I’ve started reading a few different blogs in the past months, and one that I particularly like is Chris Dixon’s, which has the simple (if uncreative) title cdixon.org.
Chris has an interesting history that includes heading R&D at a hedge fund, co-founding SiteAdvisor, investing in a number of technology companies (including Skype and Postini), and most recently co-founding Hunch (which I’ve blogged about here a few times). As a karaoke junkie, I can’t help noting that he developed the software that became MySpace Karaoke.
Not surprisingly, Chris brings the combined perspective of an investor and a technologist to his blog. Here are some examples of recent posts that illustrate his range.
Thoughts on machine learning:
- To make smarter systems, it’s all about the data
- Machine learning is really good at partially solving just about any problem
Career advice for entrepreneurs:
- The worst time to join a startup is right after it gets initial VC financing
- Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret
And of course he occasionally blogs about Hunch, his current venture.
Chris has a strong personality that comes through as a blogger. I think that’s critical for making a blog both informative and entertaining, and I try to channel my own personality (which I’m told, for better or worse, is quite distinctive) through this blog.
In short, check out cdixon.org if you’re interested in the perspective of a practical (and successful) technologist-entrepreneur.