“It’s true that with Facebook connect all websites can immediately have access to your social graph. From there most websites unfortunately don’t know what to really do with it so it basically just becomes a way to log you in and potentially allow advertisers to serve up more targeted (and therefore higher CPM) ads.
What we’re doing at Meebo is trying to socially enable websites by allowing them to immediately get not only the social graph information but to do useful stuff with it. Over time we’ll continue to build out the applications – helping make the entire web more social.”
“One of the things I noticed when I looked around at startups is that often the founding teams hired people just like themselves. It’s kind of like school – the short guys hang out with the short guys and the tall guys hang out with the tall guys.
Startups shouldn’t be like this. You need a diverse set of skills on your team.”
“Sequoia has been awesome. Nothing but value add. They have been supportive when we’ve been doing well and also when we’ve made changes to the business.
What I’ve learned about Sequoia is that when you’re straightforward about the facts they just try to help. They look at data. They help make rational decisions. My guess is that if any CEO’s have had problems with them it might have been because the CEO tried to give a rosy picture of things and then Sequoia later learned that they didn’t have the complete picture. They seem to value openness, integrity and a realistic perspective of your business.
So I’ve never had any problems because I was always straight forward. And I’d recommend them to any talented startup founders out there.”
(Cross-posted @ Both Sides of the Table)