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It’s called “Fuck You Money” for a reason

Back in 2015, I wrote a story about a trio of tech moguls who had turned their sights (and sites) on fixing journalism. It was seemingly an altruistic move, and I believe a well intentioned one at its core. There was Pierre Omidyar, who committed $250 million with First Look Media, after mulling a purchase of the […]

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Meet Mama Bear

Editor’s note from Sarah Lacy… Those who follow me on social media know I’m starting a new company to connect and empower women– particularly working moms– in a troll-free, mommy-war free community. While we’re still working on building the main product, we’ve already launched a daily newsletter aimed at arming badass women to do battle […]

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What Silicon Valley keeps getting wrong: That "hater" was supposed to be your user

Back in March, I wrote something about Silicon Valley’s soft power in the world eroding. It touched on the disconnect between the growth in users and how users increasingly feel about using some of Silicon Valley’s biggest products. About how companies like Uber and social media giants driving wedges in relationships and causing people to […]

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Naval Ravikant: "There’s no doubt you’re better off after selling your company for a zillion dollars"

The response to our “Beyond The Series B” podcast series – curating the best advice from the Pando monthly archive – has been incredible. In fact the only (not really) complaints we’ve received are from listeners who want more. There are so many hours of interviews, packed with so much invaluable advice, that we’ve inevitably […]

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Abusing Ourselves To Death

I’ve just finished re-reading Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death.” Published in 1985, the book quickly became one of the most famous and influential pieces of media criticism of all time, second only to Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage. Postman’s thesis is simple: The age of television, and in particular television news, had […]

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Shocker! Shervin Pishevar has suddenly realized he can’t be interviewed by me on stage at Harvard after all

A few weeks ago, I got an invitation from Harvard Business School to interview the keynote speakers on stage at its annual Tech Conference. It was a flattering invitation: The conference has attracted amazing speakers over the years, and by interviewing them I’d be following in the footsteps of many of my esteemed journalistic colleagues. […]

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Now look at what they made us do

As listeners to my late, lamented NSFWLIVE show will testify, I am an unironic, dyed-in-the-wool fan of Taylor Swift. More specifically, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Taylor Swift’s lyrics: Once having dedicated an entire, hour long episode, to examining the contrasting (and, taken together, entirely contradictory) lyrics of “Speak Now” and “Better Than Revenge”. I […]

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