I updated my Financial Crisis Reading List today with two must read books: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig. (http://amzn.to/IbaKyL) Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweitzer. (http://amzn.to/HLOVu8) A week or so ago, I had lunch with someone who has read almost everything on my reading list. My first question was, “are you depressed?” We quickly turned the discussion to, “what can be done about the corruption of... Read More
Who is looking at your profile on LinkedIn? If you are in the job market, or are an entrepreneur building a new company, or if you create value through business development partnerships, there is a feature on LinkedIn that you should probably know about. It’s pretty powerful and could lead you to explore opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have considered. But it might also seem a little spooky, as it did to me earlier today.... Read More
Moderator: Peter Corbett, CEO iStrategy Labs Kevin Merritt, CEO Socrata, Inc. (A venture backed startup in Seattle that helps government agencies get data online and it social) Vijay Ravindran, was at Amazon 7 years, @catalyst, now at Washington Post Tom McInerney, Lt. General U.S. Air Force (ret.), Fox News Analyst Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico Panelists were asked what was impressive to them so far about technology in politics and government. One mentioned... Read More
Entrepreneurism and free markets work. Johann Norberg from Sweden at Cato institute says entrepreneur is a hero. A hero makes the world better for people. That’s what entrepreneurs need. They need freedom to create and freedom for consumers to choose. There are obstacles to that. Corruption is the biggest obstacle in many countries. Because we eliminated more obstacles than anyone else, we led the world in prosperity. For my lifetime, half the world was free,... Read More
A few years ago Howard Dean’s campaign manager Joe Trippi published a book called “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I attended the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford in 2005 when he came and spoke about his experience managing the Dean campaign. (And I bought three signed copies of his book, for me and my two friends who were trying to launch a political site called iCount.com — we never pulled it off.) Trippi shared amazing... Read More
Newsweek has a great article in the April 13th edition called, “The Senator Who Saw This Coming.” It is a brief interview with North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, about his effort to regulate exotic derivatives back in 1994. I met with one of Senator Dorgan’s key staffers on a trip to Washington, DC in February. I had found through my research in the Congressional Record that Dorgan had tried to pass legislation that in my... Read More
I am tempted sometimes to wring my hands in despair at the sorry state of the Federal Government, at our $8+ trillion national debt, at our incredibly low popularity ratings around the world, even from our allies, at our lack of global competitiveness in some key industries, of our economic slowdown, and most of all, at the incredibly biased and inane media coverage of politics and elections.
This morning Mitt Romney announced his 2008 presidential bid in Michigan. His theme is innovation and transformation. Here is the full text of Romney's speech from the NY Times. I'm excited by Mitt's candidancy and want to publicly declare my support for him. My blog is not a political blog by any means, but it is a personal one, and occasionally I like to express my personal opinions on a variety of topics, not just entrepreneurship. I like many other candidates as well. Who isn't fond of Rudy Giuliani for his amazing leadership in the wake of the 9/11 attack? My family will always be grateful to him for his strength and grace. He is a great leader. I'm also very fond of Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas. I appreciate his social conservatism and his optimism for the future. I love his concept of horizontal and not vertical politics.
I'm trying to find a recent video clip from Fox News. I heard that Bill O'Reilly suggested on The Factor earlier this week that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the only Republican presidential candidate for 2008 that can rally the conservative base. Has anyone seen that clip?