I have the feeling it is going to be an awesome week.
On the family front the girls are feeling better which is a huge relief. Eva is still on her breathing meds but is breathing 100% normally now. Emma is of course, her energetic self.
Also work is buzzing with activity. In the last month I have had 4 or 5 key employees join the engineering team and it is starting to show. Between the new employees and the current ones we have a really kickass team. Combine that with the amazing stuff the product folks are churning out and I think Tremor should have a very interesting 2008 from a dev and product perspective.
Lastly, I am heading out to San Francisco for the NewTeeVee Conference. This should be an interesting event with a lot of Silicon Valley influence. I am interested to see how it contrasts to the Madison Avenue slanted conferences we get here in NY. Also interested to meetup with some of the speakers and attendees. If you are going let me know and we can hook up.
Wow! That is really all I can say about Halloween in New York.
The day started with me on the train from Boston (a little tired from a night of great fun the night before of course). Had a relatively quick board meeting then it was off to get dressed up with the girls. After much wrangling and finagling we were off to the Museum of Natural History for some trick or treating and fun. What a zoo! Kids and chaos everywhere. The girls loved it though and Emma got to see dinosaurs so the night was deemed a success. Then back on the subway, got everyone home and settled in. At that point I was tired enough to sleep but then the tweets started coming across about what a freak show the village was. My buddy Murray IMd me and that was enough to get me off the couch and out for a walk. I can say it was well worth it! I have never seen so many costumed people. The Halloween parade ended near my house so we just started walking through the crowds and wound up at Union Square on a patio having a beer watching the show. Amazing. Definitely planning to get a babysitter for next year so we can really go out and enjoy it! Pictures will be on Flickr when I get a chance.
Categories: Adventures, Canada, Emma, Eva, Family, Friends, Jesse, Lana, New York, Tremor Media, Work
Well we made it back from the vacation safe and sound. It was nice to take the time away and just hang with the family but it is nice to be back as well. So many things going on at work, the girls have a whole new set of classes and the city itself is buzzing. It doesnt hurt that the weather has been positively Summer like as well.
All in all its been an excellent start to Autumn. I hope everyone else is doing well and thanks again to everybody who hosted us on our trip. It was truly a pleasure to see you all and we look forward to doing it again soon eh!
Man, it seems like my upcoming vacation has really crept up on me. All of a sudden I am cramming to get all the things done that need to be done before I can safely step away. Narrowing down the must have tasks and how to accomplish them, in your absence, is always a challenge. I have found that going away seems to be when people really realize what you do (or dont do as the case may be). Luckily for Tremor we have assembled a pretty crack team on the tech side that is almost ready to run itself. I am certain they will perform splendidly in my absence (probably get more done than when I am around to pester them as well).
On another note, the Apple invasion continues. I am typing this from an iMac. I now use windows only for testing really. The BSD ports tree for Mac combined with Quicksilver and I am finding myself enjoying computing again. Its turned it back into a passion again. See how long that lasts eh. Also if any of you happened to purchase an iphone in the last couple of weeks dont forget to phone apple and get a refund on the difference. The 20 minute wait on hold with the returns dept was well worth the $200 dollars credited back to me.
Lastly, for those of you who dont know, I am headed up to visit family and friends in Victoria for a couple weeks starting on Monday. Posting and twittering should be light (no really, it can get even more infrequent). It should be an adventure as I havent really hung out or visited for about a decade or more (I grew up there). If you are in the Victoria area though give me a shout and we can hook up.
As most or some or maybe all of you know I work for a startup called Tremor Media. Every month we get together all the relevant metrics we can gather, list all our accomplishments, tally all the revenue numbers and package it up into a set of slides, spreadsheets and other related materials. It is an interesting exercise to have to examine what you have done over the last month and boil down the most interesting or relevant items. It then even gets more interesting to examine it at a macro level.
Thankfully we work with some very strong VC firms (Masthead and Canaan) and have great representatives working with us on our board. It is definitely the most high level insight I have gotten into the inner workings of a BoD for a startup company. It doesnt hurt that we are in a white hot space with innovation and acquisitions occurring at every turn.
