The Software Colonoscopy

Recently, a large, well-known company in the computer software industry approached a small technology company to gauge its level of interest in being acquired at a nice multiple. The management team and investors quickly reached a decision to accept the large company’s offer and due diligence ensued.

…and that is when things quickly went awry.

Facebook is EVIL Part II

There were a number of responses to my post “Facebook is EVIL” that raised some legitimate issues that Facebook is…ahem…facing…that no other company on the planet has had to deal with due to its massive scale.

Facebook is EVIL

Ok…that may be a little over the top but it got your attention. Truthfully, I’m confident that the vast majority of the folks who work at Facebook are good people but a recent exchange between my wife and Facebook gave me significant pause for thought.

Raising Money From Venture Capital – Size Does Matter….(So Does Time)

There are a multitude of venture capital firms (although not as many as there were a few years ago and more than there will be a few years from now) with different business models.

Some firms prefer to invest in early stage v late stage companies. Some must be assured at least 20% ownership before they will invest. Some want to lead an investment. Some only want to follow another lead investor. Some only want to follow Sequoia. :)

Some have large funds where they must put to work a lot of capital. Others have smaller funds where a modest success in the portolio can deliver reasonable multiples for their Limited Partners.

These Aren’t Your Mother’s Cookies….

There is increasing scrutiny over the use of browser cookies to track end user web behavior. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled, “Cookies Cause Bitter Backlash” as well as a series titled, “What They Know” which describes how companies are tracking individuals across the web in order to develop individual profiles that enable better ad targeting. In response, the more sophisticated web users erase cookies from their browsers but the vast majority of web users either don’t know how or don’t bother to erase cookies retained in their browsers.