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Highland Capital Partners' Bob Davis Speaks!

In BoomTown’s ongoing meet-the-VCs-and-cringe series, here’s a chat I recently had with Highland Capital Partners’ Bob Davis.

I have known Davis for a long time from his previous life as Co-Founder and CEO of Lycos, the then-third-placed portal and one of the shooting stars from Web 1.0.

And I would have to say he cracked me up more than most, for his relentlessly cheery promotion of Lycos, which always dwelled in the shadow of Yahoo (YHOO) and Excite, despite Davis’s best efforts.

In this video, Davis talks about the upcoming boom in mobile apps and the hype over Facebook by making a salient comparison to Lycos’s acquisitions like Tripod and Angelfire (remember when those were the Web’s big hotties?!?), as well as the need for more focus on sustainability among start-ups.

Best of all, Davis reveals what happened to Lycos, the dog mascot!

Here’s the video:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus