Manu Kumar (@manukumar)

Palo Alto, CA

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March 2010

@davidcohen I know, I know. Usually try to avoid the “ooh secretive stuff” tweets. Will have details in the near future though.

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Technically today was a big day, but too tired and still have too much stuff to do for that to sink in yet. #RaisingTheBar

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@kurpita or perhaps get a round of golf in :)

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Time difference between east coast & west coast really allows for only <4 hours/day of real overlapping work time.

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It’s 2010, can we stop using the fax machine now please? #ShufflingPaper #Archaic

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@pierre Is that in ref to the off-shore drilling?

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‘Silicon Valley’s Innovative Approach to Creating American Jobs’ by @soniaarrison http://k9.vc/bLUygJ #startupvisa cc @bfeld @davemcclure

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@HKoren Website doesn’t show enough, have to keep doing more over & over again to get all. Problem is I lost my place/mark in the stream.

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Tweeting again, coz I think it’s big. RT @google: OAuth support now available for IMAP/SMTP in Gmail: http://bit.ly/a2XCnG (via @GoogleCode)

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@vibhavs While link-based analytics are useful, IMHO Twitter shd have made links first-class element of tweet & not proliferated shorteners.

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@mattmireles Problem not just auto-execs, problem is execs who lose sight of ethics/big picture when making bus. decisions. It’s pervasive.

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@theonezozo We should catch up — up for lunch sometime?

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@theonezozo They’re still way more reliable than most other auto-brands. They just got made an example of.

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RT @a4agarwal The Finder is dead. Soon, a PC won’t have files, folders, or documents. It will have “apps” like an iPhone http://post.ly/Wdu4

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Toyota getting unduly hammered. ‘Walking a mile is 19X more dangerous than driving a mile in a recalled Toyota’ http://k9.vc/cVlSTj

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Missed out on a whole day of tweets by accidentally hitting delete all in TweetDeck. Wish @Tweetdeck had Undo. #withdrawal

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@mattmireles While link based analytics is interesting, IMHO better of if shortners by themselves hadn’t proliferated. But too late now.

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Email as a Platform RT @newsycombinator: Google officially announces OAuth support for IMAP/SMTP Gmail http://bit.ly/9XNzAl

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@jamescham I like how it only shows up when you scroll to the bottom. Nice way of keeping people on the site.

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@Scobleizer Ever noticed how *slow* Google Contacts is to add/edit contacts on the Web. Almost unusable IMHO. Or is it just me?

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Agreed, Protovis rocks. RT @loggly: Woah. Check out the hotness that is Protovis.js: http://tr.im/TMm5 #javascript #graphing

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@priyacmu It’s just so that can get more efficient at giving out tickets. SF parking ticket now up to $65!

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@sgblank Did email make it past the gatekeeper? If he has a new secretary, she may not know any better. Happened to me before w/ other VCs.

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#Metrics RT @brezina: This guy totally beat me to the homeless a/b testing experiment i’ve been wanting to do http://bit.ly/aNuug5 Awesome!

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@Ross guess there’s a reason Apple’s still not allowing Flash :)

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@yukai_chou I was referring to this post when I said that GMail is supposed to get faster now — http://k9.vc/batqIK

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Wasn’t @GMail supposed to get faster — it just seems to keep getting slower. #ComeOnGMailYouCanSendItNow

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Didn’t think I was very funny, but judging from @reachanika’s reaction, I must be a clown and a standup comedian rolled into one! #crazykid

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@deekay Do you think the quality of the responses/community can be maintained at scale? Trying it again. cc @sacca @KonaTbone

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@KonaTbone Just UI chops, but your point is well taken :)

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@daveschappell @msuster agree that it’s debatable practice, but comparing it to spam may be a little over-reaching IMHO. I clicked 2nd time!

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@KonaTbone I agree, nice UI, but so far underwhelmed, esp for that kind of valuation. Guess we don’t have the same goggles as big guys :)

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@daveschappell aren’t you glad you don’t have to share an office with @bfeld now that he has a walkstation :)

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drool! RT @TechCrunch: Apple Posts A Boatload Of New iPad Footage - http://tcrn.ch/aXGut3 by @jasonkincaid

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@daveschappell @msuster I agree that it is a problem. I try to only send out something once, but as Mark’s data shows RT had lots of clicks!

