Monthly Archives: October 2007

video killed the search star

Tod Sacerdoti reveals that video impressions will pass search in three months. Video on the web is one of those things that everyone knew was coming one day but nobody knew when. then, about two years ago, it came.

portable identity and social graphs (what Rapleaf is working on) is the same thing. it will be here … eventually (probably in 2008).

as an early-stage investor, it is easy to invest in obvious trends rather than focus on the non-obvious ones. when deciding whether to invest, one can make a simple calculation:
– will this market (like video) be big?
– and are the founders an A+ team?

I’m a shareholder in three video-related sites (though none are competitive): BrightRoll (Tod’s company). Blip.tv, and MesmoTV
… the common denominator is (a) they are all video; and (b) they all have great founders.

those crazy disclaimer messages on emails

I got an email today from a friend of mine that contained the message below.

[THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS E-MAIL MESSAGE IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE USE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY NAMED ABOVE. IF THE READER OF THIS MESSAGE IS NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT, OR IS NOT THE EMPLOYEE OR AGENT RESPONSIBLE FOR DELIVERING IT TO THE INTENDED RECIPIENT, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT ANY DISSEMINATION, DISTRIBUTION OR COPYING OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE IN ERROR, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY US BY TELEPHONE OR REPLY BY E-MAIL AND THEN PROMPTLY DELETE THE MESSAGE. THANK YOU.]

speaking at Stanford on Mon (Oct 15)

I’m a really big fan of the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School and honored they selected me to give a seminar there next Monday:

Portable Identities and Social Web Bill of Rights
speaker: Auren Hoffman
Start: Oct 15 2007 – 12:45pm
End: Oct 15 2007 – 2:00pm

Topic Description

The future world of portable identities, reputations, and social graphs has many pluses and concerns. These portable systems could make the benefits of personalization, once only relegated to science fiction, a reality. The Social Web Bill of Rights makes the claim that users have the right to portability. But there are privacy implications to take into account as well. We will discuss an opt-out vs. and opt-in approach on data collection, privacy, and portability.
Location

Stanford Law School- Room 280B
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA, 94305

more at: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/node/5562
(if you are in Palo Alto, feel free to stop by)

populism is on the rise in America (and that’s a bad thing)

American populists are ascendant … and I’m worried.

The Wall Street Journal recently reporter that Republicans are now opposed to free trade by a 2-1 margin. On the question “Is foreign trade good or bad for the U.S. economy?,” 59% of Republicans said it was bad while only 32% said it was good. When Republicans are jumping ship on free trade, this means that probably 3/4 of the country thinks it is bad. I recently saw a poll that said that for the first time in history, the majority of Americans that make over $100k/year are against free trade.

I’m worried.