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  • No, Palo Alto isn’t going to ban coding

    No, Palo Alto isn’t going to ban coding

    A report in The New York Times on a culture clash taking place in Palo Alto set off a bit of speculation as to the possibility of “a ban on coding,” as the article put it. Well, don’t worry. That’s not going to happen. Read More

  • Ford to ship self-driving cars without steering wheels, brake or gas pedals by 2021

    Ford to ship self-driving cars without steering wheels, brake or gas pedals by 2021

    Ford says it’s going to deliver self-driving cars by 2021 – and these will ship in volume, and will also lack steering wheels, brake or gas pedals, offering full Level 4 self-driving features which don’t require a human driver at all, the company announced at a press conference in Palo Alto today. The car maker says that it has held off making any announcements about when… Read More

  • Piazza Rolls Out Recruiting Tool to Identify “Superstar” Programming Students

    Piazza Rolls Out Recruiting Tool to Identify “Superstar” Programming Students

    Piazza, a Palo Alto, Ca.-based class discussion platform, has more than 30,000 educators, 1 million students and 1,200 universities in 70 countries using its platform. That’s not too shabby for a six-year-old company. But Piazza is now rolling out a new tool that it hopes will supercharge greater adoption with recruiters, too, and generate more revenue in the process. Called the… Read More

  • The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill Crunch Network

    The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill

    For as long as I’ve paid attention, Sand Hill Road has been synonymous with venture capital. But that is changing. As the epicenter of the technology renaissance age has shifted, or expanded, from Palo Alto and its environs to San Francisco and other pockets of the peninsula, the monopolistic high ground of venture capital real estate that top venture firms call home base has started… Read More

  • The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top. The effect on the prices of surrounding real estate has been profound. If you… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    It’s Apple Watch pre-order day! The new device went on sale this morning at just after midnight Pacific time, and now shipping times are extending to at least June across the product lineup. Our guest today, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple (@jdalrymple), not only successfully ordered three but also went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to check out the in-store experience. I also managed… Read More

  • Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla’s pure electric SUV is nearing launch and there is apparently at least one cruising around California. The video above shows a slightly camouflaged Model X near Palo Alto. The SUV looks good even with all the design elements covered up. Read More

  • TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking business, today announced the acquisition of a startup that it hopes will help build out its relationship with customers during and after their travels: it has bought ZeTrip and its “automatic” travel journal app Rove, which provides a travelog of your movements based on your GPS coordinates and other data. Terms of the deal were… Read More

  • MobiTV Pulls Its IPO: Unfavorable Market Conditions, Or Unfavorable Business Model?

    MobiTV Pulls Its IPO: Unfavorable Market Conditions, Or Unfavorable Business Model?

    At the end of August, mobile TV and video platform MobiTV filed its S-1 and announced its plans for a $75 million initial public offering. Founded in 1999, the company had been one of the early movers in the movement to bring live and on-demand TV to mobile devices, which led to partnerships with NBC, ESPN, Disney, CBS, and a bunch of other sizable media companies. The company closed over… Read More

  • San Francisco Vs. Silicon Valley: Where Should You Build Your Business?

    San Francisco Vs. Silicon Valley: Where Should You Build Your Business?

    When Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard in the summer of 2004, he didn’t move his fledgling company to the mountains, or the Gulf of Mexico, or San Francisco, he moved to Silicon Valley. Well, Palo Alto to be precise. In an interview with Y Combinator partner Jessica Livingston last year, he said of his impression of Silicon Valley, “You get this feeling that you need to be out… Read More

  • Palo Alto Power Outage Affects Up To 240 Startups

    The tragic plane crash which killed three Tesla employees flying out of the Palo Alto airport at approximately 8 AM this morning also took out the city’s power. The accident has left over 28,000 Palo Alto residents and businesses without power in the heart of Silicon Valley. According to the data in CrunchBase, up to 240 of these 28,000 customers are local startups, VC firms and… Read More