Manu Kumar (@manukumar)

Palo Alto, CA

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December 2009

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2010.

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RT @bfeld: Startup Visa article in ReadWriteWeb - http://bit.ly/8Zns4t #startupvisa

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The Stage Two @S2 Holiday Card is brilliant. Absolutely worth watching. http://bit.ly/s2card09 (You got me @jtoeman and @BigBurg! Nice job.)

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The default privacy settings on @Facebook (esp ‘what your friends can share about you’ http://bit.ly/55m8JM) are completely ridiculous #FAIL

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@shaig or maybe when she founds a startup ;-)

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@leonardspeiser Tweeting 1 year, 8 months, 1 week, 1 day, 15 hours, 12 minutes, 32 seconds (April 22, 2008). #howlong

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@priyacmu Congrats on the launch of Pittsburgh’s mobile 311 app iBurgh on Android

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@msbernst perhaps you should settle for a chicken pot pie ;-)

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@lsavidge The @PFChangs at Stanford Mall certainly doesn’t get high marks for its staff and service. I almost never go there any more.

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RT @venturehacks: It’s almost a law that cashed-out entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley have to start angel investing right away.

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Congratulations to @Twilio Team: @jeffiel @emcooke @daniellemorrill on the funding: http://bit.ly/7prVfT (& to @USV for a great investment)

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Pleased to be an investor in @Twilio. Funding was announced today on @TechCrunch http://bit.ly/4Gfvcf & @VentureBeat http://bit.ly/8n9C0m

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RT @twilio: thanks to our investors & advisors re: funding @davemcclure @albertwenger @sacca @davidcohen @manukumar @daveschappell @mkapor

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@charlesju Let me guess that’s from Prantl’s? ;)

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@satishd Be sure to do a snorkeling trip out to the middle reef and also check out the Cairns Zoo - both were highlights of our trip to AUS

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@mikeyk Thanks for the pointer to TiltShiftGen — been on my “should try that” list for a while, but finally downloaded it now.

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RT @zappos: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hoping 2010 brings back the IP market. RT @TechCrunch: The Top Ten IPO Candidates For 2010 http://is.gd/5AbVz by @erickschonfeld

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RT @newsycombinator: Apple may demo tablet on Jan. 26; Jobs “extremely happy” with final product http://bit.ly/7Wl72W

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@anateus Hope your arm is doing better!

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RT @tseelig: RT @TEDchris Steve Jobs inspiring commencement speech at Stanford now up at #TED http://bit.ly/6PmpOb A MUST!

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@l2k @vanpelt Hope to see you guys in new digs soon ;-)

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Congrats @othmanlaraki. Good move by @ev & @twitter RT @othmanlaraki: Twitter & GeoAPI Team Up! @geoapi now @twitter :) http://bit.ly/8IPh0V

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@fishmanalex Hope you’re having a great time in Thailand. Happy New Year to you.

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Oops, sorry about the last tweet, attached to the wrong twitter account. Correcting it now it hoping it’s fixed, but not re-testing it yet.

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Both @hanakumar & I are incredibly touched by how nice & thoughtful our neighbors are. Thank you Brigette & John, Geoff & Erin, and Faith.

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Ah, so the constant headache and the muscle pains are a result of sleep deprivation. http://bit.ly/82ywmi Good to know.

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@sidraj Thanks Sid! Good to see you on Twitter :-)

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Using @posterous for a new family blog & loving every bit of it. @garrytan & @a4agarwal huge kudos to both of you on awesome UX/design

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Hoping to make up for being off the grid by using my latest excuse: @reachanika. Hello from Anika: http://bit.ly/79rxZC

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@priyacmu thanks Priya, I was patiently composing that tweet for a couple of months :)

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@shaig if I were to stretch that analogy any further the IPO would have to be a wedding ;)

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Thanks everyone for all the congratulations! :) Wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a great new year ahead!

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Co-founders @manukumar and @hanakumar are pleased to announce the launch of their new startup Anika (@reachanika) http://twitpic.com/v34yv

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RT @bfeld: Don’t Ask For A Referral If I Say No http://fndry.gr/1188m

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BofA sends fraud alert mail (looks legit, not phishing), but then asks me to enter my credit card# on website/phone. Not happening. #FAIL

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Just added Skype-To-Go to my @Skype services. Excellent design and flow — very simple and intuitive. Well done @Skype!

