David Sifry 106 Miles talk

I just finished editing the audio of David Sifry’s talk at the February meeting of 106 Miles, a networking group for entrepreneurial engineers in Silicon Valley. Dave shares his experience as an entrepreneur with examples focused on his current business Technorati. The MP3 file is 17 megabytes in size and 74 minutes and 46 seconds in length.

Next month’s 106 Miles event will address financing a new business, a great choice since over 20 minutes of the last meeting dealt with venture capital investments and had all entrepreneurial engineers tuned-in.


  1. 00:00 Brendon Wilson – Have you given much thought to the legal exposure to use content that is not necessarily Creative Commons licensed or is Creative Commons Non-Commercial? Has anyone asked to be removed?
  2. 06:24 Glen Reid – Seems like you should be able to check for a Creative Commons license to use the feed and display full-text if you would like.
  3. 07:16 Tantek Çelik discusses license relationship value in HTML.
  4. 08:49 – How does Google get away with caching pages? I use Firefox with AdBlock. Aren’t you worried about that?
  5. 17:53 – How did you start four startups in such a short time in such disparate areas?
  6. 25:36 Russell Beattie – What is your long-term vision for Technorati?
  7. 34:15 Gordon Mohr – How has Technorati been funded and is there a point in time in which it switched from being hard to fund to being easy?
  8. 50:32 – Besides the money where does the VC add value to you? What makes the VC more than just the money itself?
  9. 53:51 – Do the VCs vary the amount of risk they are willing to swallow?
  10. 55:41 Joyce Park – At the last 106 Miles we had Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, we were particularly interested in their partnership since they have done multiple things together. You, on the other hand, have gone from being CTO — the technical guy — to being the guy. Could you tell us about that?
  11. 65:00 Jeremy Zawodny – How do you go about your decision making process? How do you decide when to drop everything and focus on a big event versus long-term roadmaps?