Month: August 2008

Lena and Magnus Wedding Pics
Some of my favorite pics so far. I’ll probably find some more to post when I can.

Magnus and Lena, I’ll give you guys a CD next time we see each other (to drink some of the leftovers?!). Beautiful wedding!


Seedcamp Update

NOTE: The is a repost from The BuzzPal Blog, but this is personal as well as business (that’s why it’s on both blogs).

Congrats and have a blast to those invited! To those who didn’t, like BuzzPal, save that turn down email, it will look great framed one day!

Seriously, I hope you got as much out of the application process as we did:

  • Made first video
  • Recruited a co-founder (that didn’t work, unfortunately)
  • Got first mention in media and on blogs, including TechCrunch UK
  • More!

It’s been awesome! Thanks again, Seedcamp people for the kick in the pants!

NOTE: Even though BuzzPal was not invited to be a Seedcamp team, we were invited to Seedcamp week, anyway, and a number of meetings are already scheduled, with to come (with you?). My schedule so far is here. Hit me up if you want to connect.


REMEMBER: “Eighty percent of success is showing up” –Woody Allen

$15-Off Coupon Code for BuzzPal T-Shirts

A friend just emailed me about a $15 coupon for BuzzPal’s USA shop. The coupon code is APOLOGY. That means you can get one of the less expensive t-shirt for FREE (plus shipping) or one of the more expensive ones for under $10 (plus shipping). Not sure when this coupon code will expire, probably real soon, so best to use it right now. If it doesn’t work, check here and search Google and Yahoo for other Spreadshirt coupon codes. For those of you in the EU, you can order from the USA shop or the EU shop, but I think the coupon code only works in the USA shop. Either way, check ’em out! The one I’m wearing here is the American Apparel with Flock printing from the EU shop. Totally sweet, as some of you have seen at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, Reboot in Copenhagen, and OpenCoffee in Gothenburg.

A Recession by Any Other Name

(chart shows “USA Recession in ’08” contract as of today)

A timely article given the ongoing “what is a recession” confusion in many minds.

A Recession by Any Other Name
By John Mauldin

Remember the comfort the bulls took in the fact that GDP when first reported was a positive 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2007? Now is has been revised to a negative 0.2%. As I have repeatedly said, GDP numbers will be revised downward in this part of the cycle, but maybe a few years after the fact when real data and not estimates are available.

Let’s look at this piece from David Rosenberg, the North American Economist for Merrill Lynch. He does a good job of telling us why GDP estimates that suggest the economy is not on recession may not reflect the facts on the ground.

“You’ll miss a lot of action waiting for GDP to go negative.


Cartoon Capitalism

Exactly on point! It would be funny it wasn’t true.

Of course, the same may be said of America’s – and Britain’s – entire economies during the last 20 years. The loose credit that built cartoon houses also constructed cartoon economies; they look like real economies, but they are essentially perverse, consuming wealth rather than creating it.