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.

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