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A good problem to have: Andy Dunn and Phil Libin talk about the difficult decision to fire themselves

Last month, we hosted a webinar on “Good problems to have.” You know the kind of thing: Those challenges of building a startup that you don’t worry about at the beginning because you figure if you get there everything will be going so well, you’ll be swimming in a pool of gold like Scrooge McDuck without a care in the world.

Going Postal: There is no such thing as a "typical" workplace shooter

When the shooter in yesterday’s brutal live TV double-murder was identified as a gay African-American middle-aged male named Vester Lee Flanagan (aka Bryce Williams), a lot of people seemed quietly surprised—as if blacks and other minorities aren’t the type who “go postal.” (Some of that surprise was of the gleeful rightwing variety, such as yesterday’s race-baiting slime by Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro.) This gets to the generally assumed myth that there’s a profile of the typical “disgruntled employee” workplace shooter—assumed to be a white male loner type, Tea Party gun-nut.

"Pre-seed" is now a thing. Unfortunately "Pre-Seed" was already another thing

It's a pretty hard and fast rule that when you're naming a new company you should do a quick Google search to make sure the brand name you have in mind doesn't already mean anything...

After enough high-profile shootings, I’ve developed a routine

First I click the back button. When news of the Bridgewater Plaza shooting first appeared on my Facebook feed, the words “shot,” “killed,” and “live on-air” were too horrible to immediately process.

Former Googler attempts to live a more idle life

“You sit at a desk twelve hours a day and you have nothing to show for it except some numbers that won't exist or be remembered in a week.

The Draper University "Superhero Pledge": Run, run for your life!

Elsewhere on Pando today, Sarah has reviewed Episode Three of “Startup U,” the reality show based on Tim Draper’s “University of Heroes.” For me, the most shocking moment of the show is one that the programme makers slipped in almost as an easter egg: The daily pledge that Draper’s students are forced to recite every morning, like American school children pledging allegiance to the flag or prisoners in the Philippines dancing to Thriller in the exercise yard.

Is Pre-seed the biggest new small thing in venture capital?

“You can lie to your LPs, but don’t lie to yourselves.” -- Naval Ravikant, AngelList Amid the mega-rounds, mega-valuations, and mega-cost of doing business in San Francisco, a new venture capital trend is emerging.

The Draper University "Superhero Pledge": Run, run for your life!

Elsewhere on Pando today, Sarah has reviewed Episode Three of “Startup U,” the reality show based at Tim Draper’s “University of Heroes.” For me, the most shocking moment of the show is one that the programme makers slipped in almost as an easter egg: The daily pledge that Draper’s students are forced to recite every morning, like American school children pledging allegiance to the flag or prisoners in the Philippines dancing to Thriller in the exercise yard.

Startup U, Episode Three: You can't handle the truth

“I’m here to get my business off the ground” Oh, David. You are just in the wrong place. You should be at Y-Combinator.

Do SpoonRocket and GoodEggs signal the beginning of the on demand food contraction?

Unlike Uber, Postmates has done the food delivery world a huge favor: It’s expanded gradually. Well, gradually compared to the ridesharing world.

The Bored Room

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Josh Felser, co-founder of Freestyle. Dear Founders, Seed stage boards are way overrated.

#AdamBainIsSoFucked

When the recent drama at Twitter began in June, I felt badly for Dick Costolo. Here was a man who -- by all accounts -- was the only one who brought enough order to this mess of a company to get it to an IPO.

The Facebook facial recognition scandal bubbles back up in court

The following quotation comes from a field report in Ray Bradbury’s FBI file, dated 1959: Informant declared that a number of science fiction writers have created illusions with regard to the impossibility of continuing world affairs in an organized manner now or in the future through the medium of futuristic stories concerned with the potentialities of science.

Not looking good. Former Gawker interns file lackluster response to the company's latest legal motion

Victory is not looking quite as certain as it once did for Gawker's former unpaid interns. As I reported last week, lawyers for Denton's gossip deathstar -- now 20% nicer, except to users of Ashley Madison who deserve everything they get (TM) -- filed a motion arguing that most former interns are too late to join a class action suit for back pay.

Shuddle announces a new kid carpooling service for all the right reasons

It’s easy to write off Shuddle and its founder Nick Allen. Allen was one of the co-founders of SideCar… which ultimately fared poorly enough in the ridesharing wars that it recently pivoted to deliveries.

Tim Cook is a smart CEO, so why would he do something this stupid?

Cook is the CEO of the bluest of tech blue chips, the most widely held stock by individuals and institutions alike, the one with the richest market value.

Judge reanimates wage-fixing class action suit against Sony, Pixar and others

In 2007, Pixar President Ed Catmull sent out a company-wide email.  In it, he explained the computer animated film studio’s meager pay raise, 3.5%, as a consequence of other benefits to Pixar’s employees, including a new child care center.

Zirtual, Draper, Trump: Listen again to this week's PandoLIVE

In Friday's episode of PandoLIVE, we were joined by Pando's Dan Raile to discuss ABC's "Startup U," Donald Trump and the continuing nonsense around Zirtual...

Your enemies closer? After Uber declares war on Postmates, the two companies are now sharing an office in Las Vegas

Well, this could get interesting. Last week, Sarah Lacy wrote about the heightened rivalry between Uber and Postmates after the former launched a food delivery service, UberEATS.

Company that spends all its time analyzing VC deals finally raises money. (But not from a VC)

If there were such a thing as a Pando drinking game it might go like this: Drink every time Paul Carr mentions “Las Vegas” Drink every time Mark Ames mentions “libertarians.” Drink every time Dan Raile gets kicked out of an event.


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