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Quitting the Silicon Valley Swamp

There are, I humbly submit, few people as adept at quitting as I. My 20s were a blur of jobs and relationships abandoned, most due to a combination of restlessness, ambition, and alcoholism.

Twitter's user engagement up as Dorsey admits it treats newsworthy trolls differently from other trolls

As often as it's said, it bears repeating that Twitter has become an integral, if not quite indispensable, part of the public arena.

Didi surpassed Uber in rides more than a year ago. Is it about to surpass Uber in valuation?

It’s happening. Just as we’ve long predicted, Didi Chuxing is poised not only to become the largest ridesharing company in the world in terms of volume of rides, but it getting close to becoming the largest ridesharing company in the world in terms of valuation as well...

Taking back Silicon Valley from the bros, one board seat at a time

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is not one of those people who has a Silicon Valley horror story of sexual assault, domestic violence, or sexual harassment.

"We can do better"

This past weekend, the New York Times’ Mike Isaac reported yet another ethical lapse by Uber: The company had bought data about Lyft customer ride receipts in order to better poach them away from the rival service.

The plus side of tech companies being horrible in a crisis

This week has been a bit like 2017 in a nutshell: We’ve seen three major examples of how Silicon Valley responds to a crisis.

No history of World War Three will open with the words “Jack Dorsey had no choice.”

I’m beyond tired of writing stories about Jack Dorsey’s enabling of, and profiting from, Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric.

No history of World War Three will open with the words “Jack Dorsey had no choice.”

I’m beyond tired of writing stories about Jack Dorsey’s enabling of, and profiting from, Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric.

Staying Cool: An Interview with Drew Houston

Forget Snapchat. One of the most speculated about potential IPOs in Silicon Valley this year is file sharing and storage company Dropbox.

Press Here: There are 76,000 millionaires and billionaires in Santa Clara and San Mateo alone

After yesterday-- who are we kidding? After 2017-- we’re all about ready for some signs of life in Silicon Valley’s soul right?

While all of tech bets on logistics, cars, and drones, Facebook is all about its augmented world

It seems everyone was relieved that Mark Zuckerberg product visionary showed up to f8, and Mark Zuckerberg, politician speaking in vague catch-alls, traveling the US and kissing babies mostly stayed home.

“I am seething with anger… calling him an animal would be a disgrace to animals” Cuberon investors react to reports of domestic violence by CEO Abhishek Gattani

Another day, another horrific story of domestic violence and abuse by a tech CEO. According to the Daily Beast, Cuberon CEO Abhishek Gattani was recorded threatening and audibly smacking his wife, former Apple executive Neha Rastogi, nine times in front of their daughter.

“I am seething with anger… calling him an animal would be a disgrace to animals” Cuberon investors react to reports of domestic violence by CEO Abhishek Gattani

Another day, another horrific story of domestic violence and abuse by a tech CEO. According to the Daily Beast, Cuberon CEO Abhishek Gattani was recorded threatening and audibly smacking his wife, former Apple executive Neha Rastogi, nine times in front of their daughter.

If hotel chains are so great, why not work with Airbnb instead of fighting?

 “Inside the hotel industry's plan to combat Airbnb” An enticing headline in yesterday's New York Times, hinting at a shift away from the hotel industry's previous anti-Airbnb strategy of resist-resist-resist.

Flipkart and Snapdeal: India’s last Hail Mary towards ecommerce autonomy should close next month

I first met the founders of Flipkart back in 2009 or 2010. Back then, it was a hot up and coming company.

Flipkart and Snapdeal: India’s last Hail Mary towards ecommerce autonomy should close next month

I first met the founders of Flipkart back in 2009 or 2010. Back then, it was a hot up and coming company.

How the cult of the founder turned into a divine right to be an asshole

All those entrepreneurs turned VCs… the ones that the industry has spent much of the last decade lauding as the new template of investors, the ones like Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, and Marc Andreessen (all of which are Pando investors) who they say you’d keep in the lifeboat, throwing out the rainmakers of old like John Doerr and Mike Moritz… those guys.

Rachel Whetstone leaves Uber because of “lack of appetite for... drama” (LOL)

Rachel Whetstone is leaving Uber. According to Re/Code the decision was hers (i.e. she wasn’t fired) and was partly because she had a “lack of appetite for even more drama”.

Rachel Whetstone leaves Uber because of “lack of appetite for... drama” (LOL)

Rachel Whetstone is leaving Uber. According to Re/Code the decision was hers (i.e. she wasn’t fired) and was partly because she had a “lack of appetite for even more drama”.

Facebook’s latest pivot away from commerce is only a shock if you don’t know Facebook

It used to be called F-Commerce. F’d commerce may be more like it. Facebook has been desperately trying to make commerce work on its platform since the pre-IPO days you could buy a virtual can of “whoop-ass” for $1 to send to a friend.


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