Blog posts tagged "startup"

Union Sq. Ventures

July 30th, 2007

The writing was on the wall.

Jack Dorsey: Taking the subway to Union Sq. The NYC one. (July 23rd)

(actually I missed that one, but Twitters from Jack regarding the White Stripes were a dead give away!)

Bit late, but congrats to both Twitter and WeSabe on closing funding with Union Sq. Ventures.

Like Tony said, “All my friends go with Union Sq.”. I’ve been fan (a fan of a VC!?!?) since shortly before their investment, and they continue to fund my favorite start ups.

We walked by their office today, but too busy to stop in and say, “Hi”.

Friends Done Good: Newscloud, Helium, Twitter

October 25th, 2006

Jeff has been rolling out the APIs at Newscloud, 51 and counting with code samples, and documentation. Everything you need to remix your own community collaborative news “vertical” (in valleyspeak), Digg-a-like, or simply progressive news aggregator.

A whole pack of the crew from Anyday/Palm just shipped Helium, newest entry in the paid writers community space, built on a slick Rails backend. But really, get better stock photos if you want to give the “made of people” feel. (see Flickr: Creative Commons)

And Blaine has soft launched Jabber integration for Twitter. Also a stream oriented XML webservice. (did I just repeat myself?)

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January 23rd, 2006

Dabble is a great word, dabbling is a great concept, it’s a great way of life.

Not sure it’s so great that the world needs “Coming Soon, Give Us Your Email” pages at both, and But I’ve been wrong before.

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Not To Mention All of Us

June 30th, 2005

Joe Kraus’s post “It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur” mirrors what I’ve been seeing for the last several years. He makes a lot of good points in the pursuit of explaing why Excite took $3million to go from idea to reality, and JotSpot took $100k. However he fails to mention one of my favorites.

You see 1.0 was probably one of the most expensive, least efficient public education projects in history, but for those of us who lived through it, it was an amazing, free (we called our grants “investments”), world class education in software development, project management, web development, open source, user interaction, and on and on.

Cheap hardware, free (libre) software, and a global market are all major factors, but don’t forget the huge pool of talented, trained individuals, who not only know this stuff, but learned it in the sort of creative, hands on, team oriented environments that educational theorists are so fond of.

(Now if we could just cut out the capitalist circus and realize that education create value for the economy as well as the individual, we’d really be getting somewhere)

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