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Pando: “Is this thing on, bro?”
Earlier this week, The Information published the results of a three-month research project on diversity in venture capital. The results were exactly as you’d expect: There isn’t any. Diversity in venture capital is far worse than the tech industry as a whole. In an op-ed on the site, Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya wrote something that was surprising: He aggressively called out the industry. Not off the record. Not in whispers with journalists. Not saying “some VCs.” He went full barrels on the industry writ-large
Venture  Capital  diversity  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Female  Founders 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15: "Enabling Rapid Growth, a CFO’s Perspective" with Lee Kirkpatrick (Twilio) - YouTube
what got u to here, will kill u as u grow larger & larger (the usual (anecdotally) start-up chaos/shit-show will suck the life out of growth/co potential later on, need 2 build foundation/base/pillars/structure in form of CFO/COO/board/HR & some kind of processes 2 follow. so ppl dont have/will reinvent the wheel again. when? u probably will know it when u see it, but still can ask seasoned people who have been through it &/or ask 4 connections though ur VC. // keep being frugal, where possible. Amazon is still being know 2 be frugal. Door desks are still alive in Seattle Offices. No perks like Google/FB. Amazon made always losses, still makes losses via e-commerce unit. Had 2 be frugal otherwise it would actually been dead long ago. // Keep things in place that help/enable 2 grow! customer obsession (inventing in the name of the customer), response, service, keep adding value/value creation. // PLAY 2 WIN! FIGURE IT OUT as u go along around ur values!
Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  CFO  CEO  Founders  co-founders  scaling  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  Frugal  organizational  behavior  organizational  structure  corporate  values  corporate  culture 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Squarespace and the love of optimizing constraints - Small Empires - YouTube
- hire so other people can solve problems, you don't have to do everything! when you wait too long, you get into a need, into a pressure situation you've created by waiting to hire people to help solve problems, do xyz. and bc of that you may compromise and hire because it would be great right now if that person would do it anyway, even if you have doubts about fit, character, values, ...
Single  Founder  Founders  Co-Founder  co-founders  Start-Up  lesson  scale  scaling  HR  hiring  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ann Summers boss on overcoming arrests, threats and shyness | Guardian Small Business Network | The Guardian
Is there anything you would have done differently? I would have networked my socks off when I was first starting out. I think the problem for women is that we’re so focused on what we want that we don’t have time for flashy lunches and golf days. Men do it so well – they network and build amazing contacts. I think, certainly in my case, I didn’t recognise the value of it at the time because, when I was younger, I was focused on building the business. I came to it quite late – but it’s at the beginning that you need it.
Female  Founders  Networking  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Intel Capital’s Lisa Lambert on the firm’s new $125 million Diversity Fund | PandoDaily
The plan is to invest in what we think is representative of the global society. All the data points to more diversity in our country and across the globe. As these communites have more influence and more purchasing power, they should be involved in the development of products that are going to serve the market they represent. We think it is good business. Designing products and investing in companies that Intel can partner with that serve these communities. [...] But also, from a practical standpoint, if you look at the venture capital community as a whole, it is pretty homogenous in terms of demographic breakdown. I think a lot of them aren’t sourcing these diverse deals because they don’t have access to those networks and have those communities. [...] I think the perception that there wouldn’t be deal flow, and what we found is that that is most definitely not true. [...] It’s not the pure tech, hard tech company that you’d expect Intel to invest in, but Intel is branching out.
Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  Female  Founders  Women  in  Tech  diversity  minority  ecosystem 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Ellen Pao Says Silicon Valley Isn’t A Meritocracy. It’s Not. | TechCrunch
Pao also took issue with the “pipeline issue” excuse for not hiring diversely. “I hate the pipeline issue,” Pao said. “It allows people to say, ‘I’m doing my best, it’s out of my hands. There’s a whole slew of things that can make it more fair.'” Swisher said she felt the same way about unconscious bias: It allows people to absolve themselves of responsibility for bias. Pao said she did not think Silicon Valley, a place where it’s possible to have all white male meetings all day every day, was a meritocracy. “I think SV aspires to be a true meritocracy … but there is not an even track to success. No. With 6% women in VC, level of funding for women-led startups, it just doesn’t seem that that could possibly be the case.” // bit.ly/1HV44Hg Williams leads unconscious bias workshops that aim to educate employees on the science behind decision-making and encourage a "culture where employees are comfortable with -- & held accountable for -- calling out prejudice, both blatant and subtle.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
I honestly can’t decide if this is progress or the opposite | PandoDaily
 But we still — unfortunately– live in a world where aggressive women are called “bitches.” Opinionated women are called “harpies.” And female founder who may scream at a team who misses a deadline isn’t considered “passionate” or “intense,” she’s considered “hysterical” or worse– on her period. [...] But until the rest of tech comes to respect the complexity and strength of women leaders, let’s not just hand people the cliches, OK? A nice wine and cheese is always an option.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations : NPR
When it comes to negotiating salaries, the research is pretty clear: women are less assertive than men. It's one reason women who start their careers with a narrower pay gap see it widen over time.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valley’s Maturity Problem | Re/code
The common diagnosis is that the Valley has a maturity problem, where first-time managers with big responsibilities and budgets build cultures of excessive behavior. But the reality is much more complicated. Rapid growth, a total absence of training, a cultural deficit and employees too focused on perks are a few contributors. Valley companies that want to continue down this path of impressive growth and success need to address these issues. [...] For companies, growing quickly in a very short period of time is a serious HR challenge. It’s hard to hire big numbers of talented employees who are a perfect cultural fit. It consumes significant HR resources and can limit that team’s ability to do anything else, like focus on training, culture or employees’ engagement.
Leadership  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Silicon  Valley  brogrammer  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  Women  in  Tech  Female  Founders  Hype  Cycle  jock  culture  Campus  human  resources  HR  people  management 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Malcolm Gladwell: The Art of Management - YouTube
Humble & smart. Respect and listen the advice from elders. // No technology is good at everything. // True activism can't be replaces with technology. // VC (Venture Capital, Angel Investor) know they can't predict winners, if they said that, that would be equal to predicting the future. Thus they are optimizing with the data at hand, the past (thus biases are active; pattern matching, selection and confirmation bias etc) by selecting what has come before and was successful. Thus, Female Founders will have it harder. Period. That doesn't even include that on a VC firm there are not Female Partners, so Male Partners asses a woman's idea ...
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Robin Hauser Reynolds | Studio SX | SXSW ON - YouTube
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap // Death by Thousand Cuts. // standford through only accepting their alums for startx.stanford.edu - are prime example of the dying American dream (for decades under attack), social mobility and gini coefficient disaster that is the USA. Leaving out people of different colour, ethnicity, women, socio-economic background //
