Archive for March, 2006

Mark Cuban likes Howard Roark

Friday, March 31st, 2006

JohnK pointed me at this great freewheeling interview with Mark Cuban. I agree with him on a LOT of things, except maybe his beloved Mavericks.

…growing up you tend to find people you relate to and that you try to pattern yourself after. And Howard Roark was just that type of person to me.

Q & A: Interview with Mark Cuban

Ella

Monday, March 20th, 2006

A while ago I Tivo’d (well, actually ReplayTV’d, but it’s not quite as well-known a verb) a special on Ella Fitzgerald called Something to Live For. She was a fascinating person, driven to perform and succeed, and I really enjoyed the story and especially the music, as I am a great Ella fan. One line I will always remember was mentioned by a contemporary of Ella’s while she was being interviewed about how Ella got her start. She described a club in Harlem, where Ella went to perform. She recounted how Ella didn’t wear fashionable clothes, nor was she a beautiful girl, but relatively plain and poorly dressed, so when she got on stage, she was actually booed. But then the music started, and she opened her mouth to sing, and the room quieted down. By the end, everyone was so transfixed, “you could have heard a rat piss on cotton!” What a great line! Ella really was something special.

Emerging Technology 2006

Friday, March 10th, 2006

I spent a couple days at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference down in San Diego. I really enjoy this conference, because it is so geek-oriented. There’s nary a business model in sight. The most obvious example of this was the session on playsh, which was very cool, but completely useless – I love it!

The theme of the conference was The Attention Economy, and I think the idea there is particularly relevant. As Michael Goldhaber said, once people have enough money, the scarce resource that must be optimized is attention. Now, I’m not completely clear on the difference between attention and time, so I’ll have to read his book when it comes out. But, it is increasingly clear that demands on our attention are skyrocketing, and anything that helps manage that flood is a good thing.

There were a couple very cool demos, including Ray Ozzie‘s demo of a cut and paste mechanism for the dynamic web, and a very cool light table with multiple touch inputs. I think this conference is another one that is great for me professionally, not because I see a lot of companies that I can invest in now, but because it keeps me in touch with things that people are working on, and introduces me to entrepreneurs that might be ready for me in a few months or years.

Bluetooth Watch

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

I had this idea about 6 years ago, when I first heard about Bluetooth. I love the idea that when someone calls, I can just glance at my watch and see if I want to take the call. Even better, I’d like 2-3 “quick response” messages, like “I’ll call you back in 5 minutes” or “Send me email instead” to send back to the caller that only take me one click to send.

The point is to make the cellphone call the same thing as if someone walked up to you while you were having a conversation. You have the option to make a quick hand signal or other indication that tells the other person if you are interruptable or not. I want to be able to do that discreetly when someone calls.

Akihabara News – The Seiko Instruments Inc Bluetooth watch