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Drive for Uber or Lyft? Get a 100% free Pando membership right now

A few months ago, we launched our Pando Patrons program: A way for supporters of Pando's journalism to sponsor free memberships for people who might otherwise not be able to pay for them.

Compare and contrast: How Lyft explained its GM deal to the press, and to drivers

A few weeks ago, we were pretty hard on Lyft’s “OMG SELF DRIVING CARS!” press tour for two main reasons: It wasn’t original.

Uber's head of design and brand announces he's leaving the company, hours after widely-mocked unveiling of new brand

Uber’s head of “design and brand” has announced his departure from the company, immediately after the launch of Uber’s widely-mocked new logo and branding.

Lyft is insanely worried about pissing off drivers. Why isn’t Uber?

As Uber drivers protested fare-cuts on both sides of the country, vowed a mega-protest at Sunday’s Super Bowl in San Francisco, and referred to Uber’s cuddly new logo that was supposed to be a sign of true changes in its soul as “an asshole,” Lyft finally decided to differentiate.

Uber reminds staff not to put its new logo on dartboards or in the toilet

The whole world has already weighed in on the weirdness of Uber's new logo. There's very little left to say on the subject except for how embarrassing this Wired piece is for the usually much less credulous Jessi Hempel.

An obscure biotech company has gone public! 2016’s IPO drought is over!

Not a single venture backed company went public in January. That was a shock, even to people expecting a weak market for exits this year.

The Verge sued for trademark theft by site you’ve never heard of, also called The Verge

“Do you know who I am?” — Nilay Patel, The Verge Tech site The Verge was founded in 2011 by Vox Media.

Nondisclosure Nation: A History, From Ober to Assange

Editor's Note: A UN panel has reportedly ruled that Julian Assange is being detained unlawfully in London.

Wealth manager asks us to delete story about MeUndies founder going to federal prison

[Update: Shokrian has emailed to confirm -- "Paul, I never asked Mike to write you that e-mail and actually very upset he did so without consulting me."] In 2014, Michael Carney wrote a story here on Pando about Jonathan Shokrian, the co-founder and CEO of “MeUndies.com” Shokrian had been sent to federal prison for a year (and a day) for his role in an illegal asbestos clean-up and dumping incident.  From Michael's reporting at the time: While attending Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, Jonathan Shokrian, worked for Califco as a Regional Director.

Wealth manager asks us to delete story about MeUndies founder going to federal prison

In 2014, Michael Carney wrote a story here on Pando about Jonathan Shokrian, the co-founder and CEO of “MeUndies.com” Shokrian had been sent to federal prison for a year (and a day) for his role in an illegal asbestos clean-up and dumping incident.  From Michael's reporting at the time: While attending Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, Jonathan Shokrian, worked for Califco as a Regional Director.

Everyone hopes Snapchat can boost LA tech. But is Hollywood holding Snapchat back?

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is a smart guy backed by incredibly smart investors.  I’m sure there’s a great answer to this question that isn’t obvious from the outside.

Yahoo writes down the costs of being Yahoo

In a call with investors to discuss the company's earnings, here is how Marissa Mayer explained her plan to turn Yahoo around: ”I want to be very clear.

Wealth manager asks us to delete story about MeUndies CEO going to federal prison

In 2014, Michael Carney wrote a story here on Pando about Jonathan Shokrian, the co-founder and CEO of “MeUndies.com” Shokrian had been sent to federal prison for a year (and a day) for his role in an illegal asbestos clean-up and dumping incident.  From Michael's reporting at the time: While attending Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, Jonathan Shokrian, worked for Califco as a Regional Director.

All the billionaire's men (Or: Shattered Glenn)

“It is one thing for a journalist to make a mistake; like everyone, they all do that at some point. But to expressly lie about your sources in order to make your assertions seem more substantial is as serious a journalistic breach as can be committed.” —Glenn Greenwald (2006) Silicon Valley billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s flagship publication, The Intercept, has suffered through a series of humiliating failures in its first two years, but the newest bombshell, which dropped yesterday, is an entirely different matter.

The new gatekeepers: One-third of all startups to raise a Series A graduated from an incubator

For an industry that has changed little since the 1950s, venture capital saw a lot of -- ahem-- “innovation” in the last boom cycle.

Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors

Now this is just getting sad.  Two or three years ago, while NSFWCORP was still part of Tony Hsieh's Vegas Downtown Project, I remember Hsieh excitedly telling me his latest ambition: Downtown Vegas will become the "co-working capital of the world." The plan involved hiring a world-class co-working expert who formerly worked at Nasa to build out a network of work spaces across the city.

The new gatekeepers: One-third of all startups to raise a Series A went graduated from an incubator

For an industry that has changed little since the 1950s, venture capital saw a lot of -- ahem-- “innovation” in the last boom cycle.

NSFWLIVE is back! In Episode One we discuss the Iowa Caucuses

Thanks to your generous support, NSFWLIVE is back to cover the election.  In episode one, embedded below, Paul is joined by James Aylett and Mark Ames to discuss the results of the Iowa Caucuses.

Just a year after launch, Bezar sells to AHAlife

“It is what it is.”  Is there any more depressing phrase to utter about the evolution of your dream? If there was a shared startup public relations handbook passed between 22-year-olds charging entrepreneurs hundreds of dollars an hour to spell my name wrong and give them “advice,” somewhere bullet pointed and in bold it would say: “In case of bad news or questions you can’t or don’t want to answer, just tell the entrepreneur to say ‘It is what it is’.” You hear it when there’s a founder divorce, a down round, a shuttering.

Frustrated by San Francisco’s “Super Bowl City”? You're not alone

Perhaps I was just not paying attention, or I don’t get how Super Bowls work.  I assumed when the 49ers moved way down to Santa Clara and announced they’d be hosting the Super Bowl this year, that meant San Francisco would get the benefits of additional tourism and “woo hoo!


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