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Elon Musk gets his thank you gift for staying loyal to Donald Trump

Donald Trump has taken all the fun out of being right. I used to really enjoy it: The smug “told you so” satisfaction when I predicted some particular tech awfulness -- Uber proving to be an ethical swamp, Facebook refusing to do anything about fake news, Secret being worthless without teen bullying -- and it eventually became established public wisdom.

“The problem was we tried to disrupt it”: How Daniel Ek disrupted… disruption

Nothing about running Spotify is “easy.” Margins are tough, labels are prickly, behemoths like Apple and Amazon and Google are competing with you, and even some of the artists hate you so much they got together to form a competing service.

Travis Kalanick to step down as Uber CEO? Sure, ok, I'll bite...

Jeff Jones just quit, Google's lawyers are getting closer, a successful IPO seems like a distant fantasy and god only knows what scandal will emerge next.

There is only one gender diversity stat that matters

For about six months, I’ve been having a debate with various senior women in the Valley about what represents “progress.” There are two bull cases that things are, yes, still lousy but getting better.

If the Uber/Waymo timeline is as damning as it looks, who else on Uber’s A Team is implicated?

"If we are not tied for first, then the person who is in first, or the entity that's in first, then rolls out a ride-sharing network that is far cheaper or far higher-quality than Uber's, then Uber is no longer a thing," -- Travis Kalanick on self-driving cars in 2016 Silicon Valley likes to talk about “mafias”: a diaspora of well-experienced, and frequently well-compensated executives and founders who’ve all gone through the glory and hell of building the same company and suddenly find themselves with nothing to do when it sells, shutters, or goes public.

If the Uber/Waymo timeline is as damning as it looks, who else on Uber’s A Team is implicated?

"If we are not tied for first, then the person who is in first, or the entity that's in first, then rolls out a ride-sharing network that is far cheaper or far higher-quality than Uber's, then Uber is no longer a thing," -- Travis Kalanick on self-driving cars in 2016 Silicon Valley likes to talk about “mafias”: a diaspora of well-experienced, and frequently well-compensated executives and founders who’ve all gone through the glory and hell of building the same company and suddenly find themselves with nothing to do when it sells, shutters, or goes public.

British MPs scream pointlessly (for now) at Silicon Valley patsies

 It seems like I'm not the only Brit who's done with Silicon Valley.

The Irredeemable Silicon Valley

 Precisely five years ago, I explained to TechCrunch readers that I had grown bored with San Francisco.

As Uber struggles, DiDi quietly takes up office space and poaches talent in Silicon Valley

We’re already a few weeks into the “urgent” Uber investigation and haven't yet seen a single consequence to Travis Kalanick, his “A-Team” or the people directly responsible for the atrocious treatment of Susan Fowler at the company.

The Come to Satan Podcast: Sarah and Paul on Travis Kalanick vs Donald Trump

Technical issues delayed the recording of this episode of my Come to Satan Podcast, then other technical issues delayed its uploading.

Amy Errett on Empowering Women &Finding Your Genius

Amy Errett wasn’t the likely candidate to reinvent women’s haircare. For one thing, she doesn’t color her hair.

Uber an avatar of innovation and progress? The economic evidence says otherwise.

Yes, all of the Fowler-Greyball-Waymo issues are a reflection of an Uber business model that is fundamentally, unfixably broken.

The Valley faced a big test in the last few weeks. It failed. What now?

I spent a lot of yesterday’s International Women’s Day feeling depressed. This was very different than the hopeful elation I felt at the Women’s March.

The Valley faced a big test in the last few weeks. It failed. What now?

I spent a lot of yesterday’s International Women’s Day feeling depressed. This was very different than the hopeful elation I felt at the Women’s March.

Snap is the third largest tech IPO in 15 years and not one analyst thinks you should buy it. Your move, Evan Spiegel

At least Snap’s founders got to enjoy the weekend. After an IPO that had financial reporters scoffing about how much money Snap left on the table by pricing “too low” the company spent Monday reeling, dropping 12%.

The personal cowardice of Jack Dorsey

This past weekend, as has become typical, the country was thrown further into turmoil, and democratic norms further incinerated, when Donald Trump accused President Obama of tapping his phone.

Pre-order your guide for overthrowing the patriarchy right now!


It seems like just yesterday, I was announcing that I was working on a new book. Not only is it done, you can finally pre-order it here and here.

Palantir reportedly providing tools to help with Trump's mass-deportations

Pando investor Peter Thiel really is the gift that keeps on taking. As if it weren’t enough for Thiel to help put Trump in the White House, and to serve on Trump’s transition team, now Thiel’s intelligence contractor company is reportedly helping the administration in its efforts to deport millions of immigrants.

“My heart sinks every time I read a press release that a VC firm is so proud to have added another guy to their ranks”

Aileen Lee is one of those women that you just have to have if you are doing a podcast about badass working moms.

Congrats! Snap becomes the first decacorn to successfully IPO. But will any of them grow into Super Unicorns?

So finally, today we have it. One of the handful of “decacorns” in an unprecedented era of late stage capital, escalating private valuations, and endless stalling has finally, finally gone public.


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