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Michael Devlin & Robert Crants on Venture Capital & Web2.0

Pharos Capital Group's managing partners and co-founders, Michael W. Devlin and Doctor Robert Crants agreed to take my questions on the subject of the venture capital world in 2006, the Web 2.0 environment and investment in web technologies. Mike & Bob are both veterans of the VC industry and currently have investments in companies like SmartDM, Travel Holdings, NetSize and more. drow names Mike blogs at Mike Devlin on Private Equity and Bob runs Bob Crants Pulls Back the Private Equity Curtain. My goals with this article were to delve more deeply into the macro-trends in the investment and web technology worlds and see how the people funding these companies think about web as a platform and Internet investment. Rand: Mike & Robert, thanks for participating; I know that both of you have a lot to share. Let’s talk first about your background and what brought you to the VC field – were there any traits, connections, smart moves or strengths that you feel helped get you to this position? If someone’s dream is to enter the VC field, what advice would you give them? Bob: I began investing at a young age and truly enjoyed watching the ups and downs of the stock market. Fortunately I made as many bad trades as I made good ones so that I learned with my own money the importance of managing risk. I studied economics at Princeton University, then joined Goldman Sachs in the Special Investments Group which designed and marketed a wide array of alternative investments including private equity. I developed a passion for the private equity market through my experiences at Goldman and ultimately decided to take what I learned and apply it to the creation of a new firm dedicated to managing private equity investments.

Increase Conversions by Fixing HTTPS Errors

This entry was written by one of our members and submitted to our YOUmoz section. The author's views below are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of SEOmoz, Inc. dnd drow names Imagine an elderly grandmother – we’ll call her Grandma Moz. She’s about to make her very first online purchase. She’s used a computer before, but feels some anxiety giving out her personal information over the internet. Then, just when she’s about ready to enter her credit card number, the following message pops up: What does Grandma Moz do? If she is like 30% of most internet users, she runs and hides her credit card back into her wallet never to be seen again. And the unsuspecting website loses the sale. The 30% is not a statistic based on a large data set, but rather the experience of an actual client website I work with that recently installed HTTPS on its checkout pages. Instead of seeing an increase in conversions, as would be expected, sales actually dropped after installing HTTPS. A brief investigation showed the culprit to be error messages coming from a single browser – Internet Explorer 8. FIxing the problem became an adventure. What is an HTTPS Error? HTTPS is a secure way for browsers to communicate directly with servers using encryption. Without going into the technical details (which I am not an expert on) HTTPS causes your browser’s address bar to turn green or blue on sites like PayPal and SEOmoz’s checkout pages. In Microsoft’s IE8, the overly scary security warning pops up if it detects any HTTPS errors – meaning that some part of the page has been called from a non-secure source.

My Own SEO Idaho

I do much of my SEO thinking in the wee hours of the morning, when the night's still starry and the moon's still out. For some reason unknown to myself, I channel my Grandma Shirley, an artist who woke at 4am every day to start her painting. While painting at this hour, there's plenty of time for a good internal chat about SEO. It's a shame there aren't other people involved in these conversations, but my dog Lucy is really more interested in if I can crack the window open any wider, and what time we are leaving for our morning walk. 5e drow names Beyond Lucy, there just aren't many people I know that are interested in joining a conversation about SEO. Sure, I could toss out a gazillion handles of people on blogs and forums who discuss the subject matter, but I'm talking about the people I interact with in person on a daily basis. Sadly for me, I don't travel to SEO conferences, get asked to present on SEO, or hang out with cool peeps who even know what a meta tag is. Trying to elicit SEO enthusiasm from family members is not going well. Last week I was so excited when my story got posted on YOUmoz. I'd worked really hard at getting the words just the way I wanted to read in the wee hours of the night. Wanting to share my success, I sent my Dad a link to the story. I didn't hear back. My Dad visited over the weekend, and I asked what he thought about the story. He looked at me and shrugged his shoulders. "I don't know, the content matter was just over my head. I didn't really get it." This was not the feedback I was hoping for. My Dad, who used to get so amped when I'd send emails to Bill O'Reilly. (They were pretty funny emails, if I do say so myself. Written on topics like Michael Jackson, Coca-Cola, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Even though Bill never responded, I still posted them on a website and shared links with my family and friends. Feedback was positive: "Write more!") Lately, I tried drumming up some SEO chat with my husband over dinner. At the end of the day, it's damn skippy hard to get people not in the technology field interested in discussing SEO. I don't come from a family of SEOers , or surround myself with people who have vested interests in SERPs. The kind of company I keep thinks Vanessa Fox is a Hollywood actress. {Note to Vanessa: Sorry Vanessa! I totally think you're a super-hero rock star.} Given the lukewarm to cold reception my conversation efforts have been met with, outside of random blog posts, I guess I'll have to keep my SEO conversations to myself.