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Sheryl Sandberg is practicing what she preached

I keep getting asked why I haven’t written anything about the recent Facebook scandals, especially as it relates to tech’s most influential and until-recently admired female leader, Sheryl Sandberg. Well, one reason is the rest of the world is busy with their own hot take and I’m not sure we need one more. Another reason […]

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Move fast and break human lives

Early in my career, I covered venture capital investments in biotech and medical devices for BusinessWeek. We were a few years past the fervor enthusiasm of decoding the human genome, and it was starting to dawn on folks that the industry may never see the creation of another massive powerhouse like Amgen or Genentech again. […]

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The bias hidden inside "consensus"

A few weeks ago, my new company, Chairman Mom, hosted a retreat in a restored gold mining town for 100 women. There were no men on site– including the staff. And it was during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. It’s hard to describe the energy and friendships that came out of it. Conversations happened that are […]

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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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