Once again, after Thanksgiving, the Patriots start to show their stuff. I was at the game against the Bears yesterday, and the Patriots found a way to win. Their defense stepped up with big plays even when the offense kept giving the ball back to Chicago. Most of the Pats turnovers seemed to be more of a result of hard hits by the Bears rather than careless play by the Pats. Some of the referee's calls seemed pretty questionable, but that is the risk with tight coverage down the field. On the flip side, the Pats were open quite a bit against a good Bears defense, and Brady hit the open receivers for the most part.
This was the first time all year that I thought that the Pats were going to win the game no matter what happened. That's how things felt during the Super Bowl years, too. Let's hope they can keep it going. The rest of the schedule is relatively easy, but they can't let up. They need to win them all and hope for some help from the Ravens and Chargers if they are going to get a first round bye.
Well, I'm finally doing it. I've been considering starting a blog for a long, long time. I've always been hesitant because it seemed like a big commitment to keep it fresh and current. My friend, Fred Wilson, is my blogging idol. Fred does such a great job that I didn't want to get started unless I could be as committed as he is.
I did get a chance to do some blogging on our summer vacation. It was as addictive as you read about. And, it was a great way to avoid mailing postcards to our friends and family while traveling. However, our daily, non-vacation lives are packed. Where would the time come from to do a regular blog?
Well, time won't be an issue for now. I've got some time on my hands as I think abut what's next for me. And, learning Movable Type will keep me busy. I think back to 1996 when I left Shiva to join New Oak. At that time, I experimented with my first HTML web page, hand-coded. A lot has changed in 10 years.
So, as I started up this new blog, I have been playing around with Movable Type and trying to figure out how to format my standard template. Things should change a lot as I read some books and experiment. And, I spent some time staring at the blank screen trying to decide what to type. And, I just dove in and wrote this.
This blog is a place where I can think out loud about the things that are important to me (outside of my family). I'll focus on venture capital, start-ups and entrepreneurship, sports, politics, and the world in general. I look forward to your comments and feedback. You can reach me at email@example.com.
My formal bio:
Michael Feinstein is VP of Sales and Marketing at Digital Lumens, a developer of energy-efficient industrial lighting. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Sempre Management, an innovative investment firm.
Michael is an experienced investor and entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding Sempre Management, Michael focused his efforts on new ideas in information technology, semiconductors, and clean energy. Michael advised several start-ups, including Geezeo, GateRocket, and Good2gether. He also served as a mentor for the Ignite Clean Energy Business Plan Competition and a Catalyst with the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT.Previously, Michael was a General Partner at Venrock Associates in Cambridge, MA. While at Venrock, Michael was a Director of Kenet, Ciclon Semiconductor, CircleLending, and Boston-Power.
Prior to joining Venrock, Michael was a General Partner at Atlas Venture and led their US Communications investment team. In this capacity, he is a past member of the Board of Directors of WaveSmith Networks (acquired by CIENA Corp. in 2003), Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola in 2004), Sandbridge Technology, and Ellacoya Networks. Previously, Michael was Vice President of Market Development for Nortel Networks. He joined Nortel as part of New Oak Communications, where he was Vice President of Product Marketing. Michael previously served as Vice President of Product Management for Shiva, where he also held several engineering and sales executive positions. Prior to Shiva, he held marketing, sales, and engineering executive positions at Cayman Systems and GCC Technologies.
Michael received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.