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@wendyju Ha! I almost sent that to you too, but then I realized it was Pittsburgh that that you probably wouldn’t want that ;)

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@ethankurz I think the more general version of that is: “owning a house is apparently harder and more….” Welcome to the joys of owning ;)

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@Yokum I bet lots of tech founders will swap you legal time for tech time ;-)

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@leonardspeiser @jasonkincaid The AMC IMAX isn’t real IMAX imho. The real IMAX has a dome screen, which is great. This is just “larger”

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@bfeld I think Windows Movie Maker should be able to do it. http://bit.ly/5wQWmF

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@leonardspeiser Have fun! It was a good movie — though I was hoping for a little more plot depth :-)

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‘a union between two people’ RT @cnnbrk: Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. http://bit.ly/7qjcTw

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Hot & spicy! RT @CrowdFlower: Think you have what it takes? We’re looking to hire a solid engineer with people skills - http://bit.ly/579X05

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Awesome site. Well done. RT @SF_Emergency: It’s not a matter of IF. It’s a matter of WHEN. Do you know what to do? http://quakequizsf.org/

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Funny ;) RT @garrytan: Epic homework assignment fail http://post.ly/Fn0d

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@rashmi Try setting up your own with @twilio (http://bit.ly/52PgP6) or you can try using Rondee http://www.rondee.com/

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RT @theonezozo: Why is it that an ATM that only dispenses money in $20 increments insists you enter withdrawal amounts to the penny?

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@theonezozo because the designer was a moron? ;) or perhaps because they didn’t have an interaction designer at all.

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@pkedrosky Liked your @TechCrunch post. Agree about the impending IPO boom. I expect LinkedIn or Facebook to be the one to open floodgates

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@VCMike @Joshmedia Congrats! RT @TechCrunch: The Start Project Launches To Create, Incubate Startups http://bit.ly/6uTjTR

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Inbox teetering on the edge of turning into a black-hole. Apologies to anyone I haven’t responded to yet. Will try and get to it RSN.

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Cool stuff. RT @priyacmu: RT @mitsap: MIT presents technique for turning touch-screens into giant lensless cameras http://ow.ly/Nsps

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Agree w/@bfeld about ‘Being Syndication Agnostic’ http://bit.ly/7wx2gi (See my response on coinvesting on @angellist http://bit.ly/8VWS9q)

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@ariossw Had that problem before and it was an issue with the iPhone. Take it to an Apple store and they can run diagnostics on it.

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RT @meattle RT @baratunde Avatar WTF moment: “unobtanium!?” Why didn’t they go with hardtogetium, worthlotsofmonium or just difficultonamium

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RT @bijan: My least favorite six words in the VC world - http://bijansabet.com/po…

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RT @TechCrunch: Stealth Startups, Get Over Yourselves: Nobody Cares About Your Secrets http://is.gd/5tKrI by @vwadhwa

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.@altgate That’s not what it made me wonder. It made me wonder “what a violent and cruel world we live in” http://bit.ly/89bKbb

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So many images contain “objectionable content” It’s a crazy world. RT @cdixon: amazing “best photos of the decade” http://bit.ly/89bKbb

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@pistachio congrats on the funding.

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@bfeld I use Google Voice almost exclusively. Works great. (I even like the SMS to email delivery)

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A pretty active year for M&A. Now waiting for IPOs RT @erickschonfeld: Top tech M&A deals of 2009 (not including Yelp) http://bit.ly/4sUaVu

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RT @CarnegieMellon: RT @cmuApp: Read about our app friends @SnaptureLabs. Taking “camera phones” to a new place: http://bit.ly/5cOGQD

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@loggly @puneet324 congrats on closing the funding!

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Tip on RT etiquette - use the form: <comments> RT @username: <original tweet> (Prevents mix up of your comments w/orig tweet)

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Glad to hear that! RT @bfeld: Call with Senator Kerry’s office on the #startupvisa - making steady progress!

