Posts for Tag: technology

Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels

This is despicable and embarrassing for the tech community in my opinion.

This email from Ron Conway is staggering. Yesterday, I posted that the truth of AngelGate is probably somewhere between Michael Arrington's originally post and Dave McClure's response. It now seems like the truth is closer to Arrington's version than McClure's.

I feel like a total asshole because I posted a comment to the original AngelGate post on TC saying I thought Ron Conway was probably at the meeting (even though David Lee of SV Angel was there). Shows how much I know.

A measured response and a "measured" response to AngelGate

A day after what is now being known as AngelGate, we get two responses from Fred Wilson and the always entertaining Dave McClure. Though Wilson's response is very measured, logical, and concise versus McClure's scorch the earth post, I find myself feeling more convinced by Dave's post. However, they essentially say the same thing - collusion would be difficult to pull off in the hyper competitive world of angel investing.

With the initial shock of the collusion meeting over, I get the feeling that the truth is somewhere between what Arrington wrote and what these two and other angel investors at the meeting are now saying. Just don't know which side it's closer to.

This is very scary and serious stuff...

How the group can act together to keep out new angel investors invading the market and driving up valuations.

TechCrunch (specifically editor Michael Arrington) breaks this story. WOW...

As an entrepreneur, I can't tell you how much this scares me. The current start-up ecosystem works because of entrepreneurs being able to secure funding. Angel investing was a boon to this new crop of start-ups where it no longer costs millions to start a company, essentially expanding the universe of potential investors beyond just VC firms. Without this pipeline of funding, lots of start-ups will not be able to grow and flourish.

On another note, the comments section of many TC articles usually contains a good amount of people bitching and moaning about how TC doesn't do real news and how Arrington just rants and raves. To these people I say, STFU and GAFG. Yes, the tone of many TC posts are informal and don't read like an AP piece. But I believe that only blogs like TC can get access to write stories like this for this particular industry of ours. If I have to get the occasional airline or iPhone rant, fine by me.

The last thing you want to see when installing a new HD in your TiVo

Just got my new hard drive for the TiVo and popped it in immediately. You can imagine what I was feeling when I first saw this. 30 minutes later though, the machine rebooted and everything was right as rain.

 It's so amazing how fast technology moves. In October of last year, I bought a replacement 320GB hard drive for my Series 3 TiVo that cost about $120. After that one crapped out 6 months later, I bought a 1TB replacement drive for $90. At this rate, I'll be getting a 3TB hard drive for $60 in another 6 months.