Android / T-Mobile G1 First Impressions

After 2+ years as a more-or-less-satisfied BlackBerry user, I just made the switch to the G1, the first (and currently the only) production handset running Google’s Android OS. As regular readers know I have high expectations for the Android platform, but felt like I needed to get closer to the OS and developer ecosystem to continue…

Google, Twitter and the Real-Time Web

I’m still a little mystified by the appeal of Twitter to the individual user, but I definitely see the argument that – taken in aggregate – the service offers a useful window into what a (rarefied) slice of the global population is thinking about right now. But when I read pieces like this one by continue…

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Our Newest Potfolio Company: Frugal Mechanic

Last week Founders Co-op added a new company to our portfolio: Frugal Mechanic. This deal won’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with our investment thesis: It’s a niche offering (vertical search + price comparison in the $40B DIY auto parts market), With a smart distribution insight (white label parts search for auto enthusiast sites, of which continue…

Today’s New York Times + Array Health Solutions

Last week I wrote about a small investment Founders Co-op had made in Array Health Solutions, a Seattle company that helps small employers control the spiraling cost of health benefits. This morning I unfolded my New York Times to find a front-page article on the very problem Array was created to solve. The story, titled continue…