December 2007


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Andrea has been a key part of our team this year, helping out on a number of our clients. I first met her at a Business 2.0 event back in February, through Mike Sigal of Guidewire Group. We exchanged contact details and then finally started working together in the summer. She’s been a big part of our team: joining us in Seattle for the Casual Games Conference where we presided over a party with King.com and Jeanette Lee (aka Black Widow of Billiards), managed contacts in San Diego for dimdim’s debute at DEMO Fall, supervised three companies at Techcrunch 40 in San Francisco, and was a partner-in-crime at various other events.

Andrea introduced us to Neuf, whom we’ve thoroughly enjoyed having on the team as well. Neuf immediately rolled up her sleeves and jumped in to help with several launches and ongoing outreach. She also immersed herself in the world of Web 2.0 with blazing speed.

While we were at DEMO Fall this year, we watched Heddi work the room and were impressed, to say the least. When we had a chance to work with her, we were absolutely thrilled. To say Heddi has energy is an understatement. She is creative, enthusiastic, smart and talented.

We first bumped into David at the Casual Games Conference in Seattle. His calm-cool demeanor reassured all around him but the sparkle in his eye let you know his mind was running 100 miles an hour. We found it auspicious when we bumped into him again at Techcrunch 40 and made it a goal to formally work with him. He’s the consummate pro – proactive, experienced, solid and smart.

Thanks so much to the core team for all their hard work, expertise, time, and collaboration. They’re all amazing people and we are honored to have had the chance to work with them this year.

We have been very fortunate to work with some amazing people this year. Some of launched new companies, some have increased their traffic, some have secured new funding and staff. We are honored to have worked with all of them and would like to take a moment to recognize our clients of 2007.

Xing

wunderloop

ShareThis

MyGame

King

t5m

Imagini

Dimdim

reQall

Simulscribe

Boxbe

Quintura

Kyte

Jaman

Jambaz

KnowMe 

Metaplace

DECA

WooMe

Seesmic

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Alex Willcock (Imagini.net), Dominic & Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners)

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Have you bought all your Christmas presents? Well, since you only have a few days left, I hope you did. But if you didn’t, or just need a few ideas, please do check out a site created by Alex Willcock and his team at Imagini.net – All I Want for Xmas

Here is a photo of Alex, Dominic and I taken earlier this year at Techcrunch 40.

Happy Holidays from the team at Consort Partners.

Stephen Stokols, WooMe, on The Morning Show

Stephen Stokols, CEO and Founder of WooMe.com, and his little sister Hayley flew to NY yesterday for a live taping on Fox’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. You can see the video by clicking here (the link will take you to the show’s website where they have posted the segment). Or you can see my edited version here.

Charlie Muirhead of t5m made a stop in Paris to visit with us and provide a demo and update to Om Malik of GigaOm. There are some exciting developments coming up for t5m (The Fifth Medium), with exclusive video content soon to be featured on the socially-conscious video network. More to come…

It was hard not to elbow your neighbor as we packed 9 people into a table normally set for 5 people, maximum. But heck, it was fun.

We dined on Alba truffles with veal cheek, foie gras, scallops with pearls of radish and cucumber, lobster sauteed in butter… all washed down with a smooth French burgundy.

Between courses, Martin grew anxious as he awaited a call from his daughter, as she was hoping to be accepted into Columbia. He was overwhelmingly proud of his little girl when she gave him the good news that she was indeed accepted. Champage was poured and the mood enlivened even more as we toasted to the next generation movers and shakers.

Meanwhile, in this photo, Daniela Hinrichs of Xing leans in to the glee of Om Malik of GigaOm, while I make space for Martin Varsavsky of FON.

We had a good representation of cultures at the table. A couple of Brits and a German here – Paul Durman, Dominic and Daniela Hinrichs of Xing.

Our intimate dinner turned even more intimate when Martin Varsavsky of FON dropped by with his pals Thomas Crampton (formerly with IHT and NYT) and Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz of Vpod.tv. It was a fun evening, even though we could barely breath given how tightly we were squeezed together. I don’t know if the management of the swanky restaurant were so impressed with our McDonalds-esque seating arrangement, but I’m sure we had more fun than the rest of the diners that evening.

Hey, you have to let your hair down sometimes. And we had a splendid dinner at Le Laurent in Paris, along with a few friends. At first, it was just us, plus Om Malik and Lars & Daniela Hinrichs of Xing. But then Martin Varsavsky stopped by with friends so we had to squeeze together.




