So what's the deal, you might ask? Nothing but sporadic posts here for months on end, and then suddenly back to something like a regular writing schedule. Here's at least part of the story:
Over a year and a half ago I wrote that I had taken on a part time CEO role at a startup. That venture was in the area of database security, particularly centered on privacy and reidentification control of shared, but matchable databases. We were in stealth mode, and in spite of bold and hopeful promises to the contrary, working on it largely absorbed the creative energy that formerly produced bloggable content, while my actual output was being directed to an internal wiki. (Thanks, Ross!)
We put together some very modest angel funding to allow creation of a working prototype and recruited a capable security-oriented coder to do so. As that approached some definition of ready, I recruited a more business development oriented CEO to take my place, and shop the idea to both early adopters in the finanicial institutions sector, as well potential OEM partners in the security and analytics domains. I continued as CTO during that process.
Long story short: The returns are in, and what we have produced comes out as a feature, in multiple markets, rather than a free standing company. In spite of having written on the topic, sometimes you have to walk the road to find out the answer. Fortunately, we minimized the capital consumed as we did so, but at the end of the day the ability to extract revenue as a stand-alone doesn't measure up to the costs of sales given both the technology and the market. So rather than taking any more investors' money, we have stood down the company and are in the process of looking for a buyer for the technology.
So for the first time in a long time, I've got some free time and head space for blogging and other activities. There's a fair amount of 'scrap research' from the recent venture that will likely find its way here, suitably laundered as always. Pacifica Fund itself is nearing seven years old, and a number of our ventures are going through the exit process. Once these deals have closed, I may be able to write more about the trials and tribulations of the liquidity process without compromising my fiduciary role. Finally, there's a fair number of topics of interest that were laid aside over the last months due to lack of bandwidth, and some of those are already getting back into my reading and writing mix.
Often the best way to find out where you need to go next is to find out what's interesting enough to inspire the energy for researching and writing. So, no long term promises, but I will likely be more active here for at least the immediate future.