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Kleiner Perkins Lawsuit, and Rethinking the Confidence-Driven Workplace | Hacker News
"At Google, men were being promoted at a much higher rate than women — because they were nominating themselves for promotion and women were not." [...] to reach positions of power in the tech industry, people need to be able to aggressively speak in meetings. Coaching often includes work on how to effectively communicate in meetings and is sometimes described as assertiveness training. &! from hackernews comments >> In other words unless the environment of respect and normal discussion is not defended it will end up being dominated by a few assholes. I've seen in this meetings most often, you've seen it too. &! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/upshot/the-kleiner-perkins-lawsuit-and-rethinking-the-confidence-driven-workplace.html
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
For Stanford Class of ’94, a Gender Gap More Powerful Than the Internet - NYTimes.com
“If a woman says no, she means yes!” “You’re all [expletive] slaves.” [Sacks] made it clear that he found the graffiti itself deplorable, calling it “sexist and violent,” in his first essay for The Stanford Review, a conservative-libertarian campus newspaper. But he also argued that an earlier round of graffiti — including a crude statement about President George Bush — had been just as offensive. [...] Keith Rabois, another former editor, said in an interview. But there was an ugly side as well; Mr. Rabois left campus in 1992 after yelling “Can’t wait until you die,” punctuating it with a homophobic slur. He said afterward that he had been protesting campus speech codes. Mr. Sacks was almost as abrasive, joking in print about an imaginary course called “Bathroom Self Defense for Heterosexuals.” [...] it was not clear that they recognized the basic concerns of many female and minority students — that they would not have the same opportunities as their white male peers. bit.ly/1Ev1UgU
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
What’s Really at Stake in Ellen Pao’s Kleiner Perkins Lawsuit - NYTimes.com
&! nytimes.com/2015/02/23/technology/ellen-pao-suit-against-kleiner-perkins-heads-to-trial-with-big-potential-implications.html &! nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/the-stanford-undergraduate-and-the-mentor.html &! nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/23/us/gender-gaps-stanford-94.html &! dealbook.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/helena-morrissey-aiming-at-britains-glass-ceilings-gets-results/ &! pando.com/2015/02/25/ellen-pao-valley-vc-women/ [money has no conscience, crony capitalism, capitalism as infiltrated the counter culture long-time ago (dot.com was a symptom), Silicon Valley doesn't change the world for the better, it changes things and makes boat loads of money along the way - bc they have 'fiduciary responsibilities' ...] &! recode.net/2015/02/24/venture-capitalist-trae-vassallo-to-testify-she-was-harassed-by-same-partner-as-ellen-pao/ &! pando.com/2015/02/25/pao-v-kleiner-perkins-weeks-v-baker-mckenzie-revisited/ &! for.tn/1Aazbr3 &! for.tn/1FXTAYH &! The Opening >> on.recode.net/17Xj7m3
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
What We Learned From 40 Female YC Founders | Hacker News
http://blog.ycombinator.com/what-we-learned-from-40-female-yc-founders - "Not surprisingly, most of the women were domain experts solving a problem they themselves had. That's something that tends to be true of successful founders regardless of gender." - &! from the comments in the hackernews item - "I've been coding since I was ~13. I can understand why people who haven't might have valid reasons to wish they'd started earlier. I'd just say: beware self-fulfilling prophecies and selection bias. Lots of really excellent software people I've worked with got late starts. Lots of people who started early coasted or are still coasting. In the 25 years I've been coding, only a few years worth of that time really grew me as a developer, so what you work on has just as much impact as how long you've been working on it." [...] As an old boss of mine said when hiring, "Does this person have ten years' experience? Or one year's experience, ten times?". [...] [Ageism comes also up/is discussed.]
