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Brandon Watson

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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 business model, and they are going to fight to the death to protect it.  Second, the venture firm that completely blew me up at my last company has no associates.  One day I will tell that story, but even firms with only partners can behave badly. I certainly don’t want to over-generalize ... (more)

Building a Composite Application Using Multiple Web Services

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 cal... (more)

Chrome OS Screenshot Leaked

It’s Friday, and it’s sunny out here in Seattle, which means that no work will get getting done.  In lieu of work, I did some digging with my contacts on the interwebs, and it turns out there is are a couple of screen grabs of the new Chrome OS floating around out there.  I like how Google is taking their minimalist design philosophies for their search engine and applying it to their OS. At the very least, you can expect that the UI for the OS won’t change for 10 years, that the OS will work only about 80% of the time (the other 20% it’s will be working on some personal project... (more)

Awesome SEO Opportunity

Last week was a big traffic week for me.  I had a trifecta of posts that happened to pull in a bunch of traffic, which turned me into a stats addict.  In looking at the log files, I wanted to see where the search traffic was coming from and the associated search terms.  There was one that caught my eye, and I would love to know who this person is.  The query was: declined because of sat score pe firm “pe firm” means Private Equity firm.  So this person thinks they got declined from a PE firm because of their SAT score?  I am going to go out on a limb and say the SAT score had not... (more)

What Do You Call One Search Result From StackOverflow?

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo I checked with the Windows Phone 7 team before putting this post out, and got the OK to write about it.  I hit this bug when building out my FriendLinks Windows Phone 7 application, and was surprised to find it was a bona fide bug and not a problem with my coding skills.  If there was a default value in the constructor for any new project I start, it would look something like: codingErrorResponsibilty == this.programmerName; In any event, here’s the cruxt of the bug.  If you are using HttpWebRequest developing on Windows Phone 7, and you get a 301 re... (more)