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@msuster @daveschappell Content-snacking nature of Twitter makes it necessary to sometimes RT yourself. Not like email which sits in inbox.

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@loic had a question for you. Could I request you to follow so I can DM? Or DM me your email address.

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@landay Agreed. Bill Campbell is one of the nicest people I’ve met.

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+1 RT @bfeld: RT @alleyinsider: If A VC Turns You Down, Don’t Ask Them To Refer You To Someone Else by @Bfeld http://bit.ly/dDragg

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Good post by @om RT @om: So here it is, my take on Quora’s new funding: Is Quora Worth $86 Million? Or $100┬áMillion? http://wp.me/p4P8c-slM

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RT @SCSatCMU: Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit, former exec at Apple, GO, Claris, speaks at 5:30 Tue at @CarnegieMellon’s Tepper School

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‘When you ‘assume’ you make an ass of u and me (ass-u-me).’ :oscar wilde http://k9.vc/bcwTHP

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Too many concurrent threads #RaceConditionsInMyHead
Time to call Self.sleep(); and get ready for the start of the week! (it almost rhymes!)

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RT @founderdating: Entrepreneurs, don’t miss the window 2 find your co-founder. 4 days to apply 2 #founderdating on 4/6.

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Was about to order some books, but decided to wait for the #iPad to arrive and try getting eBooks instead. iBooks vs Kindle for iPad?

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@priyacmu Will do :) No plans yet for a trip yet, but perhaps sometime this summer.

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@priyacmu you’re making me crave Pamela’s! :-) Putting it on the list for my next trip to the ‘burgh! :)

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@Pitzburgh doubt even SJ wd describe ‘himself’ as visionary, but he has earned that title. We were talking abt all the self-proclaimed ones.

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@ross you stole my mayorship ;-)

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@dshen Never go to Ikea on a weekend. Best time to go is Friday, early afternoon. Restocked for weekend, but not crowded!

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@jboutelle And I love the name — ‘Chicken of the VNC’ ;-)

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.@antonejohnson @shaig I always took the self-described ‘visionary’ to mean that they have hallucinations of their own grandeur.

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RT @priyacmu: LOL. Now, THERE’s a quote! “Life was much easier when Apple and BlackBerry were just fruits!” (via @iheartquotes @hanskkusuma)

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Agreed. RT @mattmireles: My favorite thing about startup culture: the “Pay It Forward” mindset.

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RT @stevejang: would be helpful if apple could create a pre-approval “beta tester” iphone app store rather than the UDID & file drop method.

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All this talk about #lean startups and #fat startups. I think I like my startups to just be healthy startups. (might have to do a full post)

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Opted out! :) RT @othman: RT @kevinweil: See what Google thinks your interests are, as far as AdWords is concerned: http://bit.ly/4iC7O

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@sacca I’ve heard ‘jump the shark’ but never watched Happy Days. How’s that? ;)

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@auren don’t think GAP clothes are dry-cleaning worthy these days ;-) Improving the quality of the product would prob serve them better.

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@shaig I’m sure it will be just as good as the ones from the first batch :-)

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@TweetDeck having trouble posting to Facebook — receiving updaes fine, but just can’t post. Ideas?

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Dear @GMail. I love you, but I hate having to wait for you. Would be so much nicer if you could try keeping pace with my feeble human speed.

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RT @msuster: How to Improve Hiring at Startups http://bothsid.es/5gT

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RT @eladgil: The 7 Types of Angel Investors - What is Good For Your Startup? http://bit.ly/cCZkN3

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@rashmi maybe not yours, but perhaps theirs ;-)

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@startupcfo I think the skillset required depends on the stage. Early stage needs more founders/operators, later stage more finance oriented

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Thought provoking post from the archives of @BillBurnhamCA: ‘The Perfect VC: Operator or Investor?’ http://k9.vc/ar0yAD (hat tip @Pitzburgh)

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The original related article: In Bid to Sway Sales, Cameras Track Shoppers - http://nyti.ms/a1vhYC

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This is like doing ‘User Studies’ but without the consent of the user. All kinds of ethics issues at play here. NYTimes: http://k9.vc/avptX9

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Shouldn’t you be sleeping? ;)

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RT @founderdating: Find your founder soulmate. 6 days left to apply to April 6th #founderdating http://founderdating.com

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RT @dnanexus: Know someone looking to join a startup in a unique space? Engineer, UX, BD, PM DNAnexus is hiring! http://dnanexus.com/care…

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@Harjeet Good luck! Hope you pick out a good class! (they’ve all been increasingly impressive thus far!)

