A Panel of Geniuses – And Digg Came out of This?

Posted in Business, Entrepreneurship by collinevan on February 22, 2008

Guy Kawasaki is somewhat of an Internet phenomenon. He’s a great example of self-promotion. That’s a good thing.

These guys he’s interviewing are some of the most successful and prestigious business men today. That’s a good thing.

Somehow, someone here invested in Digg. Rightfully so as Digg is a wildly successful company. That’s a good thing?

If I keep this blog up long enough, you’ll come to hear my rants and raves about Digg. It’s a great model that attracts pure filth.

Anyway this is a video of The Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University from January 30, 2008. The symposium is with famous angel investors and businessmen Andy Bechtolsheim, Ron Conway, and Dr. Ian Sobieski. If you’re a tech business nerd like me, you’ll know the names and faces. For those of you who don’t, watch the video for introductions. They’re truly inspiring and good to listen to.


Popularity Comes At A Price. Ask Trip McNeely, King of the Sweet Bros

Posted in Of no import by collinevan on February 22, 2008


This is a Sweet Bro. Allan (other roommate) explains the sweet bro as this dude. Popped collar, sweet Hollister clothes, just learned Jack Johnson on his guitar, and wakeboards more to tan his abs than to have fun.

Then there’s the Training Bra. He’s the apprentice to the Sweet Bro. He endeavors to rock his whiteness as well as he can, while pulling in Fergie-loving yuppie mean girls. I imagine some Training Bras never make it passed their young phase to become a full fledged Sweet Bro. It’s tough work being just that sweet.

Reasons I could never be a Sweet Bro:

  • I’d have to give up loving The Shins because their music doesn’t “make sense”.
  • Generally listening to other people is out of the question, unless it leads to me telling a joke about the weight room.
  • I don’t like trucks.
  • I don’t call my friends my “wingmen” when we’re around girls… nor do I think of them being wingmen when we’re around guys.
  • My fall back degree isn’t “business”.
  • I don’t want to sell security systems or pest control over the summer because I think it’s dishonest.

Guess I’m not cut out for it. On to other things.

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Kluster launches to fanfare, but nothing to do

Posted in Tech by collinevan on February 22, 2008


 Russ (roommate) and I sat at my computer tonight trying to amass a list of the rediculous web 2.0 names that make Silicon Valley bleed money into interactive startup funds. Don’t get me started on I’d rather milk cows.

Kluster launched in the last couple of days. It’s one of those sites that makes me want to say “Joe, take a look at this”. If I knew a Joe, he would.

Touting a crowdsourcing model, it’s a place for collaboration of ideas to become realistic. Ah human capital is attractive to web 2.0. The last great resource of man is going free on the Internet. Where is open source going? Open source health care? Open source child raising? Open source breakfast cereal? Lets hope not because I want to leave my bowl of Cap’n Crunch up to the masterminds.

It’ll be interesting to see what Kluster becomes, if it breeds mass lawsuits, and just how they propose to captivate the minds and audiences of people so that they feel like they need it. Last I checked, there was no shortage of ideas in the marketplace.. so I wonder if this is like feeding cactus to a lizard in the desert.

And why didn’t they go the web 2.0 extra mile and name it Klustr? Good one guys…

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