If you have a hot idea for an Internet start-up, conventional wisdom goes, do not tell anyone. Draw up a non-disclosure agreement, file a provisional patent, and have your friends sign frieNDAs. Skip the therapist. Do not go out. Stop tweeting. Thieves, copycats and precocious 17-year olds are everywhere, handing you cocktails, eavesdropping on your Sunday brunch, eager to make a Winklevoss of you. You are in super-stealth mode, in start-up parlance, and you should most certainly not blog about how you are “working on something exciting.” That’s just begging to get Zucked.
The current generation of venture capitalists, by contrast, don’t mind getting Zucked; increasingly, they’re asking for it.
A failed direct message exchange on Twitter between tech blogger Anil Dash and designer/publisher Jeffrey Zeldman accidentally reported that BusinessWeek spent an astonishing $20 million on a fancy publishing platform before its revenue losses became too much for McGraw-Hill to bear.
“They bought a $20 million bullshit CMS then laid off staff and Read More
The results of the New York Tech Meetup Community Board election are in.
Protoblogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash, with 118 votes, and New York University computer science professor Evan Korth, with 97 votes, nabbed the two open seats on the board of the 15,000-strong organization.
Seventeen candidates campaigned for the positions (see them Read More
New York Tech Meetup is looking so grown-up these days.
Beyond just selling out the Skirball Center every month, the organization is seeking official status as a non-profit and adopting a set of Governing Bylaws.
As part of this maturation, NYTM is creating a 13 member board, with four of the seats to Read More
Entrepreneurial protoblogger Anil Dash is running for the board of the New York Tech Meetup, the 15,097-member group that recently registered with the state of New York and is seeking not-for-profit status–and it sounds like if he’s elected, he’ll gun for San Francisco.
Dash is a cofounder of the consulting agency Activate and the founding Read More
Last February, Anil Dash; the co-founder and “chief evangelist” for Six Apart, the company that creates the most popular blogging software in the world; was visiting his family in India for the first time in 25 years, explaining what he does for a living. Mr. Dash, 34, is an influential tech blogger and consultant who Read More