The Riskmaster

Tim Draper has recently launched his blog, titled "The Riskmaster" (http://theriskmaster.blogspot.com/).  He will post on the venture capital business, spreading entrepreneurship, interesting videos and inspirations on the economy.  This blog is guaranteed to be entertaining, informative and challenging. For those of you not familiar with him, Tim is the founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and backed such hits as Skype and Hotmail. He has a long-term perspective on the business as his father founded Sutter Hill in the early 1960's and his grandfather is considered to be the first venture capitalist in California. He is also a huge source of positive optimism which is a scarce resource these days. Well worth reading!

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If You Are A Woman, Head to the Midwest

In reading through the recent Fortune article, The 50 Most Powerful Women, I noticed that half of them were in the Midwest. This included:

#2 Irene Rosenfield    CEO, Kraft
#3 Pat Woertz            CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
#7 Susan Arnold        President, Proctor & Gamble
#8 Oprah Winfrey      Chairman, Harpo
#9 Brenda Barnes     CEO, Sara Lee

This is a pretty amazing feat to have so many female CEO's & Presidents here given the historical glass ceiling in the executive suites. Hopefully, this is a sign of further good things to come for all of our daughters…especially if you live in the Midwest!

Keeping Perspective

My wife sent me this article. She is on the Women’s Board over at Children’s Memorial and comes across  these stories often. Talk about keeping things in perspective. No matter how hard my working world becomes, it is nothing compared to this one…

The Night Rounds
There’s no darker place than a children’s hospital at night. Chaplain Stacey Jutila brings light and solace to those lonely halls…

FeedBurner Pro Stats for Free Now

I have been using the FeedBurner stats PRO and MyBrand services since day one and paid the monthly fee. FeedBurner recently announced, in Google customary fashion, that these both will now be available for free to all users. Definitely worth checking out if you are using or have considered using FeedBurner’s core service to manage your feeds. As their release states:

FreeBurner for Everyone

One of the many benefits that FeedBurner publishers will enjoy now that FeedBurner is part of the Google family is a little something we like to call, "more for free!" Beginning today, two of FeedBurner’s previously for-pay services, TotalStats and MyBrand, will be free.

Yep, free. Not in the sense of soaring high above the clouds or recently sprung from the hoosegow, but free like you’ll no longer gladly be billed on Tuesday for a burned feed today. We suspect this will be welcome news to the 450,000+ of you using many of our other free services, but understanding that your feed is your feed, you will need to activate these newly freed-up services in order to partake in their awesomeness.

FeedBurner Stats PRO
PRO is feed analytics taken to the next level. You will now have access to the number of people who have viewed or clicked individual content items in your feed and "Reach," which estimates the daily number of subscribers who interacted with your feed content. You can turn this on by signing in to your account, navigating to the Analyze tab and heading to the FeedBurner Stats PRO section. Click the "Item Views" checkbox to activate these PRO features.

MyBrand
The MyBrand service (also PRO-level) is located under the "My Account" tab after you’ve signed in. MyBrand lets you maintain consistency between your feed address and your hosted website’s domain, if matchy-matchy is your thing. For example, rather than using feeds.feedburner.com/MyFeedName, your MyBrand-ed feed address can be feeds.myexcellentdomain.net/MyFeedName. To get started with MyBrand, sign into FeedBurner, click the "My Account" link in the upper left-hand corner, and then click "MyBrand".

Previous "PRO" customers will not be charged for the month of June 2007 and beyond. Also, after newly activating either of these features or services, you’ll notice a nifty new "PRO" badge next to your feed(s) on My Feeds page.

Welcome to FreeBurner!

FeedBurner Pro Stats for Free Now

I have been using the FeedBurner stats PRO and MyBrand services since day one and paid the monthly fee. FeedBurner recently announced, in Google customary fashion, that these both will now be available for free to all users. Definitely worth checking out if you are using or have considered using FeedBurner’s core service to manage your feeds. As their release states:

FreeBurner for Everyone

One of the many benefits that FeedBurner publishers will enjoy now that FeedBurner is part of the Google family is a little something we like to call, "more for free!" Beginning today, two of FeedBurner’s previously for-pay services, TotalStats and MyBrand, will be free.

Yep, free. Not in the sense of soaring high above the clouds or recently sprung from the hoosegow, but free like you’ll no longer gladly be billed on Tuesday for a burned feed today. We suspect this will be welcome news to the 450,000+ of you using many of our other free services, but understanding that your feed is your feed, you will need to activate these newly freed-up services in order to partake in their awesomeness.

FeedBurner Stats PRO
PRO is feed analytics taken to the next level. You will now have access to the number of people who have viewed or clicked individual content items in your feed and "Reach," which estimates the daily number of subscribers who interacted with your feed content. You can turn this on by signing in to your account, navigating to the Analyze tab and heading to the FeedBurner Stats PRO section. Click the "Item Views" checkbox to activate these PRO features.

MyBrand
The MyBrand service (also PRO-level) is located under the "My Account" tab after you’ve signed in. MyBrand lets you maintain consistency between your feed address and your hosted website’s domain, if matchy-matchy is your thing. For example, rather than using feeds.feedburner.com/MyFeedName, your MyBrand-ed feed address can be feeds.myexcellentdomain.net/MyFeedName. To get started with MyBrand, sign into FeedBurner, click the "My Account" link in the upper left-hand corner, and then click "MyBrand".

Previous "PRO" customers will not be charged for the month of June 2007 and beyond. Also, after newly activating either of these features or services, you’ll notice a nifty new "PRO" badge next to your feed(s) on My Feeds page.

Welcome to FreeBurner!

Tracking the VC Buzz

Some of you may have noticed that I have a VC Buzztracker list in my left column. My buddy, Al Warms, launched Buzztracker after his investment in and experience with Real Clear Politics. His belief is that analyzing what news items and leading posts get the most links is the best way to identify what has the most buzz or interest in the blogosphere.  Posts/articles at the top of the list have had the most links & references to them from the VC blogosphere. At RCP, they have used this for some time to bubble up the breaking news with the most buzz in the world of politics. He has rolled this out across different verticals, including venture capital.

If you see any posts of interest in the VC Buzztracker secton, feel free to click on that section and you will go the full VC Buzztracker page with all of the articles. I’ll post, from time to time, on articles/posts of interest. You can also go directly to Buzztracker to see Al’s main home page with the top topics on the web.

Thanks to Al for helping to pull this together.