Business Venture Capital

When the Risk Takers Come

When the risk takers come into their own – John Cook writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Despite the uncertainty in the current economic environment, a number of entrepreneurs and VC investors are convinced that now is an auspicious time to start a new venture.

Notes one VC: “Only good sailors go out in stormy seas. The teams and the people who are willing to head out with a new enterprise right now are good people to invest in.”

In fact, some investors point out that three current technology behemoths˜Oracle, Microsoft, Sun˜were all started during a down technology cycle. The article includes a review of potential advantages for a business started during an economic downturn (e.g. less competition, greater access to intellectual capital).

Books San Francisco/California

Why Writers Enjoy Living in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Chronicle has a great article in its Sunday magazine about why writers enjoy living in the San Francisco Bay Area.


For those of you thinking

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In the White House – April 2001

Scott Loftesness at the White House

Not sure why I was browsing through some old photographs earlier tonight – but while doing so I came across this shot of me in the White House Briefing Room on April 12, 2001. We were there thanks to my Glenbrook co-founder Allen Weinberg’s connections with a senior White House correspondent while we were in Washington with our first -ever- client.

Those were the days before 9/11 – and we came into the White House late in the afternoon for an escorted look around. It was amazing. I almost walked into the Oval Office with my camera – before being politely shoo’d away back down the hallway. I’m sure things are very different now.

It’s fun to remember that time – a much more innocent and open time it was. Me in my short sleeve shirt standing in the White House Briefing Room.

Who would have thought?