30th Anniversary of Mac Computer

January 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

On this 30th Year anniversary of the Mac, the Computer History Museum released an Exclusive (Unseen since 1984) ;  the original Steve Jobs Public unveiling of the Macintosh Computer.   Interesting and fascinating on so many levels from the only seen once on public television classic Orwellian commercial to Steve’s still developing and now famous presentation skills.

For you computer history and tech buffs, the specs (minute 6)

  • $2,495
  • “LISA” Technology (mice, point, click, cut, paste, windows)
  • 68,000 CPU running at 8 Mhz that “eats 8088’s for breakfast”
  • 192K bytes of memory! 64K of these bytes are ROM and an amazing 128K bytes are RAM!
  • Inside the 64K ROM is the entire OS!  Entire graphics, entire Windows user interface – All in ROM!
  • Introduction of breakthrough 3.5 inch floppy disk with 400K bytes!
  • A super high definition, high resolution 9″ bitmapped black and white screen! (Twice the dots of an IBM PC or and Apple II)
  • Took 2 years to make it.

Don’t miss minute 9 with the classic Chariots of Fire video debut!

Some interesting quotes”We want to make Macintosh the 2nd Desk Appliance” (1st = Telephone)

“The last thing the world needs is another Local Area Network” (Ethernet really never took off)

“Lotus has announced 123 for the Macintosh and it’s in their development labs now”

Apple’s First Public Demo of the Mac in 1984

The Mozilla Tribe: 2013 MozSummit

October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mozilla spent the last 4 days at our 3rd worldwide summit.  Just over 1800 Mozillians gathered at 3 locations (Brussels, Toronto, and Santa Clara) to reconnect, engage, and reinforce the vision and the mission for the next 10+ years.  It was a powerful event.

This is a great time and opportunity to share Seth Godin’s Tribe Talk from TED.   I encourage all Mozillians to VIEW. Even if you’ve seen it before or read his Tribes book, please WATCH again.  It’s 17 minutes AND worth it.  At a minimum pick a mark below and try a sample.  Or, if you only have time for 3 minutes, pick the 14:00-17:00 Min Mark.  I’m confident you will find something very worthwhile in one of these segments.

MY KEY “MARKS” FROM THIS VIDEO:

  • Inflection point of change;  New model of leadership (4:00 Min. Mark)
  • Tribes (7:00 Min Mark)
  • You Don’t Need Everyone.  Maybe Just 1000!  (9:30 Mark)  >  1M Mozillians?….
  • Decisions on Products and Services (10:30 Mark)
  • Heretics (12:00 Mark) – an ode to you Pascal!
  • Tell a Story with 3 Questions (14:00)
  • WHO “Exactly” Are You UPSETTING?
  • WHO Are You CONNECTING?
  • WHO Are you LEADING?
  • Key Leadership Elements  (Challenge Everything, Build a Culture, Curiosity, Connection, Commit):   (16:00 Min – END)

EXPERIMENT?:  For those of you that follow this blog or the @cookflix Twitter auto-post,  let’s try a Tribe/Committment experiment.  Let’s see how many Mozillians we can reach WITHOUT email.  Do it in whatever way you do it (retweeting, forwarding, Yammer,  IRC, whatever).

Leave Your Legacy

August 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

Leave Your Legacy:  Pissed Off For Greatness

Wins and Losses – they are a dime a dozen

But EFFORT?
Nobody can judge effort
Effort is between YOU and YOU!

NOW…you have to show that you are a different creature than you were 5 minutes ago….

It means you are pissed off for greatness
Because if you aren’t pissed off for greatness
Then that means you are ok with being mediocre

SO, LET’S DO WHAT WE DO!

SF Commercial Real Estate Market: Data Snapshot

August 8, 2013 § 1 Comment

Being a CFO, one of my many roles is to make the decisions on worldwide real estate for Mozilla.  Over the past 3 years, we’ve been very busy opening up 11 Mozilla Spaces (employee and community/contributor work and event spaces) on 4 different continents.  As a result, I’m always very close to real estate data streams in various markets and have regular conversations on the topic with a set of my go-to regular experts.

One such snapshot came across my email box last week with respect to the San Francisco Commercial Real Estate Market.  SF currently happens to be the hottest commercial real estate market in the US right now and arguably in the entire world.  (in terms of rental rate increases and vacancy rate decreases).