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Larry Ellison's exit as Oracle CEO signals Silicon Valley shift - SFGate
"Larry Ellison stepped down as CEO of @Oracle partly to reward the new co-CEOs, Mark Hurd & Safra Katz, @Recode reports; the move was also done to set Oracle 'on a course for long-term stability' by keeping Hurd & Katz, who have reportedly both been approached about jobs outside of Oracle, w/ the company." http://recode.net/2014/09/19/oracles-management-shift-was-designed-to-retain-new-ceos/ +!+!+ https://twitter.com/benioff/status/512732202920972288 ‏@Benioff "There always has been, & always will be, one ceo at Oracle. "All sw & hw engineering functions will continue to report to @larryellison." + nobody can take away the leadership and founder title. + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Ellison + and he is 70 already, so he basically is just weaning himself off day-to-day operations. +!+!+ 'but is the Co-CEO move actually sensible considering the whole picture of Oracle?' - bit.ly/1p57uvJ + bit.ly/XyRc6N
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
A hilariously sad tale of gender bias — Medium
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8290067 - Title should probably be changed from "We Don't Just Need More Women in Tech, We Need Fewer Assholes" to "A hilariously sad tale of gender bias." +++ +++ +++ http://www.reddit.com/r/FemmeThoughts/comments/2ghpwu/the_astonishing_maleness_and_whiteness_of_silicon/ "The astonishing maleness and whiteness of Silicon Valley’s tech workers (newyorker.com)" +++ +++ +++ !!! >>> This article really resonated with me; it addresses a lot of what's wrong with the hiring process in tech, and why it generally favors hiring more of the same. ( http://qz.com/258066/this-is-why-you-dont-hire-good-developers/ )
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
dctp.tv | Dalia Martin
dctp.tv | dalia-martin - slicing up the value chain, flatter org chart, Germany needs more uni grads, --- Germany needs more liberal immigration policy for highly qualified people with degrees and --- education policy needs to capture ALL possible candidates. Anreiz fuer higher education. // Germany NEEDS immigration - because of demographic bubble. Period. Either get people in Germany and the jobs of the Future. Or let the jobs go away to where the human capital and cognitive resources are. Period. // self-awareness of women is through the ranks lower compared to men. it comes from society, media, childhood, parenting. // thus lack of strong women. lack of Female Founders too. // Experiment showed:: Women react discouraged during competition with Men, but competition Woman-Woman shows no such signs of lack of wanting to compete. ... WHY!? Do we have to split-up schools again - All Girls Schools Only? Or Do we just have to change girls perception of the world early on!? //
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
dctp.tv | Jennifer Schenker // Informilo.com
- media buzz, - role models (showing to aim big & meaningful, not incremental), - education (creative, self-confidence, business skills+STEM << Future is Multi-Disciplinary [ Europe does not have the set-up in colleges and universities to combine STEM and business skill to get to a degree]), - culture and society got to be more open for the future, - diversity (Female Founders) in Europe is lacking as much in Silicon Valley, - "I've lost confidence in traditional model to turn the ship around and point to a sustainable business model for the future." :: business model ie. conferences and detailed research, journalism is free; Freemium, - change of thinking needs to take hold within the media conglomerates and publishing houses :: beyond paywalls, - the core product is free - and added value product got to be high margin product,
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Do you even...? | never a straight line
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8229239 " Let's communicate that this sort of behavior is unacceptable, and let's do it by calling it out. People won't learn unless we tell them." [...] Also, I take issue with the idea that hitting on someone is the primary reason to "[talk] to females." <<< THIS! +++ http://youtu.be/NswJ4kO9uHc +++ http://youtu.be/8xAbAeZ-Gog << No Representation & False Representation in all Media, Beauty Standard, Sexual objectification, judgement, making women into things. Objects rather than human beings. Thus the Patriarchy (and Religion) are enabled to justify rape through slut shaming or deciding on women's reproductive rights. as it were just a "thing," an immaterial object readily replaceable. It's a process of constant dehumanization over time and violence (against women, race, homo- and transphobia) & discrimination is inevitable because the fringe, readily, buys into it. always. bc its easy bc it was always so. & http://youtu.be/Uy8yLaoWybk
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem | TechCrunch
Between ages 25 and 30, 41% of the young talent with credentials in those subject matters are female … [but] 52% of this talent drops out … The most important antigen is the machismo that continues to permeate these work environments … 63% of women in science, engineering and technology have experienced sexual harassment. [...] If you create an environment wherein a whole class of entrepreneurs and employees goes unnoticed by deeply flawed industry-wide “pattern recognition” heuristics, and/or one where they have to be perpetually on their guard, and must pretend not to notice all the myriad microaggressions that make them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable and out-of-place then many of those entrepreneurs and employees will decide, rightly, that the tech industry is not worth the hassle and grief. + http://craigconnects.org/2014/08/why-men-must-lean-in-to-support-womens-leadership-2.html
