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TypePad Germany »

Welcome aboard TypePad Germany. Congratulations to the Six Apart team in Europe and special thanks to Heiko....

Six Apart grows again »

Six Apart just acquired Loic's blog company, Ublog. Loic had been acting as our marketing partner in Europe, but now he's apart of Six Apart. (Mena has a good story about this.) Andrew Anker who I met when he was running Hot Wired back in the day has also just joined Six Apart. (More about that on at Mena's Corner) Last but not least, Barak Berkowitz who was once my boss at Infoseek, then later worked for me at Neoteny, is now taking over the role of CEO of Six Apart. (Mena's story about this) Welcome aboard everyone. I think...

Countdown to TypePad Japan launch »

3.5 hours until TypePad Japan is launchesd. Yay!...

New Movable Type pricing and licensing up »

New Movable Type pricing and licensing up on the Six Apart site. Thanks to everyone for the support and feedback....

Anil takes responsibility for MT 3 mess and moves to SF »

Anil DashTo use the requisite automotive analogy, if Six Apart were a shiny new car, I feel like I was the person who put the first dent in it, and then a couple thousand people stood around pointing and saying "It's totalled!"It's been a hard week for everyone at Six Apart with the difficulty with the launch of the Movable Type 3 and the licensing and communications about this. Anil seems to feel quite responsible. It sounds a bit like Rummy getting set up to be the fall guy, but fine. It was Anil's fault. ;-) Having said that, I...

Mena answers some questions about MT 3.0 »

Most people are aware that Six Apart got a lot of feedback on the release of Movable Type 3.0 and there was a bit of confusion as well. Mena has a good post that addresses many of the issues people have been asking about....

TypePad Spain online »

Welcome on board TypePad Spain!...

TypePad France »

Welcome online TypePad France!...

Mena's Corner »

Mena starts corporate blogging at Six Apart on Mena's Corner....

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe »

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe. Welcome onboard Loïc!...

Six Apart announced TypeKey »

Six Apart announced TypeKey. It's a user login system that can among other things, help prevent comment spam. It will work with Movable Type 3.0 and TypePad....

Six Apart closes TypePad deal with NTT Commnications »

Six Apart just closed a TypePad deal with NTT Communications. Congrats team!...

Some changes at Neoteny »

I have decided to discontinue additional investments from Neoteny and focus on supporting its current portfolio of companies. In particular, I believe that Six Apart has enormous potential and most of Neoteny's resources, including me will be focused on helping to make Six Apart a success....

Six Apart makes Fast Company 50 »

Six Apart makes Fast Company 50. Yay and congrats! My company Neoteny is an investor in Six Apart....

Adriaan and Jim join the team »

Adriaan aka ado of Kung-Log fame and Jim aka mmdc of "fawning parody" fame have joined the Neoteny team.And, no, writing a parody of me will not guarantee you a job at Neoteny.

Andrew Orlowski questions my objectivity after our investment in Six Apart »

Andrew Orlowski - The RegisterJapanese VC and tech socialite Joi Ito [ Hates reading books - Lunch - Lunch - Segway - Lunch - Lunch - Fawning Parody - World Blogging Forum!]) has spent months hyping the couple who started the Movable Type weblogging software Ben and Mena [buys banjo]Trott. The cute, but strangely synthetic twosome were showered with advanced publicity in the form of flights and lunches and "party games" (the latter is filed under "Humor / Leadership and Entrepreneurship" ), before Ito's company invested in Movable Type last week. Will we be able to trust Ito's ongoing research analysis about his investment? We shall see.Just to clarify the facts and my position...

"Neoteny" being used by HBS to talk about leadership »

When I first told Jun that "neoteny" meant the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood, he told me he thought it meant giant tadpoles. Iwrote an entry earlier about the meaning of Neoteny. Since then, the business press has been using the word to discuss leadership. There is a great piece from Harvard Business School about it. I'm glad I have www.neoteny.com. ;-) HBS Working KnowledgeAre Business Schools Really Important "Crucibles of Leadership?" HBSWK Pub. Date: Sep 30, 2002 by Jim Heskett The new book Geeks and Geezers by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas, argues that all the leaders they...

Neoteny Venture Development established »

We will be announcing later today the establishment of Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. which will be lead by Hidehiro Matsumoto as its CEO. Neoteny Venture Development is a spin-out of the consulting business of Neoteny Co., Ltd. which has been in development for a year. Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. will be a subsidiary of Neoteny Co., Ltd. The team has delivered five consulting engagements to large Japanese companies. NVD will focus on corporate venture consulting, entrepreneurship support and corporate spin-out consulting. Neoteny Co., Ltd. will focus on venture investing in information technology businesses. Neoteny will update its web...

The Meaning of Neoteny »

Many people ask my what Neoteny (my company's name) means. It means the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood. I first heard it from Timothy Leary when we were working on a book together. (It was called "The New Breed" about the techno youth culture. We never finished it, but I still have a pile of notes. Maybe I should get around to publishing some of it someday...) Tim loved the word. He used it to mean all of the great things that you often lose in adulthood such as curiosity, playfulness, imagination, joy, humor, wonder, etc. It is a...

Neoteny: The VCs Commit, The Board Sings »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - By the time you read this, the news will be on the street that US VC J.H. Whitney (an investor in J@pan Inc.'s parent company, LINC Media) and PSINet have invested $20 million in Neoteny, my incubator. - I attended one of the regular meetings at Koso Nippon, for the first time as a speaker. - At the beginning of the year, I was on a show with my favorite announcer, Yuji Kuroiwa, and Kenichi Takemura, Kiichi Miyazawa (Japan's minister of finance and ex-prime minister), Jiro Koku-ryo (KBS), Yotaro Kobayashi (chairman of Fuji...
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