More fun pre-IPO drama...
The Web Hotlist—Web sites worth checking out
Forget Disintermediation, Portals: There’s a New Buzzword in Town
As our audience grew, we had to put our best face before the cameras.
Two months earlier, in September, Junglee, which had been founded three months after Neoforma, was sold to Amazon.com for nearly two hundred million dollars in stock...
A million bucks was just an entry fee.
Now it was time to play the real game—time to get some real money from a top-tier venture firm and the prestige that goes along with it...
Board Meeting Minutes
Microsoft Buys Hotmail
Board Meeting Minutes
In the rare moments of calm between nearly unrelenting stretches of tumultuous rapids, we would sometimes, just for a moment, relax our control over things. Seldom did this respite prove to be beneficial.
Jeff and I had been putting increasing amounts of money into Neoforma—first, our own money; then borrowed money. By the end of 1997, we were running into dangerous territory...
New Rules for the New Economy
It made sense at the time. We made practical decisions and underwent simple transitions. I’m not sure it could have gone any other way.
I was getting frustrated, and a little bit insecure. Thousands of people — the keepers of the world’s health — were telling us that we were helping them...
Microsoft Completes Acquisition of WebTV Networks
The Red Herring
Every big industry has them. They supply the nutrients required for abundant growth.
Alexander and JP were players. Builders of buzz. They had been involved in rapidly building the valuations of several local companies — companies vibrating with potential to make it big — companies to be pursued...
Amazon.com IPO skyrockets
Businesses Find the Web a Friendly Mall
Our first taste of outside investment created an almost instantaneous craving for more.
When Jack made good on his promise to connect us with potential investors, we scrambled to produce a short business plan and slide presentation. The business plan would be sent to several angels...
About This Blog
I am an architect, writer, and reluctant serial entrepreneur. To be clear... I'm not a reluctant entrepreneur, just reluctant to admit that I am a serial one. I really do like to finish things too.
This blog is mostly content from the book, but I'm sprinkling in other stuff along the way.