What Silicon Valley is REALLY saying about the recent Facebook-Instagram deal

[Link: GigaOm]

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does your schtick have a good creation myth? if not, maybe it needs one?

1. Silicon Valley was born in 1939, when Messieurs Hewlett & Packard started their company in a small garage in Paulo Alto. 2. In his book, “Delivering Happiness”, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh speaks of  in great length about “The Loft”, a place where all his friends used to hang out and party, and how this sense […]

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techcrunch party

Last week I was in Silicon Valley for the annual Techcrunch Party. As usual (this is my fifth year in a row doing it) I designed the commemorative poster for them, which I hand-signed at the event. I thought my “delusional” motif would be perfect for it. I also attended the CrunchUp conference earlier that […]

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daily bizcard 10: andrew keen

Today’s “Daily Bizcard” design, “I Have A Pen”, goes to yet another Brit, Andrew Keen. Andrew has made his name these last few years being contrarian about the Internet and Silicon Valley. He points out that, with all this new technology and all these barrels of Kool-Ade waiting to be drunk, there is still a […]

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gallery profile: the 2007 techcrunch party print

[Buy the print here etc.] Back in Blogging’s glory days of 2007 (Man, that seems like a LONG time ago), my client, the Stormhoek winery was sponsoring the famous annual Techcrunch Party in Silicon Valley. To add some fun to the event, we made up 1000 signed, limited edition commemorative prints, which we handed out […]

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the web 2.0 conference

From the “Social Marker” blog post: When I visit San Francisco I am always surprised how often the name of my friend, Robert Scoble comes up in random conversation, unprompted by myself. Why is that? Why is he so well known? Is his blog REALLY that good? Is he REALLY that smart and interesting? Well, […]

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home again

[Me and Seth signing the silkscreen…] Got back to West Texas last night after almost a week on the road. A quick visit to Silicon Valley for the Techcrunch Party, then an equally brief visit to New York. I was on the East Coast mostly to co-sign the Purple Cow print with Seth Godin. That […]

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smarter wine, cont’d…

A couple of years ago while working on Stormhoek, I came up with the “Smarter Wine” idea. 2. Everyone’s definition of “smarter” will be different. I’m OK with that. To me, it means continually engaging the customer at a higher level, continually raising the bar. 3. The brilliant thinker, Russell Davies identified four keywords that […]

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silicon valley map

[Click on image to enlarge etc.] The lovely Rebecca MacKinnon suggested that I draw a Silicon-Valley-centric map of the world, a-la the old New Yorker cartoons by Saul Steinberg. Here you go, Rebecca. Thanks for the idea! [UPDATE:] Les was not pleased. Les left a comment below: There are more than rednecks in the Midwest, […]

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more thoughts on “the cloud”

About a year ago, I was at a geek breakfast in London with Steve Clayton and some other folk, including a few people from Microsoft. Steve and some other geeks were talking about “The Cloud”. At the time Steve was making the transition from working in the UK Partner Division, to working in the “Software […]

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