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@jtoeman Now that’s an oxymoron I haven’t heard in a while ‘Microsoft Works’ ;-) j/k

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Good to see eyetracking news! RT @TechCrunch: “Text 2.0” Eye-Tracking Reading Companion: Crazy Or Crazy Awesome? - http://tcrn.ch/dp8jCL

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Wow. Guess there’s DEMAND. RT @TechCrunch: What Lengths Will Cities Go To Be Google’s Broadband Guinea Pig? - http://tcrn.ch/cpuysK

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RT @venturehacks: Seed-stage investors don’t like top-heavy companies: CEO, COO, CXO, CYO, VP of X, Y, and Z. It’s almost an immediate pass.

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RT @tseelig: RT @ihumera You’re hired for skill, you’re fired for attitude. Got to make sure you pick people w/the right attitude up front.

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@auren I know of at least three companies that have decided to move to the Valley in the past few weeks.

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‘I don’t see this provision as a targeted strike on angel investors’ RT @peHUB On That SEC “Review” of Angel Investments http://dlvr.it/M1Zp

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.@quanza IMHO No. FB can add it in easily into their app and they don’t have the location search component that GOOG and MSFT do.

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@tseelig Would love to see the Amy Smith talk. Was it recorded/available online?

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Second. RT @dshen: ugh doing biz taxes. we need tax reform too!

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I predict @foursquare will go to $MSFT and @gowalla will go to $GOOG. Crowdsourced location data is crucial for local search.

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@andrewparker Absolutely! Definitely ping me when you’re headed out this way. We can do lunch.

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Creepy. RT @Rafe: Best, and pretty much only, swag from #Demo: A thumb drive (get it?) from ThickButtons: http://twitpic.com/1au52o

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@msbernst Now that’s a post I would want to see — the HCI of Puppies :-)

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Nice and short. RT @vhtalk: A lawyer’s checklist for starting a startup: http://j.mp/cTELpm. Comments: http://j.mp/97o4L0.

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Sometimes when you hit your targets, the best way to celebrate is to raise the bar. #RaisingTheBar

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RT @mattcutts: Fantastic Gmail change: http://goo.gl/aUNh Suspicious IPs logging into your Gmail account trigger a big red warning message.

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RT @Stanford: What’s the #1 “Dream College” in the US, according to the Princeton Review’s annual survey? http://bit.ly/9CEJeg

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RT @founderdating: Q: do i need an idea to attend #founderdating? A: NO! Just entrepreneurial drive! Apply by 4/1. http://founderdating.com

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Congrats! RT @annimaniac: Thanks to all of the fantastic entrepreneurs for making it happen! Maples Investments is now FLOODGATE w/me all in

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Congrats @m2jr & @annimaniac! RT @TechCrunch: Mike Maples Goes Pro As A Venture Capitalist, Launches FLOODGATE - http://tcrn.ch/a25C8P

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@Spencerante Was thinking of you & Creative Capital as I watched pre-screening of More Than Money. Great documentary - worth watching.

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‘Close up every company looks like Swiss cheese’ :Dick Kramlich, NEA

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‘The value of a partner is to save you from yourself’ :Dick Kramlich, NEA

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‘When in doubt, leave it out’ :Dick Kramlich, NEA

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‘You are one person away from a great company’ (a CEO, a CTO, a sales guy etc) :Dick Kramlich, NEA

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Dick Kramlich, co-founder of NEA (1978) talking about NEA, China and the state of VC at event earlier this week http://twitpic.com/1b1jje

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@dkhare was trying to DM you, but you’re not following :-p

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@VCMike Thanks for organizing the DogPatch Labs Angel Night.

