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Marc A Meyer
Re: Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2011...
"A welcome post. I wrestle with the same issue all the time when companies pitch Persefon Ventures. As a start-up founder, I too hated pitching potential investors and getting back bland platitudes. Two observations on giving feedback: 1) On the negative side, giving such feedback is very expensive. It often results in the entrepreneur rehashing half their pitch indicating that I missed the point, or automatically answering with a canned set of beliefs. It can also result in someone asking me what my suggestion for a fix is, and then wanting to pitch me again when they make any progress in that direction (missing the point that I'm looking for that kind of innovation from them). Part of not being a dick means I don't think it is fair to have the last word and say "this is why I don't care for your idea and your time us up." 2) On the positive side: I learn a lot about entrepreneurs from the way they respond to such feedback. The very best, listen, probe, repeat back to me what they..." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Hypothes.is: A Peer-Review Layer for the Whole Internet - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
"Dan, I wish you the best with this.   We had precisely the same types of goals and enthusiasm when we built Stickis at Activeweave, and I hope you fare far far better than we did. I wonder perhaps at the philosophical mindset related to publishing "truth" or distinguishing between "good" and "bad" information.  It is enough of a challenge building a system to allow people to opine in place about anything on the web,  but getting a consensus on good and bad, that seems Sisyphusian. Are you contemplating social filtering similar to what we did to some extent.  This should be far easier in an era of Facebook.  We had the additional challenge of asking individuals to define the social group they wanted to hear from all over the web. Anyway, truly hope you hit this out of the park for all of us. Marc Meyer former CEO of Activeweave Stickis" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Scripting News: Angelgate in a Nutshell - http://scripting.com/stories...
"Dave, nice post. The new spelling though is "entrepenuers." I still maintain that this letter wasn't really from Ron Conway. The only person off the hook for having perpetrated this fraud is Jeff Clavier. And anyone else who has a spell-checker. Is G Walker B an angel investor? I don't believe that a founder (I avoided having to try to spell entrepreneur!) would avoid these "colluders." After all, this defines the A-list A-ngels, doesn't it? Will you then refuse to sell your company to any of the CEO's who talk at Sun Valley? A tempest in a teacup, signifying nothing. But just in time to Disrupt." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Scripting News: Angelgate in a Nutshell - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Dave, nice post. The new spelling though is "entrepenuers." I still maintain that this letter wasn't really from Ron Conway. The only person off the hook for having perpetrated this fraud is Jeff Clavier. And anyone else who has a spell-checker. Is G Walker B an angel investor? I don't believe that a founder (I avoided having to try to spell entrepreneur!) would avoid these "colluders." After all, this defines the A-list A-ngels, doesn't it? Will you then refuse to sell your company to any of the CEO's who talk at Sun Valley? A tempest in a teacup, signifying nothing. But just in time to Disrupt." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Scripting News: Angelgate in a Nutshell - http://scripting.disqus.com/scripti...
"Dave, nice post. The new spelling though is "entrepenuers." I still maintain that this letter wasn't really from Ron Conway. The only person off the hook for having perpetrated this fraud is Jeff Clavier. And anyone else who has a spell-checker. Is G Walker B an angel investor? I don't believe that a founder (I avoided having to try to spell entrepreneur!) would avoid these "colluders." After all, this defines the A-list A-ngels, doesn't it? Will you then refuse to sell your company to any of the CEO's who talk at Sun Valley? A tempest in a teacup, signifying nothing. But just in time to Disrupt." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email] - http://techcrunch.com/2010...
"Hmmm.. My guess is that this is a hoax. The misspellings, malapropisms, un-idiomatic writing, comes across as a bad impersonation. I can't believe someone with Ron's experience and reputation not being able to spell entrepreneur. Hundred bucks says this is a fake to the first taker. Zach?" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email] - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Hmmm.. My guess is that this is a hoax. The misspellings, malapropisms, un-idiomatic writing, comes across as a bad impersonation. I can't believe someone with Ron's experience and reputation not being able to spell entrepreneur. Hundred bucks says this is a fake to the first taker. Zach?" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email] - http://techcrunch.disqus.com/ron_con...
