Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sunny williamsburg

Sunny williamsburg
Sunny williamsburg,
originally uploaded by KristianHansen.
Its a spectacular day out here in brooklyn. Low 80s, cool breeze from the east river and a beautiful bike ride of course.

So happy I can blog and photograph things on the go like this with my curve.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chess 101

Chess 101
Chess 101,
originally uploaded by KristianHansen.
Tonight I played an excellent round of chess with my friend Crystal over at the Village Chess Shop at 228 Thompson Street.

It was a lackluster victory. About 15 moves into the match, I was able to catch her queen. I felt almost like I was cheating once she no longer had her strongest defender available.

It took us a good 45 minutes to sort things out. But we have a rematch sometime soon. I'll keep you updated.

This isn't Star Wars, Harry Potter or even the Wii...

Caroline McCarthy of CNET News posted this link and pictures about some bozos hanging out in front of the Apple store on 59th Street.

Seriously guys, don't you have anything better to do?

I honestly hope that some other stores around the city start handing out the iphone before you guys get your hands all over it.

Disclosure - I heart my RIMM Curve.

The "Blingest" Avatar: Virtual Goods

Last week Charles River Ventures hosted the Virtual Goods Summit at Stanford University.

Wish I was in the Bay Area, it would have made for a great conversation.

Susan Wu, principal at CRV, posted a good write-up about the event on TechCrunch.

Her aggregated ideas point towards a shift that we are seeing in the last couple of years as binary code is being converted into real capital. Capital that amounted to over $1.5 Billion in sales during the last fiscal year according to Wu.

These real numbers are a pathway into what I see as one of the main portals that will allow for facebook app developers to quickly monetize their code.

Earlier this month James Hong, co-founder of, noted that he saw a huge potential market for virtual goods on facebook while attending the monthly NY Tech Meetup hosted by Scott Heiferman. Hong went so far as to divert the efforts of his programmers upon hearing about facebook's new 3rd party application process. To me this speaks volumes about where smart people are hedging their bets about things to come.

Two weeks ago at the Web 2.0 conference here in New York, Steve Rosenbaum, founder of, noted that his young child wants to use allowance money to buy a disco floor for his igloo in the virtual world Club Penguin. Its real money that children are now using to buy virtual goods. This is a schism from the thought process that we as a generation grew up understanding. Although many items that we purchased were petty, say a comic book or a Barbie doll, we at least had the tacit knowledge that these items existed in three dimensional form. Where will our children look for their memories as adults? Will their be an archive of all the virtual goods purchased whilst growing up?

Nevertheless, we as adults purchase virtual goods on LinkedIn through virtual invitations. We can buy flowers on HotOrNot or we can equally buy lingerie or cupcakes on facebook to give to friends. This trend is not going away anytime soon. Perhaps in a decade's time we will see commodities markets spreading around the buying and selling of virtual industries - we will short Linden Dollars. Who really knows?

I am not really into predicting the future, but its a sweet deal to view the world five to ten years from now based on the early trends emerging now. This is an emerging market for sure, one that is going virtually nowhere fast.