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Rincon’s John Greathouse finally apologizes for sexist (and more!) WSJ op-ed. What took so long?

It’s hard to know exactly what John Greathouse was thinking when he penned his overtly sexist, but also implicitly racist, xenophobic, and anti-semitic article for the Wall Street Journal, arguing women should disguise their gender to get a fair shot in the tech world. An excerpt: But whatever the reason – and however unfair it […]

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“You don’t get anything if you don’t ask”: How Heidi Zak raised money for an ecommerce startup, no male VC needed

It’s hard to imagine someone giving a typical male VC more reasons to say no to them than Heidi Zak, co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove. She was a woman who started having kids just after closing her seed round. She was proposing an ecommerce company solving a pain point few VCs intrinsically get: How horrible […]

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Will Peter Thiel now sue Donald Trump out of existence too?

I just woke up to the Republican candidate for the United States presidency encouraging his supporters to find and watch a private sex tape featuring former Miss Universe (and Clinton supporter) Alicia Machado… Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in […]

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BlackBerry: A door that is endlessly closing

It’s sort of the end of an era. BlackBerry said Tuesday it won’t develop its own hardware anymore, prompting a lot of nostalgia for its once-beloved smartphones. Of course, BlackBerry has been outsourcing its hardware manufacturing to FoxConn for a few years, and it will still make the software inside BlackBerry branded phones. What’s new […]

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Pony hair, don’t care: Half of the $1 billion+ exits this year were NOT unicorns

Last week there were a few “unicorn reports” about how things have fared in terms of valuations in the first half of 2016. Yunno, the year we were supposed to have a huge correction. What we have had — champagne corks!– is a slowing of new unicorn births and a sudden revival of actual exits […]

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NSFWLIVE: The special POST-debate episode

Have you already listened to our very special pre-debate podcast featuring Leigh Cowart? No? Then go here without delay.  Then it’s time for our post-debate coverage where I’m joined by Sarah Lacy and James Aylett to discuss everything that transpired on the presidential debate stage last evening.  Sarah explains why, despite Hillary’s winning performance, she […]

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Ideas for other people: Tech billionaires can do so much more to inspire young voters

Here’s another installment in my very sporadic “ideas for other people” series. I spend a lot of time writing about the misuse of tech billions for political ends. Peter Thiel (a Pando investor) backing Donald Trump, Travis Kalanick’s Uber becoming a major lobbyist in order to shape laws in its image, Google partnering with the State department, […]

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NSFWLIVE: The special PRE-debate episode

Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first 2016 Presidential Debate. A few hours earlier, Leigh Cowart joined me live from Asheville, North Carolina to talk about her recent visit to a Donald Trump rally and also to offer her predictions for the debate (including one involving Hillary transforming into a lizard.) If you […]

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Snap(chat) Spectacles is a smart move, messaged perfectly. There’s just one horrifying problem…

Last Friday, the company formerly known as Snapchat dropped a whopper of a slide-it-in-before-the-weekend announcement: It’s long rumored hardware debut has arrived. Oh and the company is now simply called “Snap.” One of the best quips on the news that I saw came from Aaron Levie: Stages we go through for all Snapchat launches: Step […]

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Oculus founder reportedly using his Facebook millions to fund anti-Hillary troll group

Back in March 2014 I offered a few words of advice to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Luckey had just sold his company to Facebook for a couple of billion dollars and took to Reddit to reassure users that nothing would change. In response to a Redditor’s demand that he “[j]ust promise me there will be […]

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Good news! Startup employees get a tax break. But let’s not pretend anyone at a startup takes a paycut anymore

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the “Empowering Employees Through Stock Ownership Act.” It’s not quite as catchy as the JOBS act, is it? The bill makes it easier for startup employees to exercise options because it allows them to defer income taxes on the stock for up to five years. It wasn’t particularly controversial. […]

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The best new opportunity for developers is also the most closed and controlled opportunity for developers

Monday we published an in depth Q&A with JibJab CEO Gregg Spiridellis about his life spent monetizing comedy videos since the days of 56k modems. Recently, he has shifted his entire project roadmap to the iMessage platform. The big breakthrough, in his view: Apple allowing developers to have their functionality inside the messenger window and […]

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Is Snapchat the only decacorn determined to make its investors money?

In the latest episode of “Halt & Catch Fire,” Mutiny’s VC blithely suggests the small, very dysfunctional startup that’s barely debugged and launched its electronic payment product should go public. She admits it’s a little early, but makes the argument that a $20 million acquisition offer from CompuServe sets a valuation floor, and that once […]

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Reid Hoffman’s stand against Trump exposes the cowardice and hypocrisy of other tech moguls

In yesterday’s New York Times, financial reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin revealed that “with few exceptions,” almost all of the business titans he has interviewed over the past few months have been aggressively critical (“even derogatory”) of Donald Trump. The piece is a must-read for two reasons. First, as a profile in cowardice. Sorkin explains that […]

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Kudos! Lyft and Uber boast they’ll wipe out hundreds of thousands of jobs in a decade

Writing on Medium, Lyft’s John Zimmer has confirmed what everyone with an ounce of common sense already knows: In 15 years, there will be no human Lyft drivers. The admission brings Zimmer in line with Uber’s Travis Kalanick who has expressed excitement over the prospect of no more troublesome humans cluttering up his company. What […]

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The Ultimate Mama-Bear: Michele Dauber’s campaign to recall Aaron Persky and the link between college assault and sexism in tech

Many of us were horrified reading about the details of the Brock Turner rape case, where an elite Stanford swimmer was convicted of three felony sex offenses, including assault with intent to commit rape, and was sentenced to just six months in prison– well below the minimum sentence of two years. The victim’s statement was […]

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Former WeWork employee asks Governor to ban startups from denying employees right to sue

Back in March of this year, former WeWork employee Tara Zoumer filed suit against her former bosses for wrongful termination after she was fired for refusing to sign a restrictive new employment contract. The contract denies WeWork-ers the right to sue the company for any ill-treatment suffered at work, and instead forces them into arbitration. […]

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“Women don’t belong with infrastructure companies” Michelle Zatlyn on math, gender, and motherhood

I’ve had all sorts of amazing professional women on my Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug podcast: Founders, CEOs, investors, mathematicians, lawyers and more. But Michelle Zatlyn is one of the rarer types of female founders: A technical founder for an infrastructure company. It’s so rare that in the early days of raising money for […]

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