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It feels like its been a while since we did a fun friday around here. So here goes. How do you like your morning cup of coffee? I go with the Cortado, ideally in a shot glass. Google announced so many things yesterday that it makes my head spin. Goodness all around in Google land. So RIM has decided that it is time to make Blackberry Messenger (BBM) cross platform. They announced yesterday that by this summer BBM will be available on iOS and Android. Boards can be pretty patient. They can put up with a lot of failings, particularly in the early days of a startup when the product isn't where it needs to be. It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Today I will tell a story that I love telling. Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there. I am particularly grateful to the two mothers in my life, my mom and the Gotham Gal. The Gotham Gal and I just watched this TED talk. It's very thought provoking. Yesterday I dedicated a song on Piki to my friend Whitney. He DM'd me and said "I haven't had that happen to me since the days of call-in radio shows". Patent trolls are one of the biggest scourges on the startup ecosystem in the US. The ideal solution, which was recently taken by the country of New Zealand, would be to ban software patents outright. The almost two year long slump is over. I've led a new venture investment for USV, which closed a few weeks ago and was announced last night.