A Few Quick Random Thoughts

Konfabu-device. O’Reilly says Yahoo’s acquisition of mini-application “widget” maker Konfabulator is evidence of a “long term platform shift that I’ve been calling Web 2.0.” He goes on to say that “the expectation that web companies will only buy other web companies should be put firmly into the trash bin.” Yes, that makes sense. If one extends this thinking, perhaps it’s not just about extending the internet from the web to the desktop, but even further as well? Does this mean that Ambient Devices – which makes actual physical devices connected to the internet – is next on the list?

Tag Me Funny. If you start browsing http://del.icio.us/tag/funny, you won’t be able to stop. Trust me. My favorite find thus far is the thirty second bunny reenactment of Pulp Fiction.

WhiteFeed. Feedmail – the next evolution in “email-like” communication or merely an overly-elaborate and overly-complex way to create an email whitelist to avoid spam?

“The New Black” is the New Black. Soon after I declared “tagging” as the new black, Paul Kedrosky (also on the VC Channel) declared “focus” the new black. Tagging’s reign ends after merely two days. But then I found this post (through Wikipedia) and realized that everything is the new black.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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