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The Day I Served Rosa Parks Dinner

When I was an undergrad, I worked as a hasher for Stanford University Food Service in Wilbur Hall. One day, probably in 1990, Rosa Parks was in town visiting Stanford to speak at a campus event and was visiting one of the dorms in Wilbur. She was with a group of students and came through…

Mushroom WAG

A few weeks ago, we held another edition of our (somewhat) quarterly WAG (wine and gourmet) potluck dinner club. This time, David and Hillary were kind enough to host the event at their place in Mill Valley, and they also suggested that each dish feature mushrooms, in the spirit of Iron Chef. Katherine signed us…

Twenty Million and Counting…

As of today Technorati is now tracking twenty million blogs, and is adding many more every minute. When Mobius invested in Technorati just over a year ago and I joined the board, Technorati was tracking just a few million blogs. While the past year has not been without scaling and performnance challenges, the team has…

A Disaster

I really hope this screen shot is not a hoax. If it is on the web, it must be true, right?

Rotten Apple

Steve Jobs needs to spend some time reading Seth Godin between his visits to the altar of Jonathan Ive. If only Apple placed as much emphasis on customer service and support as they do on the design and marketing of their products… I am a lifelong fan of Apple — I taught myself to program…

The Dangers of Bluetooth

I popped in to my neighborhood Peet’s this afternoon for a coffee break. While reading a magazine, I watched with bemusement as a woman sat down at the table next to me, placed her cellphone on the table and began to converse with an invisible friend using a bluetooth headset. Putting aside my ambivalent feelings…

Google: The Auction King

Having co-founded a first-generation web search engine, I occasionally spend time watching Google take over the world and reflect on the factors that led to their amazing success which built upon what initially seemed like a me-too idea, while the early search engines such as Excite, Infoseek, Lycos and Inktomi floundered. Most of us know…

My First Podcast

OK, file this one under “shameless self-promotion”. John Furrier, who runs Podtech.net and does a podcast series called “The infoTalk PodCast”, came by my office several weeks ago and interviewed me for his show. This is the first podcast that I have appeared on. If you want to hear me wax a bit geeky about…

Turbulence

In general I’m pretty comfortable with flying, though the pre-flight queues and security rituals now sometimes elevate my blood pressure. However, I flew from Vegas to San Jose mid-day yesterday on America West and had one of the more nerve-wracking flights I can remember. About halfway through the flight, we sustained some of the most…

I’m not a scholar…

But I play one on the web. With my search engine roots, I follow Google’s activities with great interest, given Excite’s prominence as an early leading search engine in the mid to late 90’s and subsequent demise in the bursting of the bubble. Perhaps I will opine at some later point on the “late-mover advantage”…