Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog
There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services
Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new
platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if
not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what
Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts.
I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different
perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of
the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understanding the
Let me start by giving a hat tip to the AMZN guys. Their web services
platform (AWS) has really been at the tip of the spear for cloud computing.
or the sake of this discussion, when I use the term “cloud computing,” I
am talking about the developer platf... (more)
Well, there’s an old adage that you should be careful what you ask for
because you might just get it. The avalanche of emails and phone calls
looking for developer devices was a welcome development. There are some out
there who think that we might as well pack it in on this whole mobile
thing. Developers, however, know better. New markets = new opportunities
for big ideas to break through.
I personally have seen, erm, a surge in the amount of email I get on a daily
basis, thanks in no small part to Long Zheng. I love that there are so many
developers with so many great ideas... (more)
Venture Capital Blog on Ulitzer
Apparently (apparently!), I have said something that hit a nerve. When I
posted my thoughts on the whole issues as to whether or not the VC model was
broken, I had no idea that it would be the most popular post I have ever
written (and it’s not even noon on day 2). Crazy.
Predictably, some of my VC friends showed up to the conversation to point out
that 1) am angry, and 2) that the “good” VCs don’t have associates.
First, I am not angry. It’s easy for the VCs and their ilk to cast those
aspersions, but the reality is that they have a fantastic ... (more)
It’s Friday, and it’s sunny out here in Seattle, which means that no work
will get getting done. In lieu of work, I did some digging with my contacts
on the interwebs, and it turns out there is are a couple of screen grabs of
the new Chrome OS floating around out there. I like how Google is taking
their minimalist design philosophies for their search engine and applying it
to their OS.
At the very least, you can expect that the UI for the OS won’t change for
10 years, that the OS will work only about 80% of the time (the other 20%
it’s will be working on some personal project... (more)
Venture Capital on Ulitzer
It’s been an interesting week. I posted the note about the Zappos deal
and got quite a few comments and emails about it. I will readily admit that
the use of the word “hate” was a bit pejorative, but I had a point to
make and at the time it seemed appropriate. I don’t think VCs hate
entrepreneurs, but I do think that there are things that VCs do that make
life for entrepreneurs very hard.
In some of the discourse I have had over the past week on this topic, I felt
a bit like George Costanza trying to explain to his co-worker that he has
black frien... (more)