Marc Hedlund

Marc Hedlund is an entrepreneur working on a personal finance startup, Wesabe where he is Chief Product Officer. (He also blogs at Wheaties for Your Wallet.) Before starting Wesabe, Marc was an entrepreneur-in-residence at O'Reilly Media. Prior to that, he was VP of Engineering at Sana Security, co-founder and was CEO of Popular Power, a distributed computing startup, and founder and general manager of Lucas Online, the internet subsidiary of Lucasfilm, Ltd. During his early career, Marc was Director of Engineering at Organic Online, and was CTO at Webstorm, where he wrote one of the Internet's first shopping cart applications in 1994. He is a graduate of Reed College.

Peer-to-Peer Peer-to-Peer
by Nelson Minar, Marc Hedlund, Clay Shirky, Tim O'Reilly, Dan Bricklin, David Anderson, Jeremie Miller, Adam Langley, Gene Kan, Alan Brown, Marc Waldman, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Aviel Rubin, Roger Dingledine, Michael Freedman, David Molnar, Rael Dornfest, Dan Brickley, Theodore Hong, Richard Lethin, Jon Udell, Nimisha Asthagiri, Walter Tuvell, Brandon Wiley
February 2001
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"Kind of Screwed"

June 23 2011

Andy Baio believed that the cover art used in a project was a fair use modification. The photographer for the original photo disagreed, and threatened Andy with a lawsuit. read more

Wacky Google/Verizon net neutrality theory

August 11 2010

I agree with my friend Nelson that Google's new stance on net neutrality seems really weird and out of character. Let me propose a total grassy-knoll/two-shooter conspiracy theory so you can talk me out of it. What if Google agreed to Verizon's stance on wireless net neutrality in order to… read more

"Subscribers: 1"

August 05 2010

I was blown away tonight to find that one of my favorite blogs has only one subscriber in Google Reader - me. How can this be? MADLEY (somewhat NSFW) is written by Cory Madley, a jewelry and clothing designer who owns a boutique in Venice, California. Each of her posts… read more

"If you don't vote, you can't bitch"

June 24 2010

Once, many years ago, I was waiting in line at the Post Office on election day. One postal worker asked another if she had voted, and the second responded, "Hell yes, I voted. If you don't vote, you can't bitch, and I am not giving up my right to bitch!"… read more

The iPad and immersive computing

May 25 2010

Do you remember the first iPhone? Only a pathetically slow EDGE cell network, no GPS, 8 GB max, and worst of all, no app store? And still it changed everything about smartphones, and was the first step in what seems to be a new industry war. Would you buy one… read more

37signals' "Profitable and Proud"

May 24 2010

I love the idea of this new blog series from 37signals, "Profitable and Proud." The first post covers Campaign Monitor, a mailing list service. Having used Campaign Monitor for several companies, I can attest that it's a fantastic service with extremely responsive employees -- like 37signals. The 37s are obviously… read more

The iPad and computing's middle ground

April 07 2010

The iPad doesn't quite achieve full-fledged "embedded" status, but Marc Hedlund says it does move computers and networks closer to activities that so far have been difficult to reach. read more

What brand of freedom would you like?

April 02 2010

Apple is closed and Google is open, right? Not exactly. Marc Hedlund says Google is at least as restrictive about the data on its servers as Apple is about the apps in its App Store. read more

News from Appland

March 29 2010

Carsonified -- a site that proclaims on its home page, "We're hugely passionate about the web" -- declared the death of the web this week in, "Bye Bye Web, Hello Apps." The post makes the case for mobile apps, especially iPhone apps, and their advantages over web apps. I certainly… read more

The Second Netflix Challenge and Privacy Research

March 15 2010

Okay, if you're just catching up with this story, go read this first -- Netflix's announcement that it was canceling its second Netflix Prize challenge over privacy concerns. Next, head over to, blog of one of the co-authors of the paper on de-anonymizing Netflix users from the first Netflix… read more

Code review redux (good news from GitHub)

March 01 2010

I wrote in 2008 about Review Board, a code review package I'd tried and liked. Unfortunately our developers didn't like it as much as I did, and having learned my lesson (thanks, FogBugz), I declined to impose a tool choice on them. They chose Gerrit, instead, which is more tightly… read more

A Story Before Bed

December 22 2009

I've been a fan of Jackson Fish Market's work since before they existed. My first Radar post about them talked about founder Hillel Cooperman's personal food site, Tasting Menu, which was and is amazingly detailed and hunger-inspiring. Jackson Fish has the same, or higher, quality of work -- software craftsmanship… read more