The Rosen Realty Group (RRG)  http://www.rosenrg.com/ led by Mark Rosen just published one of their latest installments.  Once again, it’s extremely useful and confirmational data for those with eyes/ears close to the ground in the SF Market specifically.

A shameless plug is deserved here.  I’ve worked with Mark and Anna at RRG for over 10 yrs on numerous deals and consider RRG to be one of the best (OK THE BEST) real estate broker firm for tenants I’ve had the pleasure of working with.   Mark and Anna aren’t just “brokers”.  Having worked in SF and the Bay Area for the last +25 yrs, they have an amazing network of people and resources to help you get things done.  They’ve worked side by side with me and my team to not just do the lease deals (renting the various spaces) but more importantly to monitor and ensure the proper steps to actually get the offices opened (tenant improvements) and to give amazing advice on making these new offices a “home” for those living in it every day.

The DATA BELOW:

SF Market July 31 2013

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW AND THEY’LL EXPAND

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note:  I have obtained permission from RRG to republish this copyrighted research report.

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SF Avg. Rental Rate Patterns:
Analyzing both the graph and this summary data table I created, some clear patterns emerge

  • SF Avg Rental Rates of $43.56 have hit a 10 year high as of July 31, 2013
  • The previous SF Market Rental high occurred in the abnormal 1999-2000 period where SF avg rental rates spiked 50% ( from $45 to $65+) and then back down to $45 all within a 12 month period
  • Barring any economic shocks to the system, there appears to be more room to continue the recent trends.   Vacancy rates still have room  to fall to its historical 5% low range which (the data suggests) would move avg rental rates beyond $50 and maybe even $60 per sq ft rates.
  • The 8 year CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) is a healthy 8%.
  • There hasn’t been a significant decline in avg. rental rates since 2010 when avg. rates hit their low of $27.50.  Over the last 3 yrs (36 months), avg SF rates have increased steadily to today’s $43.50 while vacancy rates are on a directly proportional decline from 15% to 10%.
  • In terms of Silicon Valley/Pennisula, the data is similar:  Vacant space has decreased for 9 quarters in a row to 10.2% vacancy rate as of Q2 2013;  the lowest “available space” since the first quarter of 2001.

What does this suggest for the next few years (2014-2016?).

caveat:   assumes mostly status quo with no major macro-economic surprise or downturn.  These economic shocks can be seen from the graph (2001-2003 and again 2008-2010) and the impact of these economic shocks show a very predictable spike in vacancy and a dip in avg. rental rates.

  • Vacancy rate trends suggests the market will drop below 10% for the first time since 2001 (+12 yrs) to the 8% range
  • Avg rental rates are correspondingly expected to grow at 8% annually over the next 2 years and to break above $50 per sq ft. annually (+$4.50 per month per sq. ft)
  • Every 1% decrease in vacancy rates equals roughly a $3 increase in avg rental rates
  • Every 1% increase in vacancy rates equates to a smaller decline in rates by only $2 per sq ft annually

Bottom line:  Commercial office space real estate demand is approaching a historical high and once again is beginning to outstrip supply.  This is especially true for space of 50K sq feet and above which equates to workstation capacity of 300 employees +/-.

VC Influencer Graph

August 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Ok, I’ve heard from a few readers of this blog loud and clear.   The “Live Like Dogs” and “What’s Your Walk Up Song” posts are cute but “Can you please get back to some good data and analysis”?  The next few posts will be just that.  Here goes.

Zeno Group just published a great slideshare on VC Influencers including an analysis of the top VC’s social media consumption habits.  They used Twitter stats, LinkedIn stats, and an online survey targeting the top 100 VC’s as published by the Forbes Midas List.

The results are a combination of unique and interesting data as well as confirmational data for anyone spending time following these folks on these social media networks or interacting with these VC’s and reporters as part of their jobs.

I’m republishing the results on this blog mostly for my own convenience since I’ve noticed these types of published results quickly get lost in our ephemeral and quick twitch world of data coming at us.

