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"I almost lost my leg to a crazy guy with a Geiger counter": Max Levchin and other Valley icons share their stories of luck


In case you missed it, last month we launched the first of a six-part podcast series: “Beyond the Series B: How the Giants of Silicon Valley Made It.”   We’re busy working on the final edits for episode number two: “Jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.” Our first episode was about “luck”-- whether founders make their own luck, or are hostages to luck.

Revenge of the Olds: Snap’s 2015 detour that is causing its woes today

Well that didn’t take Snap very long. At least Twitter had a fleeting, ascendant post-IPO honeymoon period.

Desperately seeking escapism: Pando goes to Magic LIVE (Part One)

Monday. The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas NV. It’s a little after 11pm and a white man with a shaved head is reloading his crossbow.

Aaron Persky stalls recall vote: The horrifying piece of "today in misogyny" news you may have missed

It’s hard to keep up with the rapid-fire pace of depressing news coming out of the White House and the most “respected” and highly valued corners of Silicon Valley.

Aaron Persky stalls recall vote: The horrifying piece of "today in misogyny" news you may have missed

It’s hard to keep up with the rapid-fire pace of depressing news coming out of the White House and the most “respected” and highly valued corners of Silicon Valley.

Brotopia is burning

In the late 1990s, the phrase the “new economy” was coined in reaction to Internet companies that seemed to defy all the normal laws of business physics.

Silicon Valley has plenty of “empathy.” The problem is acting on it

I’ve written before about the Valley’s troubling lack of “empathy.” This is clear when it comes to the on demand revolution that has essentially turned half of the population into lower-paid contractor workers doing the bidding of everyone else.

Trump in 2011: If South Korea wants our protection, they need to make their TVs in America

These past few days, you might be forgiven for thinking we’re all living in a Chris Morris sketch. Specifically this Chris Morris sketch… Martin Craste: This is the sort of misunderstanding that I thought we'd laid to rest during our negotiating.

“We want to be everywhere diners are”: Grubhub may not be “disruptive” but it’s acquisitive AF

No category has seen a greater volume of deals in recent years than the money companies trying to “solve dinner.” Exactly two have gone public: Grubhub and Blue Apron.

Silicon Valley has plenty of “empathy.” The problem is acting on it

I’ve written before about the Valley’s troubling lack of “empathy.” This is clear when it comes to the on demand revolution that has essentially turned half of the population into lower-paid contractor workers doing the bidding of everyone else.

Falling knife: At $40 billion, Uber would still be overvalued

Back in April, we predicted that the next time Uber raised capital, it’s valuation would fall so far that it would go from the highest valued startup in Silicon Valley history and the highest valued startup in the heady ride-sharing space.

Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, "Joe & The Juice" and self-censorship as subversion

Sitting at SFO at 8am last Friday morning, I was surprised to look up from my Us Weekly and discover I had been transported to an episode of Jersey Shore.

Apple Earnings: Tim Cook has saved Christmas after all

The iPhone company would like you to know it's about more than just the iPhone. Because, after all, Apple is seeing strong revenue growth in Macs, the App Store, iPads, Apple Music, Apple Watch, iCloud – iCloud!

Travis Kalanick isn't "Steve Jobs-ing" anything

Walter Isaacson’s book about Steve Jobs features a scene where’s Jobs is so angry to have been ousted from Apple that he stares out his widow listening to “The Times They Are a Changin’” on vinyl over and over again.

The reason Elon Musk beat Fisker is the reason he’ll beat Uber (and the rest)


Last week, Tesla released its long awaited Model 3. It was an important milestone for a company that started as a luxury product and has long hoped to steadily bring down the price of its cars and make them more mass market.

Twitter: Driving with the parking brake on

Twitter seems to have resumed its campaign to become the Yahoo of the post-Yahoo era. The company staged a conference call last week to discuss its second-quarter financials.

Kimberly Bryant on building Black Girls Code for her daughter’s generation

If you weren’t one of the 10,000+ folks who watched Robert Scoble’s livestream of my keynote on Silicon Valley’s Morality Crash at Montreal’s Startupfest, the video was posted a few days ago and is embedded here.

The Toxic Masculinity Bubble has burst

Joan C. Williams is one of the top researchers in the world when it comes to gender bias at work. I was riveted by a piece she just wrote for Harvard Business Review on why Sexual Harassment is particularly bad in venture capital.

In praise of things that just work, revisited: San Francisco Public Library

Having successfully removed myself from the cloud, and my data from the servers of Amazon, Google, Apple et al, I’ve spent the past couple of months learning new habits.

If entrepreneurs are so data-obsessed, why do they always talk about “luck”?


In the past six years, between PandoMonthly, Pandoland and other special events, we’ve hosted hundreds of hours of on stage interviews.


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