• Movember!

    Against my better judgment, I am participating in Movember this month. If you don’t know about Movember, this Chrome ad does a pretty good job summing it up: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjRhqx2EaQs&fs=1&source=uds&w=320&h=266] If you would like to support me in this quest to make me look ridiculous, I would very much appreciate you making a donation of […]

  • Uncharted 3: Arriving tomorrow

    I’m more than a little excited about this: Uncharted 3 comes out tomorrow, and I just got e-mail confirmation from Amazon that my pre-order copy shipped earlier today. If you haven’t played a game in the Uncharted franchise before, you’re missing out. I’m not a hard-core gamer (I hadn’t owned a console for almost 20 […]

  • A phenomenal birthday present

    I turned 40 yesterday. It’s been a great week – we celebrated at the house with friends Saturday night, then my parents arrived for the actual day and we had a terrific meal at home followed by gifts and cake. Though I’ve been fortunate to have received some wonderful birthday gifts over the years, nothing […]

  • About me

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a partner at Google Ventures, where I run Startup University. Unless otherwise noted in a post, the opinions here are my own, and not those of Google Ventures, Google, or anyone else whose name has appeared on my paychecks. I’m also a political junkie (worked on the Dean […]

  • Joining Google Ventures

    I’m very excited to share the news that I recently joined Google Ventures as a partner, where I’m going to be running Startup University. Startup U is our dedicated effort at helping entrepreneurs at our growing portfolio companies benefit from our experience and that of our colleagues at Google. For those who know me, you know […]

  • New dynamic view from Blogger

    I’m really excited by today’s announcement from the Blogger team – as of a few minutes ago, they launched “dynamic views” for all blogs hosted by Blogger. From their announcement: Built with the latest in web technology (AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3), Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that will inspire your readers to explore […]

  • Falling off the cluetrain

    (I posted this to Google+ earlier today. I’m loving the engagement over there, so feel free to comment on the post over there. Don’t have a Google+ account yet? Click here to sign up!) How times have changed. Just had a miserable post-sales experience with Lenovo. Ugh. From my overwhelmingly positive experience 5 years ago […]

  • Remembering my Grandmother

    Patsy Ruthelma (Dawson) Klau, 1927 – 2011 (My grandmother passed away in January after a brief battle with cancer. She was one week shy of her 84th birthday. Our family gathered in Milwaukee last month to celebrate her life, and each of her four grandchildren spoke at her memorial service. My remarks follow.) I was […]

  • Google Account security best practices

    A family member recently had some questions about how to keep their Google account secure, and I wrote up a bunch of recommendations for how to stay safe… realized after I sent the e-mail that this was probably good stuff to share for people who might not know about all of the options when it […]

  • The New Google Profile is here!

    Last year I announced I’d moved over to the Google Profiles team, and then went all but radio silent as we put our heads down to upgrade the product. Hilariously, last weekend someone not-so-subtly teased me by leaving an anonymous comment on that post: “11 months and counting…” (It’s nice to know people are paying […]