Richard Sherman: What you Lose when Winning is Everything

Richard Sherman: What you Lose when Winning is Everything

Richard Sherman had a great game.  He in fact made the game ending play.  30 million people saw it.  In his post game impromptu interview he drilled it home and screamed his greatness to all, like he was creating a rap song — in addition he insulted his individual match up, Michael Crabtree.  And it was wrong.  Wrong for sports, wrong for the NFL, wrong for the Seahawks and wrong for every young athlete aspiring …

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gTLDs: Vanilla Ice or Jay Z ?

gTLDs: Vanilla Ice or Jay Z ?

There is a battle shaking out for the real estate on the Web. The new gTLDs are in various stages of sunrise and landrush phases before they are available to the general public. What this means is there will be a virtually an unlimited number of new meaningful (categorized) URL’s (domains) available to individuals and business owners There are currently  a little over 20 right of the dot extensions in use on the web, though in …

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Leadership: Bochy’s Homerun; Johnson’s Strikeout

Leadership: Bochy’s Homerun; Johnson’s Strikeout

I have lived in the bay area for the past 15+ years, and in San Francisco, we are going through a sports renaissance: the Giants have won two of the last three World Series, and the 49ers have made it deep into the playoffs two years running (I’m looking for a championship next year!). Both teams have something in common and it has led to something amazing. Bruce Bochy for the Giants and Jim Harbaugh …

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China – Land of Contradictions

China – Land of Contradictions

I just returned from a very interesting week at ICANN’s conference in Beijing – I have been to Hong Kong many times, but this was my first visit to mainland China. I had no idea what to expect, but visions of communism and martial law kept dancing around in my head. Arriving in Beijing, however, I was amazed at how vibrant, bustling, and – dare I say it – capitalist the city was. Entrepreneurship and …

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“Marissa, Can I Work From Home?”

“Marissa, Can I Work From Home?”

In high school, I was unstoppable. I was high school valedictorian. I was the best athlete, and I was homecoming king…. Did I mention that I was home schooled? A great joke from a funny comedian—but in all seriousness, working from home has some significant advantages, even if Marissa Mayer doesn’t think it’s right for Yahoo. While I think there are definite pros to having a team in close proximity—the official term is “collocated”—a company …

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If You’re Not Cheating, You’re Not Trying Hard Enough

If You’re Not Cheating, You’re Not Trying Hard Enough

Lance Armstrong. Bernie Madoff. Barry Bonds. Raj Rajaratnam. Ray Nagin. Whether it is sports, business, or politics, it seems in every walk of life, people are playing fast and loose with the law, with ethics, and with morality. Even in the software business we have some shady practices and some shady business models. Pump and Dump Many well known VC’s and early stage investors who have active blog followings use their clout to oversell their …

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Free is too Expensive

Free is too Expensive

Working at the Internet Systems Consortium, I feel I have a somewhat privileged look into the open source business model, which I’d like to address. We face the unique challenge of developing and maintaining BIND, the most-installed nameserver software on the planet, which some estimates place on 80% of all DNS servers. We’re proud of our open source heritage–one that began with the first iteration of BIND in 1994. I believe a large part of our …

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