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Why Julia Hartz’s move to CEO was a big move for her, her daughters, and women in tech

Only 3% of all venture-backed companies have female CEOs. Imagine how many unicorns have female CEOs. My latest guest on the “Uterus is a feature not a bug” podcast is one of the few: Julia Hartz of Eventbrite. Hartz just recently became CEO of the company she cofounded a decade ago with her husband…the same year she […]

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From the archive: The Neocon, The Messiah, and Cory Booker

Poor Cory Booker. At one time he seemed like a viable contender for Hillary Clinton’s VP, but yesterday at the DNC he was reduced to playing second? third? tenth? fiddle to superstar speakers like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and, of course, Michelle Obama. Still, as former NSFWCORP readers will know, Booker will always be a superstar to […]

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Marissa Mayer may not have saved Yahoo, but she proved how strong a working mom can be

When Marissa Mayer first took over as Yahoo’s CEO– while pregnant with her first child– there was a lot of debate over whether that was a reckless decision by the board. For a while, it seemed her every move was scrutinized through the lens of being a new mother. The debate over her own decisions […]

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Shockingly, original journalism didn’t save Reddit

When the hope is “original journalism” can save you, you know this isn’t going to end well. And, Alexis Ohanian’s plan to make Reddit into a respectable, highly valued media company is not going well. TechCrunch reported last week on general turmoil and a handful of layoffs at the massively trafficked site, that has an even bigger […]

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Twitter’s summer is about to take a nasty turn, according to Morgan Stanley

This is interesting: Since May Facebook’s shares — which were having a comparatively torrid 2016– have only increased some 2%. Meanwhile, shares in Twitter, which is still down 20% for the year, had a boost in May. Morgan Stanley issued a research report today explaining why the reverse in fortunes happened– and why investors were wrong […]

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NY Magazine survey shows journalists positive about the digital age (except Facebook)

An interesting, and only slightly depressing, study to start the week, from New York Magazine.  The publication sent a detailed survey to more than 100 print, digital and TV journalists, soliciting their opinion on the state of the news media. The entire survey is worth a read, especially the write-in answers. But Pando readers might note in […]

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Is it "invalid" to ask whether sites women are on are also hurting women?

At Pandoland, we had two intense conversations we had about the responsibility of social media companies on the world, and the two speakers couldn’t have more divergent views on the subject. Nancy Jo Sales, author of “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers,” spoke first. I loved Sales book but found a […]

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The lesson entrepreneurs should take from Dollar Shave Club’s big $1 billion win

Yesterday, Unilever announced it was buying Dollar Shave Club for a cool $1 billion. In the entire landscape of ecommerce 2.0, including content and commerce mashups, flash sales, and subscription commerce, this is only the second $1 billion exit in the US, and you can count the exits that high in ecommerce since the bubble– […]

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Denton denied last minute reprieve, now faces bankruptcy (just as Peter Thiel prepares to speak to RNC)

“Gawker is a sinking ship and its founder is almost underwater.” That’s how the New York Post summarized Nick Denton’s unsuccessful plea in to a Manhattan judge to reduce the $140m he and Gawker over to Hulk Hogan. Judge Stuart Bernstein rejected the plea, prompting Denton to say that “obviously” he would now be forced into personal […]

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Melania Trump’s other policy positions, as inspired by Twilight Sparkle

Of all the 10,000 excuses generated by the RNC’s Donald Trump excuse machine in the past 48 hours, my favorite has to be their official explanation for Melania Trump’s plagiarism.  Talking to Wolf Blitzer, Republican strategist Sean Spicer explained that the quotes in Mrs Trump speech stolen from Michelle Obama might just as easily have been taken […]

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Business Insider pivots from doing Trump’s dirty work to doing Roger Ailes’ dirty work

The timing could be better.  Are Republicans gather in Cleveland for the GOP convention, another right wing battle is being waged in New York. According to NY Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, the Murdoch family had decided to remove Roger Ailes from his role as head of Fox News. The decision comes as lawyers working for Fox […]

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One of Peter Thiel’s portfolio CEOs just spent almost $200k on a full page anti-Trump ad in the Times

Say what you like about print, but there’s no digital ad format that comes close to the impact of this ad I flipped to, sitting by the pool of my Arizona hotel yesterday… ; A variation on the ad also reportedly appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. When I first saw the ad, I wasn’t near an […]

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Finally some good news! The Samwers are struggling

“Mr. Samwer said over-aggressiveness led to some mistakes” — Wall Street Journal If that isn’t the understatement of the decade, I don’t know what is. It’s rare that I read a single article that makes me feel so damn vindicated. The Wall Street Journal wrote yesterday that Rocket Internet– you know, the conglomerate ruled by the […]

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