
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 LONDON 000368
EO 12958 DECL: 12/12/2018
Classified By: Consul General Robbie Honerkamp for reasons 1.4 (B) and (D )

1. (S/NF) Summary: We're no strangers to love. You know the rules and so do I.
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of. You wouldn't get this from any other guy.
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling. Gotta make you understand.

2. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

3. (S/NF) We've known each other for so long Your heart's been aching but You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on We know the game and we're gonna play it
And if you ask me how I'm feeling Don't tell me you're too blind to see

4. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

5. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

6. (C/NF) Background Singers: (Ooh, give you up) (Ooh, give you up) (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up) (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (Give you up)

7. (S/NF) We've know each other for so long Your heart's been aching but You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on We know the game and we're gonna play it
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling Gotta make you understand

8. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

9. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

10. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. ASTLEY

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanks to social media folks at Bosch or tassimo for sending me a machine!

BREAKING: SpaceX Reveal’s Dragon’s “Secret” Payload

Top Secret payload, bolted to the floor of the Dragon spacecraft. Photo Credit: Chris Thompson
So what was inside the mystery package?  Their tribute to Monty Python.
A wheel of cheese.
Top Secret payload revealed.  Photo Credit: Chris Thompson, SpaceX
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Christmas in LA

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

. @spaceX has done it again! Orbit with the Falcon9 Dragon!!!

I'm so proud of my friends at SpaceX. 

America is BACK, and Elon Musk is leading the charge with SpaceX and Tesla. So proud to have him as an investor, advisor and most of all as a friend.

best j

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: SpaceX <>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 5:26 AM
Subject: TODAY: SpaceX to Make First Launch Attempt for COTS Demo 1

TODAY: SpaceX to Make First Launch Attempt for COTS Demo 1

Hawthorne, CA – Today SpaceX released the following information on today’s launch day activities for the first SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

SpaceX will make its first launch attempt on TODAY, December 8th from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 9:03 AM to 12:20 PM. EST/ 6:03 AM to 9:20 AM PST.  We are now counting down for a 9:06 AM EST attempt.

SpaceX has discovered the root cause of the two small cracks in the aft end of the 2nd stage engine nozzle extension.  A GN2 vent line caused fluttering of the the thinnest portion of the nozzle extension, creating the cracks.  SpaceX engineers repaired the extension by trimming off the end where the cracks are located and corrected the root cause by diffusing the vent.

SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket.  The Dragon capsule is expected to orbit the Earth at speeds greater than 17,000 miles per hour, reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, and land in the Pacific Ocean roughly 3 1/2 hours later.  This will be the first attempt by a commercial company to recover a spacecraft reentering from low-Earth orbit.  It is a feat performed by only 6 nations or government agencies: the United States, Russia, China, Japan, India, and the European Space Agency.

It is also the first flight under NASA’s COTS program to develop commercial supply services to the International Space Station.  After the Space Shuttle retires, SpaceX will fly at least 12 missions to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Resupply Services contract for NASA.  The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft were designed to one day carry astronauts; both the COTS and CRS missions will yield valuable flight experience toward this goal. 


The COTS Demo 1 launch will be webcast at
The webcast will begin approximately 45 minutes prior to the opening of the daily launch window, at 8:15 a.m. EST / 5:15 a.m. PST / 13:15 UTC.  During the webcast, SpaceX hosts will provide information specific to the flight, an overview of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft and commentary on the launch and flight sequences.
Launch Day Viewing for Media

U.S. media wishing to attend the launch day viewing must be credentialed through NASA following the instructions in the NASA advisory below.  On launch day, the NASA News Center at the KSC press site will open at 6 a.m.  For launch viewing, reporters and photographers will be taken to from the KSC press site to the NASA Causeway between stations C & D by bus.  The bus will leave the press site for NASA Causeway at L-1 hour and will return to the press site once Falcon 9/Dragon are no longer visible.

Post-Mission News Conference
A post mission press conference will be held one to two hours after splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft at the press site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Participants include:
  • Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President
  • Phil McAlister, NASA Commercial Space Flight Development Acting Director
  • Alan Lindenmoyer, NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Manager 
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Another great week at Mahalo!

The video team and Mahalo is tearing it up. 

They did a bunch of great videos this week including:

How to make Christmas Cards (and save a BUNCH of money!) 

How to make Reindeer Anglers for your dog

Our video game team is crushing it, and has some very talented folks on it doing things like this:

The publish their videos on a couple of YouTube channels and the twitter account @videogames

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Worst film ever? - YouTube: The Beaver Tailer (Mel Gibson)

Please vote, comment & favorite!

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Please vote this up on HackerNews and post an intelligent comment on HN *and* vote up/comment on YouTube!
This REALLY helps spread the word about the show.

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Why do I comment on these threads?!

I can't help myself... I just love my J-ayters! (aka Jason Haters!).

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

I've now hit 20 angel deals in 18 months.

Was just looking at my sig file and it seems I've now hit 20 angel deals. 

Wow, that was fast! 

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