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Netflix, born an underdog, now eats underdogs

The Blockbuster I used to drive to for a weekend DVD is now a Goodwill. Watching Last Week Tonight on Sunday, I thought about that during the segment about one of last remaining Blockbuster stores in existence. John Oliver awarded the store with a leather jockstrap (it makes sense if you watch the clip). Whether Oliver […]

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Aaron Hirschhorn: The $70 million dog sitter

When I first heard about DogVacay, it struck me as one of those “Airbnb of X” or “Uber of X” derivatives that swept through startup-dom over the last few years.  I liked the founders, and I got the problem. There are millions of dogs and most owners leave them at some point. Current solutions to […]

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Zuckerberg unbound

If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, then the Congressional hearing is unacknowledged theater. It’s performance above policy, Kabuki with the drabbest of costumes. Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg finally showed up for the first of his two command performances (the second is being staged before a House committee today), appearing before not one but […]

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Jerry Yang: I was my favorite Yahoo! CEO

One of my favorite interviews we’ve done was with Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang. Not just because of what he’s done, but because of the time we did it. There are a lot of interesting moments in history to interview Yang– ours was just after Alibaba went public in the largest global IPO in tech history. […]

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Introducing Chairman Mom: My new subscription-based platform that believes in working moms

Today, I’m launching Chairman Mom, a subscription-based platform where badass working women can help each other solve the hardest problems they face. [Update: Fast Company’s Lydia Dishman and TechCrunch’s Megan Rose Dickey just wrote about the launch.] Our aim is to rebrand working motherhood as exactly what it is: Something badass and aspirational that you […]

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Momentum is shifting from ad revenue to subscription revenue, and that’s not good for Facebook

If there is one beneficiary emerging from the crisis of conscience engulfing Facebook right now, it’s the subscription-based business model.  For the first two decades after the Netscape browser began ushering consumers onto the Internet, information wanted to be free. Not just free as in unfettered and decentralized, but free as in at no cost. […]

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Sheryl Sandberg isn’t Zuckerberg’s nanny… but that doesn’t mean she can hide from the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This is one of those weeks that Sheryl Sandberg may be regretting tying the phrase “Lean In” so tightly to her personal brand. If I’ve seen one “Lean Out” joke about Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s silence inside and outside their company amid the most damaging scandal its ever faced, I’ve seen eight million. A more […]

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Who is Meera Kaul?

A few weeks ago, Pando wrote about the latest comeback attempt of disgraced venture capitalist and admitted sexual harasser Justin Caldbeck. Caldbeck was scheduled to speak at a Women in STEM “Gender Summit,” at least until several prominent industry women — including one of his victims — emailed participants and sponsors to alert them to […]

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Sometimes these things have a way of working out: Drew Houston on turning his own disorganization into a $10bn company

Now that Dropbox is finally poised to go public there will be two storylines to watch. The first will be about this era of runaway valuations. Taken together, the decacorns are worth more than $200 billion. These bets are only accelerating. In a single quarter last year, private market investors pumped a record $10 billion […]

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“I miss the frivolous”

“He won’t stop raping me… RU there?… It’s my dad.” It’s a text message Nancy Lublin will never forget. While some companies may  have to hammer home their corporate mission everyday to employees and  the press, Lublin’s central mission for Crisis Text Line is a clear daily imperative. Her team is saving lives. “That person […]

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