• Remembering John Carroll

    In March, John Carroll died unexpectedly while jogging around the lake on campus at the University of Richmond. John and I were classmates together over 15 years ago, and reconnected when he returned to the law school as a professor leading the IP law clinic. John contributed an article to the first issue of the Richmond […]

  • Success and luck

    For years, my favorite Michael Lewis piece has been his New Yorker magazine article about Shane Battier, The No-Stats All-Star. (I wrote about why that piece spoke to me here.) As of last weekend, I may have a new favorite: his recent baccalaureate address at Princeton. The entire address is worth watching, but here’s the […]

  • Livestreaming Google+ Hangouts

    One of my responsibilities at Google Ventures is to plan the growing number of workshops that we offer to our portfolio companies. In the last several months, we’ve offered workshops on a variety of topics, including SEO, AdWords, latency, technical recruiting and candidate sourcing, A/B testing, and business development. With each new workshop announcement earlier […]

  • Adding Bluetooth to my car stereo

    A few months ago, I flirted with buying a new car. I’ve driven a Subaru B9 Tribeca for nearly 6 years, and I was attracted to a sedan that would get better mileage. The Tribeca’s a fine vehicle, and since my commute has mostly involved driving to transportation (train in Illinois, the Google shuttle in […]

  • Taking passwords seriously

    I used to use the same password everywhere. In 1993, I crashed a Clinton inauguration party at a restaurant in DC, and for years my password was a derivative of that restaurant’s name. I’d read somewhere that it was a good idea to include numbers in your passwords, so I picked a number and my […]

  • New year’s resolution: get a job!

    Welcome to the new year. If your current job isn’t thrilling you and you resolved to find a job you love in 2012, be sure to visit the Google Ventures job board. Our growing portfolio of start-ups are hiring – as of this writing, there are 371 jobs waiting to be filled. Whether you’re looking […]

  • Businesses who don’t trust customers

    Comcastic image from barbariangroup.com. Last month I contemplated something unthinkable (for me): I thought about breaking up with TiVo. I started my relationship with TiVo 11 years ago, with a Sony DirecTiVo box that I still consider among the best consumer electronics purchases I’ve ever made. Since then, I’ve gone through several TiVo boxes, as […]

  • Becoming a better photographer

    In keeping with my 2012 information diet, I’ve resolved to both blog more and take more photographs. Late last year I upgraded my camera – from a Nikon D80 to a Nikon D7000. Thought I’d document a bit about the gear I’m using and how I’m committing more to my photography hobby. My primary lens […]

  • My Information Diet

    This past summer I had lunch with Clay Johnson, and he told me he was hard at work on a book called The Information Diet. I read an early manuscript copy, and am excited to see that the Kindle version of Clay’s book is out as of yesterday. I’m over-simplifying, but his general premise is […]

  • Stop SOPA and PROTECT-IP

    There’s a pretty bad bill going through DC right now. Quoting at length from Matt Cutts’ blog post I Need Your Help from earlier this week: Here’s what I need:1. Take a few minutes to learn about the SOPA/E-PARASITE/PROTECT IP bills. They’re really bad bills.2. Take five minutes to call your Congressperson on the phone. If you live in Texas, […]