Thursday, January 29, 2009

Scott Murphy for Congress

One of the investors in Mezmeriz is running for Congress! I found this out via the entrepreneurial gossip hotline (the only thing faster than email). Scott Murphy of Advantage Capital has declared his intention to run, and I wholeheartedly endorse him!

Run Scott Run!

I'm not saying this because he is an investor in my company. In fact, this is kind of a bad thing for us because we aren't big enough to be on the radar of Congress members. And I'm one of about three Republicans in Ithaca.

The main reason I support Scott is because he isn't changing his tune to get to Congress. Scott has been consistent with his message long before there was a representative's seat vacancy. He has repeatedly publicly stated the same ideals and beliefs about growth and job creation at conferences and seminars that I have attended.

Scott would like to ask for your support. You can learn more at the Scott Murphy 2009 website.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Entrepreneurs, Technologists, and Delinquents at CES

I spent the better part of last week talking myself hoarse at the Consumer Electronics Show. We also used this opportunity to converge a bunch of our technology and entrepreneurial Cornell friends for some social time. We had friends from Simply Audiobooks, Widetronix, Instictiv, 3M, Qualcomm, P&G, Harrah's, and (of course) Mezmeriz.

True, except for the juvenile part

We compared notes, tales of woe, and passed around a lot of encouragement. Of course, it's not always a big case study session and we did have a little Vegas-style fun.

I am not at liberty to reveal most of the details of the week's non-conference activities, but maybe Harvard Business School psychology professor Abraham Zaleznik is right:

"To understand the entrepreneur, you first have to understand the psychology of the juvenile delinquent...the hallmark of the entrepreneur is a drive for autonomy, for a freedom from restraints that bespeaks an inner rebelliousness and a fearlessness in the face of risk."

Well put, Professor Zaleznik. And for everyone who wasn't there, I encourage you to join us next year.