09 August 2007

The East-Coast VC Post

Hi -

I just returned home, energized, from a wonderful entrepreneurs-only event hosted by a really great tech journalist and a serial entrepreneur... somewhere in Cambridge. One topic of discussion explored the differences between East Coast and West Coast entrepreneurship. Like NYC vs. Compton rap music, there really are differences. I think. Well, really, people weren't sure.

The usual mantra is that it's significantly harder to get much of anything funded up here in Boston, and that the West Coast guys (and gals) will take greater risks. Also, the entrepreneurial energy is more palpable out there in Menlo Park and Palo Alto than here in Cambridge and Waltham and...

If you care about this stuff, check out these posts and sites:

Alright, it wouldn't be the g-fav blog without a random assortment of:

  • The kick-yourself-in-the-pants "ABC: Always Be Closing" scene from Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • A few photos of last weekend's SciFoo 2007 through the eyes of the Brockman / edge.org posse.
  • Freeman Dyson's "Heretical thoughts about science and society," which begins: "My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models."
  • Go on, apply to show your stuff at O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech)
  • Typewriter art? Or is it just Courier? I don't know. Acid Head War.
  • Looking for a book in some library, but you don't know which library? WorldCat.org. (Thanks RH.)
  • I can't remember why I bookmarked this, but maybe you'll learn something: "Phase Invariance and the Laws of Electromagnetism."
  • Clothing store "butt camera." [gizmodo]
  • J-Fav is crazy about Wesabe.com, a sort of Quicken web app, with community suggestions for saving money.
  • The world's top computer graphics conference, SIGGRAPH, just finished up this year's proceedings. One of the coolest papers is one about letting you stretch your photos as much as you want, and the software kind of fills out the gaps. It's hard to explain. You know how usually you need to resize photos such that the aspect ratio is unchanged? Well, this algorithm gets around that. Click here and then browse the paper about "seam carving." Yeah yeah, a lot of math. Look at those pictures.


Annie said...

Hey, check out the guy in the lower left of the frame about 11 seconds into this video clip!
I think I see him again around 45 seconds, too.

Annie said...
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Annie said...

Ahem. Go to the "How to Speak" video on that page.

G-Fav said...

Holy cow. I am mystified. It's scary to have forgotten attending a talk like that (which is deeply ironic, given the subject matter). It's eerie to not know you were being taped. And to have it resurface eleven years later is just downright screwy.

How on earth did you spot me in that?

I was so thin...


ps Actually, those props did finally bring back the recollection of sitting there. I think it was an introductory lecture to us new Harvard grad students so that we'd have some clue about how to teach sections.

Anonymous said...

Annie's video is just *awesome*. You're sooo cute! And tiny. Like pocket-G.

I like the SIGGRAPH paper (did you go this year?); Dyson's piece is cool, although I think there's something going on he misses because he sees the whole debate as something about science, when I think there's an aspect that's about morality and values and notions of quality that nobody puts into words. But that's me.


G-Fav said...

Jopesche - Hah! "Pocket-G..."

Speaking of quality, maybe I should just refer to you as Phaedrus from now on.

I've had this odd urge to learn how to ride a motorcycle lately, as J-Fav can attest.