Champs Elysee

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Here is the Champs Elysee at night. Our hotel was right off this premier avenue full of the best shopping, fashionable people, incredible food, and festive lighting. On one end we could see the Arc de Triomphe, and on the other was a glittering ferris wheel. Plus, we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower which was adorned in glittering lights – it looked like a giant Swavorski crystal sparkling in the night.

As for my French, well, woefully, it is pathetic. However, as Dominic is English, he took six years of French in school so he was able to communicate with the locals and get us to where we needed to be (and kept our stomachs full).

The newly opened St Pancras station in London features the fast train to Paris. Two hours after boarding, you’re in another culture. Something we don’t enjoy in the US (unless of course, you live on the border).

Here’s the view from my room in London as we arrived last week for meetings ahead of LeWeb. I met my good friend Mark Ward of the BBC for lunch and caught up on gaming, security, politics and tech networking. Afterwards, I ran from Oxford to Tottenham Court Road to meet with Alex Willcock of Imagini. We caught up on the latest developments and innovations from the company that is allowing all walks of life communicate through the universal language of images, before I ran to a place full of imagery – the National Portrait Gallery. I met Vic Keegan of The Guardian in the lobby and we strolled through the gallery to check out the amazing paintings – reflecting on our own meager efforts we employ each month at our Deadline Painting Group on Flickr.

On Friday, Dominic and I packed our bags and headed to Paris via Eurostar. A bit of rest in the City of Lights before embarking on a whirlwind of networking, socializing and business.

Up early in Paris (4am).  We’re off to Gare du Nord to take the Eurostar to London’s new St. Pancras station.  Dominic will meet up with t5m while I’ll continue on to Heathrow for my United flight back to San Francisco.  I’ve got a few good pictures and updates to come.




LeWeb3 kicks off

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LeWeb3 has finished and it’s been a jam-packed two days full of networking, schmoozing, socializing, and wining/dining. Kudos to Geraldine and Loic Le Meur for producing an impressive conference with good content and high production value. I’ll be posting more information about the event after I return to San Francisco, but now, it’s my last night in Paris so we’re off in search of authentic steak frittes. Bon appetit!

Yesterday I discovered that Marc Orchant had suffered a heart attack. As he is a blogger, I heard about it through the Internet and Twitter feeds from his good friend and fellow blogger, Oliver Starr. This morning, as I sit in my hotel room in Paris, I have just read the post below written by Oliver below.

I first met Marc through email. We chatted back and forth in advance of the DEMO Fall conference in San Diego this past September. We then hooked up via Facebook so we would know what each other looked like. But with 2000 others in attendance, it wasn’t so easy to find each other. But we did. He was an effervescent and radiantly nice person. We kept in touch afterwards via email and I followed his Twitter tweets every day. He was one of life’s nice people. He will be missed.

Marc Orchant

From Oliver Starr’s blog

Update: 2:56PM Pacific Time December 9th, 2007:

It is with great sadness that I report that Marc Orchant, Husband to Sue, Father to Rebecca and Jason, and friend to so many, passed away just a short time ago. I was notified by Marc’s brother Craig.

His family and closest friends were at his side and his favorite music was playing. Craig said that Marc’s passing was as peaceful and easy as anyone could have hoped and he left this world surrounded by love from so many people that he couldn’t possibly have failed to know how many people cared for, appreciated and respected him.

Anyone that knew Marc also knew how much he loved music; especially the Grateful Dead. The excerpt below is from one of the songs that helped the family say goodbye to Marc and helped Marc move on to the next world. I talked to Marc almost every single day for the past couple of years. I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say that I am going to miss him so, so much.

To allow for people that may need to travel and take time of work, services are most likely going to be held this coming Wednesday afternoon at the Temple where the Orchants are members. I will provide more specific details as soon as they have been provided to me. Marc’s family expressed once again their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that the technology community has shown in this very difficult time. Your warmth, concern and friendship will not be forgotten.

River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
all the way back home
It’s a far gone lullaby
sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I’ve come
since I first left home

Goin home, goin home
by the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

Oliver has set up a Paypal account for donations and contributions to Marc’s family. You can access it here:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr

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Today, the Financial Times features a story written by Chris Nuttall that focuses on the entrepreneurial experience and spirit of Loic Le Meur, founder of Seesmic and the international conference, LeWeb3. The article is entitled Share Ideas to the Maximum. While it provides an insider’s view on Loic’s journey from his first start up to becoming France’s #1 blogger and founder of beta/invite-only video conversation site, Seesmic, it also for the first time publishes Loic’s 10 tips on what to do (and not to do) when starting a startup.

Here’s an excerpt from Chris’s article:

Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible

Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.

Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.

Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.

Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.

Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.

Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.

Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.

Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.

Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.

Chris & Loic