Monthly Archives: January 2006

Book: Why Not?

159139153901lzzzzzzz Why Not? by Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres

every entrepreneur and inventor should read this book.   it is short, quick, and filled with items to make you think … literally.   the book really helps you think through problems and come up with unobvious solutions.   i highly recommend it.

I met Barry Nalebuff at a Renaissance Weekend a few years ago and have just now gotten around to reading Why Not.   that is definitely my loss.  i should have read it earlier.   especially since i loved Co-opetition, Nalebuff’s first book.   

summation: read this book.   it is a goodie.

Ariel Levy writes Female Chauvinist Pigs

0743249895_1And so I was reading the Wall Street Journal six months ago when I came across a book entitles Female Chauvinist Pigs. I read the review with interest. I’ve been wanting to read a book about feminism for the past year and here was a book with an updated 21st century view on it.

So I went online to buy the book and discovered that the author was Ariel Levy. Ariel was a high school classmate of mine who I always admired for her intellect but we had lost touch and hadn’t spoken since we were 18. needless to say, I was thrilled that I had some connection to the author as this may have been one of those books I instinctively buy and then just sit on my bookshelf.

Female Chauvinist Pigs is a very interesting book. And though it seems to be written for a female audience, it might be even more revealing for men as it brings up a variety of topics that we generally do not think about.

Meebo stats

Meebo is growing incredibly fast. I mentioned them in October when they were first starting.

i heard that yesterday they had over 300,000 logins … in one day! during that day they sent almost 9 million messages (implying almost 18 million carried). wow.

this is from a site that hasn’t yet done anything to market itself and has no viral component (yet). what does this mean? it means that Meebo has a compelling product that people really love. i mean really love.

rumor is that Meebo‘s traffic is growing at over 10%/week. if that’s true then Meebo should reach a hundred million messages carried in about 19 weeks (which would be May 31). will they do it? stay tuned and let’s check back then….

(full disclosure: i am a Meebo investor)