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A Holacracy of Dunces

“Where’s the man with the megaphone?” The fair boy shook his head. “This is an island. At least I think it’s an island.

“If there are more than two VCs who are bald in this room we are toast”

Melody McCloskey's StyleSeat isn't just underrated now, it was underrated back when she launched at TechCrunch Disrupt back in 2014.

Jefferson Harebrained: Tim Draper is still determined to fix California by breaking it

Remember Tim Draper’s plan, announced last year, for a ballot initiative to split California into six states?

A Holacracy of Dunces

“Where’s the man with the megaphone?” The fair boy shook his head. “This is an island. At least I think it’s an island.

The $70 lightbulb and the trouble with pricing for hardware startups

Hardware is hard. Pricing hardware is really hard. Consider the Internet of Things company, BeON Home and their security light bulbs.

Sorry, Trump: Average Texans are 3 times more likely to have committed sex crimes than undocumented immigrants

The Right's statistics surrounding rape and immigrants are sorely lacking in context.

The WhatsApp Moment: When the venture climate became a giant frothy mess

When Josh Kopelman's letter to First Round LPs leaked this week, a lot of focus was given to his chatter about bubbles and unicorns.

Facebook has made changes to its real name policy. But it hasn't convinced users it cares

A lesson for young wunderkinds with visions of unicorns in their heads pitching their ideas up and down Sand Hill Road: Be careful what you wish for.

The War Nerd: How many soldiers does Hezbollah actually have?

I was researching the fight between Hezbollah and Islamic State (IS) in northeastern Lebanon when I noticed something very odd in the stories about Hezbollah.

Mobile showers for the homeless: Google's lesson in Crapulent Social Responsibility

Last week, as Yasha Levine’s article on Google’s fights with the LA homeless community was making the rounds, I found myself in the Tenderloin at 9am, standing in front of a former MUNI bus converted into showers and bathrooms for the homeless.

No, we are not entering the age of the "hipsterpreneur." Thank God.

In author David Sedaris’ short story, “Twelve Moments in the Life of an Artist,” the narrator wants more than anything to become a famous artist.

The Whatsapp Moment: When the venture climate became a giant frothy mess

When Josh Kopelman's letter to First Round LPs leaked this week, a lot of focus was given to his chatter about bubbles and unicorns.

Small businesses present a huge, unreported opportunity for hackers

It often seems like a week can’t pass without news breaking of a data breach at a retailer, government agency, or health insurer.

Willie Nelson is your new entrepreneurial hero

“Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can’t help but turn inward. Certain philosophical questions come to mind, like… How the fuck did I get here?

The 10 best albums on Apple Music that aren’t on Spotify

Yesterday, the long-anticipated heir to Beats Music and prospective Spotify-killer, Apple Music, finally debuted on iOS devices.

The CIA helped sell a mapping startup to Google. Now they won't tell us why

I just got a very interesting letter from the Central Intelligence Agency. It had to do with a FOIA request I put in regarding a decade-old business transaction between the CIA and Google.

Spire raises $40m to fill the night sky with tiny satellites

Believe it or not, there are huge swaths of the planet where certain types of communication, digital tracking, and data collection are impossible.

Small businesses present a huge, unreported opportunity for hackers

It often seems like a week can’t pass without news breaking of a data breach at a retailer, government agency, or health insurer.

Algorithms are coming to Twitter: Here's how it can avoid becoming Facebook

Like other long-time users -- particularly in media -- I enjoy Twitter the way it is. Yes, it took work to build the community of newsgatherers, comedians, philosophers, and potheads that populate my feed, and the relationships and my experience of them are deeper because of it.

Small businesses present a huge, unreported opportunity for hackers

It often seems like a week can’t pass without news breaking of a data breach at a retailer, government agency, or health insurer.


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