Beantown & Other Remains of The Week

The post Big-Dig Boston is actually a pretty and lovely town – I walked around in what could best be described as weepy October rain, looking at some of the older buildings and near empty streets. Unlike New York or London or New Delhi, Boston doesn’t pulsate with energy; instead you can feel the weight of its history.

There were a lot of fantastic people I met on this trip, reminding me why I got into this business in the first place: people. Of course, it was also a great refresher in the economic reality of our times. When you walk around the Boston financial district and find two people sitting in a massive Starbucks and no one waiting to pick up their coffee, you know there is an economic slowdown happening. Out here in the SF Bay Area we are living in a cocoon and don’t really have a grasp on the magnitude of the problem. Read More about Beantown & Other Remains of The Week

Hello October! Beantown Bound

It is October and they are still playing Baseball in Boston and Chicago and L.A. and Philadelphia. Just not in New York, where even a combined payroll of $335 million doesn’t buy a playoff birth. The only team(s) more incompetent is in Washington DC, playing football with the future of the U.S. The ignominy that is NY Baseball (with its all sorts of lame excuses — injuries) makes it hard to get on the plane taking me to Boston.

I still can’t believe I am going to Red Sox Nation, where I am leading a panel discussion hosted by Charles River Ventures. The topic I am going to ponder will look at nuances in innovation on the East Coast and the West Coast. On the panel are Andy Miller, CEO, Quattro Wireless; Rich Miner, VP of Mobile Technology, Google (Android); Andy Payne, Co-founder, Lab256; Jeff Bennett, founder, president and COO, NameMedia; and Jim Scheinman, co-founder, Bebo & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Charles River Ventures.

A quick return to San Francisco and then I am off to Boulder for Aloha Social Media Summit (Oct. 6th and 7th.). Check out the schedule for the event. See you there!