Defaulting on US Debt Is Just Plain Stupid

The US government shutdown is dragging on.  Speaker Boehner recently said that he would not allow the House of Representatives to even vote to fund the government or raise the debt ceiling unless President Obama agrees to limit spending [Link].  It appears that the US is moving closer and closer to the unthinkable – a default on the debt that supports the world’s economy. Read More…

Personal Note

Hi friends.  I will be posting a good bit less in the coming weeks.  I learned yesterday that I have a cancer growing at the base of my tongue, which has spread to at least one lymph node.  My attention will be on battling the cancer rather than sharing ideas about technology and venture capital.  When I am feeling up to it and need to share something, I will do so – but don’t expect the regularity that I have worked to maintain.

I will be posting on a daily basis on a new blog I created today – which will be keeping track of my cancer battle.  If you are interested, you can find it at

Best to all,


Government Shutdown Lunacy Reaches Mars

There are many, many examples of the impacts of the government shutdown.  Now, a story of how the shutdown is reaching another planet.  The Curiosity Rover has been put into hibernation for the duration of the shutdown.  So, no matter what your personal politics, I would hope that everyone seeks how stupid it is to spend millions upon millions to build that rover, send it across the solar system to Mars, and then waste a chunk of its useful life because of budget battles in the US government.

See more at Space Industry News: [Link]. Read More…

How to make easy, high-quality video calls with iPhone, iPad

I remember traveling to New York in the early 60s to go to the World’s Fair.  A highlight was the AT&T exhibit – especially a working video phone.  Later, the Jetsons was a favorite cartoon – including the video calling, where an entire wall became the video of the person on the phone.  The technology world has now caught up with those early promises of things to come.

Macworld has a great article about how to set up your iPhone or iPad to make high-quality video calling easy.  Check it out here: [Link]. Read More…

Dinosaur Bellows

In the business world, a dinosaur is a person or a company that is stuck in the past – not knowing that the environment has changed to the point that old strategies for success no longer apply.  The CEO of Comcast has now clearly show himself to be a dinosaur.

In an interview with PBS, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts announced that cable operators would never agree with selling a la carte options – by which he meant that his company would not sell channels on an individual basis.  He completely misses the fact that the discussion is now about selling individual programs – not channels.   Read More…

Tim Cook Pauses to Remember Steve

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[October 5, 2013] marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place.I think of him often and find enormous strength in memories of his friendship, vision and leadership. He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you.


Happy World Space Week

World Space Week – a seven-day celebration of space exploration – runs from October 4 through October 10.  October 4 is the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, which sparked the “space race” between the US and the USSR.  October 10 is the anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, which became effective on that date in 1967.

The theme of World Space Week this year is “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth.”  Activities are scheduled around the world – for more, see this article in  [Link].


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