November 2009

According to CNN, at 2:20pm ET, more than 270 retailing Web sites tracked by Internet monitoring firm Akamai were drawing more than 4.3 million visitors per minute in North America.

Akamai said that its Net Usage Index — which monitors North American visitors to sites such as American Eagle Outfitters, Overstock.com, QVC.com and eBags.com — said traffic was up nearly 39% compared to the same time last year. They’re expecting the numbers to go up even more throughout the rest of the day.

My inbox has been filling with various offers – from free shipping, to a collection of Bing offers from various retailers, to local shops offering up to 50% off of online shoe orders (very enticing indeed). I’m encouraged that the recession slowly seems to be falling behind us, as last year’s sobering statistics took a bit of the joy out of the seasons.

I myself have not yet jumped into the Cyber Monday fray, but I guess that’s primarily because I’ve already finished much of my holiday shopping, thanks to sites like Blurb, Zappos and Amazon.  But as the sun goes down and I finally get caught up with all my emails, I might just have to venture into the wild and check out a few of those offers…  Especially those 50% off shoes…

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This was done on my iPhone using the Brushes app and is my submission for this month’s Deadline Painting Group. The theme for DPG was “Face in a crowd.” I read that David Hockney only uses his thumbs when painting with Brushes, as you actually have greater control than if you use you finger (and consequently, your entire arm and elbow). My experience in using the thumb-only was a bit messy, but also gave me more freedom of movement. Will keep using this practice with future Brushes paintings.

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It’s almost Thanksgiving and at this time of the year, I spend a lot of time thinking about the many reasons I am thankful… for life, family, health, work, friends, possessions, spirit, service, you get the idea.

Consort Partners has been in business since 2005 and I recently had the chance to meet up with one of the key people who made Consort into the company it is today.  That person is angel investor, Klaus Hommels, who has a Midas Touch and a heart of gold.

After I left Blinkx, one of the first people who contacted me was Klaus.  He had seen the extensive coverage generated through my interviews at Blinkx and wanted to know if we could do the same for some of his portfolio companies.  He introduced me to Lars Hinrichs of XING and Riccardo Zacconi of King.  Both ended up becoming clients – in fact, XING was our very first client and I’m very happy to say they are still a client today.  As is King.  Klaus continued to open his Rolodex to us – providing introductions to Howard Hartenbaum (then of Draper Richards and now August Capital), Mattias Ljungman of Atomico Ventures, and several more of his portfolio companies.  Consequently, we hired more people and built a business that sustains our staff spread throughout the US and UK.

On this week of giving thanks, I want to send a special shout-out, super-duper heartfelt thanks to Klaus.

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An interesting start of my trip occured when I checked into the hotel, only to discover there was no electricity.  The hotel staff had to show me to my room via flashlight. I also got a free workout, as I had to lug my suitcase up 6 flights of stairs.  But that’s okay when you’ve had to sit on your butt for 9 hours confined in an airplane.

My time in London was jam-packed.  So much so that I’m very grateful that I packed a couple of extra PowerBars, which I call “emergency rations” in case my jetlag biorhythms decide to kick in and crave dinner at 2am.  In this case, due to the fact that I decided to walk to as many meetings as I could, I didn’t leave enough time in for food during the day and felt a bit famished more often than not.

The exciting bits of my trip are of course the parts I can’t really share, but suffice it to say that I had great meetings with up-and-coming startups, those who have already gained traction, and those who are making serious revenues already.  While I was there, EA announced their acquisition of Playfish and Playdom received a hefty investment.  The games category is blazing hot and the tech industry overall seems to be building up much-anticipated momentum.  There seems to be a case of acquisition fever brewing, so perhaps we’ll continue to see some exits.

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