My goal with this blog

I write about relevant changes in the way that people use the web and how startups are built to provide services and products for this ever changing wonderful thing we still know as "the web." As a former entrepreneur turned early-stage investor, my greatest hope is for this to be useful to other folks that are like me in the hopes that they can avoid some of the mistakes I've made.

Been a long time

Blogging has completely fallen off my TODO.txt file over the past six months which is too bad as it seems to be such a good way to think aloud about things going on the world of technology and startups.

It's also hard to blog as an investor because you are exposed to two main topics both of which make bad blogging fodder: actual insights that your portfolio companies are using to gain competitive advantage in the market and motherhood-and-apple-pie advice about raising money and startup 101 stuff. Though few founders like their investors to write about the former, many folks like the latter category— fortunately there are a wealth of blogging investors covering the top hacks of the fundraising process.

Having said that, it feels like blogging (or writing online) is changing yet. After Twitter killed RSS and the smarter hosted blog platforms grew some social features (see: Tumblr), there was a large incentive to become a digital sharecropper on someone else's land. Medium stands alone in owning best current community of writers at the moment but distribution is sucked from Twitter for the best of the pieces. In fact Twitter has truly become mass market RSS with all sorts of media types natively surfing the infinite stream. Helped by the explosion of mobile notifications, it is now the de facto message bus for everything that is worthy of getting some of our attention.

Amidst all of this, where does one restart writing online again in 2014? It doesn't feel like it should be here: a self-hosted, custom written Django blog engine from 2007 when it felt like there was still a bunch of experimentation to be done around the core blog format. But alas, I am a bit at a loss as to where to go. Even I was willing to become a digital sharecropper on someone else's property, it feels as though this should come at the benefit of something new and different than massaging a TEXTAREA in the hopes of attracting some rounded avatars to click the Like link.

Will have to do some looking...