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Inside my week of declaring war on the patriarchy

Sorry, Pando readers, for my radio silence for the past few days. What a week. I’ve been in New York promoting the launch (finally!) of my new book A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy (Harper). It’s funny now to think that I almost returned my advance […]

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Jess Lee: Go ahead and call me a “girly investor”

When Jess Lee was named general partner at Sequoia Capital, it was a seminal moment for Valley insiders. Decade-after-decade Sequoia has remained a top the Silicon Valley heap, unlike any other firm. It’s managed to transfer power from one alpha-male to another alpha-male in a way few firms have in the history of Sand Hill […]

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Sheila Marcelo: Timing Isn’t Everything

[Editor’s note: This piece, based on my PandoMonthly interview with Sheila Marcelo originally ran on Startups.co as part of an editorial collaboration with Pando aimed at sharing founders’ struggles, challenges, and origin stories with millions of founders across America.] There are a lot of accomplishments in Sheila Marcelo’s official bio, not least of which is founding running the […]

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WeWork Elementary: Move fast and break kids

The best thing I can say about yesterday’s revelation that WeWork is starting an elementary school is… …well, at least Uber isn’t starting an elementary school. WeWork isn’t as bad as Uber, but it’s had its share of scandals, whether it’s misclassifying workers so that they can’t get overtime, aggressively and litigiously going after critics, […]

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Netflix: Moral Like a Fox?

A man comes forward and says Spacey assaulted him when he was just 14 years old. Spacey’s initial defense was— astoundingly— I don’t remember and also, “I’m gay!” Even more astoundingly the media initially runs with the angle: Kevin Spacey comes out! Not, say, the allegations of sexual assault against an underage boy. Or, as […]

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Facebook will be regulated, just maybe not by America

Watching the Senate committee yelling at lawyers from Facebook, Twitter and Google it was hard to know who to be most annoyed at. The tech companies for pretending they have even a modicum of respect for the rule of law, or the Senators for pretending there’s any meaningful chance they’ll introduce additional regulation to rein […]

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Twitter earnings: Continually lower expectations for a company still awash in embalming fluid

Assessing Twitter’s financial health has always been a good-news, bad-news affair. Every encouraging development also brings a qualifying “but” that takes some of the wind out of any positive momentum. Today’s earnings report was no different. Twitter’s revenue of $590 million exceeded Wall Street’s estimate. But: Revenue declined 4%, falling for the third straight quarter. […]

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The naive hope of culture change: The one pattern Silicon Valley refuses to see

Having tried to sell itself for some $8 billion or more—double its last valuation—and failed, the question will become what investors do next. Does SoFi’s price increase, despite the fact that the scandal reportedly caused the company to shelve plans to obtain a banking license, which would have boosted its valuation significantly?   In other words, morality aside: These actions have directly cost investors money… but […]

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Twitter’s rock bottom

Late last week I marked my eight year sober anniversary by comparing my own trajectory with that of Silicon Valley. The TL;DR version: As I’ve spent nearly a decade becoming less of an asshole, so the tech industry has made the opposite journey. Still, while I’ve stayed completely sober these past eight years, I’ve never […]

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Faces of Silicon Valley

Exactly eight years ago – 19th October 2009 – I quit drinking, for good. My reasons for getting sober will be obvious to anyone who knew me in my 20s, and familiar to anyone who has ever known a self-destructive alcoholic. I was the worst kind of drinker: The kind who got into fistfights with […]

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Erin Levine’s five empowering little words: “I’ll see you in court”

Recently, I came across a startup that’s focused on a yet-undisrupted opportunity: Divorce. Hello Divorce– started by family law attorney Erin Levine– doesn’t go as far as just throwing forms up online, nor does it pair you with a high priced attorney and mediation team. It’s somewhere in the middle of software and lawyers-as-a-service, just […]

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