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Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
How to reform the VC industry  —  There's a wisp of a discussion materializing in the tech blogosphere about reforming the VC industry.  I have been thinking about this for many many years.  It's an exciting time because I think it might actually happen now.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The "ventures" we need...  I just read Dave Winer's essay on the future of the venture capital industry.  —  Ditto.  Great insight.  One thing before I start thinking, I always thought it was bizarre that entrepreneurs couldn't get funded when they needed it (when the economy sucked …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
On Venture Capital  —  Dave Winer wrote a post today called "How to Reform the VC Industry" Robert Scoble and John Roberts of CNET follow up with their own thoughts.  —  I agree with the premise - that venture capital is broken (at least as it applies to new web startups) …
Jeremy Wright / Ensight:
Disrupting Venture Capital?  —  People (like Doc Searls (and again), Rick Segal, Dave Winer, Shel Israel and others) are talking about "disrupting" the venture capital business.  —  While I've always been weary of people who set out to be disrupters (as opposed to setting out to serve customers …
Fred / A VC:
Don't Be An ATM  —  Fraser Kelton has an excellent post …
Discussion: gapingvoid
John Roberts / clock:   Ideas are not the hard part
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   CMGI 2.0  —  How wonderfully loony.  Now that we have Web 2.0 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Nine Startups at E27 Summit  —  I attended the E27 Technology Conference today at Stanford University.  Startups founded by entrepreneurs who are less than 27 years old were eligible to present.  With a couple of exceptions these companies were all new to me, and a few have the potential to be real winners.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Small ideas, big companies  —  Turns out in the past hour I've met strategists from eBay, Yahoo, Amazon.  They are here to see the small ideas.  Some of them are pretty cool.  —  Here's my favorites of what I saw at the Entrepreneur 27 event that just concluded at Stanford University.  —  Flagr.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
There's a Popular New Code for Deals: RSS  —  FOR many people, e-mail newsletters are fast becoming the Internet equivalent of the Sunday paper: compendiums of useful information, often left unread in lieu of life's other tasks.  E-mail alerts on travel deals, in particular …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
When Terry Met Jerry, Yahoo!  —  WHEN Yahoo Inc. announced nearly five years ago that Terry S. Semel, then a former leader of the Warner Brothers motion picture studio, would become its chairman and chief executive, the reaction both outside and within Yahoo was not exactly one of wild encouragement.
Discussion: IP Democracy
The Doc Searls Weblog:
The revolution will be reproduced  —  Rex Hammock points to Richard Edelman's Me2 Revolution, and says I am requiring all of my employees to read it. … Credit where due: Richard is channeling reality.  He's listening to what Chris Locke called networked markets and he's calling for PR …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Exploding the conference business  —  Too many conferences suck.  They're too expensive.  They are filled with boring panels.  They are all about speeches and not about conversation and argument and learning and meeting.  They don't capture the expertise of the crowd.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Kill the Big, Bad Dragon (Teamwork Required)  —  Jeff Kaplan knows what it's like to try to please all of the people all of the time.  Don't envy him.  —  As a lead game designer at Blizzard Entertainment for World of Warcraft, the ridiculously successful online PC game …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Kotaku
Jason Scott / ASCII:
Hardcoded  —  35 might not seem like a very old age to some, but in many ways, it's a good time for me to really decide what projects of mine are going to "happen", which will not, and what, if any, new projects I should be taking on while I still have the energy and age of the 30s.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Silicon Valley's Wireless Plans  —  Silicon Valley Network, a coalition of business, education and local government officials are planning a massive wireless network that would span from East Palo Alto to Santa Cruz.  The SVN is looking to issue an RFP in April 2006, according to a press release .
Discussion: Daily Wireless and IP Democracy
Jtokash / John Tokash:
Dinner with Jim Allchin  —  The invite suggested an informal dinner with a rich discussion.  A Vista demo would be involved.  —  I expected the night to include a group of people casually interested in Vista and a Microsoft-steered Q&A session.  I imagined I would meet some people whose interests …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Dinner with Jim Allchin
San Francisco Chronicle:
Congress invites Google  —  Questions arise over allowing censorship in China  —  Google Inc.'s recent decision to censor search results in China has raised eyebrows in Congress, which has invited the company, along with its chief competitor, Yahoo Inc., to answer questions …
Robyn Peterson / Yahoo! News:
Q&A: The Future Of Speech  —  Editor's Note: As we reported earlier this week, IBM unveiled new speech recognition technology on Tuesday that can comprehend the nuances of spoken English, translate it on the fly, and even create on-the-fly subtitles for foreign-language television programs.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's Front Row media experience coming to iBook line  —  Apple Computer appears ripe to extend its Front Row media experience to a new line of iBook consumer laptops this spring.  —  Introduced this past October, Apple's Front Row software offers users a simple and powerful way to play their music …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News

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