Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dance Video Site DanceJam Gets $3.5 Million Second Round

From PaidContent.org:

DanceJam, the dance video site started by MC Hammer and others, has raised a $3.5 million second round from Softbank Capital, Rustic Canyon and various individual investors, according to TechCrunch. This brings the company's total raise to $4.5 million, having previously raised $1 million, from various angels, including Michael Arrington. The site offers a place for users to upload videos of themselves dancing, while competing against and rating other users.

This story has inspired me to resurrect this blog, originally started in 2004. It's good to be back.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Jargon 2.0: "Whether you like the terminology or not, things are changing on the Internet, which is increasingly embedded in people's lives. It's not hard to see how changes in the online environment will affect your business sooner or later (and my money's on sooner)." —The Net-Savvy Executive

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Global equity meltdown costs investors $2 trillion: "The month-long slide in global stocks has wiped out at least $2 trillion in wealth, leaving investors few alternatives to preserve their holdings aside from bonds and money markets." —Yahoo! News

Yahoo! indeed.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Implosion: "When even Robert Toll's Toll Brothers, the high-end builder, suffers cancellations, you know the real estate boom is over." —Forbes.com News

Whoa, been a while since my last post! Miss me? You did short TOL, right? Don't worry, yet more losses remain to be had.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Google is Yahoo 2.0

Google is Yahoo 2.0: "I have to agree with Mike Torres, 2006 is really 1998 in disguise. With the release of Google Page Creator, Google Finance, Google Calendar and the upcoming GDrive (aka Yahoo! GeoCities, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Calendar and Yahoo! Briefcase knockoffs) it is now clear to me that Google's master plan is to become Yahoo! 2.0." — Dare Obasanjo

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Move Along Folks -- No Domains Here

Move Along Folks -- No Domains Here: "The last thing the domain business needs is oodles of VC-come-lately Sand Hill capital. " — Paul Kedrosky (UCSD)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Shed no tears for the housing speculator

Shed no tears for the housing speculator: "Florida real estate market down, housing flipper haters up." — How the World Works

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Today marks the peak of social networking: "Painful reminders of March 2000 when the last people to show up were still pitching ecommerce it ideas." — Mark Pincus

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Poster for all new start ups: "If ever there was a poster that will sum up the current fun and game of' ‘Web 2.0’, this is it."


Rick Seagal (JLA Ventures)

What if we run out of fools?: "The Indian stockmarket is going berserk. There's a Sergei-Bubka-type phenomenon of setting new records & breaking the same the very next day. While I broadly think India's going places and all that, the stockmarkets have gotten way ahead of fundamentals" — Anand Sridharan (Bessemer)

If you run out, just wait few years. They seem to multiply.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Nasdaq hits 5-year high: "U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq Composite rising to its highest since February 2001, as positive comments by a brokerage about wireless technology makers helped boost tech shares, including Qualcomm Inc." —Reuters

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Facebook for Sale; But $2 Billion?: "So says our Steve Rosenbush in a story today. Apparently, the social-networking site turned down an offer for $750 million. Even that's way more than the $580 million News Corp. paid for the much larger MySpace last year." —The Tech Beat

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's a great time to start a business: "I say it's never been a better time to start a business. You know, the kind that develops a product or service and asks money for it.
  1. You don't need VC diesel to get your motor running.
  2. You can actually charge money for valuable services.
  3. You don't need mainstream tech to make a dent.
  4. You don't need to live in San Francisco to make it big.
  5. You don't need a swarm of worker bees to take off.
"Thus, I believe it has never been easier to build a great business for the web, if your intentions are to simply be profitable and please a constituency of passionate users." — Signal vs. Noise

Nicely put.

What Me No Company: "It is back to feeling these days that if you don't have a startup you're somehow not au courant" —Paul Kedrosky (UCSD)

It's a bad time to start a company: "t's a terrible time to start a company, especially here in the middle of it all, in the Bay Area. Why?
  1. Everybody else is starting a company.
  2. Your competition just got funded too.
  3. Talent is scarce again.
  4. You can't operate in obscurity anymore.
  5. Web 2.0 isn't all that.
  6. There's too much going on.
"I had this same stay-out-of-the-water-there's-sharks feeling circa 1998. Maybe my hype antibodies are just kicking in." —Caterina.net

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Return of Rakesh Mathur: "Mathur’s co-founder in this business is Brad Husick who worked at Vignette and had co-founded NetGravity, an online advertising company that merged with Double Click." —Om Malik

I haven't seen Brad since the last bubble. Welcome back, Inspector Gadget!