"Hmmm.. My guess is that this is a hoax. The misspellings, malapropisms, un-idiomatic writing, comes across as a bad impersonation. I can't believe someone with Ron's experience and reputation not being able to spell entrepreneur. Hundred bucks says this is a fake to the first taker. Zach?" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Why I Returned My iPad - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I feel exactly the same way you do, though I haven't been able to force myself to return the iPad. I now carry around all the music I would ever want, all the books I ever want to read, every article and movie. With me all the time. I have no downtime. I tell folks who ask, "The iPad is all you ever need in life." It is a portal to all the world's information, portable and potable. But just as information is not knowledge, we need time to form beliefs and cogitate, not just consume, and the iPad is too convenient and ubiquitous to leave us feeling like we have that room. it is TOO good." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
"I feel exactly the same way you do, though I haven't been able to force myself to return the iPad. I now carry around all the music I would ever want, all the books I ever want to read, every article and movie. With me all the time. I have no downtime. I tell folks who ask, "The iPad is all you ever need in life." It is a portal to all the world's information, portable and potable. But just as information is not knowledge, we need time to form beliefs and cogitate, not just consume, and the iPad is too convenient and ubiquitous to leave us feeling like we have that room. it is TOO good." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Why I Returned My iPad - http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman...
"I feel exactly the same way you do, though I haven't been able to force myself to return the iPad. I now carry around all the music I would ever want, all the books I ever want to read, every article and movie. With me all the time. I have no downtime. I tell folks who ask, "The iPad is all you ever need in life." It is a portal to all the world's information, portable and potable. But just as information is not knowledge, we need time to form beliefs and cogitate, not just consume, and the iPad is too convenient and ubiquitous to leave us feeling like we have that room. it is TOO good." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Living in the iPad's World | The Atlantic Wire - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Think iPad sitting around in your backpack/office/briefcase/home, initiating and accepting VoIP (+video too!) calls to and from your phone number, which you can take on speakerphone, or on a minimal bluetooth connected handset or headset. All for $30/month to ATT, as it's all in the data plan (plus some small amount to Skype or perhaps even Apple if it chooses to provide the VoIP service!)." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Living in the iPad's World | The Atlantic Wire - http://theatlanticwire.disqus.com/living_...
"Think iPad sitting around in your backpack/office/briefcase/home, initiating and accepting VoIP (+video too!) calls to and from your phone number, which you can take on speakerphone, or on a minimal bluetooth connected handset or headset. All for $30/month to ATT, as it's all in the data plan (plus some small amount to Skype or perhaps even Apple if it chooses to provide the VoIP service!)." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Living in the iPad's World | The Atlantic Wire - http://www.theatlanticwire.com/opinion...
"Think iPad sitting around in your backpack/office/briefcase/home, initiating and accepting VoIP (+video too!) calls to and from your phone number, which you can take on speakerphone, or on a minimal bluetooth connected handset or headset. All for $30/month to ATT, as it's all in the data plan (plus some small amount to Skype or perhaps even Apple if it chooses to provide the VoIP service!)." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google Maps and Street View on the iPad - http://lostremote.disqus.com/google_...
"First time I heard someone voice a concern that popped into my head: Are we going to see people driving while iPadding? If so, I wonder if that'll be more or less safe than a phone: - can't hold it with one hand, which means you'll need to drive with your knee - more stuff on screen to be distracted by - less need to squint at a tiny screen so less distraction there The most important one: - other drivers have a better chance of seeing that you're driving impaired and stay away from your car!" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google Maps and Street View on the iPad - http://www.lostremote.com/2010...
"First time I heard someone voice a concern that popped into my head: Are we going to see people driving while iPadding? If so, I wonder if that'll be more or less safe than a phone: - can't hold it with one hand, which means you'll need to drive with your knee - more stuff on screen to be distracted by - less need to squint at a tiny screen so less distraction there The most important one: - other drivers have a better chance of seeing that you're driving impaired and stay away from your car!" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google Maps and Street View on the iPad - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"First time I heard someone voice a concern that popped into my head: Are we going to see people driving while iPadding? If so, I wonder if that'll be more or less safe than a phone: - can't hold it with one hand, which means you'll need to drive with your knee - more stuff on screen to be distracted by - less need to squint at a tiny screen so less distraction there The most important one: - other drivers have a better chance of seeing that you're driving impaired and stay away from your car!" - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
The Coolest Apartment Block on Earth - http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/feature...
The Coolest Apartment Block on Earth
The Coolest Apartment Block on Earth
now that's architecture! - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google's Latest Ambition: A Universal Commenting System For The Web - http://contentnext.disqus.com/google3...
