In addition to my recurring annual resolutions to read the
complete works of Shakespeare, run a marathon, lose fifteen pounds, find the
perfect mate, and win a Nobel Prize in economics (which I’ve never studied) –
my 2007 new year’s resolution is to start blogging. Since pontificating comes to
me a lot more naturally than those other endeavors, I’m excited to finally,
actually accomplish a new year’s resolution!
So, hello world! My name is Cliff Boro. Since this is going
to be primarily a business blog, I may as well tell you what I do for a living.
My two partners and I start – startups. We’re so passionate about starting
startups – we’ve even recently jumped into one of our projects as the full time
executive team. After we sold our previous company (Infogate – best known for
buying and fixing Pointcast) to AOL in March ’03 (honorably but not lavishly) –
we founded a venture development group called CVT Ventures. We’ve been busy,
and we’ve been fortunate to work with some great entrepreneurs to help found
both VideoEgg (www.videoegg.com) and
mSnap (www.msnap.com). I’m the proud
Chairman of both of those companies.
These days, my partners and I have put CVT on mothballs to
work full-time on a stealth-funded VC-backed company (sorry for the coerced
mystery but it’s still embryonic). It’s humbling to be a startup CEO again
(after pretending to be a quasi-venture capitalist for the past few years!).
Basically – my partners and I wanted to eat our own dog food, take our own
medicine – and start something from scratch and build a great business. We’re really
excited about the opportunity and eager to apply the key lessons we learned
from “web 1.0” – and just do everything a little bit (or even much) better.
I expect to primarily blog about our own startup experiences, and to comment on the human-side of being an entrepreneur. I’ve enjoyed reading many blogs from people I know (Josh Kopelman, Howard Morgan, Tom Shields, David Hornik, Ed Sim) and other blogs including Fred Wilson, Guy Kawasaki and Seth Godin. I’ll do my best to add to the conversation. Happy New Year!