Peter Seibel's Coders at Work

August 19 2009

My friend Peter Seibel's new book Coders at Work (published by Apress) went to press today. I've been reading a preview copy he sent me, and it's fantastic. The book follows the style of the earlier Apress book Founders at Work, presenting interviews with notable programmers, asking them how they… read more

Bravo, Snaptalent

August 17 2009

I really liked the original Snaptalent product (sort of an AdSense for recruiting). Apparently the product didn't succeed -- I can imagine working on a recruiting product during this recession must have been frustrating. I'm even more impressed, though, with how the Snaptalent team decided to shut down the company:… read more

The Promise and Peril of MobileMe

July 17 2009

Anyone tried MobileMe? Last night, I signed up for the free trial, got it syncing between my laptop and iPhone, and was incredibly impressed by how well and quickly it worked. An appointment added on one nearly instantly showed up on the other -- so much better than having to… read more

App Growth, PalmOS vs iPhoneOS

June 24 2009

There's a chart I've been meaning to put together for a while to explain why I'm expecting the iPhoneOS to be the dominant mobile platform for at least the next decade. I've been thinking of the role third-party applications played in helping Palm maintain its mobile platform dominance for about… read more

Four short posts: 12 May 2009

May 13 2009

[Stealing Nat's "Four short" format again...] I went to Google and searched for a non-location-specific term today (I can't be more specific since the search was for a birthday present for my wife, but let's pretend it was "baseball cards," since that was the general form -- a noun with… read more

Four quick posts: 11 April 2009

April 11 2009

[I love Nat's "Four short links" format and am ripping it off to try to get myself blogging again. Instead of links, these are four blog posts I've been meaning to write but haven't.] It turns out Facebook is not completely useless if you're married! And no, I'm not talking… read more

Kindle Above the Level of a Single Device

March 04 2009

Hey, I'm happy to see this in the news today: will begin selling e-books for reading on Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod Touch. Starting Wednesday, owners of these Apple devices can download a free application, Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch, from Apple’s App Store. The software will give… read more

Hulu's Superbowl Ad and the Boxee Fight

February 19 2009

[A note to start. My company, Wesabe, is funded in part by a venture firm, Union Square Ventures, which is one of the funders of Boxee, a character in the drama described below. That said, I've never met or spoken with anyone from Boxee, and have only ever talked to… read more

The Kindle Hardware Tax

February 09 2009

There's a lot of news about Amazon's new Kindle 2 today, and it does look like a nice upgrade. I still don't want one, though. What I want is Kindle software. I'm hoping the early suggestions that Amazon is thinking that way prove true. I use my iPhone for ebooks… read more

Seeing political links in color

October 10 2008

Andy Baio and Joshua Schachter teamed up to create a totally interesting project for the political season: a way to immediately visualize the links from political blogs on Memeorandum based on how they tend to link -- to more conservative (shown with red tint) or more liberal (shown with blue… read more

Daylife's API for the News

June 24 2008

Several years ago, my friend Upendra Shardanand tried to get me to join him in starting a company that would remake the way news is created and understood -- overturning the worst, ambulance-chasing tendencies of modern journalism, and building tools to help people track and understand the topics and people… read more

Startup Camp Companies Selected

June 20 2008

Mark Jacobsen from O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures asked me to post this announcement about Startup Camp: We received an overwhelming response to our call for participants in the first annual OATV Startup Camp which will be held prior to this year's Foo Camp. There were so many great submissions that cutting… read more

Waxy on "Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's" (playable samples included!)

April 18 2008

Andy Baio strikes again: From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documenting the rise and… read more

Waxy: "Google App Engine ported to Amazon's EC2"

April 14 2008

Andy Baio posts what might be a response to Tim's concerns about Google App Engine. Interesting! I loved Daring Fireball's one-line description: "So much for the lock-in argument." There's definitely still a concern if/when people find themselves addicted to the services Google provides beyond simple app hosting -- as Andy… read more

Review Board is good software

March 31 2008

After having tried and failed to have useful code reviews at several different companies, and after feeling deep envy for Mondrian, Google's web-based code review tool, I'd been looking for some tool that would help make code reviews more painless. I think I've found what I was looking for in… read more

Everybody gets the iPhone interface

March 28 2008

I noticed two new web applications doing something interesting: serving their iPhone interface to everyone. Muxtape uses an iPhone-style interface for its playlists, which works great on an iPhone but for the fact that the MP3s don't play (at least, for me -- doesn't the iPod app load MP3s from… read more

Multiuser Backpack

February 20 2008

Congrats to my friends at 37signals for their launch of multiuser Backpack, a great upgrade to a product I love. Their new features, which let you share calendars, notes, to-do lists, and reminders with other people in a group, look... read more

Fast Forward for December 29th, 2007

December 29 2007

I would buy more music if my iPhone held more music. I wonder how much demand is suppressed only by device capacity. I can't believe Leno and company aren't turning to the Internet for jokes. A little Digg-style interface... read more

Fast Forward for December 29th, 2007

December 29 2007

I would buy more music if my iPhone held more music. I wonder how much demand is suppressed only by device capacity. I can't believe Leno and company aren't turning to the Internet for jokes. A little Digg-style interface... read more

Customer Service is the New Marketing

December 21 2007

I've written earlier about liking the people and the project at Get Satisfaction, the wisdom-of-the-crowds company for customer service. They do great work and have a fantastic product going. (Note: since my original post, O'Reilly Alphatech Ventures has invested in... read more

evhead: "Will it Fly?"

