They’ll Ruin It

So the big news is that Facebook acquired Instagram for a cool $1 billion dollars (I can't even type that without thinking about Dr. Evil). A billion dollars is a lot. It's big. To put it in context here is how it stacks up with other photo acquisitions over the years. I mean it is […]

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April 10, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Current Affairs, Social

Reached That Goal

When I joined Half Off Depot back in May I started looking around for a competitive target. Not the 800 pound gorilla Groupon LivingSocial type of competitive target. A smaller yet significant company that we could set our sights on. That company was BuyWithMe. As best as I could tell BuyWithMe was the number three […]

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November 8, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Business, Current Affairs, Deals, Half Off Depot, Venture Capital

Love What You Do

The first person that I heard espouse "do what you love" was Chris Wanstrath of GitHub fame. He covered it in his Startup Riot keynote a few years back. The guy that said it best was Steve Jobs in his 2005 Stanford commencement address. I am saddened by his resignation as the CEO of Apple. […]

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August 25, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Computing, Current Affairs

Correcting the Cat

Over on the Groupon blog Groupon the Cat is creating quite the ruckus. It seems like Mr. Cat wrote a little blog post about "The Groupon Guide to the "Quiet Period." In it Mr. Cats states: The “Quiet Period” is the time right before a company “goes public,” during which it is legally prohibited from […]

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June 22, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Business, Current Affairs, Fun, Stocks

Groupon S1

So Groupon filed its S1. The length of the document and the analysis of it is staggering. So this is a blog. A web log. Here are some of my favorite reads on Groupon's filing. Who Will Be Left Standing Post-Groupon IPO by Erika Morphy of Forbes. An analysis of the daily deal market. Not […]

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June 6, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Current Affairs, Internet

Startup America

On Monday the White House announced the Startup America Partnership. Startup America is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout America. Below is a nice video of Austan Goolsbee the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers explaining the program. About the only criticism I have about the program is the expression […]

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February 3, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Accelerators, atdc, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurship, Politics, Startups