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Engineers are fixing Silicon Valley

A little over a year ago, I quit the tech journalism beat. And every day I thank God that I did. It’s depressing enough to be a mere consumer of journalism right now, never mind a producer. It’s struggle enough to see newspaper headlines about Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg enabling neo-nazis or the FSB […]

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"The line"

This post has been a decade in the making. It was ten years ago this past February that I flew in to JFK for what was intended to be a three month American adventure, traveling across the US by plane train and automobile and trying to blag my way into luxury hotels. If you’ve read […]

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Leslie Feinzaig’s Army of Women

Leslie Feinzaig went after the American dream. She left her home in Costa Rica to attend such prestigious schools as the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. She moved to Seattle after getting her MBA to for senior roles at Microsoft, and other startups, before starting her own company, Venture Kits in 2016. […]

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Kara Nortman: “We can’t all be flame throwers”

In  2018, it’s become fashionable to identify as a “female VC” or a “female  founder.” It’s even become badass to hold a baby while ringing an IPO bell, or have the courage to take full maternity leave. VCs at major firms like Sequoia’s Jess Lee are even declaring themselves “the girly investor.” .. Continue Reading […]

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Stewart Butterfield: If snakes had our technology, we would be toast

Very few entrepreneurs have been are able to successfully create a viral, cult-like following around something as random as workplace collaboration software. But, if anyone could — it would be Stewart Butterfield, a two-time failed gaming entrepreneur. When headlines circulated that Amazon was looking to spend some $9 billion to purchase Slack, it was another […]

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A line in the sand

I did not realize how much anxiety I was carrying about the recall of Judge Aaron Persky until last night, when I saw the early returns– later confirmed– that the recall was going to go through. I felt like a heavy weight was removed from my chest. It’s the first time a judge has been […]

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A line in the sand

I did not realize how much anxiety I was carrying about the recall of Judge Aaron Persky until last night, when I saw the early returns– later confirmed– that the recall was going to go through. I felt like a heavy weight was removed from my chest. It’s the first time a judge has been […]

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Zohn Zimmer: We’re focused on the two trillion dollar opportunity

Several years ago, I joked that Lyft’s investors— a motley crew that includes Japanese conglomerates, billionaire hedge funds, other ride-sharing startups, sharp elbowed activists like Carl Icahn, and major venture capitalists like Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and Floodgate— as the coalition of billionaires investing against Uber as much as they were investing in Lyft. On […]

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