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Watching @bjfogg field questions at the Persuasive Online Video workshop @Stanford #fb http://twitpic.com/u2j1a

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After so many years I still need directions or a map to find buildings on the @Stanford campus. Headed to Persuavive Video #fb

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Phew! Closed 3 transactions in one week — ending the year with a bang. Awesome debut year for @k9ventures!

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Agreed. RT @jboutelle: If you use excel/word/powerpoint more than 1 hr/day, you should be a PC. Mac versions are quite pathetic.

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RT @venturehacks: “Angel investors are becoming the dominant force in Consumer Internet Venture capital.” – Bill Burnham, http://j.mp/7BH1YF

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inline scrolling == bad design RT @cdixon: Google’s feature creep: scrolling realtime search results are the new Clippy http://bit.ly/5LvqQK

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A case/need for better design? RT @KonaTbone: LED traffic lights so energy efficient, they’re deadly - http://su.pr/2bqW5P - via @wormskull

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RT @thione: January 14th 2009- Panel StartOut SF: Investors and Entrepreneurs: A Match Made in Heaven.. or Hell? http://bit.ly/5LILaG

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RT @bfeld: looking for successful first generation immigrant entrepreneurs in the US in the past 5 years. email brad@feld.com #startupvisa

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.@jtoeman @BigBurg nice job on Gunman for the iPhone! Looks very cool http://playgunman.com/

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@robconeybeer Congrats on the Smule investment! http://bit.ly/7nuW5S

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@vanpelt there has to be a good story behind that tweet

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@cdixon It doesn’t have to relate to it’s core business — it’s going to be it’s second core business. AMZN is becoming the next gen utility

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@mytweetmark side projects are good if the main project isn’t getting traction. The side project allows for experimenting and pivoting

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That last tweet needed a ;) but it didn’t fit. So just imagine it.

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AT&T doesn’t realize rift it causes when it doesn’t let all members of a family plan upgrade their phones at the same time! #SophiesChoice

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.@quanza AMZN is going to be a force to reckon w/ in this space. They are morphing from a retailer to a next-gen utility.

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RT @rashmi: Must read - facts about bottled water (via @hnshah) http://bit.ly/8ODY80

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@WhatsAppInc Yes, v2.3 is working well for me. Trying to get more folks I know on it so I can dump SMS :)

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I boycott SMS (most expensive bytes on the wire) and so I like finding my friends on WhatsApp (http://bit.ly/biJMT). Nice work @WhatsAppInc!

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A drop of honey and testing… testing… 1… 2… 3… Phew good to have my taste buds back! http://twitpic.com/tn7da #fb

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@vwadhwa You may not have had to deal w/CustSvc/installation; took 3 weeks to get svc at home in Delhi. Still, better than some US providers

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RT @CrowdFlower: new world we live in: Health Insurers Caught Paying FB Gamers Virtual Currency To Oppose Reform Bill http://bit.ly/8w6DhK

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and maybe also http://go2.hl ;) (sorry shorteners suck and their proliferation just adds to the fragility of the Net)

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With all the new URL shorteners being announced today - http://fb.me, http://goo.gl, I’m just waiting for someone to get http://f.me ;)

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@jtoeman what would startups use to prop up their monitors or hold doors open!? ;-) (j/k, what a waste!)

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@stevejang oops, incomplete resp — I like to see the full url and perhaps copy it or bookmark it using a bookmarklet (GBookmarks)

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@anateus Thanks for the offer! I think right now I’m going to try not messing with it and hope it passes :)

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Juggling closings for two new investments. Psyched to be working w/both these founding teams. Details once the companies announce.

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Quite puzzled and intrigued by why I can’t taste anything sweet today (even honey or sugar). For a sweet-tooth like me that’s devastating ;)

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For the record, I dislike shorteners that use frames (like http://ow.ly and http://su.pr).

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@jtoeman You should add iPhone to that list ;) I managed to make it work, but it borked my data & I now have >4K contacts on my phone!

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@i_am_karenika Ouch!! Hope you’re doing okay and that it heals quickly.

