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Thumbtack is unlike any other unicorn you know. And I mean that as a compliment

In the pantheon of mythological startup beast analogies, what to call Thumbtack? An anti-unicorn? An inside-out unicorn? An inverted unicorn? We once called Frankenstein’s unicorn. (Whatever that means.) The exact animal metaphor eludes me. But I actually mean it as a compliment. If a “unicorn” was originally coined to describe something rare and unique, perhaps […]

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You asked for a Pandoland student discount. So here’s a Pandoland student discount

Earlier this week we announced our annual giveaway of twenty (previously fifty, but we’re close to sold out) tickets to Pandoland to those who can’t afford the full price. As promised, those tickets have now all been allocated and the lucky recipients will be hearing the good news later today. Now. Something else. A lot […]

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The what’s for dinner shakeout: Would you rather be killed by churn or Amazon?

Companies attempting to “solve” dinner closed more rounds of funding in the last five years than any other on demand category.  And, yet, here we are in 2016: I’ve spent months trying most of the major ones– eight of them at last count. So I’m deeply familiar with all the major offerings. And after all of that, […]

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In a shocking development that nobody can possibly explain, Steve Hilton suddenly thinks the EU is terrible

What with all the Donald Trump nonsense on this side of the Atlantic, it’s unlikely that many in Silicon Valley have been paying much attention to Britain’s possible departure from the EU. A notable exception is Steve Hilton, founder of political data startup Crowdpac. In a “blistering’ editorial for Britain’s Daily Mail, Mr Hilton writes that ‘Membership […]

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Peter Thiel’s secret attack on Gawker is even worse than his support for Donald Trump

You know what’s gross about Peter Thiel reportedly funding Hulk Hogan to sue Gawker (which is, in turn, funded by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg)? Everything. I’ve written before about how uncomfortable I am that Peter Thiel is one of Pando’s investors. His support for Donald Trump is unforgivable. But at least Federal election law forced him to […]

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It’s all fake! Nick Denton thinks Hulk Hogan might have a secret Silicon Valley backer

I’m impressed. A few months back, I wrote about Nick Denton’s curiously relaxed response to the $140m judgement against Gawker in the Hulk Hogan lawsuit. The judgement came not long after Denton broke his longstanding rule against external investors, taking somewhere south of $40m from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. What if, I speculated, it wasn’t […]

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I tested Rent The Runway’s new Unlimited service. My satisfaction was… limited

For the last few months I’ve been demoing Rent the Runway’s new Unlimited service. For $139 a month, you get a “Netflix for clothes.” In other words, you can rent three pieces from the company’s collection of clothes, purses, and accessories, keep them as long as you want, and select new ones once you are done. […]

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Uber’s new head of security sure knows a lot about dealing with scandals

Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp have long enjoyed the protection of former Federal agents.  In 2014, Kalanick, Camp and head of business Emil Michael were able to secure a restraining order against Robert Scott Dervaes, an alleged stalker who had made repeated visits to Uber’s headquarters, where he had made unspecified threats of […]

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The big winner of the on demand world so far? Apparently, it’s Amazon and Craigslist

Watching the Tweets about a Pew Internet survey on the penetration of the sharing economy is like a Rorschach Test. Some trumpet the top line number that 72% of Americans have used some type of sharing or on demand service. 72%! No wonder all those valuations are so high! Others have cited the fact that […]

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A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug Podcast: Episode One, Lynn Perkins

Earlier this week, I announced I was writing a new book on motherhood and entrepreneurship, and for those who can’t wait, I was launching a podcast series.  The idea is you can listen along as I interview amazing entrepreneurs about their journey through the heart of total, fucking chaos. The response was overwhelming. The Patreon is one third of the […]

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Uber’s Robert Gates, who once hired Emil Michael, says he worries about Hillary Clinton’s judgement

Robert Gates has been busy this election run-up. Earlier this month, he appeared on ABC News to talk about his “concerns” over the idea of Donald Trump as Commander in Chief. Then yesterday he showed up on Yahoo, with Katie Couric, to discuss (amongst other things) the very important issue Hillary Clinton’s email server. “There are obviously a lot […]

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“We back the truck up when we have conviction” How Brian Singerman made Founders Fund’s biggest return ever

A few weeks ago Founders Fund [disclosure: a Pando investor] achieved its single biggest return in fund history. And almost none of the business press wrote about it. First of all, that boast is pretty meaningful from the firm that invested early in Facebook, and whose portfolio includes Spotify, SpaceX, Palantir, and Airbnb. The deal? […]

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