Gary Trudeau is in the middle of a great series on David “Lord” Geffen’s attempt to keep the public off of the “public” beach in front of his Malibu estate. This time, he points out the beachfront homeowner’s use of public sand to build a berm:
“One day a tsunami will come and there will be a great reckoning! Mansions will crumble! Only the surfer will prosper”….
Not a good day for us. SCOTUSblog has more. EFF Wall Street Journal Roundtable
Kathleen Gallagher writes a positive article on Trevor D’Souza and Dan Broderick, Managing Directors of Mason Wells’ first venture capital fund, Biomedical Fund 1. MW has invested in two Madison firms: NameProtect and Opgen among other midwest startups.
VC’s certainly play a useful role in the business growth process. That role is not always decisive. Interestingly, many of them do NOT fund startups. They’d rather let someone else (angel investors) take that risk. Anyone interested in this area should read another perspective: internet entrepreneur Paul Graham’s essay: The Unified Theory of VC Suckage.
Perhaps with over 2000 reporters covering the Michael Jackson trial, Mark Lasswell’s article on local disruptive media techniques makes some sense. These interruptive techniques have been used by many organizations seeking attention, information or both.
On travel recently in New Jersey, I came across an excellent and inexpensive “Pakistani/Indian” restaurant: Maizban, located southwest of Newark in South Bound Brook [Map]. The Aloo Gobhi ($2.49) was wonderful. Highly recommended.
The Essential Traits:
- You can delegate
- You are a teacher
- You are self motivated
- You can work with numbers
- You don’t mind making mistakes
- You like to work
- You don’t mind selling
- You don’t quit easily
Very useful. We need more of this in Madison.
Thomas Bleha on our lagging broadband capabilities. In essence, we’re falling further behind. Our “broadband” – DSL or cable modems are much slow than those available in Japan and Korea. Their services are priced similarily, yet 20X+ faster.
In the first three years of the Bush administration, the United States dropped from 4th to 13th place in global rankings of broadband Internet usage. Today, most U.S. homes can access only “basic” broadband, among the slowest, most expensive, and least reliable in the developed world, and the United States has fallen even further behind in mobile-phone-based Internet access. The lag is arguably the result of the Bush administration’s failure to make a priority of developing these networks. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized state without an explicit national policy for promoting broadband.
We Madisonians lag the rest of the country as well. We have very little public wifi. Our airport remains without wifi, years after others have implemented these inexpensive services.