Hello October! Beantown Bound


It is October and they are still playing Baseball in Boston and Chicago and L.A. and Philadelphia. Just not in New York, where even a combined payroll of $335 million doesn’t buy a playoff birth. The only team(s) more incompetent is in Washington DC, playing football with the future of the U.S. The ignominy that is NY Baseball (with its all sorts of lame excuses — injuries) makes it hard to get on the plane taking me to Boston.

I still can’t believe I am going to Red Sox Nation, where I am leading a panel discussion hosted by Charles River Ventures. The topic I am going to ponder will look at nuances in innovation on the East Coast and the West Coast. On the panel are Andy Miller, CEO, Quattro Wireless; Rich Miner, VP of Mobile Technology, Google (Android); Andy Payne, Co-founder, Lab256; Jeff Bennett, founder, president and COO, NameMedia; and Jim Scheinman, co-founder, Bebo & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Charles River Ventures.

A quick return to San Francisco and then I am off to Boulder for Aloha Social Media Summit (Oct. 6th and 7th.). Check out the schedule for the event. See you there!


Om Malik


it was great hanging out with you – awesome times and yes, we did stirr up afew folks. good times and can’t wait to come back.


Om – thanks for coming to Beantown. I think we stirred up the natives. It was fun! Jeff

Dave Reddy

Om – On behalf of displaced Red Sox fans everywhere, please enjoy your visit to the capital of Red Sox Nation. I’m sorry the Yanks didn’t get in. Seriously. Yanks-Sox is better than any other possible postseason series.


Welcome to my neck of the woods – OK, so I live in Worcester, close enough. :-)

BTW, ‘berth’ not ‘birth’. Though the latter produces an amusing mental image. ;-)

Nick Stamoulis

Oh you’re coming to Boston! Red Sox Nation certainly is everywhere but nowhere as much as this crazy city. Welcome to Boston and I hope you enjoy it here!

Om Malik

@Jon and @Mike

I think it is a private event so perhaps not feasible to attend. Sorry guys. I will write about it tonight :-)

Om Malik

@Scott Lewis,

Oh I have no doubts about the openness and friendly nature of Red Sox fans. Some of my best friends are Red Sox fans

Scott Lewis

Red Sox Nation is everywhere. You don’t have to “come to Red Sox Nation”. It’s been surreal these last few years having Mets fans publically proclaim themselves part of Red Sox Nation because, after all, beyond Red Sox fans, who hates the Yankees more than Mets fans?

All good fun until someone takes it too seriously and embarrasses themselves or their team and its fans. I assure you some of us up here in Boston are as open, friendly and kind to New York fans as some New York fans are to Boston fans. Enjoy the trip!

Nick Hawkins

I just wanted to say hello from Chicago, where 1/4th of the Major League Basebal playoff teams hail from. :) Good luck in Boston and try to remember – not everyone is a classless Red Sox fan in Boston. Like the front desk staff at the hotel, or at the airport. Other than that, you’re on your own.

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