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Women Won't Name Harassing Venture Capitalists, Even Anonymously
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2014/08/07/what-its-like-raising-money-as-a-woman-in-tech/ || "It's not my place to dictate a solution, but I think until victims can name names this won't change." It's structural. It's the patriarchy of the Valley VC's slash boys club slash 'Valley Boys' slash brogrammers slash The Fetish ... the power they hold. People think they hold. The power to enable you to make it big (or acqui-hire) or out rightly fail. But that is a dogma. Those who made it big, didn't make it because of the patriarchy ... the future ones definitely won't bow down to the dogma, if they are actually smart and have the guts and the heart and personal values in the right place. // http://read.bi/1hc1DlT 'living inside their own bubble without perspective - feedback loops.' + http://www.wired.com/2014/07/gender-gap/ + http://onforb.es/PzBqFu >> 'bossy' // + http://on.wsj.com/V8uHEQ
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The female Pinterest engineer who pressed tech giants to air embarrassing diversity numbers - San Francisco Business Times
via https://twitter.com/mialoira/status/495027092367478784 || https://twitter.com/beltzner/status/494977730677440512 || https://twitter.com/triketora // In her experience, Chou said women engineers face significant, sometimes subtle, obstacles, starting with low performance expectations and less-than-plum assignments. "Pinterest was the first place where I felt like an engineer," said Chou. "It's hard to explain or articulate. When I came here, I was treated as an equal." Sometimes the discrimination is not subtle, like the time when a male engineer at a computer language conference asked her, "What do you do? Photocopy s---?" One major fact that advocates say must be addressed is that far fewer young women than men are learning computer science while in school. // http://www.codedoc.co/directors-thoughts/
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Woman Livetweets IBM Execs Discussing Why They Don't Hire Women
+ PINTEREST >> http://www.reddit.com/r/FemmeThoughts/comments/2brq4m/pinterest_just_hired_the_man_behind_axes/ &&& http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/24/women-use-pinterest-but-they-dont-run-it/ + ACADEMIA >> http://www.reddit.com/r/FemmeThoughts/comments/2bw3c5/how_subtle_and_benevolent_biases_undermine_womens/ ++ http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psysociety/2013/04/02/benevolent-sexism/ "We define benevolent sexism as a set of interrelated attitudes toward women that are sexist in terms of viewing women stereotypically and in restricted roles but that are subjectively positive in feeling tone (for the perceiver) and also tend to elicit behaviors typically categorized as prosocial (e.g., helping) or intimacy-seeking (e.g., self-disclosure) (Glick & Fiske, 1996, p. 491)." +++ http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/31/ebay-reports-more-diverse-staff-than-other-tech-companies/
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Diversity and Startups - Y Combinator Posthaven
"Sexism in tech is real. One of the most insidious things happening in the debate is people claiming versions of “other industries may have problems with sexism, but our industry doesn’t.” Both men and women claim this, even though it keeps getting harder to do in the face of shocks like the Tinder texts. We know there is a problem, especially when it comes to starting companies[.]" - // personal values, habits, (culture) will start to reflect internal/corp values and culturehttps://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8086549
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Building a Twitter we can be proud of | Twitter Blogs
Y!, FB, Google, ... now Twitter. Who is next in the 'Hey! Yay! Transparency! *wave*' move about their workforce Re: Women in Tech/Sexism Debate going on for more than a year already? Who has got to legitimize themselves next? MSFT? ... if there wouldn't be a pressing, pertinent issue. Companies wouldn't dedicate people, time and money towards it - if it wouldn't be an issue. They would have released their numbers long ago. But they never had those numbers. Period. This was something that was never paid attention to ... while scaling your company. Reflects on people in those responsibility positions early on and later on ... /// Add Pinterest - http://engineering.pinterest.com/post/92753543099/diversity-and-inclusion-at-pinterest << See Tech & Leadership disparity
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
The Story Of Whitney Wolfe Vs. Tinder
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Tinder highlights tech world’s frat-pack culture - FT.com
! GREAT ARTICLE by Tett ! tip of the iceberg. "money and hubris is involved." - Sheryl Sandberg's 'book for the white, privileged & entitled ivy league girls' is a drop in the ocean. Instead of having girls getting a beautician degree at college for the service industry; fighting the hard fight/competing head to head for little pie there is *http://youtu.be/p6taTMa4nls || - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/02/tinder-sexual-harassment-silicon-valley-sexism - Tinder's sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It's another wake-up call How many Silicon Valley sexism stories must we endure before 'entrepreneurs' get serious about diversity? + http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/28/silicon-valley-startup-failure-culture-success-myth + http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/02/silicon-valley-sexism-tinder-culture-women-ageism + https://news.vice.com/article/tinder-co-founders-lawsuit-reflects-tech-industrys-rampant-sexism
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
The Future of Pando | Ugly.