Here’s a quick summary which I found interesting:

  • 37 of Top 100 VC’s have LESS than 500 Connections on LinkedIn.   So, don’t feel so bad if you haven’t achieved this mark yet.
  • 36 of Top 100 VC’s are still NOT ON TWITTER.    Of 64 who are on Twitter, the median # of  followers is 3,450 (# of people the VC’s Influence).  The top 6 VC Influencers have a median of 10,500 followers
  • 63% follow their PEER GROUP  (other VC Partners, VC Firms, or Tech Executives and Entrepreneurs)
  • 19% follow Media Brands/Journalists
  • HEAVILY WEIGHTED to @WaltMossberg (WSJ), @KaraSwisher (AllThingsD), @DanPrimack (Fortune), Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda PandoDaily), Adam Lashinsky (@adamlashinsky Fortune).   They also follow TechCrunch
  • The top 100 VC’s are using Twitter and LinkedIn to STAY CONNECTED and FOR NEWS/TRENDS

What’s Your Walk Up Song?

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

I noticed this concept for the first time at a recent conference.  It was so “in your face” that I began commenting on it…then thinking more deeply about the technique.  When I returned back to the office, I began discussing the use of this concept in the workplace as an “Identity Tool”.

What if we created a way to not only uniquely personalize “YOU” with music but more importantly an easy way for others to remember “YOU”?   Music has always been a way our sensing brain connects with our emotional brain.   Music is a remarkable imprinting device.

Some of the ideas I bantered about with people at Mozilla were to give everyone a “RingID” in our online phone book.  This would allow people to easily create a 10-15 second music clip to say as much about you as any Bio or stale “who I am” or “my hobbies” could ever do.

I never realized, or rather, never connected that Major League Baseball has been doing this “Walk Up Song” for years.  This brilliant article describes this “connection concept” perfectly.    We all understand personalized ring tones for our cell phones and we all have our favorite playlists. Is it time for  our personalized RingID?

SO, what’s your “Walk Up Song”?   What is the musical fingerprint that defines “YOU” in the 10-15 second period between the time you are introduced by someone or you want people to remember you by?    My current one?  = Don’t Stop Believing

READ MORE >>

http://www.linkedin.com/today/influencers/20130730153624-10878085-what-s-your-walk-up-song

Cosmos: Flatland and Googol

July 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

One of the biggest influences on my young scientific brain was the amazing thirteen part Cosmos series written by Carl Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan.  It aired in 1980 when I was 13 years old and I still feel it’s impact and influence on my young mind.  It was the most widely watched  series in the history of public television and is still one of the most widely watched PBS series in the world.  It’s been broadcast in more than 60 countries and watched by more than 500 million people.  For it’s day, it was so well produced from the special effects to the soundtracks to the simple Storytelling.  The series brilliant blending of science, history, poetry, music creates tremendous education for a young mind and at 13 I was a sponge.

In this series, the concepts include our universe, DNA, astronomy (Kepler, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe), an entire episode devoted to Mars, Space-Time and Einstein, Voyager’s Golden Record and our collective intelligence.  It’s all here.

One particular episode stood out for me above all others.  The concepts described in the Flatland episode intrigues me to this day.   The possibilities of “what’s out there?” and how it might look make me full of wonder.    I still love the part how the 3D cube casts a shadow on the 2D Flatland and further, how we can imagine the fourth dimension by creating a “shadow” in our 3D world…even though we can never physically see this 4th dimensional “shape”.

FLATLAND:

Today I think of this concept as “Perspective” and I regular use this Flatland analogy when I feel perspective is needed.

I love how Carl simply poses great questions and teaches without lecturing.

“Cosmology brings us face-to-face with the deepest mysteries of questions that were once treated only in religion and myth”

“Who know for certain?  Who shall here declare it?  Whence was it born?…….these words are 3500 years old.  They are taken from the Rig Veda,  a collection of early Sanskrit hymns.   The most sophisticated ancient cosmological ideas came from Asia and particularly from India.  Here, there’s a tradition of skeptical questioning and un-selfconscious humility before the great cosmic mysteries..”

I marvel at the consistent blend of poetry, science, history, and cultural concepts and begin to understand how these ideas were planted in my young mind as they were in many other young minds.

As for the Googol and Googolplex, little did we know that 20 years later, these words would take on a whole new meaning.  The concept of “the infinity of small” and the “infinity of large” still intrigues me to this day.  The understanding there are whole worlds happening inside of 1 atom and enough energy inside to create

GOOGOL and a GOOGOLPLEX

I’ll end this mini-video series with one of Carl Sagan’s most persistent and timeless messages for humanity

“Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours. In every one of them, there’s a succession of incidence, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidity, we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissance. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the stars.”

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