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Fun Fridays! Circle Board in New York City []

In Fun Fridays! on January 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

happy friday!




Eat out tonight!

In Miscellaneous on January 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Tried and tested, a friend of mine used one of their coupons and had a great, and more importantly, AFFORDABLE, dinner because of it!


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Top 5 Things Missing from Most Entrepreneur Pitches [BIG blog]

In Miscellaneous on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Just a little something for the many that think they want to start a business and don’t know where or how to… start.



Top 5 things missing from most entrepreneur pitches

While I never did really stop seeing new deals, even when I was out of VC, now that I’m back in, I’ve really ramped up the deal flow engine.  I’ve been enjoying the meetings I’ve had over the last few weeks, but some of them have reminded me what I routinely see missing from most pitches.

Here are the things that nearly every early stage investor needs to bet on that are too often missing:

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Haiti- “The Underlying Tragedy” [NY Times]

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

While it’s not my intention to blog about things that can easily be found on any site all over the internet, I also have no intention of ignoring the most important news event today. That said, the following article is less about what exactly is happening in Haiti and more about what we can learn from it. Links to articles directly discussing the issue in Haiti after the jump.




On Oct. 17, 1989, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Bay Area in Northern California. Sixty-three people were killed. This week, a major earthquake, also measuring a magnitude of 7.0, struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Red Cross estimates that between 45,000 and 50,000 people have died.

This is not a natural disaster story. This is a poverty story. It’s a story about poorly constructed buildings, bad infrastructure and terrible public services. On Thursday, President Obama told the people of Haiti: “You will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten.” If he is going to remain faithful to that vow then he is going to have to use this tragedy as an occasion to rethink our approach to global poverty. He’s going to have to acknowledge a few difficult truths.

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Five Films From Floomingdales [Fader]

In Movies on January 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Earlier this year Bloomingdales funded five separate directors in making film shorts (or as the Fader referred to them, great commercials) in celebration of “the art & style of film”. The idea was that people would vote and the winning short would be sent to the Independent Spirit Awards. Not exactly sure which won but here are my two favorite. Check the other three after the jump.



Tall Enough

One couple. One quiet Sunday in the city. A lot to talk about. A short film by Barry Jenkins.

Tea for 3

See the past and present. Collide through the eyes of a six year old. A short film by Amy Redford and Hall Powell.

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“The Known Universe” by the American Museum of Natural History [the Fader]

In Technology, Uncategorized, World News on January 14, 2010 at 3:14 am

we’re tiny and its such a big world, there’s gotta be a place for peace for us somewhere…

“…all the lonely [peaceful] people, where do they all belong?” -the beatles



The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

Learn more about the American Museum of Natural History and it’s Hayden Planetarium.

Also, visit the official blog for the Fader Magazine.

Google ‘may quit China’ [Al Jazeera]

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 2:19 am

Google has said it may shut down its China operations in protest against government censorship of its search results.

The announcement by the internet search giant, which represents a major shift in policy, follows a recent hacking incident that appeared to target the accounts of activists using its electronic mail system, Gmail.

Google has previously said it would obey Chinese internet laws requiring politically and socially sensitive issues to be blocked from search results, but now says that policy will be dropped.

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World Cup Choses K’naan for Official Tournament Anthem [The Economist]

In Africa, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on January 14, 2010 at 2:15 am

THE latest African voice to resonate across the world belongs to a 31-year-old Somali singer known simply as K’naan. His hip-hop number, “Waivin’ Flag,” is poised to bring him global stardom, because it has been chosen by Coca-Cola, a sponsor of the coming football World Cup in South Africa, as the tournament’s anthem. It will be released in 150 countries and some predict it will even outsell Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of “Nessun Dorma”, the cup’s theme tune when it was held in Italy in 1990.

Born Keynaan Warsame in Somalia’s seaside capital, Mogadishu, he is now a citizen of Canada. But he cherishes his Somali roots. Several tracks on his new album, “Troubadour”, have Somali lyrics. “Waivin’ Flag” refers to Somalia’s banner, a five-pointed white star on a bright blue background.

K’naan’s appeal is wide. He has been singing alongside the football trophy on its journey through 15 African countries. At last year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, known as SXSW, he entranced a huge crowd from the cowboy state. “I figured I’d like it,” says an American radio presenter. “I just didn’t expect to see people crying.” His latest album was recorded at the house of the late Bob Marley, the reggae king, in Jamaica. Read the rest of this entry »