Webvanta Financing Closed!

Following a marathon effort, I’m delighted to announce that we’ve closed Webvanta’s Series A financing. It’s very exciting, and quite a relief, to have… Read more »

10 Years Later: Thoughts on PhotoTablet/Fotiva/Adobe

The First Two Years: Conception It was 10 years ago last week that the idea for PhotoTablet came to me—an Internet tablet that takes… Read more »

Webvanta Update

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, so I thought I’d at least give a brief update. On September 8 we officially… Read more »

Is Facebook Ready for Business?

I’ve been working lately on creating a Facebook presence for my company, Webvanta. It’s been a somewhat painful experience. You can see the primitive… Read more »

Webvanta Financing Closed

Today we reached an important milestone in the short history of Webvanta—we closed the next phase of our financing. We now have the capital… Read more »

Webvanta is Live! A Great Solution for Rich Content Sites

After an amazing year of effort, I’m thrilled to report that the Webvanta beta is now live! Sign up for a free trial on… Read more »

Gloom and Doom… But We Will Persevere

The financial meltdown of the past two weeks has been scary to watch. The New York Times has a nicely done interactive graphic of… Read more »

Startup Camp This Week

I’m really excited to be heading to Startup Camp toward the end of this week. This is a gathering of folks from seven startups,… Read more »

Coping with the Information Flood

Many years ago, when I was writing Microprocessor Report, I read dozens of magazines a week and sifted through hundreds of printed, mailed press… Read more »

A Business Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, so I thought it was time for an update. Anyone who has been involved… Read more »

Accreditation Helper debuts

For the past several months, the majority of my time has gone into a web application for a startup called Accreditation Helper. The marketing… Read more »

Announcing BuildingWebApps.com

When I started this blog almost a year ago, I really wasn’t sure what I’d be writing about. As it happened, it ended up… Read more »

Announcing Topaz Web Solutions LLC

It’s been awfully quiet here on the blog the past month or so… but that’s only because life here in the physical world has… Read more »

Creeping Success of Web Services

If my personal behavior is any indication, things are looking up for subscription web services. When I went out on my own last fall,… Read more »

Web Applications for Service Businesses

Six months into my exploration of Ruby and Rails and the opportunities it represents, I’ve settled into a niche of building web applications that… Read more »

Keeping Track of Stuff

One of the curses of the computer age, especially for those of us who do development work, is the vast amount of detail that… Read more »

“Taking a Break”

Happy new year! When I left Adobe at the end of November, I promised myself that I would “take a break” for perhaps as… Read more »

What went wrong with Fotiva

It is often said that failures are more instructive than successes. In this spirit, I’ve done a lot of reflection on what went wrong… Read more »

What Happened to IBM Service?

I’ve used IBM Thinkpads for a long time. Upon leaving Adobe recently, I had to purchase my own notebook PC for the first time… Read more »

The Fotiva story

I’ve just reached the end of a seven-year adventure into software for digital photography. The adventure began with my first digital camera, a Nikon… Read more »

Hosted applications for small businesses

As I’ve been exploring what kind of business I want to build, I’ve found my thinking settling on hosted applications for small business. Here’s… Read more »

Financing my next startup

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of months thinking through potential opportunities for building a new business. I’m still exploring… Read more »

The trouble with hosted apps

A central presumption behind hosted applications is that Internet connectivity is becoming universal. There are some obvious problems with this presumption, such as when… Read more »

Changing to hosted solutions

For more than 10 years, I’ve arranged my computing around a single notebook PC that went with me everywhere. With docks, monitors, and keyboards… Read more »