"Nice to see this kind of thing resurface every year or two. Third Voice was a notable attempt in '99 and many more finely targeted systems have been built since, including Stickis by Activeweave, which I founded in 2005. We added the concept of ovelaying rich media comments on the page itself, and restricting visibility to a facebook "friends" like subset of subscribed users. Very useful, but never gained mainstream traction, like many web annotation systems before and since. Someday someone will crack this and make it simple enough, and I believe it will change the way we use the web pretty fundamentally. I suspect it wont be the text only and scattershot (everyone sees everything) approach described here, but great to see this being done. Can't wait for the one that sticks! Marc A. Meyer, ex-ceo Activeweave, Inc." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google's Latest Ambition: A Universal Commenting System For The Web - http://paidcontent.org/article...
"Nice to see this kind of thing resurface every year or two. Third Voice was a notable attempt in '99 and many more finely targeted systems have been built since, including Stickis by Activeweave, which I founded in 2005. We added the concept of ovelaying rich media comments on the page itself, and restricting visibility to a facebook "friends" like subset of subscribed users. Very useful, but never gained mainstream traction, like many web annotation systems before and since. Someday someone will crack this and make it simple enough, and I believe it will change the way we use the web pretty fundamentally. I suspect it wont be the text only and scattershot (everyone sees everything) approach described here, but great to see this being done. Can't wait for the one that sticks! Marc A. Meyer, ex-ceo Activeweave, Inc." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Google's Latest Ambition: A Universal Commenting System For The Web - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Nice to see this kind of thing resurface every year or two. Third Voice was a notable attempt in '99 and many more finely targeted systems have been built since, including Stickis by Activeweave, which I founded in 2005. We added the concept of ovelaying rich media comments on the page itself, and restricting visibility to a facebook "friends" like subset of subscribed users. Very useful, but never gained mainstream traction, like many web annotation systems before and since. Someday someone will crack this and make it simple enough, and I believe it will change the way we use the web pretty fundamentally. I suspect it wont be the text only and scattershot (everyone sees everything) approach described here, but great to see this being done. Can't wait for the one that sticks! Marc A. Meyer, ex-ceo Activeweave, Inc." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Re: Apple Seeking More Info From iPhone 3.1 Users Reporting Poor Battery Life - http://www.tipb.com/2009...
"I'm experiencing not only extremely shortened battery life, but also a mode in which the phone appears to be working, email works, but sms'ing and calling, in and out fail. The phone appears fine, but isn't actually connected. Have to hard re-boot, after which the phone fails to find a network and I need to toggle airplane mode. Awful!! Took it into the apple store three times, and finally they agreed they needed to replace it, but then found that the phone was 15 months old and so no longer in warranty. I'd say this is a software problem which started with 3.1 and makes the phone totally unreliable. Very dissapointed in Apple, with whom I've had a love affair until now." - Marc A Meyer
Marc A Meyer
Legal Documents For Your Startup from Cooley - http://www.businessinsider.com/legal-d...
the first of many. a good start for incipient startups - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
How American Health Care Killed My Father - The Atlantic (September 2009) - http://www.theatlantic.com/doc...
thoughtful, market focus, article about the roots of the healthcare funding crisis. summary: good intentions, misaligned incentives, systemic irregularities, takes the consumer out of the pricing loop. - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
Caselines: Day 4 of Enterprise 2.0 Boston: Lockheed Martin & Enterprise 2.0 - http://caselines.blogspot.com/2008...
excellent example of a rollout of social collaboration in the enterprise at a very large company. - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
Onion: HOLY SHIT, MAN WALKS ON FUCKING MOON - http://www.members.shaw.ca/rlongpr...
hilarious! - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
Op-Ed Columnist - Roger Federer Unbuttoned - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2009...
"After losing to Jimmy Connors in 16 consecutive matches and then doing the unthinkable by winning, Vitas Gerulaitis commented: “And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row!”" - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
How the Web Ate the Economy, and Why This Is Good for Everyone: Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2009 - Co-produced by TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, March 31 - April 03, 2009, San Francisco, CA - http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf...
Rushkoff's historical perspective, out of the box thinking, and willingness to challenge accepted precepts marks him as one of a handful of incredible thinkers who are helping us to challenge and thereby remake the rules by which populations have been ruled and spoils shared for centuries, in the ranks with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He gave an amazing talk today. - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
The Long Now Foundation - Endangered Languages, Lost Knowledge and the Future - http://www.longnow.org/project...
The Long Now Foundation - Endangered Languages, Lost Knowledge and the Future
Daniel Everett gave a hugely entertaining talk at the Long Now yesterday evening. Rousseau-ian and claiming paradigm-upsetting discoveries in Linguistics. - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
Marc A Meyer
Forrester reports that only 5 percent of large enterprises have implemented cloud computing instances (but 46 percent are interested) - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
from Cnet news - Marc A Meyer from Bookmarklet
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