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Brandon Watson

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Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)? One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exactly are you going to be calling? The cloud providers have yet to address the myriad of problems which can, and will, arise. Just when you thought it was safe to start thinking about putting together all of those services into a composite app, the dreaded siren call of “whose neck do I choke”beckons. If you ever plan to have an IT manager look at your application, get used to hearing that one. I’ve been off for a few weeks launching a little thing called Azure Services Platform. Did you miss it? There are plenty of videos over at the PDC 2008 site. H... (more)

The VC Model, The Funded, and The Problem With Associates

There’s an interesting article over that The Funded which discusses the state of affairs in the VC market.  The post itself is a response to the Fred Wilson post about the current state of affairs in the VC market.  Fred’s claim is that the VC model is not broken.  He’s right.  Sort of.  Being broken would imply that it was fixed or working correctly at one point in time.  I would in fact argue that the model was flawed from inception, and was based on the imbalance of supply and demand for risk capital. I am about to go on a bit of a (LONG) rant here, but my point of view is on... (more)

Broken VCs Aftermath

Venture Capital Blog on Ulitzer Apparently (apparently!), I have said something that hit a nerve.  When I posted my thoughts on the whole issues as to whether or not the VC model was broken, I had no idea that it would be the most popular post I have ever written (and it’s not even noon on day 2).  Crazy. Predictably, some of my VC friends showed up to the conversation to point out that 1) am angry, and 2) that the “good” VCs don’t have associates.  First, I am not angry.  It’s easy for the VCs and their ilk to cast those aspersions, but the reality is that they have a fantastic ... (more)

Microsoft Turning Corners

Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner.  It’s interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at ParisLemon.  Given my own perception of  Valley bias on the part of Siegler (he is one of the new voices of TechCrunch after all), it’s great to see that we’re making progress which is being met with receptivity and not suspicion.  Further, everyone is focused on the most important beneficiaries - customers. I have to admit, since returning to the company a little over a year ago, I have had this sense that things are looking up.  Don... (more)

Blog Post + Network Effects = NY Times Article

About 3 weeks ago, I wrote this article about the Kindle, and mentioned how I thought that for various reasons attached to the Kindle, I was actually going to be reading more. Shortly thereafter, I got a ping on Facebook from someone I didn’t know.  His name is Brad Stone, and he identified himself as a journalist and he had some questions about my blog post.  I rang him up, and we spoke for a while.  In today’s NY Times is the article he was writing. The point in sharing this is (aside for a shameless plug, and an attempt to get people to say “awwwwww” about my daughter) to unde... (more)