Posts from September 2003

The California Recall

So the Terminator thinks that the recall is a “great idea” according to the New York Times this morning.

Well I think that if he’s elected Governor, the Democrats should immediately start a second recall process to get rid of him.

This is nutty. It makes a total mockery of the democratic process.

When is an election not an election? When the Republicans lose. That was proven in Florida and now it looks to be the case again in California.


My Senator

Chuck Schumer is the senior senator from NY. He’s a good guy.

He’s against guns in the hands of the wrong people, conservative judges, people trying to turn back the clock on abortion rights.

He’s for rebuilding NYC, improving poor people’s access to prescription drugs, fighting the war on terrorism, and protecting us all from spam and telemarketing.

In short, he’s my kind of guy.

We held a small get together for Chuck last night at our home in NYC. He was there to raise money for his next campaign. That’s the unfortunate part of the politcal game. The fortunate part is that the people who came got to see a real person hanging out and telling it like it is.

He thinks Bush is dangerous, that he’s right of Reagan, that’s he’s made a deal with the ultra right wing of the republican party to nominate judges who are committed to rolling back the clock on important laws that protect our freedoms. He thinks Bush is beatable. He thinks that the current slate of Democratic Presidential candidates is weak and we don’t have a clear winner in the group. He likes Clark but thinks he’s going to make rookie mistakes unless he gets a lot of help fast. He supported the war in Iraq, but thinks the Bush Administration’s lack of a plan to get us out has put us in a costly and dangerous predicament.

The best part of it was my kids got to sit there and listen to all of that. They asked questions. And got to see a glimpse of how politics works. How our country is governed. Chuck loves kids. He told us how he wished he’d had more than his two wonderful daughters.

I hate the money part of politics. It makes everything suspect. But last night was OK. Probably because Chuck is my senator and I like the guy.

If you want to learn more about Chuck Schumer and how to support him, go to


Spam Filters

I have a Spam Filter. It’s from a company called Postini. It’s a good spam filter. It stops 75%+ of my inbound mail because it is spam.

And yet, I have to delete the first 30 messages in my inbox every morning because they are spam.

God forbid you send me an email at 3am in the morning, because I may not read it because I am fast and furiously deleting the first 30 emails I get every day.

Why can’t my spam filter figure out that “pen1s” is just a code word for “penis”?

Why can’t my spam filter figure out that an email address that has the word “great offers” in it is spam?

Why can’t my spam filter figure out that an email with the words “free money” in the first sentence is spam?

I guess I need a new spam filter but I can’t be switching these things every six months.

#VC & Technology

MY First Post

I am a VC. Have been for 17 years. I help people start and build technology companies. I do it in NYC, which isn’t the easiest place to build technology companies, but its getting better. I love my work.

I also am a husband and a father of 3 kids. I do that in NYC too. And it isn’t the easiest place to raise a family either. But it’s getting better too. I love my family more than my work.

I also love music, art, yoga, biking, skiing, and golf. That’s a lot of interests for a guy who works 60 hours a week and loves his family. But i manage to make it work.

I used to love politics. But now its all about money. I don’t love politics anymore.

I used to read three papers a day. Now i barely read one. Somedays i don’t read the paper at all. I read the internet. I rarely read anything in the paper that i didn’t read on the internet first. I never read important news in the paper that i didn’t read on the internet first.

I read blogs a lot. And i think they are great. So i am starting a blog. I have no idea if i’ll write a lot in my blog or rarely. I hope its a lot, because i have a lot to say. But we’ll see about that.

#Random Posts