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Linked in reached 100 million users!!!

I just got a note from Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chair of linkedin, reporting that they've hit 100 million users!!! and thanking me for being one of the 1st million. In the spirit of last week's conversation, I was amongst the pragmatics. What Reid doesn't know is that I signed up earlier, couldn't get value and deleted my account a few years later signed back in again. Now, I visit the site often. every now and then, if I have an hour of leisure I stroll around the questions and see if I can answer. I have formed

Silicon Valley Secrets: on a 0-100 scale

I’ve spent the last 10 days evaluating Silicon Valley‘s operations. What makes this a special place? A Scale of 0-100. I thought climate might have something to do with it. If San Francisco has a reputation for mist -not to be confused with mystical- and wind, the Southern Part of the bay area enjoys a much warmer climate in the winter and the summer. Just for you to know, there is no such thing as summer in San Francisco, I learnt that the hard way in 2004 when I participated in an international gift fair in July, a jacket and

No, we are not dead

I write this note as I fly from San Francisco to Houston. I have just been in Silicon Valley for few days, an amazing place for innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. Many think and say that venture capital is dead. Nothing farther from reality. Silicon Valley's energy is impressive. There, one feels a bit removed from recession, politics (Obama's inauguration) and the global crisis. I like the mentality. Not much time to think negatively. Each problem requires a solution and every minute used to think about the problem is one minute lost in seeking solutions. Yes, investments by venture capital