Archive for June, 2011

Yet more interesting people

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I went to a dinner last night hosted by one of the active VCs in the valley.

This is not something that I would normally take the time out to do but I again got to meet and talk to many interesting folks, mostly CEOs of startup businesses but also some people that had successfully grown and sold their businesses as well. In fact, I met with the CEO of one of the companies that Nimsoft tracked because we were so impressed with their success….that was cool for me.

This morning I get to go to my daughter’s “doughnuts for dads” (that’s the English spelling of doughnut) at her school. I don’t really like doughnuts…but don’t tell her that. I will choke down on all that sugar just for her of course and then be hyper for the rest of the day.

Then I’m trying to leave this afternoon clear to prepare for the party on Saturday.


Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Inevitably when I speak to peeps a common question is what am I going to do next? I told people when I left CA that I wanted to take some time off before figuring out the next venture, and that is what I am doing. But…I am combining being very active on many personal and home related things, with looking around and meeting with investors, board members and founders of interesting businesses.

One of the advantages of this is that I am meeting with some extraordinary people. Individuals that are weaved into the very fabric of Silicon Valley and beyond, individuals that are making a difference in the world. In the last 3 months I have met more billionaires than in the rest of my life (weird huh…I wonder what it is like to be a billionaire? they seemed pretty down to earth to me).

Currently I’d say that I have a short-list of 4 organizations that I’m talking to. Of course, this assumes that I decide to join an existing company as CEO as opposed to starting something again myself. Right now I’m definitely leaning that way if I can find the right company.

2 of the companies are based in the Bay Area and 2 of the companies are based elsewhere. That of course presents a slight challenge for me as I do not wish to relocate, but again, I believe that obstacles are meant to be overcome and we’ll cross that bridge if/when we get to it.

Of the 4 companies, only 1 of them has anything to do with the management space but it is not in any way in the monitoring space.

Anyhow, right now I am thinking that timescales are probably somewhere in August/September to start something new. My kids go back to school 3rd week of August and my girlfriend will have well and truly had enough of me being at home by then and there are only so many jobs around the house that I can do :)

Why can’t we apply the Apple-like experience to other things

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Don’t you ever wonder how a company like Apple, can create such a great user experience, and yet other companies/organizations just suck!

I’m not saying that Apple are perfect, and certainly there are plenty of arguments to be made for Android versus iOS etc but, they keep moving the ball forward, they keep improving the experience, they keep doing things that make perfect sense. Why can’t others be like this?

Personally I believe that it comes down to the maniacal passion and belief of 1 (or maybe a few) individual. Too many people in this life are willing to accept mediocrity, too many people are willing to accept “that’s just the way things are”.

But, there are some special individuals in this world that have the passion and are willing to disagree with everyone around them if necessary. Have you ever tried sitting in a room full of a dozen smart, educated and experienced people and the discussion being 11 against 1? Most people would go along with the majority but some folks don’t.

I’m just wondering what would happen if we put Steve Jobs in charge of the DMV or other such government organizations that are really difficult to work with? Stupid idea I know, just wondering….that’s all.

The great leveler

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

We are all equal in the eyes of the wonderful DMV. Book an appointment online? So what….wait with everyone else.

I believe that organizations should employ variable pricing. I would have happily paid to avoid the line….thus helping balance California’s budget in the process.