In search of: email tagging

With all the hype around tagging things – everything, you would think it would have hit email by now. I can’t tell you how often I dig through email to find something that I know is in there and if I could only sort it by topic I could find it easily…. yup – if…

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Looking back – potential merger

This past summer I connected with a local owner who, for the last 15 years or so, has run a mildly successful website for musicians.  It had been much more robust and was bought out in the ’90s, but he bought it back when the new owners ran it into the ground. We met for…

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Funding – another mile

Today I got an email from Ben Franklin saying “hey – the most current Exec Summary we have is from November, can you send the most current one? We’d like to put you in front of a new fund that is opening.”  I spend the next hour updating the Exec and sent it right over –…

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Who Wrote the New Testament?

I am just finishing Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth, by Burton Mack. For the uninitiated (that’s me) in the early history of Christianity, this book is pretty revealing/apple-cart-spilling. Mack’s whole proposal is that the books and letters of the Christian Bible were written by specific “Jesus” and “Christ” communities who had specific…

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"You have to have a product people want"

That’s the general thinking in consumer products.  It’s true, but sometimes it’s hard to know what people want.  And asking doesn’t always mean much. There are some flaws in believing that the consumer knows what they want – like “why would I need a portable music player when my hi-fi works fine the way it…

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Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village In The 60’s is a great album – covers of wonderful ’60’s tunes by current artists. The interpretations are really solid and when Jonatha Brooke takes a turn at the Simon & Garfunkle’s title track, she gives it a soulful and yet gentle touch.   I’ve appreciated Jonatha’s touch for a while now. She has…

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Looking back – making sense of pro formas

In late 2005 we did our firstpro forma financials.  Our accountants, Isdaner and Co (namely Hank Abrams) did a great job of pulling together what was a messy set of materials into a meaningful whole. Unfortunately, our core assumptions were wrong. We made the classic top-down, young exuberant company market size goof. Meaning, we picked a market size…

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Starting a blog

It’s about time I started a blog – so here it is.  My intent is to discuss some of the things that interest me most and chronicle starting rvibe.  I have really missed the boat on the chronicle part – since I started rvibe in 2004, but better late than never I suppose.  As for…

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