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‘I could have had a third of Apple Computer for 50,000’ : Nolan Bushnell. Everyone turned Apple down before Don Valentine #MoreThanMoney

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‘these guys couldn’t find their butts with both hands’ Nolan Bushnell #MoreThanMoney

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Sooo many quotables in #MoreThanMoney. Loving it. Hilarious and down to earth. An absolute must watch.

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‘INTEL went public the same day as Playboy Enterprises. It was memories over mammaries’ #MoreThanMoney

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INTEL’s business plan was one page —double spaced. And with typos! #MoreThanMoney

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‘Go west young man’ : Arthur Rock

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Watching #MoreThanMoney: The Untold Tale of Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists #legends

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Chance interactions and fun discussions w/Thomas Weisel, & Toni Rock (wife of Arthur Rock). #convertible cc @kentgoldman

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Yes, was just talking about it today! RT @cdixon: The Valley is frothy!!

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Sitting w/ @kentgoldman at amazing #WAVC event with lots of the legends of Silicon Valley in one room. http://twitpic.com/1axlmi #humbling

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Wow, this event is like the oscars o the Venture Capital community. Everyone’s here #WAVC http://twitpic.com/1axjgc

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RT @twilio: have you seen our awesome new jobs page yet? We’re hiring! http://www.twilio.com/jo…

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Trying to fit in multiple events in one evening. WAVC Reception at the Computer History Museum and then on to #Startup2Startup

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RT @timoreilly: Important read: How the Tablet Will Change the (Computing) World (As We Know It) http://bit.ly/clqjl5

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@danprimack after watching Food, Inc. you probably don’t want to know :)

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RT @meattle: The US Government certainly doesn’t make it any easier for a startup to get off the ground. #payrolltaxbloat #smallbusiness

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Playing court jester (j/k) — at Circus Club http://gowal.la/s/P2f

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Dogpatch Labs Angel Meetup — at Pier 38 http://gowal.la/s/364p

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YC #demoday tip for the projector: use DVI instead of VGA — digital should find/sync faster, ESP when most presenters are using Macs

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@dshen that’s coz @davemcclure isn’t here today ;)

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YC companies doing a great job of pitching opportunity and traction, but can you please tell me what you do! #demoday

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Y Combinator Demo Day — at Y Combinator http://gowal.la/s/7ph

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‘The truth about the Startup Visa’ at http://k9ventures.com/bl… (permalink: http://k9.vc/startupvisa…) RT for the non-nocturnal folks.

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SVB Showcase — at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley http://gowal.la/s/q6N

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@erickschonfeld Would love it if you could post this as a comment. It’s a point I try to make, but you said it better.

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@erickschonfeld Great point Erick. Check out my post in response to the SAI article at http://k9.vc/startupvisa…

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@mattmireles Great interview Matt :) RT @mattmireles: My interview with PEHub. http://bit.ly/c0e9Oz

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RT @fredwilson: Some Thoughts On The Startup Visa Bill Debate http://bit.ly/dpJpIk

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@pegobry I don’t doubt that you do! IMHO the #StartupVisa is attempting to do just that. I’d welcome your comments. Hard to discuss in #140.

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@pegobry Pascal, I’d like to respectfully invite you to read my post in response to your article on #StartupVisa http://k9ventures.com/bl…

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Just posted ‘The truth about the Startup Visa’ at http://k9ventures.com/bl… (permalink: http://k9.vc/startupvisa…)

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Dang it, up late to push out a blog post and my host says: “2010-03-23 00:57:37: Rebooting for new kernel. ETA 15 minutes.” Thanks.

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@arrington I bet it’s a riveting 2074 pages! RT @arrington: my guess is no one actually read 3590.

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@rabois P.S. I’d love to see him ‘burn my money in a fireplace’ rather than invest in startups/pay a higher tax on the GAIN. #StillHateTaxes

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@rabois Ah, got it. Saw the comment, just didn’t know who said it :) Thanks.

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@rabois Didn’t see Scott’s comment. Could I request you for a link to it?

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@evanreas I usually recommend the HomeDepot solution for #startup whiteboards using 8’x4’ laminate boards. Under $15/whiteboard!

