Category Archives: Darren Herman

Heading Out To San Fran

I’m heading out to San Francisco today thru the weekend on a mini biz trip.  I was a little hesitant on flying – not because of the safety, but because of the long lines in the airport.  I have to say that I got to the gate in record timing this morning.  Left my apartment at 6:05am and was in line at Cibo Express in the Jet Blue terminal by 6:55am. 

Tips for traveling so far:  Do not take an airline that you cannot print your boarding pass ahead of time.  This saved me at least one and a half hours.  The line was ridiculous for the ticket counters.  Another tip is to not check your luggage.  While packing last night, I realized that I didn’t need my toiletries because they would be a hassle to get thru security with the new laws.  I left them behind at the apartment and it allowd me to save at least an hour as I would have had to checked them.

If you are flying and have a printed out boarding pass and only carry-on luggage, don’t get discouraged when you get to the airport and see huge lines – at least I felt that way!  My stomach almost dropped.  You can go right around generally and bypass the crowd.

Speak to you from San Francisco…

DMB To Release a Greatest Hits Album

I’m not sure how much of a fan I am of an artist releasing a greatest hits album before they end their career… however, my favorite band of all-time both live and in the studio will be releasing their greatest hits album thru their label, RCA.

I was asked to participate in their song selection process along with many other hardcore Dave Matthews Band fans. Needless to say, I believe we’re going to have some fantastic oldies but goodies on the album!

I also want to commend Boyd, Carter, Fonzie (Stef), Leroi, Dave and Butch for an amazing career so far and I look forward to attending even more shows!

On a side note, DMB will be joining the Rolling Stones on stage in October – that’s going to be quite the show!

Time Warner Does It Again

As most of you know, I just moved apartments from Murray Hill to the UES.  I happened to have picked the two worst days to move due to the extreme weather conditions.  Oh well, life goes on.

I spoke with Time Warner Cable about a week before I moved into the apartment and I booked a time that they could come in and install my cable and Internet service.  I "worked" from home today and waited for the Time Warner installation person to come… was supposed to be at the apartment between 10am-2pm.  At 2:30pm, I was still waiting.  Come 3:15, the gentlemen arrives like nothing happened and begins the install.  Within 30 minutes, he had finished everything and we tested the TV – fine.  We then tested the Internet – worked, but very slowly.  He said it was my Netgear router and he left….

Fast forward to 5pm – I’ve been on the phone with Netgear trying to get things working and we adequately troubleshoot everything for about 45 minutes and realized that the "cable" light on the modem isn’t on… Time Warner’s fault.

I quickly called up Time Warner after plugging and unplugging everything multiple times and trouble shot it with their phone support.  Needless to say, they couldn’t make it work and I’m scheduled for another "technician call" on Tues, August 8.  Nothing sooner.  It’s amazing – how hard is it to make a cable modem work?!

The Day Music Died

It’s the end of an era. Looks like one of my personal favorite bands have called it quits – Twin-A. The band actually started at a fundraiser I put on about 4 years ago to raise money for the American Lung Cancer Society and since then, played hundreds of shows around the world. They have opened for major acts such as Fuel and played as far away as Eastern Europe and Japan.

This is one of the most musically talented acts that I’ve seen and wish John, Jorge and Paul the best. I’ve become good friends with the band over the years and know they will go on and do amazing things.Â

All good things must come to an end….


Looks like my friends over at Haystack Media are coming out of their shells… They added a blog to their teaser homepage called the Hayblog. I’m anxious to see what the service is like when it’s launched and how users will take to it.

MusicStrands and MySpace are some tough competition out there but I believe that where MySpace left off in regards the music world, Haystack Media could pick up. A consumer play within the music sharing business is not a simple or easy task (as well as cheap) so I’m assuming they have a super team lined up and some funding. I guess some of their announcements are to come soon… Stay tuned…

Check out Abby’s post about Filters and music.

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Toys For Tots – April 30, 2006

This past Sunday, my brother, Kenny Herman, helped arrange the Exotic Car Toys for Tots which had various members of and various other exotic car websites come to the NYU Medical Center on 34th and 1st and showcase their cars and donate toys for the sick children.  There was a great turnout- over 80 cars consisting of the Ferrari Enzo, new Ford GT, numerous Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, Vipers, Corvettes, Lotus, and even a beautiful classic Fiat.

The crowd was fantastic as everyone was willing to share about their cars.  The kids received toys ranging from toy cars to the famous and hot toy… Floam.  The SAS Group donated over 500 containers of Floam for the children of the hospital.


Victorious! Dodgeball Winners

Last night, nextNY hosted a Dodgeball tournament down in the West Village/Soho area. There were roughly 40 people who came out separated amongst 6 teams. As the tournament was for nextNY members, we had the general mix of content, media, technology, venture capital and services companies represented.

I captained Team IGA and with the help of Andrew Gottlieb (Conducive Corp), Seth Bestmertnik (Link Experts), Christina Vidaic (IGA Worldwide), Brian Kelly +1 (IGA Worldwide), Brooke Wagner (Partnership for Drug Free America), Marc Lefton (Half Fiction), we beat Union Square Ventures in the finals.

We had a wonderful time playing with everyone and want to send a special thanks to Charlie who organized the event. Fantastic job to all the players and I look forward to the next event!

World Wide Web Dodgeball Tournament

I had the chance to lead/captain the IGA Worldwide/nextNY dodgeball team last week at Chelsea Piers. Our team, comprised of Brian, Noel, Andrew, Ashley, Christina, Kenny, and myself ended up in 3rd place which was a huge triumph! We fought off teams from AOL, MSN, Google, Happy Corp, Flavorpill, Yahoo, and and had an amazing time while doing it!

Special thanks to the folks who joined us in the later rounds as our team members had to leave. Looking forward to the next one! Congrats to MSN for winning the trophy!   Â


PersonalDNA Test Results

I spent 30 minutes with PersonalDNA this morning.  One of my colleagues has taken a Myers-Briggs assessment and wanted me to do so as well, but I had heard of PersonalDNA thru another colleague and decided to try.  My results are pretty good- I agree with most of the things that they have assessed.

If you’d like to review my report, please click here.  Feel free to shoot me an email if you agree/disagree with the assessment.