Lots of exciting events in the next few weeks including Web2.0, @ShakeShack and the following week, Advertising Week. I try to be extremely selective about which events I chose to attend as I learned early in my career that it’s extremely costly and most of the time, extremely redundant to attend two of similar events within a short time period as most of the people there are the same.
The first event next week is @ShakeShack, an event that nextNY is hosting on Tuesday the 16th. I’ve been a member of nextNY from the beginning and have participated in a few of their gatherings such as Dodgeball (we managed to have a losing record). We’ve got about 300 folks from the scene coming out on Tuesday night and will be a lot of familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a while as well, as, some new people who I consistantely hear about but have never met. I’m excited that Sherri, my wife and up and coming blogger, will be joining me to meet many of the people I talk about and to hear some pitches of upcoming companies. She/we currently an investor in Path101 and is always keeping her ears open for any opportunities.
Following ShakeShack, on September 18th, I’m going to be leading a session at Web2Open at the Web2.0 Expo along with Chris Cunningham of AppSavvy about how emerging digital media companies and startups should approach advertising agencies for ad dollars. You would be shocked about how many times people come thru our door here at the agency and don’t know how to talk about their startup or digital media company. Hopefully, Chris and I can shed some light so entrepreneuers can walk away from the session to better prepare themselves.
If you’re attending either and would like to meet up, certainly let me know.
Jump in the mud, mud
Get your hands filthy, love
Give it up, love
Get up from that couch! Go out into the bright sunshine. Dial your crush and ask her for a date. It may be messy, but maybe not. Don’t be somnambulant, get out of your own way, don’t only embrace life, but eat it up. Everyday.
We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.
I cannot stress enough how much this band has touched my life – both personally and professionally. I wrote about this in my book and multiple times on this blog. My deepest condolences go out to the Moore’s and all friends of the family.
I’ve met Moore a few times and he was one of the most understated members of the band – extremely reserved, but had a big presence on stage. We are going to miss him as the tour continues…
I’m pleased to announce that my wife’s blog, Hermanweb.us, has had a facelift which has been in the making for the past few weeks and I think it looks beautiful. We launched the full version early this morning and pages that were missing from the previous site are now back online.
We originally launched Hermanweb when we got engaged to alert our families and friends about what was going on in our lives. Lots of wedding details were added and it became the hub for our special day. We then realized that we had built up a following – and Sherri because a content producer that people were reading everyday. When we ran into family friends in restaurants, temple, and at parties, they knew exactly what was going on in our lives and on special occasions, would bring up questions based on the blog postings that were written. The power of communication is amazing.
362 posts and over 175 comments later, Hermanweb is thriving. I invite you all to check it out and let Sherri know your thoughts. It’s always evolving with restaurant reviews, movie reviews, vacation information, and such- so each day is different but a major part of the “Herman” lifestyle.
The designer of the site is our friend Cristian from CandesProjects. Cristian and I go back a few years as we met online as his previous work was unbelievably inspiring so I had hired him to work on a few projects for me. We sponsored Cristi to come to America for the first time last year and spent quite a bit of time with him and he became a great friend to both Sherri and I. Subsequent to all of this, we’ve referred a number of clients to Cristi and he’s got a thriving business. If you ever have any design needs, be sure to reach out. He’s incredible. He’s also the person who designed this blog.
As many of you know, I’m down in North Carolina on a little R&R (vacation) and have spent quite a bit of time catching up with family, friends, and my RSS feeds. There are a few things I’d like to address with this post:
Contact Form – If you have tried contacting me through the “contact form” on this blog and didn’t get a response, please try submitting again. I realized that my mail-que was building and we had to delete all contact form responses. The form has been fully updated and is hosted by a 3rd party so that I will receive all inquiries.
FutureMeme.org – Last night, I soft launched FutureMeme.org, a project (not a business) to get many thought leaders to participate and write-in their predictions. There is a wish list of folks we’d like to have participate but YOU should participate as well. Check it out.
Most readers of this blog know that Sand Hill Road is hub for many venture capital firms in California. I’m spending the week down at Sand Hill Lane, in North Carolina with family and friends. Blogging may be light during this time, but I’m in the midst of reading a few books that many of us would find interesting and will blog about them.
Yesterday, we had a fantastic Fathers Day as we went to the Scarsdale Concours in the morning and up to the lakehouse in the afternoon. I’ve added 2 pictures from the day to this blog post but to see more from the Concours, check here.
Just days before the 2008 Summer Tour kicks off, the unofficial 6th member of the Dave Matthews Band, Butch Taylor (keyboardist) has suddenly left the band. There has not been much else released besides this, but we all hope him well for the future!
Speculation on some of the fan boards have been about Butch getting back to his own band (bt3), being marginalized on stage and quitting after a fall-out, health reasons (family), and others. I want to wish him the best on his future endeavors as he’s provided tons of enjoyment over the past years.
Who will play keys for the upcoming tour? Any thoughts?