December 17 2007

Evan Williams put up a great post today on evaluating business ideas, "Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea." Required reading for entrepreneurs. I think his last criterion, "Personally Compelling," is the most important for whether an... read more

Dopplr Launches

December 11 2007

Earlier this year, I posted about Dopplr, saying it was "the coolest app I saw at ETech, by far." This morning at LeWeb in Paris, Dopplr launched, so anyone can sign up for it now. Check it out. I continue... read more

Tab bankruptcy

December 09 2007

I'm no Larry Lessig, but I get a fair amount of email these days. Still, I'm not yet at the point, and hope never to be at the point, where I would ever declare email bankruptcy. I already get over... read more

What does Google's Open Handset Alliance announcement tell us about iPhone third-party apps?

November 05 2007

I'm listening in on Google's press call about the Open Handset Alliance, which Google announced today. It's hilarious to hear all of the big wireless companies speaking about open platforms and software. Good for Google. This announcement and the focus... read more

Infiltrating the privacy movement

October 31 2007

I had a fantastic teacher in high school named Rick Takagaki, who once played a class of mine two speeches in a row: Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream," and Malcolm X's "Message to the Grassroots." The speeches,... read more


October 16 2007

My friend Rosaclaire was patient zero in getting a bunch of our mutual friends, and me, to join Goodreads today. So now I'm getting book reviews from my friends via RSS. Useful. I'm totally in love with the LibraryThing blog... read more

Here's to the Crazy Ones

October 01 2007

I love this remix of Apple's "Here's to the Crazy Ones" ad over a scrolling display of third-party iPhone apps: (Found here, which also has the original ad.) Apple has previously hinted that they went after Hymn and similar iTunes-hacking... read more

WebRunner 0.7 rocks

September 26 2007

Mark Finkle has been pushing out builds of WebRunner, a Mozilla-based tool for running a standalone application with a single web site in it (a.k.a, a "Site-Specific Browser"), for some time now, but WebRunner 0.7, released today for Windows, Mac,... read more

And don't make me tell you again

September 21 2007

Jason Kottke seems to have decided this week to empty a full clip of silver bullets into the just-stilled heart of the New York Times' ill-conceived TimesSelect subscription service. He's been digging through the now-free archives of the Times, finding... read more

The Impressionists

September 12 2007

Some blogs I'm loving for their loose, associative wanderings through their worlds: Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect I wound up at a crazy oil industry conference in England last January and sat with this great designer from Nokia who seemed... read more

Map the Candidates

September 07 2007

Totally cool mashup of the day (for our US readers or those that like to mock our wacky political circus): Map the Candidates. Track where the US presidential candidates are traveling, marvel at how little of Iowa and New Hampshire... read more

Radar's Irony-Meter is Waterlogged

August 11 2007

In case you missed this front-page news from February 2nd, here's a refresher: Science Panel Calls Global Warming ‘Unequivocal’ In a grim and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate scientists has concluded... read more

Making the web into a banking platform (whether they like it or not)

July 25 2007

Last week, my company, Wesabe (which makes a personal finance community site), launched a REST API that allows anyone to get their bank or credit card data in XML, Excel, CSV, or a bunch of standard financial formats. Tonight, we... read more

They're Beautiful: virtual flowers from Jackson Fish Market

July 08 2007

Jackson Fish Market, which I've mentioned on Radar before, has just launched They're Beautiful, a virtual flower delivery service where the flowers slowly die if you don't water them. Here's their write-up about the new project. I've thought that virtual,... read more

Saying only new (-ish) things about the iPhone

July 04 2007

We've all read about how cool flicking is and how lame EDGE is. Enough on that. Below are some things I haven't already read a thousand times about the iPhone. Full disclosure: I've owned one Newton, two Blackberrys, three Palms,... read more

The iPhone box office

June 28 2007

The iPhone and Ratatouille are opening on the same day (tomorrow, if you haven't heard) here in the U.S. Ratatouille currently has a 93 on Metacritic; the iPhone lags behind that a bit, with a 73.75 on Valleywag. First showing... read more

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