Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nytimes: colin powell to become venture capitalist

jul 13th

this is singularly entertaining. what on earth does colin powell know about anything to do with venture capital? of course they're just offering him a place to park himself and make money, and hoping that powell's connections can help in a) bringing in the investors, b) getting useful legislation passed.

so vcs are becoming more like the lobbyists in washington. kleiner perkins has always been ahead of the curve on sand hill road.

this reminds me of a famous economist pontificating on history, which he knows nothing about. or a famous physicist pontificating on race-based intelligence. when you're famous, you are an expert in everything.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/13/business/13venture.html

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indian Govt has recently announced that they'll do away with the lobbyist in DC and will let the 'forum of Indian CEOs' do that job.

It's Powell gig - only reversed.

Anonymous said...

"when you're famous, you are an expert in everything."

Er, or in some cases, even when you're not famous, you claim to be an expert in everything.

Anonymous said...

in depth analysis by tvr shenoy of both advani's and manmohan's speeches. a lot of clarification here

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/jul/14flip.htm

Anonymous said...

didn't bother to read the full-text of advani's speech in Karachi till now. Now that I have read it, there was nothing controversial he said - another classic case of media putting words in people's mouths.

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/jun/06adv1.htm

An Ideal Boy said...

http://anidealboy.blogspot.com/2005/07/i-am-proud-hindu.html#comments

Anonymous said...

Rama's Bridge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rama%27s_Bridge

The alternate name Adam's Bridge derives from the Christian mythological notion that the biblical Garden of Eden was located on Sri Lanka.

All the more interesting that Garden of Eden is in Sri Lanka. So civilization started in Sri Lanka according to Christianity. Let me try to apply AIT to this.

Kaunteya said...

There we go. Now the russians have started licking the chinese a**.
The Big Brother & Nehru's favourite has been double timing India since years.
This time its oil
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/GG16Ad01.html

Kaunteya said...

Oh my gawd.. what a favour... thank you very much ..


Muslim Approval of Terrorism Declines, a Global Poll Finds

Anonymous said...

Hi Rajeev,

I have been long time reading your wonderful articles.

I am sorry If I am wrong to ask this,but just curious about my favourite writer's life. Maybe you don't like publicity,but still,can I ask? I am pretty sure all readers too want to know this.

You are a Keralite?
You are settled in Bangalore?
Wife and children?

Please post a pic of yours in your profile.

Thanks

RAM said...

Rajeev and all other readers..

Do watch this streaming library of the
House Armed Services Cmte. Hearing on Possible Merger of China Oil with Unocal..

Theres detailed discussion of the Chinese strategy.

Especially watch Rep. CURT WELDON's presentation of how the Chinese are stealthily preparing for a naval confrontation with the US by lobbying witht he help of big CORPORATE lobbies...

Ram said...

Rajeev and all other readers..

Do watch this streaming library of the
House Armed Services Cmte. Hearing on Possible Merger of China Oil with Unocal..

Theres detailed discussion of the Chinese strategy.

Especially watch Rep. CURT WELDON's presentation of how the Chinese are stealthily preparing for a naval confrontation with the US by lobbying witht he help of big CORPORATE lobbies...

Forgot to post link

R said...

http://www.c-span.org/VideoArchives.asp?z1=&PopupMenu_Name=Congress&CatCodePairs=Issue,C;>Link

san said...

Here's one that Rajeev will like. It raises legitimate concerns on
malpractice in the science community. This is not a knock on science itself, but rather the human beings who purport to do research in the name of science.

Anonymous said...

I think misleading studies are more prevalent in the field of medecine just because the turn around time for testing a certain hypothesis is long compared to say engineering/physics.
Also couple that fact with deliverable deadlines, obligations towards funding agencies (which may be pharma companies themselves) and then you have people wilting under pressure.
Especially in the field of medecine, there should be a centralized database cataloguing various drug testing that was carried out and have many groups try and reproduce the result obtained by one group. There is definitely conflict of interest as many pharma companies have invested in the research and may not be willing to share it with other companies/agencies.
One way around this is limited access to the database.

san said...

Speaking of venture capital, looks like UAE is certainly cashing in on capital flight from the US. Yet this doesn't seem to have diminished their greed as Slave Traders

But if this dystopian playground is upheld by US Naval protection, then I'm wondering whether the US is stabbing itself in the foot. It's from places like these that the international underworld take refuge, facilitating trans-national terrorists and their filthy rich contributors.

The Bush family seems all too willing to uphold family ties with Gulf sheikhdoms, even as it puts up a big show of "cracking down on terror". You can't have it both ways -- or can you?

Anonymous said...

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=50786

Nice talk by K. Subramanhyam

san said...

Here's an article on an interesting new
bandage technology. Could save a lot of lives.

Anonymous said...

Got this link in email http://rtpdesi.blogspot.com.
Some folks here might be interested in the above exhibition.