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Dewey Oxberger!

What are you doing? No, no… get off. Get off. See… you gotta make my bunk. See, we’re in Italy. The guy on the top bunk, he’s gotta make the guy on the bottom’s bunk… he’s gotta make his bed, all the time. See, it’s in the regulations. See, if we were in Germany, I’d have to make yours. But we’re in Italy, so you gotta make mine. [shrugs his shoulders] Regulations.
–Dewey “Ox” Oxberger to Pvt “Cruiser” in Stripes

Welcome to the first installment of my blog, StarkRavingVC. Why now? I am beyond fashionably late to this game. Even though I love to write, I have hesitated to blog regularly for two reasons. First, I work too much and have three kids who I care about deeply. A good blog takes work and dedication, and I didn’t want that effort to cut into time with Zack, Ellie and Gabe. Second, and I am not just saying this to sound humble, I have questioned whether I have insights worthy enough to add to the blogosphere on a regular basis. I guess you will be the judge of that.
My decision to enter the fray now is due partly to my kids getting older and partly as homage to the sentiments expressed by the Great Dewey Oxberger (in one of the best movie scenes ever). If you are investing in the consumer Internet space and you are asking entrepreneurs to put their faith in you, you should mix it up a bit. If you have something to say, say it. It’s in the regulations.
Before kicking it off, let me set a couple ground rules for this blog. First, the opinions I express in this blog are mine, not Madrona’s or the legions of people whose opinions are likely more valuable than mine. Second, as my wife and kids remind me on a regular basis, I am wrong at least as often as I am right. I reserve the right to change my mind and to say stupid stuff. Finally, I want this blog to be interactive. I promise to take constructive feedback in stride and to engage in a dialogue, particularly with any non-anonymous source.
(Special thanks by the way to my colleague, Julie Sandler, who came up with the killer name StarkRavingVC, one of the few English-sounding .coms not taken. I won’t even tell you some of the other names I considered. Okay, I now own

  • Tom Leung

    Great to see a Seattle VC blog :-) We need more of them! Looking forward to future posts.

  • kate matsudaira

    Yay! I am so glad you finally stepped into the blogosphere. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

  •,s,648/ Charla

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there.

  • Robi Ganguly

    Welcome Greg! Personally would’ve loved it if you’d gone with the url :-)

  • wow gold

    This post is priceless. Where can I find out more?

  • Dave Schappell

    what is this blogging thing of which you speak? looking forward to your posts, greg!

  • Daryn Nakhuda

    Welcome to the blog world, Greg. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    One suggestion: install DISQUS for comments.

  • Daryn Nakhuda

    Also, if you want to encourage a “talk amongst yourselves” discussion here, turn off the comment moderation unless you see a problem, and let the community police itself.

    • GG

      Agree. We are figuring out how to deal with the significant amount of spam first and then we will open it.

      • Daryn Nakhuda

        Use DISQUS – it’s great.

        It will help with the spam / make moderation & replying easier / and there are some nice community features.

        Also, FYI, I didn’t get an email notification about your reply.

        • greggottesman

          Do you know if I add the Disqus plug-in if it will integrate existing comments?

          • Daryn
          • Shalendra Chhabra (Shalen)

            Yes, Disqus does allow you to import and integrate existing comments. I’ve some experience with using it and it’s spam filtering/moderation works well. Readers can also subscribe to the thread to receive notifications upon updates/replies as well as integrate their social profiles. Recommended.

  • Jennifer Cabala

    Can’t wait to see more posts Greg. I know you have great insights – I’m glad you are sharing them with a bigger audience.

  • Neal Freeland

    Subscribing now. Great job on the title of this post. Gets right to the point. ;)

  • Kelly Smith

    This is awesome. Now we just have to convince Len to light up that Twitter account :) Just kidding Len!

  • John Idstrom

    Welcome to the fray! I’m a wordpresser myself – they have been great so far. Their spam filter is a lifesaver.

  • Ken Glass

    Good job setting expectations out of the gate. Now your job is to exceed them.

  • Gail DeGiulio

    Looking forward to your future posts Greg!

  • Ken Myer

    Good to see you out there Greg. Look forward to your posts.

  • Nick Soman

    Awesome. :)

  • David Park

    Great to see that you’re starting to blog Greg. I’m really looking forward to reading your future posts!

    • GG

      It’s been too long, David. Great to see your family in that photo!

  • Ian Burke

    Awsome glad you are blogging, looking forward to future installments :)

  • Liz

    Whoo hoo! I’m looking forward to reading and keeping up! This is the last spam I will send. ;)


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