This is a hard post to write. Today is May 12. It is the day of my mother’s birthday. She also died, at age 60, on May 12. That day also happened to be Mother’s Day. It was a difficult day with too many coincidences. Soon after she passed away, I was at the funeral
Yesterday, I participated in a roundtable discussion on Big Data, led by Greg Bialiecki. He is on the Governor’s team. Wade Roush calls him the “Business Czar” in an article here. I’ve been investing in Big Data, before there was such a label, since 2003: StreamBase, Vertica (sold to HP), Goby (sold to Telenav), VoltDB and Paradigm4.
Entrepreneurship is hard. We are in that part of the VC cycle when entrepreneurship is again “hot” and the popular media is glorifying start-ups. But, I don’t think it’s all that easy. Here’s how hard it can be. I today met with a young entrepreneur. He is from Estonia. He arrived in the U.S. a
Last night, I had a very enjoyable dinner with two old friends: Andy Palmer and Dave Girouard. Andy and I go way back. He was the CEO I recruited to Vertica in 2005, back when he, Mike Stonebraker and I were working on “big data” before the Big Data label came along and it became
I’ve been thinking a lot about racism for two reasons. First, Mrs. T. and two of our children went down to Washington DC for spring break. At one point, they were walking around town, and an older person muttered loudly, “They train those little Orientals for war from a young age.” It’s an interesting comment because
Growing up, I went to one pro baseball game. The ballpark was far away and we didn’t have much money. So I couldn’t resist saying yes to season tickets after being on the wait list for 7 years. The video shows some F-16 jets flying over the park during the opening ceremony. Pretty cool. Fun