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@joshu Tried to DM a response to you, but you’re not following. Oh well.

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Complication => opportunity. RT @sachinrekhi: 2 things that are still way too complicated in starting a business: incorporation & taxes

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@rabois I don’t like higher taxes either, but I really doubt that this will have any impact on angel investing.

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@pierre For every year in office the “last guy” took us back 10 years. We started 2009 feeling like it was 1929 (2009-80). #Bush

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@Rafe Agreed. Apple should at least allow users to set 1-3 apps for background process. Let user’s choose. #Demo

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@waltmossberg IMHO that’s just one more reason why we need the #startupvisa. Tech Innovation knows no bounds. #DEMOSPRING2010

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RT @waltmossberg: Really impressed with the many presenters @ DEMO for whom English isn’t their first language, but are still doing well.

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The Kindle s/w is going to be more imp than its h/w. RT @newsycombinator: Amazon shows off Kindle app for iPad http://bit.ly/9Pr8cq

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I couldn’t agree more! RT @jasonmendelson: Email is too fast. I want slower email - http://jason.mn/2V

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Good read by Matt on picking investors RT @mattmireles: How I Judge Investors http://bit.ly/auOc9b

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@sethjs Stay away from the zoo Seth! :-)

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@jtoeman If it’s the same as the iPhone then you could use a korean sausage http://k9.vc/dixzNl or a french fry ;-)

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RT @saloner: Starting a new tradition: a speaker at the GSB graduation ceremony. The inaugural speaker? Jeff Skoll ! http://bit.ly/9FqcJi

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Fighting with my mouse. #meow

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It’s Faux News. RT @pierre: wonder how many scared/angry Americans watch Fox News & if they’d be less angry if they got their news elsewhere

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Good post by @Scobleizer RT @Scobleizer: Where oh where did the great startup launch go? Blog: http://bit.ly/a7x6mI

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RT @BarackObama: About to address the nation on tonight’s historic vote. Watch live: http://j.mp/dvUmn2

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Ha! I think @rohitkhare is pocket-dialling me ;-)

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@dkhare Turn on Airplane Mode, then manually turn on WiFi and connect to the inflight WiFi (doesn’t turn on cell/3G radio)

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RT @bfeld: Awesome OpEd by Friedman on America’s Real Dream Team - http://nyti.ms/9MZhXL #startupvisa

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@Sarolite One way mailing is cheaper than two-way. Also, online allows for immediate tabulation and better error correction than via mail.

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Genetics isn’t about entertainment, it’s about data/results. ‘Consumers Slow to Embrace the Age of Genomics’ - http://nyti.ms/9KrZgL

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@westling Good test would be to use a brand new twitter account, w/no history and see how that does.

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@westling Tho I can easily see that it would be possible to build a profile of someone based on their historical tweet data.

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The @hunch twitter-predictor reminded me of ‘Cold Reading’ http://k9.vc/bJ8CHN (tho w/prob more historical tweet data)

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@Scobleizer GContacts is also one of the most poorly implemented of all G products. Feels like Google’s step child.

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@Scobleizer I am using GContacts, but is is slow as hell with a lot of contacts. Don’t you find it to be really slow? (http://k9.vc/cCtYIC)

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@Sarolite Why I can’t receive the form on paper/in the mail but then use the geocode to respond online. #Census

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.@Sarolite 1) It’s the census, not an election. 2) that people consider the USPS to be the most secure medium always baffles me.

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US #Census 2010 form required no signature. Why do I have to mail this thing? Why can’t I just use a code to go answer Qs online? #GovtWaste

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RT @JessicaMah: TEDxBerkeley is in 2 weeks from today, & it will be live streamed! http://bit.ly/9CAkTW and @tedxb

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@quanza Sorry Matt, didn’t get that reference — what were you referring to?

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US #Census 2010 form still lists ‘Negro’ as choice for race; has no field for ‘Mixed’ race. Asks for Age & DoB (redundant)

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@salimismail I think I know that one. Chikoo should be ‘Sapota’ in English http://k9.vc/a9SrcJ

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Google Alerts just found an *old* Usenet posting of mine from 1992 being used on a Splog (Spam Blog). #BitsDontDie

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