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Went to Sisarina officewarming party

It was a nice event. I had the MAVA event to attend later in the
evening. But it is always fun to network with the startups in the
neighborhood. O had a chance to talk with the founder, and understand
why she wanted to strike out on her own. I knew one of the employees,
Amanda, from her time at Calvert.

Each startup has its own flavor. And every company's flavor is
determined by the mix of talent and people in the shop.

MAVA kickoff party

It was great to see some old friends at the MAVA kickoff party tonight
at union station in DC. The crowd was a little more sparse than
before. But that is an accurate reflection of the current environment.

The law firms were out in full force. And a few investor types were
in the audience. But at the end of the day, it is all dependant on
how much money we all return to our investors.

Asian companies doing VC investments

 
I did not consider the re-emergence of corporate venture capital activity.  We had seen it at the beginning of this century, and the results had been mixed.  However, it did have some success stories, and these asian companies do have capital to deploy.  For some shops, it is an outsourced R&D; effort.  For the entrepreneur, all money is green at some point.  If you need to pay the bills, you pay the b

More guesses for 2010 and beyond

More predictions for 2010, and beyond.

 

A new decade is always worth playing around with.  New ideas, and predictable cycles.

 

Predictions for 2010

Why stop a bad idea now?
The final week of 2009. The last week of the decade. Some things have
changed our world a lot. Others, not so much.

I'm still waiting for a good way to store alt energy power. Solar
thermal still tops my list. But not much movement on that front that
I've seen. There is probably a lot more going on than in my network,
but still a challenge to find.

Postmortem on 2009 Predictions

Postmortem on 2009 Predictions

Here are my predictions for 2009, and how well I did with them.



Predictions for 2009

Short term, it's going to get worse before it gets better.


Bottled water backlash

 
The fact that this post follows one that highlights the issues of tap water is not lost on me.
 
Bottled water companies have a standard of quality that they need to meet.  While it must still be legal, the standards that are imposed on them, when competing against all the other water on the shelves, will keep the water clean and clear. 
 
there is a bottled water backlash in many part

Water Pollution problems

The NY Times is running a series on America's water problems.
 
Legislation is an interesting issue.  People think "if it's legal, it must be safe."  But the challenge is the laws were written in response to issues several decades ago, before the large scale use, or ability to detect of chemicals.  Before folks really understood how these chemicals could affect people, or what they would do in combination,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

No further analysis on this poem


Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

Entrepreneurs are the future makers. They have a vision of the future, it will have their successful company involved. And they are the ones to bring that future to light. They inherit the future, because they are the ones who create it.
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