Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Real Hansen Report

Some friends have pointed out that The Hansen Report is really the website for a guy who writes about automotive electronics.

Now I have nothing against auto electronics, I think they're great. Who doesn't worship the almighty speedometer or the one-touch folding convertible rooftop?

The sad bitter reality is that so many damn domains have been snatched up by people that its hard to find something memorable and meaningful on the web to call your own. In a last ditch effort I am taking my problem to the internet community and seeking suggestions.

What domain do you think the Hansen Report should occupy?

If I don't get any responses I 'll just keep using this damn blogger account.


Thursday, June 7, 2007

Figuring out optimization


I am looking into the feedburner application a bit harder now that its been bought out by GOOG. Way to go for Mobius and USV.

Here's my new Headline Animator.

How does it look?

Any comments are welcome.


Road to Somewhere

One of my dearest friends is on a most excellent adventure right now (had to drop the Bill & Ted's reference). He has been riding his BMW R 1200 GS motorcycle from Key West across the United States and has most recently made it to Alaska.

Each day he makes it easy for friends and family to follow his progress through his website and flickr account. Its pretty amazing that we are no longer reliant on the occasional postcard and now come to expect instant updates.

Ryan has taken this a step further by taking precise Waypoint Reads including the following : Blogposts, gas, restaurants, campsites, hotels, great views, postcards and of course his blog and photo log. There is also a google calendar to see where Ryan plans on heading and where he has been, that is if the maps are not enough information.

This is the most accurate bike trip I've ever heard of to date.

In the fall he will start a Masters in Mathematics at Stanford and this is his way of seeing the United States before heading back into the academic grind.

Good luck Ryan! It's fun following your Odyssey.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

How to be an Analyst...

Charlie O'Donnell makes a great point today about what it takes to join the ranks of venture capital.

Yesterday I was having beers with Dan Putt and we got to thinking about the best and brightest (and the youngest) of NYC's tech scene. There are so many talented people out here and you only get to know them through interactions on blogs, tech meetups, discussion boards and co-working.

Its the prolific bloggers, meetup goers, discussion board geeks and the like that you pay attention to. They are always in your face and always making things happen.

Every week when I attend some sort of VC thing, tech meetup or what-have-you, I see the same people. In this sense our "community" has been formed through the dedication of involved techies. The profile of a few has been elevated through their continued involvement in this community. Check the NextNY discussion boards and Charlie, Nate Westheimer, Lee Semel and many others will have their names plastered all over the place. Living in this environment its relatively easy to discover the movers and shakers.

So when I pondered what it takes to work at a VC firm it was relatively easy. Be a leader, make yourself known, take an informed stance on companies, issues and technology. The more you shape your opinions, the easier it will be for people to identify you.

Most importantly, it is up to you - the aspiring analyst - to create your own opportunities. No one is going to ask for your opinion unless you throw it out there. No one is going to give you a job, if it doesn't exist. Create the need and create the job. Be loud.


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Daily Motion: How to monetize Piracy...

Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of watching for free and in decent quality XMEN 3 on

The sad news for old guard media is that with the prevalence of online media streaming there will be no shortage of movies, music and consumer related materials taking advantage of the internet's freedom.

Yes, youtube is "striving" to only allow licensed content, and yes, there are revenue sharing models being built to monetize the work of online contributors (videoegg, brightcove, youtube, clipsyndicate). But the more media that I watch online the more I become irritated with its quality.

Five years ago (and even longer) it was an excruciating process to download movies over the internet, mostly taking one or two days per movie. Its also hard to believe that back when napster started it could take more than two hours to download just one song. Yet now seven years later we are streaming movies from remote servers.

Having been an early adopter in the usage of most technologies its fun for me to envision where we will be in five, ten even fifteen years from now in our capabilities to deliver content on demand. These forces of consumer demand will equally change our business, legal and cultural expectations regarding our usage of the web.

is taking the step to move towards DRM. Its about time by the way. I can only wait for the RIAA or MPAA to take the next steps in making online content even more accessible than itunes. Don't they have a bunch of high-powered advertising people figuring out new strategies for monetizing their content while providing it for free?

Joost is a great example of things to come. Although they are in an early stage, the number of content deals they have been accumulating is becoming fierce (Indy500, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Comedy Central). I am more than happy to sit through online ads as long as I get to watch the content I want, when I want it.

Its getting late. Time for some zzzzzs.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

New Exposures

Today I bought my second mac.

Six years ago about this time I had a G3. It worked alright, but when I got to college it was a whole lot easier to just use a pc. So I did just that.

Moving forward, its been far too long since the ease and accessibility of the mac was lost on me. But now I am a reformed mac user, typing away this very moment on my silver 15 inch MacBook Pro. I hate to admit it, but this computer is not only slick but pretty too.

I am hoping that I will not lose any of the functionality of my trusted pc desktop, but until I have proven this computer to be a true workhorse, I 'll have to keep the desktop available.

It was a great feeling walking down from the UES on Fifth Avenue staring down the GM Building. Each block I was 60 steps closer to my vicious silver demon. It only took me 7 minutes to flag a mac guy and walk out of the store.

A beautiful experience.