The glowing haze won’t cover things up forever It’s been a tough year for the tech startup capital of the world. One marred by scandals, flame-outs, and pissy, defensive postures by its royal court. I get the sense that a common thought is “what happened?!”. Why all the scrutiny, why now? Because you’re not a punkRead More
The title of Fast Company’s story is “Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete” and that’s exactly what Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan intend to do. “Bodega”—an internet-of-shit vending machine designed to replace small businesses, is so comically sociopathic it would be too on-the-nose for HBO’s Silicon Valley.
In fact,Read More
Ellen Pao, a former Reddit chief and partner at Kleiner-Perkins (which she unsuccessfully sued over discrimination), explains How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley.
Sometimes the whole world felt like a nerdy frat house. People in the venture world spoke fondly about the early shenanigans at big companies. A friend told me how he sublet officeRead More
He’s not quitting or being fired, but Uber CEO Travis Kalanik won’t be at the office next week, or any other week in the near future. Yesterday saw another top executive quit, amid an uninterrupted string of scandals at the ride-hailing company.
His decision comes as Uber finally unveiled the findings ofRead More
🎶Hey, Chicago, what do you say? Can we stop talking about wanting to be the next Silicon Valley today?🎶 If you pay attention to the Chicago tech/media scene, you’ve probably been hearing for years that Chicago is poised to be the next Silicon Valley. The storyline continues in this recent Inc article: Why Chicago willRead More
Actual hard work Designers, programmers, tech entrepreneurs, and investors love talking about how hard their work is. Let’s get real. Hard work is picking lettuce 8 hours a day in 90 degree heat. Hard work is being a single mother or father who has to work two minimum wage jobs back to back with nary aRead More