• DogVacay's Yappy Hour | SXSW 2015

    DogVacay And Whistle Founders Talk Pet Tech Startups

    I’ve already posted one interview from last weekend’s Yappy Hour event at South by Southwest — my interview with Courtney Dasher, owner of Instagram star Tuna Melts My Heart. But I wasn’t just there to talk about dogs that are big on social media. I also spoke to Aaron Hirschhorn, co-founder and CEO of dog-sitting marketplace DogVacay, and Ben Jacobs, co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Yesterday afternoon, the legal team representing venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers rested its case in the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins trial, bringing the fourth full week in the courtroom to a close. The end of the trial is now clearly in sight, with only the closing arguments and the jury deliberations remaining. Over the past several days, Kleiner’s head… Read More

  • No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    With 137% returns in an approximately two year period, there’s logic in mutual funds continuing to throw big dollars into strong IPO candidates, thus significantly inflating valuations. With this encroaching competition it’s not surprising then that VC’s are sending the warning. Read More

  • No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    On Lending Club’s February 2015 quarterly earnings call, an analyst asked CEO Renaud Laplanche a simple question: have you considered getting the loans you’re issuing rated? Renaud had a simple answer: We have, but we won’t. As Renaud said, the marketplace lending platform’s loan grading system, which it illustrates on its website, is in many ways more transparent and… Read More

  • Property Partner Raises £5.2M To Let Anybody Invest In The UK ‘Buy-To-Rent’ Real Estate Market

    Property Partner Raises £5.2M To Let Anybody Invest In The UK ‘Buy-To-Rent’ Real Estate Market

    Property Partner is a London-based startup that lets anybody invest in the ‘buy to let’ market (as it’s called here in the UK) starting from as little as £50. Today the company is disclosing new backing to help expand across the UK and beyond: a £5.2 million Series A round led by Index Ventures. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Meer Mortals

    Gillmor Gang: Meer Mortals

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Meerkat the next shiny object, or the latest addition to the viral puzzle known as user experience in the enterprise and trending on the InterTubes? All I know is, when these streams pop up in some random, chaotic order, we’re once again being schooled in the Art of the Improbable. Plus, the latest G3… Read More

  • Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    For four years, journalists and entrepreneurs have asked me why we created an open salary policy at my company. Here’s the answer: it prevents evil. Open salary policies mandate truthfulness and ethical behavior in organizations that would otherwise abuse the secrecy. “Transparency” is just a hollow buzzword unless executives are candid about compensation. Read More

  • Nintendo’s Move To Mobile Unlikely To Offer Retro Gamers Much More Than Memories

    Nintendo’s Move To Mobile Unlikely To Offer Retro Gamers Much More Than Memories

    Nintendo’s announcement that it would partner with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA to create games on mobile devices using Nintendo’s intellectual property sounds like a dream come true, but will probably offer little more than muted nostalgia for retro game lovers. Unless you’re one of the nine people who have never owned one of Nintendo’s fleet of hand-held… Read More

  • The Terrible Technical Interview

    The Terrible Technical Interview

    Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They’re a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They’re a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate stress on both sides. Almost everyone, if pressed, will admit this. And yet they persist. I humbly suggest that it is time for engineers to start to flatly refuse to participate in them. Read More

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