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Silicon Valley speaks plenty

I don’t subscribe to the Information, so I only just received a copy of their morning newsletter, after a reader forwarded it to me.

Silicon Valley speaks plenty

I don’t subscribe to the Information, so I only just received a copy of their morning newsletter, after a reader forwarded it to me.

Thumbtack is unlike any other unicorn you know. And I mean that as a compliment

In the pantheon of mythological startup beast analogies, what to call Thumbtack? An anti-unicorn? An inside-out unicorn?

You asked for a Pandoland student discount. So here's a Pandoland student discount

Earlier this week we announced our annual giveaway of twenty (previously fifty, but we’re close to sold out) tickets to Pandoland to those who can’t afford the full price.

Jack Dorsey finally nails it

Start all the clocks, reconnect the telephone Let the dog bark, take away its bone, Tinkle the pianos and with amplified drum Celebrate the fact that Twitter has finally found a way to make its stock price go up!

The what’s for dinner shakeout: Would you rather be killed by churn or Amazon?

Companies attempting to “solve” dinner closed more rounds of funding in the last five years than any other on demand category.  And, yet, here we are in 2016: I’ve spent months trying most of the major ones-- eight of them at last count.

Thiel, Trump and the death of shame

In the past 24 hours, Media Twitter has been abuzz with four stories: Donald Trump has officially secured the Republican nomination Peter Thiel has been secretly funding lawsuits against Gawker A judge has upheld the judgement in the Hogan vs Gawker trial (Gawker is planning an appeal) Gawker is reportedly up for sale The common thread on all of these is Peter Thiel (who, I remain ashamed to say, is a Pando investor via Founders Fund).

SubletSpy uses surveillance tech to declare war on Airbnb renters

Last fall, fresh off of a decisive victory over San Francisco public servants, Airbnb’s Head of Global Policy Chris Lehane told an audience of supporters in Paris that “Home sharing is a big idea.

Peter Thiel's secret attack on Gawker is even worse than his support for Donald Trump

You know what's gross about Peter Thiel reportedly funding Hulk Hogan to sue Gawker (which is, in turn, funded by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg)?

In a shocking development that nobody can possibly explain, Steve Hilton suddenly thinks the EU is terrible

What with all the Donald Trump nonsense on this side of the Atlantic, it’s unlikely that many in Silicon Valley have been paying much attention to Britain’s possible departure from the EU.

SubletSpy uses surveillance tech to declare war on Airbnb renters

Last fall, fresh off of a decisive victory over San Francisco public servants, Airbnb’s Head of Global Policy Chris Lehane told an audience of supporters in Paris that “Home sharing is a big idea.

I tested Rent The Runway’s new Unlimited service. My satisfaction was… limited

For the last few months I’ve been demoing Rent the Runway’s new Unlimited service. For $139 a month, you get a “Netflix for clothes.” In other words, you can rent three pieces from the company’s collection of clothes, purses, and accessories, keep them as long as you want, and select new ones once you are done.

A Uterus Is a Feature not a Bug episode II: Nicole Farb

Darby Smart founder Nicole Farb is unlike a lot of women I’ll be interviewing on the Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug podcast in only one way.

It's all fake! Nick Denton thinks Hulk Hogan might have a secret Silicon Valley backer

I’m impressed. A few months back, I wrote about Nick Denton’s curiously relaxed response to the $140m judgement against Gawker in the Hulk Hogan lawsuit.

Come to Pandoland Chicago as our guest

Pandoland Chicago is approaching fast. In less than a month, we’ll all be gathering at the 1871 event space for a packed day of keynotes and break-out discussions with Margaret Atwood, Dick Costolo, Max Levchin, Nancy Jo Sales, Bill Ready, Sam Yagan, Jason Hirschhorn, Matt Maloney and many, many others.

Silicon Valley Episode Five: In Praise of Failing Up

Big Head is one of my favorite characters throughout the entire run of Silicon Valley.  Unlike, well….

Uber's new head of security sure knows a lot about dealing with scandals

Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp have long enjoyed the protection of former Federal agents.  In 2014, Kalanick, Camp and head of business Emil Michael were able to secure a restraining order against Robert Scott Dervaes, an alleged stalker who had made repeated visits to Uber’s headquarters, where he had made unspecified threats of harm.

A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug Podcast: Episode One, Lynn Perkins

Earlier this week, I announced I was writing a new book on motherhood and entrepreneurship, and for those who can’t wait, I was launching a podcast series.  The idea is you can listen along as I interview amazing entrepreneurs about their journey through the heart of total, fucking chaos.

Uber's Robert Gates, who once hired Emil Michael, says he worries about Hillary Clinton's judgement

Robert Gates has been busy this election run-up. Earlier this month, he appeared on ABC News to talk about his “concerns” over the idea of Donald Trump as Commander in Chief.

The big winner of the on demand world so far? Apparently, it’s Amazon and Craigslist

Watching the Tweets about a Pew Internet survey on the penetration of the sharing economy is like a Rorschach Test.


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