Act Like Adults

Human sexuality is a psychology course I took in college.  One important concept you learn is that children say and do things they don’t know are “dirty”.  Adults can do more harm than good by interfering when children say and do those things.  You’re just supposed to let it go and not acknowledge it.  By commenting or disciplining the child, you plant the seeds of guilt and shame about bodies and normal natural behavior.  Children carry those ideas with them their whole lives.  And that manifests later in life in all kinds of unhealthy psychological and social disorders.  So what does all that mean?  It means that many of you, grown men, and grown women, act worse than children.  And you behave worse around each other than you behave around little kids. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is possibly the best Star Wars movie since Empire Strikes Back.  Only “possibly” because I don’t think its a fair comparison of Original Trilogy to any of the subsequent movies.  This post is not so much a review as it is some of my random observations, with spoilers.  I like the way this new trilogy doesn’t just mirror and invert the other movies, but also learned from the history they created a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Continue reading

Billion Dollar Buyer

Billion Dollar Buyer is a show on CNBC where a billionaire entrepreneur from Houston meets with small business owners on their own turf to negotiate a purchase that will both improve the billionaire’s customer experience and help that business grow.  Every episode features the billion dollar buyer, two businesses soliciting an offer, and the process they all go through to ultimately walk away or close a deal.  Sounds simple enough, right?  And yet you’d be surprised the mistakes these business owners make that results in missing their single biggest sales opportunity.  Each episode of this show is two useful business case studies. Continue reading


Stanford is a great place to read and write.  Startup founders and employees have always frequented Stanford for various reasons.  Some of them are also students.  So the school is also a good place to network and meet people.  I thoroughly enjoy my experience whenever I visit The Farm, which at one time in my life was almost daily.  Thinking about Stanford brings back only good memories. Continue reading

Well Its All Right (End Of The Line)

My writings from the first several years of this blog were often written at Stanford University in the Meyer Library.  Don’t look for the building on campus.  After more than forty years, it’s not there anymore.  Hugh Hefner recently passed away.  And Tom Petty.  And the namesake of the Monty Hall problem.  All gone.  Eventually I will get around to redesigning this site about not just startups, but a mix of popular culture and technology.  Like WiredNerdistLaughing SquidBoing Boing.  This blog has already jumped the rails from technology to whatever I feel like writing about.  But the theme of any blog doesn’t really matter anymore anyway because the vast majority of visitors land on a site, not on the home page, but on whatever specific post shows up in the search engine search results for whatever they searched for.  I feel obligated to write something because I haven’t in awhile.  I’m just kinda rambling, though, so don’t mind me.  Just go on with whatever you’re doing. Continue reading


Batman from the 1960’s will always be the Batman.  This superhero that originated in 1940’s comic books has been depicted and re-imagined numerous times in live action form.  The ’60s Batman television show remains iconic and beloved even fifty years later because of its performances, visual style, and cultural significance. Continue reading

HomeAway Is The Future Of Vacation Rentals

HomeAway is a global marketplace for vacation rental properties.  The market for home-sharing has continued to grow in recent years, along with the potential problems of such services.  The biggest threats to home-sharing companies like Airbnb, and its hosts, are apartment building owners and the hotel industry, particularly in major cities like New York.  Airbnb controversially partnered with The Clinton Foundation, presumably to gain some political influence in the White House.  Be that as it may, the President-elect of the United States owns apartment buildings and luxury hotels, not just in New York, but all over the world.  HomeAway, which only allows listing of whole properties, is an established company that provides safe, secure vacation rentals. Continue reading

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

wonkavatorEccentric reclusive founder that lives in his factory?  Makes sense.  Other factories sending in spies to steal his secret recipes?  Of course they would.  Long before Steve Jobs ever stood on a stage talking about the magic of his new products, there was that legendary magician Mister Willy Wonka.  More founders than will admit have likely been influenced by this movie.  Now is as good a time as any to reflect on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Continue reading

Triumph of the Nerds: The Personal Computer

triumphofthenerdsTriumph of the Nerds is a three-part documentary about the history of the personal computer industry.  The documentary begins with the PC’s origin with hobbyists, continues through the era of IBM compatibility, and concludes with the emergence of graphical user interfaces and start of the Internet Age.  The media continues to release new documentaries and movies to cash in on mainstream interest in the high-tech industry.  Here is a good documentary from 1996 about the history of the personal computer industry told through interviews with the real people that lived through it: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer, Larry Ellison, Ed Roberts, Steve Wozniak, and more. Continue reading