Coffee Talk from the Silicon Valley

The end of last year I spent a day in the Silicon Valley talking with a few venture investors and entrepreneurs to get a better sense of the current market. This pre-dated the raising of our B round, so the discussions were informal, and mostly with people with whom I…

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Why Google Glass Was Not a Disruptive Innovation

Monday is the last day you can purchase Google Glass. The controversial Google X research project will be taken off the shelf as part of its move into a product division under Tony Fadell, the former founder / CEO of Nest Labs. While the debate over whether Glass was a success…

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Boston Venture Investing By the Numbers

It's official: venture capital investing in New England is at a 10+ year high. The latest study from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows venture capitalists invested just over $5 billion in New England startups in 2014, with 93% of the funds going into Massachusetts. This puts us at a little more than 10…

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The LinkedIn Search I Wish I Had

While LinkedIn has become an indispensible tool in recruiting, it still amazes me how primitive it remains for matching great candidates to great companies. Below is the LinkedIn search I wish I could express, which is of course pure fiction today. But in the fiction is a commentary on the…

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Hiring Manager Review of Hired.com

Over my years of recruiting, I’ve worked just about every angle to hire great engineers. I’ve used agencies, internal recruiters, my personal network, my team’s personal network, ads on job boards, social media, meetups, networking events, free job services, cold calls, LinkedIn, and many more approaches to…

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The Heterogeneous Cloud

I came into the software world in the middle of the great operating system war, which pitted IBM, Microsoft, and other minor players against each other for dominance over the server operating system. The war was short but fierce, leaving Microsoft and Windows NT/3.1 in control of the…

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