Never a dull moment that is for sure!
UPDATED: Yeah the whole point of this long winded post, I have a board meeting tomorrow. Expect low twitterage and less blogging
Well we aren’t there yet but today sure feels like a good start. Going to get to about 90 today in the city. Not a bad way to begin the Memorial Day weekend. Shutting down the office at 3 today so everyone can enjoy it (well everyone who works at Tremor anyway).
I have learned that good products don’t just happen. Ideas and features typically do but products usually are larger than that and require some planning. It becomes especially interesting when the product evolves beyond its original intended use. Everyone has ideas on how things can/should work and it can require quite a bit of finagling to bring everyone to a consensus.
We are going through some product evolutions here at Tremor. As such we are looking to bring in some top notch product folks. If you know of anyone in they NY area drop me a line at chenard at gmail dot com.
This is always a dicey topic for discussion. Especially where it comes to the internet. Infamous patents like Amazon’s “One Click Purchase” patent certainly bring to mind visions of a horribly flawed patent system in need of some attention.
I sit somewhere in between with 2 patents currently pending (more info here and here). Both were conceived by me or my co-inventors at a time when a perceived need existed or was upcoming. In the case of both StreamAware and Ad-inStream nobody provided anything similar to what proposed (at the time and as far as I knew). To date no one has stepped up to fill the gap that StreamAware fills. In the case of Ad-inStream there has been a flood of entrants into the video tools arena and everyone is now doing things the way I dreamed up several years ago (or will be shortly). What seems obvious to most people examining the space now was definitely not back then. Even the regulating standards committee for online advertising (www.iab.net) has come up with a diagram that is quite similar to what I show in my patent application. If the patent is ultimately granted and the industry continues along its current path there exists the very real possibility that many people will find themselves using the methodology to insert ads that I invented several years ago. Will the company that owns that IP begin to collect licensing from publishers (I hope not)? Will the patent system be “reformed” by then and this patent deemed obvious? Only time will tell I guess.
What really got me on this tangent though was thinking of how things seem less and less non-obvious and/or novel the farther they get accepted into standard practice. With the backlog at the patent office the perception of what is obvious becomes even further muddied as the market has time to catch up with the innovators. Either way, whether congress steps up and takes measures to reform things, or we see things continuing as the status quo I predict interesting times ahead in the IP space.
Today seemed like a Monday after the long weekend for some reason. Maybe it is because I was at a conference for the last couple of days but I felt like I hadn’t been in the office for a while.
Started the day checking up on the status of a project for a fairly important partner and client. It was going smoothly with only a bug or two left to work out before we could release it. All good there. Spent the next couple of hours digging out of my emails that had accumulated and doing some general catching up. Went over to the bank in the lunch hour to buy out the title to my car (we are selling it tomorrow) and then had a great meal at a Mexican restaurant on 7th with some co-workers. Next stop was walking in on a meeting going on in my office. Since we are a spaced starved startup and I have one of the few offices it happens quite a bit. Instead of kicking them out I just sat quietly working in the corner, adding my two cents wherever I didn’t feel I was intruding to much on their flow. Then had to deal with some fun expense approvals and in the process of getting one finalized I wound up spending an hour brainstorming with our CEO. Came up with some really killer ideas which we can start to run with immediately. Wrapped up some last minute stuff, checked on our big project and walked home. Not a bad day at all
Well after a long hiatus I am going to try my hand at blogging again. My old blog was mostly industry focused and I tried several times to make it a bit more personal but was never able to pull it off. For those of you who dont know me, my name is Jesse Chenard and I live and work in NYC with my wife and two lovely daughters. You can find more out about my professional life here.
My goals for this blog are still fairly uncertain but I do feel like it is time to get back into it and start experimenting with new ideas. One new thing that I am going to play with is Twitter (yeah I know, a little slow eh). If you want to follow me you can do so here.