Above the Crowd

Back to Blogging (maybe)…

June 19, 2008:

I haven’t written a public post in over two years, and many people ask me when I might write again. The bottom line is I have been really busy. Busy with our investments here at Benchmark, and busy with three growing kids at home.  But in the end, I am quite fond of writing, and I have been inspired by some of the great writing of others.

That being the case, i thought I would start with an overview of some of the blogs that I visit daily, with a brief overview explaining why.

My first two stops each day are GigaOm and TechCrunch.  This shouldn’t be much of a surprise here to anyone in the valley.  Om Malik and Michael Arrington have put themselves at the ground zero in Silicon Valley.  Plus, they have both developed a POV that is interesting and differentiated.

I have also been extremely impressed (as I know many have) with Marc Andressen’s writing.  Very thoughtful pieces that are very well reasoned, and at times quite lengthy.   Makes you think — which I beielive is the highest objective of great writing.

I would also suggest that anyone that is trying to keep up with the edge between digital and media pay attenion to Shelly Palmer’s daily video blog.  Very terse, but always right on.  Shelly is very bright in this field, and is heavily used by the media industry as a consultant.  In the valley, its easy to know the perspective of the “disrupter”.  Shelly can give you the perspective of the industry you are trying to impact.

Anyway, I hope that this post will be the first of many more to come.


  1. Amanda B. June 19, 2008

    I haven’t looked at your blog for over two years so it was nice to go today and see a post. I stumbled on the announcement that Matt is joining your team and that made me think about your “above the crowd” posts and well here I am.

    Feel free not to answer, it will not hurt my feelings, but why do you blog, and what lead you to blog today? Again, feel free not to answer.

  2. Chris Herbert June 23, 2008

    Hey Bill, great to see you blogging(maybe) again. Ever thought about setting foot in Ontario? Give this blog post a read, it may spark some interest.

  3. Dean Takahashi July 2, 2008

    Nah Bill, VentureBeat is where it’s at!

  4. Ales Spetic July 3, 2008

    Great to have you back in the blogging world. You might want to try Zemanta to spice things up. It’s an extension for FF or IE that provides you with online suggestion for relevant articles, links, tags and pictures while you blog. Just install the extension and try it out.

    If you have any more questions, please let me know.

    • Magda September 25, 2011

      I actually found this more enteraitnnig than James Joyce.

  5. timepilot July 7, 2008

    I agree with your recommendations but I have greatly missed your voice/analysis over the last couple of years. Count me among the readers that hope this is the first of many new posts.

  6. kingstonchronicle October 17, 2008

    Thanks man. Did a search after reading an article from Quick Sprout. TechCrunch is great.

    I do not see a point of contact for you though.


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