burning man

  • Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and the micro-satellite company’s most recent mission was…to take photos of Burning Man. Skybox repeatedly flew its satellites over Burning Man to create GIFs of how the 70,000 person make-shift hippie city was assembled and then deconstructed over three weeks. For example, above you’ll see the whole city rise and fall, and… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    On the eve of Disrupt, we reflect on the top stories from 8/30-9/5. Here are the 11 best stories from the past week. We announced the full agenda for Disrupt SF. We also put together a massive gallery of speakers attending the event. We’re kicking off Disrupt with the Hackathon on Saturday. A bunch of celebrity nude pictures (including Jennifer Lawrence) surfaced this week after… Read More

  • Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if Burning Man has jumped the shark. Read More

  • Is Burning Man Just Work?

    Is Burning Man Just Work?

    It’s that time of year again. Summer is over for most people and has just begun for San Francisco. And this week, the city becomes emptier than a VC parking lot at 5pm as many of SF’s denizens head to Burning Man, a festival that celebrates human expression — importing in over 60,000 people to Black Rock City, Nevada to party. Read More

  • Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Don’t believe the hate. While it’s a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event’s ideals of inclusion. And the thing is, what they do has little impact on Burning Man as a whole. Whether they’re secluded in forts of cushy tour buses like… Read More

  • The Mediated Life Is Not Worth Living

    The Mediated Life Is Not Worth Living

    I spent last week in Black Rock City, where on Saturday night I and 60,000 others stood within a ring of hundreds of vehicles transformed into spectacular art, and watched a gargantuan wooden effigy erupt, burn, and collapse, amid one of the most dazzling fireworks displays in ever. It was quite a moment. And I looked at the crowd around me and I thought to myself: what is wrong with these people? Read More

  • Ridejoy Will Roll Out Drivers’ License Verification, Re-Launch ‘BurningManRides’ On Tuesday

    Ridejoy Will Roll Out Drivers’ License Verification, Re-Launch ‘BurningManRides’ On Tuesday

    Seeking to stand out in a crowded field of questionably differentiable ride-sharing companies, Ridejoy will release digital identification verification for driver’s licenses and passports on Tuesday. They will also offer optional background checks and re-launch BurningManRides.com. “Safety is the biggest concern people have about ridesharing and collaborative consumption in… Read More

  • Watch Burning Man Appear And Disappear

    I’ve sadly (??) never been to burning man, but this time-lapse footage of the playa over five weeks is pretty inspiring. First you see a small group of folks begininning to set things up and then, when the gates open, all heck breaks loose, creating a mini-city in the desert. Read More