The fact is, I’m getting a total pass for something I have repeatedly said was my responsibility, while my female business partner is receiving the full blame. It seems to me that either the person or persons spreading the smears about Pando has decided that a female employer is deserving of abuse and scorn in a way that a male boss isn’t, or they’ve cynically concluded that a female boss presents a much easier target for an Internet hate campaign. [...] In the past 72 hours, I’ve come to truly realize what female founders and CEOs in our industry deal with every day of their lives. That it took me this long to understand is another of my many failings. The ugliness has to stop. [ It is easier, faster to bash the weaker sex. especially if the women on top is not apologetic. it seems. men + anonymity of internet and the non-attachment, non-face-to-face situation, feel the urge to say stuff like X, about Sarah Lacy and the other week about Marissa Mayer, who overslept. ]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations - YouTube
http://youtu.be/-1hPJC_j0Sc (Debate, Reparations Movement) + http://bit.ly/1kYRxbx "" That existential something, of course, is that the United States and its economic infrastructure are the products of so much brutality, stealing, lying and exploitation, of so many hundreds of millions of people not only within “our” borders but — as the center of a vast economic and military empire — that it would not only be impossible to compensate all of its victims without going broke many times over, reparations would force American political leaders to concede that we are indeed an exceptional nation, if only in our violence and perfidy. "" || _ +++ http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/germany-to-pay-772-million-euros-in-reparations-to-holocaust-survivors-a-902528.html + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reparations_Agreement_between_Israel_and_West_Germany || Reparations could be Obama's only chance to save his name for history, to be remembered smthg for.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexism sucks less once you’ve raised $56 million | PandoDaily
“The third wave of e-commerce is coming – it’s about the full stack today,” Park says, referring to the fact that Julep produces its own products. “We’re doing something fundamentally different in terms of how we serve the consumer.”
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get It Right? | Fast Company | Business Innovation
It's a compelling prospect: If Google has built a $294 billion business based on your explicit searches, Foursquare's bet is that the data behind your implicit intent are just as lucrative. [...] If you check in at Walgreens, should we show you an ad for toothpaste? We're not sure," he says. "Does that dilute the experience?" [...] And Crowley is well aware of what's become of him: His identity is his company; he is only as mature as it is. "I've thought about it for a while, and to me it's like I've got to close this chapter in my life before I can go on to the next one,"
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february 2014 by asterisk2a
RIP Digg.
The lesson from Digg is crucial as Silicon Valley’s ecosystem has made it easier and easier to start a company. It’s that a great product is necessary but not nearly enough. Building a real company is harder, and it takes execution and leadership. Things like a New York-based CEO and a sometimes-distracted co-founder took a toll on Digg in its most pivotal days. As I wrote in my book a year after that cover, startups reflect their founders’ personalities. Back then, Slide was characterized by silent intensity, Facebook was like a messy, pizza-stained dorm room, and Digg? Well, Digg’s offices were empty most evenings.
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march 2011 by asterisk2a

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