Sunday, March 22, 2009

Parade Day

Late last night, Elizabeth and I decided it might be fun to put together a last-minute gathering for the parade in Holyoke... our city is host to the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Through out the duration of the parade, friends and family stopped by my office to watch the festivities below. It's so nice to see hundreds of thousands of people line the streets and sidewalks of Holyoke on this day each year.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Robots Take Over Cambridge!

We just got back from the Middle East in Cambridge where a very special celebration took place. What was the celebration about? Our friends at iRobot hit $1-Billion in total robot revenue - an incredible achievement for entrepreneurship, high-tech, robotics, and, damn that's a lot of zeros.

A group of slick Grammy-award winning, YouTube celebrities stopped by the party... déjà vu and familiar faces, it was OK Go! They played a quick game of Rock Band on stage to their own song and a track by the Pixies. Colin from iRobot rocked the guitar and Alex from Harmonix held it down on the drums. After the performance, Elizabeth and I hung out backstage with the band and Colin let us all test-drive some cool robots. Rock stars and robots. I'll post a few pictures in a few days.

Congratulations to iRobot on their continued success!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

OK Go at Pearl Street

Last night, Elizabeth and I went to see OK Go perform at Pearl Street in Northampton. They're great on stage, great on treadmills, great with handbells, great with pin pong - what else could you ask for? Excellent show!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Wow, the new track on Phoenix website is killer! They've been one of my favorite bands for along time now and I'm really excited about how the new material is sounding. I first came across Phoenix when working on a project for Tony Hoffer (one of my favorite producers) way back - he's worked with Beck, Air, The Thrills, Fischerspooner, Silversun Pickups - basically all the best stuff around. Anyways, I hope everyone enjoys this track, "1901" by these good, catchy Frenchmen...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Bird and The Swede

Last night, Elizabeth and I went to see The Bird and The Bee. My friend Marcus, a young Swedish entrepreneur, joined us for this occasion. If anyone knows good pop music, it's the Swedes and he granted them his Swedish-stamp-of-approval. The Bird and The Bee played an entertaining show, shared some travel stories and graced the crowd with their cute retro outfits.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

NYC Book Launch

On Monday, I woke up to a foot or so of snow... despite the weather conditions and after finishing up some work, I made my way to New York for some meetings and an event.

First, I stopped by EMI/Capitol Music on 5th Ave. The lobby there is dressed with huge illuminated pictures of their recent hottest artists; Katy Perry, Coldplay, Lily Allen... I've done quite a few projects for these folks. After some greetings, a quick meeting, and such... I left for my next destination and with some great Bluenote vinyl.

I was in the city for the official book launch party for "Student Entrepreneurs: Mentors Matter" - a book that I contributed a chapter to (more on this at a later date). The event was held at PS450, a business-chic place on Park Ave S. It was nice intimate celebration with many fellow entrepreneurs.

After that, a few of us headed out for dinner. We ended up at a nice French bistro in the Meatpacking District called Pastis. As my New York night came to an end, I headed back to good old Western MA.