In May, the CEO of Intuit, Brad Smith, approached me about a meeting, saying he just wanted to get to know the other CEOs in the space. Ten minutes into the conversation, he said, “Would you consider selling?” I said “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it.” And I hadn’t. …
I still drive a 1996 Ford Contour with 135,000 miles, and a 1994 Jaguar with 80,000 miles. I have two because neither is particularly reliable. I might get the third-generation Prius, but certainly not a Lamborghini or Ferrari or anything.
If you are raising VC money, you dont “haven’t thought about” getting acquired. You’ve thought about every possible exit, every possible acquirer, and about 3 times as many impossible acquirers. I don’t understand why some people play coy in this respect.
That being said, it doesn’t look like the money is going to turn him into a prick. Congrats on the acquisition, Aaron. Have fun trying to change the world. Prius FTW.
The move of this blog over to tumblr was pretty impressive. A slick XML API made it simple to import all my old posts over. The lack of comments made me finally go take a harder look at integrating disqus, which I’m thankful for. The whole idea of disqus rocks. The public designs are trendy, and the templating system allows for complete control over the style. And something that at first can seem silly is actually brilliant: the way that they discern between different types of posts (text, quotes, links, audio w/ caption, and video w/ caption) will help semantic search engines make better sense of what they are looking at down the road.
Now about that stuff that I hate:
That’s me, writing this post in TextEdit, because tumblr.com won’t load. We’re talking minute response times. This is something I’ve noticed over the past 3 days. At times the site is completely unresponsive. Maybe their usage patterns are unique and 9:42pm EST on Mondays is the busiest time of the week for them, or maybe they’ve been doing a series of upgrades over the last few days. Who knows? But at the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth I’ll just point out that:
Tumblr is not Twitter. Twitter got a lot of shit for their performance last year, but they deserve some leeway. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong when September’s numbers come out in a few weeks, and Tumblr will have posted 100% growth this month. It’s sure awesome enough to warrant that, but this kind of performance is really a buzz kill. I hope they get a handle on things, because I cannot wait to start using this more. I’d even pay if that’s what it took (hint, hint, tumblr).
After a few months of trying to maintain this blog, something has become incredibly apparent: it’s a lot easier to build on the shoulders of others than to start from scratch.
So why the crap am I wasting my time with a homegrown blog with a terrible layout, no style, and no RSS feed.
Because I’m an idiot.
If you’re gonna write a blog, and you’re a tech guy, resist the temptation to go homegrown. Use something grown up. Expect to see a big change in this blog in the next few weeks.