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Would Netflix + Spotify = the ultimate modern media conglomerate?

Along with the reality that the $32 billion online display ad market is about 85% controlled by Google and Facebook, we have to face a few other realities intrinsic to the tech business. We’ve written before about how it all but invalidates any IAB video advertising standard. And how it once again escalates the number […]

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We shouldn’t be surprised that most VC firms won’t take a stance on Trump. They won’t take a stance on anything

“It doesn’t matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump.” – Jorge Ramos The venture firm CRV – nee Charles River Ventures – has updated its webpage to say “Fuck Trump” in response to the presidential candidate’s ghastly policies on immigration and race. […]

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We shouldn’t be surprised that most VC firms won’t take a stance on Trump. They won’t take a stance on anything

“It doesn’t matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump.” – Jorge Ramos The venture firm CRV – nee Charles River Ventures – has updated its webpage to say “Fuck Trump” in response to the presidential candidate’s ghastly policies on immigration and race. […]

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Why Twitter is fucked

Need more proof that Twitter is absolutely fucked? Meet Jim Weber. Yesterday afternoon, Weber, a sports blogger and founder of lostlettermen.com, announced that he had been permanently banned from Twitter for posting a handful of gifs of the Olympics. The ban – again, a permanent ban according to Twitter – followed a DMCA complaint from […]

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“F*ck Trump”: CRV takes the tech industry’s strongest stance on the election yet

Today brings another anti-Trump blog post from the tech industry. But this one goes further than any we’ve seen. CRV — a storied venture firm that’s amid a generational transition — has made a bold statement today: “F*ck Trump.” Or as Pando would say without the punctuation: Fuck Trump. As of a few minutes ago, CRV’s homepage is replaced […]

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As court rejects Uber’s $100m worker settlement, Kalanick tries to pretend that driverless cars will actually need more drivers

Yesterday, a judge in California rejected Uber’s much celebrated (by the company) $100m class action settlement with its drivers. The settlement was supposed to end a lawsuit by drivers who claimed they were employees, and thus entitled to employee pay and benefits. Even at $100m most observers agreed that Uber was getting a bargain. Had […]

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New York Magazine complains about the focus on Elizabeth Holmes’ looks… by obsessing about Elizabeth Holmes’ looks

Look, no one is a tremendous fan of Elizabeth Holmes in Silicon Valley right now. Well, except, say, Tim Draper who claims there is absolutely nothing wrong the blood testing former-corn that’s currently under federal investigation. It’s hard enough for a woman-run company to get funded. Female CEOs make up just 3% of venture funded […]

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In death, where is the Gawker for Gawkering Gawker?

(Update: Crikey. Gawker.com has announced it is closing down entirely next week. This in the same week that Breitbart announced it is taking over the Trump campaign. All-told, a stellar week for Trump supporter – and (ugh) Pando investor – Peter Thiel.) Yesterday, as most east coast media types continued to wail and gnash their teeth […]

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Katia Beauchamp on the moment she realized sexism was still alive and well in tech

Tell me if you’re sensing a pattern here. In undergrad, Birchbox founder Katia Beauchamp decided to major in math and economics because she noticed almost no women were in those classes, and she wanted to prove a woman could. She was frustrated in an early career as a financial analyst because she didn’t have the […]

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Finally there’s a great Lyft billboard campaign (unfortunately it was produced by Uber)

As Paul Carr has noted– twice– Lyft’s billboard game is about as milquetoast as Uber is aggressive. First, it came up with a billboard that simply reminded us it was exactly like Uber: As Paul wrote back then: Remember, this billboard isn’t in some small town, or foreign city, where potential customers need to have […]

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Dropbox grows up. Bill Gurley dances around his office. Will other decacorns follow suit?

Bloomberg reported yesterday that Dropbox has been meeting with financial advisors to test the waters of a 2017 IPO…. in particular, what valuation it might get. This is a break from the Dropbox of just a few months ago. Sitting on stage at a Bloomberg event Drew Houston said there were no plans to go […]

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Burn bright, fade fast: The many risks of blogging on Facebook

There’s been a lot written recently about how Facebook’s regularly shifting rules and algorithms are killing media organizations. A few weeks ago, the company announced it would henceforth be prioritizing personal updates and posts over commercial ones. Oh, and by the way, it was also reducing the visibility of clickbaity headlines. And had recruited a […]

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Wall Street predicts huge IPO bounce in September… was that it for the great unicorn crash of 2016?

Since at least the third quarter of last year, industry watchers have been looking for new ways to say “this can’t last” about the venture capital market. More companies founded in a few years with a $1 billion-plus valuation than exited for $1 billion or more over the last decade. The continuation of mega-rounds at […]

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