37signals get Bezo’d

37signals get Bezo’d: The “personal investment company” of Jeff Bezos has made a minority investment in 37signals. Sidenote: The cover story of the next issue (August-Sept.) of MyBusiness magazine is about Jason. (Okay, I wrote it.) In light of the news, we’ll be posting the story on the magazine’s website later tonight. I’d do it right now, but hey, I’ve got a fiddle concert to attend. (done).

I’ll share some thoughts later, as well. However, I’ve already seen some reports about “VC” funding and folks wondering why Jason, who has steadfastly turned down VC funding, has changed his mind. For the record, selling a minority stake in a private company is not the same as VC funding. While he’s not crazy — hey, everything’s for sell for some price — if you’ve spent any time discussing this topic with Jason (and I enjoyed a few hours doing so), you’ll believe him when he says this:

“Since we launched Basecamp we’ve been contacted by nearly 30 different VC firms. We’ve never been interested in the typical traditional VC deal. With a few exceptions, all the VCs could offer us was cash and connections. We’re fine on both of those fronts. We don’t need their money to run the business and our little black book is full. We’re looking for something else. What we’ve been looking for is the wisdom of a very special entrepreneur who’s been through what we’re going through. Someone who sees things a little differently and makes us feel right at home. Someone with a long term outlook, not a build-to-flip mentality. We found a perfect match in Jeff. Jeff is our kinda guy.”

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Bible study

Bible study: While I don’t typically blog about politics or religion (and without a doubt, this is the first time I’ve included both in the same post), I’d like to go on record as saying that I can thank my years of attending Sunday School for knowing the exact chapter and verse of the Bible (John 8:3-7, I link to the King James Version because that’s the way God wrote it when I learned it in Sunday School) that makes these remarks by a Tennessee lawmaker so incredibly ironic.

Rep. Lincoln Davis (as reported by the Tennessean): “We should … prevent those who commit adultery from running for office. Mr. Speaker, this House must lead by example.”

Jesus (as reported by John): “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst. They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Actually, despite the way the article is written, I assume the congressman was using irony. However, I’d like to propose that it be a sin for lawmakers to try and be witty.

For the record, I’m 100% against adultry and have little doubt I would be stoned (in more ways than one) if I were to ever change my stance on that particular issue.

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Free fiddle greatness tonight

Free fiddle greatness tonight: [see note at bottom for photo credit] If you like great fiddle music and you’re in Nashville tonight, there are a couple of options beyond the guaranteed go-to destination, The Station Inn, where you can hear great fiddle (and mandolin, etc.) music nearly every night of the year — tonight included. In addition to that mecca of bluegrass, tonight at the historic Ryman auditorium, as part of their summer “Blue Grass Series,” you can hear (watch? — he’s got the whole showman thing mastered) Marty Stuart, along with Alecia Nugent (7:30, $20.50, Location: Ryman).

However, here’s a suggestion for a free alternative that I doubt is publicized anywhere else (but it’s okay, I checked and it’s free and open to the public — and they gave me permission to spread the word). Tonight, at Ingram Center Turner Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, there’s a “faculty concert” that is one of the amazing highlights of the annual Blair School International Fiddle School. While I’m not sure all of the faculty listed below will be performing, I’ve attended in years past and can guarantee that if you’re into any form of fiddle music, from celtic to heavy metal (no kidding), you’ll hear some of the greats playing. Again, I’m not sure if all will be performing, but any one of them is worth going to hear:

  • Crystal Plohman: She’s the head of the fiddle program at Blair and former Canadian fiddle champion — and I’ve spent a million hours sitting in the corner of lessons she’s given.
  • Liz Carroll: Celtic fiddler, extraordinaire.
  • Brian Wicklund: Creator of the American Fiddle Method of instruction.
  • Randy Elmore: Western swing.
  • Randy Sabien: Jazz.
  • Buddy Spicher: Living legend.
  • Mark Wood: Rock.
  • Daniel Carwile: Former grand master fiddle contest champion (and rexblog favorite).
  • (7:00 p.m., Free, Location: Ingram Center Turner Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore, across from dragon park.)

    Photo Credit Contest: The photo accompanying this post is a shot of a new violin recently purchased by a Nashville blogger who admits not having the time for a new hobby. Who is the blogger-fiddler? The first commenter with the correct answer gets two tickets to tonight’s free concert.

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    I entered the contest

    I entered the contest: Okay, so I woke up way too early this morning and that Flickr colouring contest was just sitting there with 600 entries and climbing and as I couldn’t go run and strenuously exert myself, I entered the contest. (Hint: The guy on the left is Sen. Ted Stevens.) Feel free to “favourite” it — (add-to-favs). Okay, now I actually am going to enjoy the ozone.

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