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:
- ValleyWag.com - a "rag" covering the SF Web 2.0 scene.
- Scott Kirsner's Innovation Economy blog. Check out his Aug. 8 2007 post on Y Combinator.
- Nabeel Hyatt's "If we were on the west coast, we'd have been funded by now." (And check out the OpenCoffee concept... entrepreneurs and VCs hang out every Thursday morning at a cafe in Central Square. Come one, come all.)
- A blog that covers New England Web 2.0, "93South." I like his snarky post about if some blog can get funding, your idea must royally suck!
- 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.