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America’s next growth industry: Disconnectedness

Earlier this week I decided to treat myself to a new electric toothbrush. I realize by admitting that I’m telegraphing my privilege: My ability to buy toothbrushes willy nilly when most of America can barely afford avocado toast. But still, as a 37 year old man who has spent almost twenty of those years as […]

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Rebecca Woolf: “Sometimes it takes the rise of a villain for us all to become superheroes.”

 Rebecca Woolf started her career in junior high as a writer churning out content for the teen anthologies of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” That was the least interesting part of her career, which tells you something. Woolf unexpected got pregnant at 23, married the father who she “barely knew,” but it hardly stopped her trajectory as […]

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As IPOs flounder and gender wars flare, VC mega deals approach 2015’s frothy levels. This is fine

Venture capital is in a weird place right now. The same week that Mitch and Freada Kapor wrote a post wondering aloud if the venture industry could “be saved,” the second quarter numbers came out. And guess what? They were huge. According to CB Insights and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, funding rose 27% from the previous quarter […]

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CB Insights: 48% of the startup world thinks meaningful change for women will only happen if women continue coming forward

This morning, Bloomberg reported that Fred Destin, formerly of Accel and Atlas Capital, is having difficulty raising his new $100 million fund because of questions that have surfaced surrounding his treatment of women. The story cited by Bloomberg involved his making advances on a woman at a tech conference, who says she was pitching him […]

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The Toxic Masculinity Bubble has burst

Joan C. Williams is one of the top researchers in the world when it comes to gender bias at work. I was riveted by a piece she just wrote for Harvard Business Review on why Sexual Harassment is particularly bad in venture capital. Riveted because her view describes men as victims of a culture of toxic masculinity as well […]

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State of Pando Update: Thank You!

Two weeks ago, we published our annual “State of Pando” update. In that update we announced we were tweaking the way we publish new Pando stories. Rather than one new update at 9am daily, we’d publish on a less rigid timeline across all our various platforms: Sometimes several big stories a day, sometimes just one […]

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Nirav Tolia: Nextdoor’s founder on why you don’t have to be in your 20s to build the next great company

It’s essentially vying to be another great social network, while Twitter and Pinterest struggle to grow, LinkedIn has already sold, and even Facebook is moving its bets on the future into mobile chat. It has not spent money to gain hypergrowth, like so many so-called “unicorns” in Silicon Valley. And unlike Snap, it believes it […]

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Are we now in a bear tech market?

Silicon Valley is having something of a Dickensian moment, where it seems at once the best of times and the worst of times. On the one hand, tech has been outperforming most other industries for much of the past year. The S&P’s information technology sector has risen 29% in the past year, or roughly double […]

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Marc Canter and his wife decry "fake news," attack victim, say women who wear "plunging necklines" should expect to be harassed

Sometimes explaining why someone is fucking awful takes a lot of words. Other times it requires almost no words at all. Below, falling firmly into the latter camp, is a series of increasingly unbelievable (decreasingly believable?) messages posted on Facebook over the past few days by “master of multimedia” Marc Canter and his wife, Lisa […]

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2017: Year of the IPO as last resort

Last week was meant to mark a return to health for the tech IPO market, but instead it came down with a nasty summer cold. When the week began, 11 tech companies had gone public so far in 2017, beginning withSnap’s offering in early March. Many of those IPOs, like Snap and Cloudera, priced above their […]

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Y Combinator’s Sam Altman goes full-on Donald Trump, makes astonishing threat against Pando/Sarah Lacy

The past few days have been a rollercoaster for anyone following the tangled stories of gender, harassment, discrimination and bro-entitlement in the tech industry. On Saturday, the New York Times’ Katie Benner published a bombshell story alleging that several high profile VCs – including Dave McClure and Chris Sacca – had behaved inappropriately towards women […]

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After McClure revelations, 500 Startups LP Mitch Kapor says he’ll ask for his money back

So… wow. On Friday, the New York Times published a bombshell story naming several prominent venture capitalists accused of harassing women. Amongst those named were Chris Sacca, who days earlier had published a widely-praised blogpost about coming to realize his own failings (but that failed to mention that his realization was prompted by a call […]

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The State of Pando 2017: Dropping the paywall on stories from the Silicon Valley Swamp

Almost exactly two years ago, we announced that Pando was switching to a paid subscription model. As we explained at the time, the move was in response to the changing realities of Silicon Valley, and our response to those realities: Our frequently antagonistic relationship with past and present investors and advertisers, mixed with our absolute […]

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The Free Market that goes around, comes around

I remember talking to entrepreneurs in the early days of Web 2.0 and the user generated content revolution. Even back then– before we could imagine the rise of fake news, before two billion people were on Facebook, before the backlash to all that permanence would lead to the rise of a company like Snapchat– even […]

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