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Uber’s head of design and brand announces he’s leaving the company, hours after widely-mocked unveiling of new brand

Uber’s head of “design and brand” has announced his departure from the company, immediately after the launch of Uber’s widely-mocked new logo and branding. In a Medium post, published just 24 hours after Uber’s branding unveil, Andrew Crow explained that he is “using our recent successes as a chance to take time off to rest, reflect, and recharge…” Continue […]

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Compare and contrast: How Lyft explained its GM deal to the press, and to drivers

A few weeks ago, we were pretty hard on Lyft’s “OMG SELF DRIVING CARS!” press tour for two main reasons: It wasn’t original. Uber has been talking up a self-driving car future for years and Lyft used to pride itself on differentiation. It’s a hostile message to send to drivers who are already upset about fare cuts […]

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Drive for Uber or Lyft? Get a 100% free Pando membership right now

A few months ago, we launched our Pando Patrons program: A way for supporters of Pando’s journalism to sponsor free memberships for people who might otherwise not be able to pay for them. To kick off the giveaway, Braintree kindly sponsored 1,000 free memberships. Since then dozens of individual patrons have added hundreds more to the pool.  To […]

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Nondisclosure Nation: A History, From Ober to Assange

Editor’s Note: A UN panel has reportedly ruled that Julian Assange is being detained unlawfully in London.  This seems like a good time to revisit Mark Ames’ comprehensive history of non-disclosure agreements (from Ober to Assange) first published in NSFWCORP’s print edition in July 2013. The piece has never before been available online.  NSFWCORP is now part of Pando and Mark’s latest work appears right here — but the NSFWCORP […]

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The Verge sued for trademark theft by site you’ve never heard of, also called The Verge

“Do you know who I am?” — Nilay Patel, The Verge Tech site The Verge was founded in 2011 by Vox Media. You’ve likely heard of it. Tech site VergeHQ.com was also founded in 2011, by someone else. There’s close to zero chance you’ve heard of it. That might all be about to change, however, if […]

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An obscure biotech company has gone public! 2016’s IPO drought is over!

Not a single venture backed company went public in January. That was a shock, even to people expecting a weak market for exits this year. It’s the longest period without an IPO since September 11, according to Pitchbook. That’s especially bad news when you consider there is some $90 billion in capital sitting in the […]

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Uber reminds staff not to put its new logo on dartboards or in the toilet

The whole world has already weighed in on the weirdness of Uber’s new logo. There’s very little left to say on the subject except for how embarrassing this Wired piece is for the usually much less credulous Jessi Hempel.  The story of how Kalanick and his design team came to replace the ubiquitous “U” logo is about […]

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Lyft is insanely worried about pissing off drivers. Why isn’t Uber?

As Uber drivers protested fare-cuts on both sides of the country, vowed a mega-protest at Sunday’s Super Bowl in San Francisco, and referred to Uber’s cuddly new logo that was supposed to be a sign of true changes in its soul as “an asshole,” Lyft finally decided to differentiate. In an email to drivers February 2 (full text embedded […]

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Everyone hopes Snapchat can boost LA tech. But is Hollywood holding Snapchat back?

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is a smart guy backed by incredibly smart investors.  I’m sure there’s a great answer to this question that isn’t obvious from the outside. Perhaps there will come a point when I suddenly “get it.” In the meantime, serious question: Spiegel gets that his platform– which rivals Facebook in video views […]

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All the billionaire’s men (Or: Shattered Glenn)

“It is one thing for a journalist to make a mistake; like everyone, they all do that at some point. But to expressly lie about your sources in order to make your assertions seem more substantial is as serious a journalistic breach as can be committed.” —Glenn Greenwald (2006) Silicon Valley billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s flagship publication, […]

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Wealth manager asks us to delete story about MeUndies founder going to federal prison

[Update: Shokrian has emailed to confirm — “Paul, I never asked Mike to write you that e-mail and actually very upset he did so without consulting me.”] In 2014, Michael Carney wrote a story here on Pando about Jonathan Shokrian, the co-founder and CEO of “MeUndies.com” Shokrian had been sent to federal prison for a year (and a day) for his role […]

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The new gatekeepers: One-third of all startups to raise a Series A graduated from an incubator

For an industry that has changed little since the 1950s, venture capital saw a lot of — ahem– “innovation” in the last boom cycle. There was the re-explosion of growth funds which gave rise to the private IPO and the age of unicorns. There was the re-rise of corporate venture capital, making up a quarter […]

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Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors

Now this is just getting sad.  Two or three years ago, while NSFWCORP was still part of Tony Hsieh’s Vegas Downtown Project, I remember Hsieh excitedly telling me his latest ambition: Downtown Vegas will become the “co-working capital of the world.” The plan involved hiring a world-class co-working expert who formerly worked at Nasa to build […]

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Just a year after launch, Bezar sells to AHAlife

“It is what it is.”  Is there any more depressing phrase to utter about the evolution of your dream? If there was a shared startup public relations handbook passed between 22-year-olds charging entrepreneurs hundreds of dollars an hour to spell my name wrong and give them “advice,” somewhere bullet pointed and in bold it would […]

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NSFWLIVE is back! In Episode One we discuss the Iowa Caucuses

Thanks to your generous support, NSFWLIVE is back to cover the election.  In episode one, embedded below, Paul is joined by James Aylett and Mark Ames to discuss the results of the Iowa Caucuses. Of course the conversation quickly expands to cover the Koch brothers, Vegas, media ownership, oligarchs and more. It’s like we’ve never been […]

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The best thing about Facebook’s runaway quarter and subsequent stock boost? It happened during Zuckerberg’s paternity leave

When Mark Zuckerberg announced he was taking two months paternity leave most professional news outlets applauded the move as a giant step forward in parental rights. But there were plenty of talking heads on finance news channels and in the comments of financial blogs who called the move “irresponsible” of the CEO of such a […]

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Netflix and Amazon’s deals at Sundance don’t make economic sense because they don’t have to

Last week, I read close to a dozen stories on Amazon and Netflix utterly dominating the bidding at Sundance. The analysis has ranged from: This is horrible and short sighted for filmmakers to go for quick cash rather than a traditional box office opening This is some Quentin Tarantino-like revenge plot for being mostly shut […]

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Thanks to you, NSFWCORP is coming back (briefly!) to cover the end of the world

NSFWCORP — aka “the future of journalism (with jokes)” — was acquired by Pando in late 2013. But its legacy stubbornly refuses to die. Just a few weeks ago, newly released emails showed that it was reading NSFWCORP that prompted Hillary Clinton to ask: “Why are liberals the world over so politically hopeless?”  I’m not joking…Perhaps unsurprisingly then, over the […]

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Frustrated by San Francisco’s “Super Bowl City”? You’re not alone

Perhaps I was just not paying attention, or I don’t get how Super Bowls work.  I assumed when the 49ers moved way down to Santa Clara and announced they’d be hosting the Super Bowl this year, that meant San Francisco would get the benefits of additional tourism and “woo hoo! we hosted a Super Bowl!” […]

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