fotonauts and me

I am getting inundated with requests for more information about Jean-Marie Hullot’s new startup fotonauts. Mike Arrington has a post up on Techcrunch that speculates about the company.

Mike rightly states that I am going to play a role in the company, and also that there is, indeed, a company. The technical team is in Paris as Mike states. I will be remaining in Palo Alto.

Aside from that I cannot say anything at this point. The company will not be announcing any products for a few months. And we will not be pre-announcing what we are doing.

However …. it is awesome and exciting 🙂

end of an era, start of another

Earlier today I posted on the edgeio blog the news that the transition of edgeio to its new owners – Looksmart and – is complete from my point of view. I continue to believe that edge-published classifieds will one day be a large advertising opportunity, and sooner rather than later.

The edgeio web site will go silent for a while until Looksmart integrates it into their ad platform. has already gone live with the real estate assets they acquired.

As for me. i am playing with a few things:

1. I have office space at 654 High in Palo Alto, through 31 August. If you have a pre-funded startup and want help, ding me. I can help.

2. I am playing with vertically specific social media., and are VERY early implementations of some thinking I am doing about supporting people who are highly focused on specific interests to remove noise and allow higher productivity within their interest area. If this is an area that interests you, again, ping me.

3. I am working with my friend Jean-Marie Hullot again (he and I co-founded RealNames). He and his team in Paris (France) have been working in stealth on an awesome concept for 2 years. Later this year I will help bring it to market. Can’t say any more. but I am in Paris Mon-Thurs, and London Friday this week if anybody wants to get together. My cell is +1-650-704-2674.

4. I am working with a bunch of startups – Spotplex; Real Time Matrix; Snipperoo; It is great to work with entrepreneurs on early stage products.

5. I continue to be involved with Mike at TechCrunch. I can’t believe how amazing its growth and influence is. Very exciting! Very Mike!

So that’s my update. I’m on Twitter quite a bit if you want to follow me –