Archive for October, 2008

Venture Capitalists and Business Cards

October 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I have never met a VC whose business cards weren’t printed on expensive heavy-as-lead paper. The minute they hand to me, like a precious gift being conferred upon a mere pleb, my hands and arms buckle under the weight. 

And since you can’t make a reasonable joke about business cards without this coming up, no, I don’t equate fancy business cards with American Psycho. Not always, anyways.

LAWL Update: Went to an Accel event last night and ran into a couple of girls who work at Accel. I mentioned the Accel business cards and their faces beamed with pride like I’d adopted a puppy that I rescued out of a frigging tree.

Categories: life, silicon valley

WSJ Article on Drug Discovery

October 19, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m no health care policy wonk but I found this to be an interesting read via The Wall Street Journal. Amidst all the messianic cacophony surrounding Obama (most of which I welcome), this contrarian view was fun to appreciate. 

The thrust of the article that Obama’s plans – aided and abetted by the Dems – would accelerate Big Pharma’s already looming decline as they move into niche diseases like rare tumors as opposed to focusing on primary care diseases in order to reduce volume and increase margins. The article also argues that too much regulation could lead pharma down the socially irrelevant path of lifestyle meds and prescription cosmetics. 

But let me stop regurgitating and let you form your own opinion.

Categories: life

Quick notes from an ER resident

October 19, 2008 Leave a comment

This weekend, I visited the crazy-ass Red Bull Soap Box race and watched – along with 75000 other people – homemade cars crash into bales of hay and the Retards of America (to quote E from Entourage) present low brow hilarious skits on a giant screen. All in all, a good Saturday. 

On our way out, we ran into my sister’s friend who was visiting from Kansas with her boyfriend, a resident in the ER at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. I always get a wide range of reactions from doctors when I tell them about my work, all the way from indifference to extreme interest. This particular doc demonstrated indifference, and when quizzed about why he didnt want to do internal medicine, blurted out without reserve:

“Primary care sucks. 80% of this shit is heart disease, allergies and diabetes. People make piss-poor choices and expect the doctor to fix them. I like trauma and gunshot wounds.”

None of this, of course, is particularly revolutionary but I found it to be telling regardless. Getting 100% candid responses from doctors outside their work environment is extremely humanizing.

Categories: life