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Aww, no clogs for us!? http://bit.ly/4KIdXu RT @KonaTbone: Train to amsterdam… No I will not be shopping for “special” xmas gifts

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RT @VentureBeat Beyond the touchscreen, Synaptics announces new way to interact with cell phones http://bit.ly/6ZGly3

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RT @eengler: An organization’s ability to learn is the ultimate and perhaps the only really sustainable competitive advantage.

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@Jeff You mean looking at Hoover Tower isn’t the same ;)

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Amazon truly doing compute-as-utility RT @newsycombinator: Amazon EC2 Spot Instances - And Now How Much Would You Pay? http://bit.ly/4ONWs6

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‘Want to create jobs? Import entrepreneurs’ via CNNMoney.com http://bit.ly/8OXTDo #startupvisa #foundersvisa

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RT @tedsv: The official TEDx Silicon Valley #tedxsv UStream recording is up. If you missed any of the talks go here http://bit.ly/6JY4QX

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RT @davidcohen: RT @IncMagazine @davidcohen offers tips on how to structure friends and family money http://bit.ly/5FgVec

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AT&T vs iPhone RT @newsycombinator: Who Do You Believe, Randall Stross or Your Own Lying Eyes? http://bit.ly/4R2Wht

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RT @jeffiel: http://twitpic.com/tfh67 - More Facebook privacy WTF… have u seen this page? UR friends can publish your data to 3rd parties

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Pleased to see notice from credit card co. about changes being made in resp to CARD Act. http://bit.ly/4zzpqt Long overdue. #ShylockCC #FB

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Had a blast flipping through the ‘Onset Ventures Holiday Catalog’ http://bit.ly/5GbiNb Kudos to @shomit for the VC humor! #fb

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@auren Take a deserving entrepreneur/founding team out for dinner and give him/her/them some good advice :-)

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RT @Rajil: Wrote a guest post on TechCrunch on tips for pitching a VC http://bit.ly/8MGG7e

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@msbernst Congrats on the CHI paper Michael!

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@alexko3 agreed. All the companies I work with are typically either founders only or <5 people. So lots of opportunity to make a difference!

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@alexko3 and also by opportunities in very early stage companies where they can have a much larger equity stake :)

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Looking for some rock-star engineering talent (CS) for some of my portfolio companies. If you know folks, please point me to them. Thanks!

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@EoinHarrington Didn’t get chance to say it in person, so figured I’d tweet instead: Awesome job yesterday #TEDxSV. Enjoyed your performance

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The end of Cable is near — even the NYTimes has written about it now! ‘Cable Freedom is a Click Away’ http://bit.ly/5P1y9P

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Returned home to find the tree all finished and in full attire http://twitpic.com/tak36 #fb

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Magician Robert Strong at #TEDxSV performing a levitation trick with @l2k as one of the four volunteers http://twitpic.com/t9u1p #fb

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@davemcclure Braun Music — come by Treasider parking and you will see the signs

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RT @Stanford TEDxSV is back from coffee break, catch the final speakers live online at http://bit.ly/5QOUkJ #tedxsv #fb

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Most inspiring talk at #TEDxSV about Dis/Ability by Viktor Tsaran, head of Yahoo’s accessibility program http://twitpic.com/t9fma #fb

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Awesome job @thione! RT @thione From the control room at TEDxSV #tedxsv great start!! #fb

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Excellent performance of an original song ‘Speak Your Mind’ about #TEDxSV by Eoin Harrington http://twitpic.com/t8hmr Best of @tedsv yet #fb

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‘Obama is the best president elected in *this* century’ : Prof. Clayborne Carson at @tedsv #tedxsv #fb

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Google Groups in Google Apps: http://bit.ly/6dDJzf (Nice hack, but Google Groups is screaming for a complete revamp)

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Tried using Amazon’s PayPhrase. Conclusion: Sucks (couldn’t get it to group multiple items w/correct shipping choice)

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RT @edyson: http://bit.ly/6rHIWh someone please make this product…& reward its inventor! new take on the fat old British 3-prong plug.

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RT @ehthayer: in business, if you screw up too much, you are out of business. In gov’t, you just get more tax dollars.