Monday, March 20, 2006

It's Not Web 2.0, It's The Next Net: "One particular quote that resonated well with everyone and has already started making its way around the Next Net world (in fact, it was just used by Adam Gross in a presentation he gave at the O'Reilly Etech Conference) was Bill Burnham's triple 'A' business model:

It's the triple 'A' business model: AJAX, Adsense and Arrogance.
"Despite the fact that essentially everyone in the room had embraced AJAX and many of the folks in the room had also incorporated Adsense in some way or other, everyone went out of their way to make clear that their businesses were in no way defined by the Double 'A,' let alone the Triple 'A.'" —VentureBlog

Friday, March 17, 2006

Amidzad: The rug merchants turned venture capitalists: "Peter Thiel, who is now an investor, running a firm called Founders Fund told us that early-state, first-round venture capital valuations 'are close to where they were in 1999 and 2000.'" —SiliconBeat

Cramer on Today Show: "I was towelling off my head, so I may have misheard this at 7am, but:Did I hear Jim Cramer on the Today Show declaring this to be the start of a new Bull Market? Mark today's date: 3/17/06" —The Big Picture

Again, for posterity.

Google's Billionaires Go Buying: "Page and Brin's company shelled out $130.5M on acquisitions in 2005." —Forbes.com News

I'm just noting this so one day we can look back and reminisce. Whether it's "Remember when Google only spent $130M in a whole year?" or "Remember when Google could afford to buy things willy-nilly?" remains to be seen.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Washington Post: 35 percent of Google's pay-per-click revenue is FRAUD: "A firm called Radiator.com got sick and tired of what appeared to be totally bogus clicks on their ads, then they hired an outside auditing firm to help them figure out what was going on.  Because of course, Google completely ignored their requests- everyone knows that's their standard business operating procedure. The findings?  Around 35 percent of all clicks from their Google ads were complete fraud, and about 17 percent of the clicks from their Yahoo ads were complete fraud" —F'edGoogle

This is going to end badly.

Six Apart confirms $12M in venture capital—may launch anti-spam legislation initiative: "San Francisco blogging software company, Six Apart, has confirmed it has raised $12M in venture capital from Intel, Focus Ventures and existing investor August Capital." —SiliconBeat

It wasn't so long ago that Six Apart was charging their customers 38 cents for their product. At that rate, they would have needed 31,578,947 customers to raise $12M. I assume their VC round was easier than that.

Podtech raises $5.5 million to create the "NPR" of podcasting: "Gee, this we weren't expecting... venture capital flowing to podcast creation." —SiliconBeat

Does this mean that every other podcast will be four hours of hosts begging for money?

Money Money Money: "Apparently, it is raining cash in Silicon Valley." —Om Malik

It does, after all, make the world go 'round.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

U.S. home builders' index falls to three-year low: "U.S. home builders were less confident about future demand in March, the National Association of Home Builders said Wednesday." —MarketWatch

Do two stories make a trend?

iTulip Returns!: "Run, don't walk, to iTulip. In case you missed it the first time around, iTulip predicted and then chronicled the dot-com bust with acumen and wit. Now it's back, skewering hedge funds and other current excesses." —BusinessWeek Deal Flow


Monday, March 13, 2006

The Bubble Begins: "Sports Illustrated has a well-known reputation for its 'cover story jinx'.  History shows that those that appear on the cover of the magazine are doomed to lose the upcoming big game or suffer a terrible injury. I wonder if this Sunday’s NY Times cover story in the business section heralds the same 'jinx' for the world of Web 2.0" —Jeff Bussang (IDG)

I don't get it when VC's bemoan bubbles. Dude, bubbles are where you make the real money. Just watch that timing.

Google deal highlights Web 2.0 boom: "Is Google's acquisition of Web word processor Writely a harbinger of more acquisitions? Dozens of Web 2.0-style start-ups certainly hope so." —News.com

The smart money is on AJAXian spell check and mail merge utilities, recipe management systems, and Solitaire.

Hungry Media Companies Find a Meager Menu of Web Sites to Buy: "NBC Universal's $600 million acquisition of iVillage, an early Internet company catering to women, highlights the continuing interest by media companies in adding new Web sites to reach and connect with consumers, hobbyists, parents, investors, car buyers, Scrabble players and virtually every other niche audience." —The New York Times

Dude, scrabbleplayer.com is totally available!

Coming Soon: Mortgage Payment Resets : "You may have missed this over the weekend: The Saturday WSJ reports that More than $2 trillion of U.S. mortgage debt, or about a quarter of all mortgage loans outstanding, comes up for interest-rate resets in 2006 and 2007, estimates Moody's Economy.com..." —The Big Picture

Ever since I drank the Kool-Aid last year at the Web 2.0 conference I haven't posted much about the downside of the housing bubble, but this is important. I have nothing clever to add.