December 2012


Last week I was in Stockholm to visit one of‘s offices and sated in this fantastic and historic hotel called the Stallmastaregarden which was the royal stall master’s buildings in the 1600s. it was a winter wonderland – perfect for sharing on try favorite travel service, Gogobot.

Have you heard that 87-year-old NFL Hall of Fame football coach Marv Levy is now involved with one of those Bay Area tech startups hosting live online auctions where participants can bid via their iPad? Talk about bridging the generation gap.

Levy at 4 pm PT Monday Dec. 17 will host an online auction on Outbid ( that will benefit Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, the non-profit that provides financial and medical assistance to retired and debilitated NFL players in dire need – something that has become even more important with the increased awareness of the long-term effects of head injuries.

Among the sports memorabilia he’s auctioning off is an autographed copy of his novel “Between the Lies,” which essentially predicted the recent NFL bounty scandal involving the Saints with its fictional, unscrupulous coach who pays players to injure opponents.

For more details and to sign up for the auction, go to

By the way, auctions on Outbid unfold in real time, with audio and gaming-style features that turn the whole affair into a fast-paced, lively exchange. Plus, the participants can interact with the auctioneer and Levy in a chat-room like setting.

It’s been a while since Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel, co-founders of the music site,, have been in the press, but today, they announced that they have been working hard on a new company called Lumi, a personal Web experience that makes it easy to discover new and relevant content.

Back when Martin and Felix started, they tried to show that with the right kind of technology, it would be possible – and easy – for people to discover new music they like.  The pair always thought that by taking a similar approach for the Web as a whole it should be easy for people to discover all sorts of content. That’s what they’re doing with Lumi.

Instead of starting from scratch each time you fire up your browser, Lumi allows you to anonymously and securely record the pages you visit. Lumi then uses this data to learn about your interests, to discover popular webpages and to provide suggestions of pages that will interest you.

The site is currently accepting early-bird testers – just go to to check it out.