• 12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

    12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

    In terms of Silicon Valley hype, Thumbtack has flown a bit under the radar since it was founded five years ago in 2009. But with the announcement today that it’s landed a whopping $100 million investment led by Google Capital, Thumbtack’s days of relative tech press anonymity are almost certainly over. For the uninitiated, Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all… Read More

  • A Look Back In Ballmer

    Yesterday, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer exited the company’s board. It marked the end of an era for the software company, and showed, simply, how much the technology industry has changed since Ballmer first took the reins at Microsoft more than a decade ago. For a look back, I’ve compiled a number of important events and dates from Ballmer’s time at Microsoft, up… Read More

  • Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

  • A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone. Read More

  • HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

    HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

    HP shares are off nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading despite posting better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue, and in-line earnings per share. In its fiscal third, HP had revenue of $27.585 billion, ahead of an expected tally of $27.01 billion. The company earned $0.89 per share on a non-GAAP basis, matching expectations precisely. On a GAAP basis, not excluding certain costs… Read More

  • Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More

  • Amplify.LA | Incubated

    Incubated: How Amplify.LA Helps LA-Based Startups Grow

    Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it’s been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Calif. Read More

  • Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

    Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

    Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More

  • The Pac-12 Networks Are Going Live On YouTube Internationally