Saturday, December 30, 2006
punctuative is a blog written by Matt Winn, an analyst at Chrysalis Ventures in Louisville. I met him briefly at the AlwaysOn Summit this summer (webcast archives). His posts are well worth the read, especially his recent insights on exits and the entrepreneur's stake. So, right backatcha Matt !
Friday, December 29, 2006
Let's start slow with this low-key jazz tune with a sexy southern twang. Lovely album.
Sodastream - Twin Lakes from Reservations
My favorite Aussie band. Guitar and stand-up bass duo.
Patrick Watson - Daydreamer from Close to Paradise
Patrick lives two corners from our place and, true story, last summer he saved the life of a dog we were dog-sitting. And then put out his superb sophomore album. Super-Hero stuff.
Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up from their album Shut Up I Am Dreaming
Also from Montreal, side-project of Spencer Krug, of Wolf Parade fame.
Malajube - La monogamie from the excellent Trompe l'oeil
We're still in Montreal, this time in French, and Malajube are the best thing that has happened to québécois rock in forever. Cool vids, too.
Land of Talk - Speak to Me Bones from their debut EP Applause, Cheer, Boo, Hiss
More Montreal indie rock goodness... man, I love this city.
More to come...
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Music - I'm not going to do a top10 of 2006 (check here for a long list of those) but i'm going to mention artists and albums that I think were overlooked, or that I think really set themselves apart.
Here's a song from the album : Lost (She Believed in Angels)
Sunday, December 24, 2006
But his posts about VC are what keeps me coming back. This one, on what the Web 2.0 should mean for VCs, is well worth the read, especially for investment teams like ours, who are going back to early-stage investing after a few years of absence.
Si vous n'avez pas encore vu la carte de Noël de BluePrint Ventures... c'est une caricature assez fidèle de la vie en capital de risque... à part peut-être les jets privés, yachts et gonzesses...
Speaking of Xmas cards, this following video is of my distinguished colleague Robert Lévesque, whose business networking skills are SO amazing that he yearly near-drowns under them cards. RESPECT.
So what am I doing here ? Not sure... Time will tell.
The much-talked-about Venture Capital Aptitude Test posted last month by Guy Kawasaki told me that, in theory, i should be one of the worst VCs around... Venture Capital IS my first real job. Hired straight out of my Business Management MSc. (5 years ago already !). No serious technical background, no real sales background, etc. But I've been steadily learning the Game, working with some of the best and smartest people around, colleagues and entrepreneurs, making mistakes, making good calls, and loving every minute of it (except for most of 2004... more on that later).
I also think that the "VC job" at a Québecois institutional VC firm like Desjardins is very different than what the job is in Sillicon Valley, or in most typical private funds. Also something i'll try and discuss later.
But anyhow, I strongly believe that Venture Capitalist is one of the best jobs there is. I especially love how you get to become a Jack of all trades (but, no, master of none): technology, strategy, finance, accounting, sales, marketing, legal, HR, governance... if there's something VCs are expert about, it's being experts of nothing, but smart enough and networked enough to find the right experts with the right skills and tightly watch them turn ideas into products, markets and, hopefully, huge-ass returns and bonuses. Fun, I tell ya !
Saturday, December 23, 2006
- Get more sleep (i can check out Colbert on youtube anyways)
- Become a better networker / business developer
- Talk more often in French with sweetie darlin' Christy so she'll get better faster
- No more checking the Blackberry during meetings.
- Get with the times and start a goddamn blog, already.