Sparking Innovation and Inspiration

Many of us work reasonably alone or with the same small group of people every day. One of the hardest things to do when working solo is to jump start the creative process. Without a group of people to bounce ideas off of, or even serve as an intelligent distraction, you can lose whole days trying to find the inspiration or motivation to push forward. How do you get inspired? I used to go to trade shows. A lot of trade shows. Some to speak, some to listen, but mostly, I went to meet people. Meeting new people with new ideas, or just new ways of looking at old ideas, always inspired me to get back to work and attack. But you can’t always find a trade show on the day you need inspiration,  and flying around the world on a whim tends to get a little...

Aaron’s Law – Balancing Criminal and Civil Law in Computer Crimes

By now every one knows, or has at least heard, the story of Aaron Swartz.  Arron was a brilliant person how fought for what he believed in and in the end, paid the ultimate price at his own hand. Aaron was prosecuted under felony charges for what any one with a reasonable view of life and computers would view as an incredibly minor issue. Even JSTOR, to site involved, stepped back and was content to let the issue drop. But, a federal prosecutor was hell bent to make her bones on the back of some kid who committed a computer crime. It didn’t matter that no one lost anything, it didn’t matter that it would ruin him financially, it didn’t even matter to her that the people who were wronged felt the issue was over. She used the law to make a name...

Using Google Plus As A Blogging Platform

Recently I realized that I like doing way too many things to be a decent blogger. My life is full of passions and desires that simply do not overlap in a way that makes any sense at all. This is how I ended up owning 7 different blogs. And also how I ended up finding that I couldn’t force myself to blog often enough to build any sort of audience at all. Take a look at all the blogs I own - Steam Driven Media – work and SEO Lunker Links – Fishing Fire and Gemstone – Jewelry Feydakin – Personal blog Steve G – Personal / Business oriented Red Fence Ridge – Farm blog Plus maybe a half dozen more for various products and ideas I’ve had over the years Today I watching a Hangout with +martin shervington and +Guy Kawasaki...

Learn Something New Every Day

You never know when today’s success will depend on what you learned yesterday.

Venture Deals [review]

I recently finished Brad Feld’s and Jason Mendelson’s fantastic book on venture capital deals. The book is based on series of blog posts from the blog at Foundry Group. It takes much of what has been written there over the years and pulls it all together in to an easy to comprehend format that will most likely stay within easy reach for some time to come. The book starts off explaining the basic parts of the VC deal process, but really hits it’s stride when Brad and Jason breaks down the various aspects of each part of the deal in to what the investor expects and what the entrepreneur expects. Having both sides of the deal presented helps put in to perspective what is important to who and why. As with most deals, what is important to you is very...

Angels and Entrepreneurs

I was recently asked to take part in a round robin interview with Rand Fishkin (@randfish) of SEOMOZ and Nova Spivak (@novaspivak) of NovaSpivak.Com and hosted by Sheldon Campbell (@docsheldon). The three part interview revolved around the the problems and pitfalls that an entrepreneur can meet while searching for investment capital from venture capitalists or angel investors. I enjoyed to interview and learned quite a lot from the other participants since we come from different points with Rand being a successful fund raiser, Nova being an Angel investor and me being in the early stages of investigating raising investment capital. I just wanted to take a minute to thank Doc for inviting me to participate and spread the word here. You can find the separate...

the difference between pre-money and post-money valuation

Recently I was working with a few people on a new project we are collaborating on (all hush hush right now) and one of the topics was determining how to place a valuation on the company. While it’s not terribly important at this point, it can become an issue later in the life of the company if we don’t address these issues early. In passing I mentioned pre and post money valuation and got a virtual blank stare over skype. It’s one of those terms that is tossed around a lot in the VC/angel world and a lot of people nod and pretend to know what that means. Fortunately, pre and post money valuation isn’t a terribly complex issue grasp. In a nutshell, pre-money valutation is better for the entrepreneur and post-money valuation is better for the...