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RT @Stanford: TEDx comes to Stanford! Stellar speaker line-up and free live webcast tomorrow (12/12), 10:30am-5:30pm: http://bit.ly/5QOUkJ

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Christmas tree is up but presently naked; my work is done. http://twitpic.com/t4aol #fb

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Persimmons from a friend’s backyard http://twitpic.com/t49sn and chestnuts ready to roast http://twitpic.com/t49x0

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Taking care of weekend chores today since I will be at @Stanford tomorrow for @tedsv.

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@bgrey congrats! :) Hope you make it to Giordano Bros as your reward!

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@satishd Terror in Mumbai was absolutely surreal — felt like fiction. Had to keep reminding myself this is all real.

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@theonezozo true. Slow data rate is still more tolerable than bad voice quality though. I primarily use my iPhone for data (pref over WiFi)

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RT @peHUB: If carry tax change goes through some big-name VCs might become solo artists, investing own money. Angel capital still cap gain

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@jdrumgoole congrats on the #LeWeb standing!

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RT @shaig: Malaysian tycoon buys Friendster: http://url4.eu/uZLR <- first mover can be a disadvantage. This co will forever be a case study

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.@shaig imho it wasn’t first mover status that was a disadvantage for Friendster, it was botched execution. Ryze existed before Friendster.

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Psyched that both my alma maters have rocking iPhone apps! @Stanford http://bit.ly/8qQ3AC @CarnegieMellon http://bit.ly/6E1lxj (h/t @anigam)

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voice << data RT @bijan: So many of us use the iphone in spite of at&t’s network. maybe its because voice isn’t the killer app

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RT @jasonmendelson: House Raises Capital Gains Tax for Venture Capitalists and the WSJ slams them - http://jason.mn/u

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@jasonkincaid what are you using instead of comcast for internet?

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@joshk Great holiday card once again! Congrats on all the great companies and Happy Holidays to you and FRC.

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Gonna have to change my email handling path in order to make it more friendly for GMail’s spam algorithms. #TooManyFalsePositives

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House Considers Changes to Carried Interest Taxation (proposal is to tax as ord income) via Cooley Godward http://bit.ly/7qDzuM

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Still apalled at how much capital big VC firms are investing in some startups. #OverFundingContinues #LessonsNotLearned

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@ev agreed. RT @ev: Doesn’t it seem like iTunes Store would sell a lot more stuff if they had, ya know, web pages? (linking not the same.)

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I thought it was ‘Faux News’ RT @leonardspeiser: Fox News, guaranteed to poll accurately 120% of the time. http://twitpic.com/sqrd3

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@anigam how about people who never go to techmeme? <raising hand>

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.@cmccann7 That time-money analogy http://bit.ly/7xIRyR is flawed. Can earn more money, but once you lose time, it’s gone. Time >> Money.

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@jamescham Codes? You’re kidding right!?

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Loving Chrome on the Mac. http://bit.ly/8UsR8e Super fast. Still need extensions though. Someone as advertising-averse as me needs Adblock!

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Facebook trying to get users to “loosen” their privacy settings & be more public; More Twitter-Like so that Google can index FB content?

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RT @cansar: Do you love working on large and complex systems? Do you want to create awesome products? Send us an email, @apture is hiring.

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RT @a4agarwal: Sears and Comcast have optimized to take advantage of uneducated consumers. These guys really need to go http://post.ly/EVFN

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Congrats! Can’t wait to see it. RT @sonajain: ‘For Real’ picks up FOUR awards at Asian Festival of First Films, Singapore! Yeah!!!

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@singhgurjeet Sigona’s @ Stanford Mall — probably the same place :)

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@KonaTbone Be sure to visit Angelina @ 226 Rue de Rivoli in Paris :-)

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RT @shaig: 2009 exits/acquisitions: most were less than $100M, median is $72.5M. Startups, think about which VCs to approach when raising $

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RT @venturehacks: Venture Hacks has a secret Facebook fan page: http://j.mp/mrETh. 106 crazy people are fans. Get crazy. Today.

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@singhgurjeet ha! me too. Where do you get your stash of dried mangoes from! :)

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RT @cansar: No need to live every day like it’s your last but make sure you live every day with meaning and are proud of what you did.

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