Andy in San Diego

It’s hard to choose

Below are a few things I found interesting this week. There’s the future of cell phones, the pit falls of a big VC firms investing in your young company, some expensive digs, becoming an educator, and why you’re not really connecting with anyone on Twitter. Enjoy.

Google Lab’s new Augmented Reality (NY Times) - Google is working on a new pair of frames that allows users to interact with their cell phone, while leaving said cell phone in their pockets. The concept eye glasses utilize a heads up display that allows you to send/ receive text messages, get directions, check out your calendar, and virtually anything else you can do while looking at your cell phone screen. Check out the corresponding article and mock video in the New York Times article above.

Big VCs in the Seed round (Chris Dixon) - Chris Dixon,CEO of Hunch, warns about the pit falls of taking seed capital from well known venture capital firms. The biggest danger is if the fund does not follow on during your company’ s Series A round then other potential investors are going to take that as a strong signal not to invest. In my opinion this is an efficient market doing its job, and other investors should take into account that a very smart well-informed investor is passing up on the company. However, Chris points out that it could just be a poor fit for the current investor and that on certain occasions this investor aversion is undeserved.

Most expensive real estate in the world (WSJ) - An interesting look at the most expensive places to live on Earth. Monaco takes the top prize with a strong $5,408 / sq ft. Which would value my current apartment at $4,867,000 dollars.

Quora: Question of the week – How does one become a professor at a top University? - Quora is an excellent site that I don’t visit often enough. The following paraphrased question, How does one become a professor at a top institution, is answered fantastically by Samual Madden, a professor at MIT. The level of detail in answers sets Quora apart as an online question-asking community.

Sherry Turkle’s “Connected, but Alone” (TED) - This is a fantastic TED talk that I  whole heartedly agree with. The basic premise is that Social Network’s like Twitter and Facebook have overwhelmingly positive results. However, people are starting to become dependent on them for “artificial” connections with others. I find it reassuring that this is coming from one of the few people who spoke in favor of chat rooms and the social aspects of the web during 1995, when there was a large public “fear” that chat rooms and connecting over the web was a recipe for disaster.


Photo: Nice House (Source) -