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Talia Jane may have deceived us, but her point stands
ind.pn/1Qc5SxH bit.ly/1KJQjAE bit.ly/1SV92vy bit.ly/1oBBh5k [ 2nd jobs bc first does only cover bills ] Even if Talia was the most frugal millennial in all the land, she’d still be living beyond her means. In the Bay Area, that is shockingly easy to do, thanks in part to companies like her former employer that have driven rents sky-high with no ceiling in sight. Income inequality is a huge problem in this country, especially in the Bay Area. Yelp’s answer to that, by the way, appears to be to just move the lower wage jobs to Phoenix, rather than pay the employees it has in San Francisco more. Charming. //&! https://twitter.com/hankgreen/status/702488056645992449 - women in the workplace ... //&! https://twitter.com/polotek/status/702025499782950912 bootstap yourself
Precariat  working  poor  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  Yelp!  customer  service  low  pay  low  income  income  distribution  tax  credit  housing  benefit  commuting  minimum  wage  living  wage  discretionary  spending  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  disposable  income  Millennials  career  ladder  Sector  Jobs  job  creation  financial  literacy  career  advice 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whiners vs. Winners: 2 Emerging Millennial Mindsets in the Workplace | Inc.com
- Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. - How successful you are depends on how much s--- you're willing to put up with. [...] Today, the current economic situation is testing Millennials' grit. Unfortunately, some are making critical mistakes that are costing them opportunities for advancement. In other cases, like the woman from Yelp, they're even getting fired.
Millennials  job  creation  Service  Sector  Jobs  customer  Precariat  career  advice  career  ladder  working  poor  life  hacker  life  lesson  Casey  Neistat  minimum  wage  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  squeezed  middle  class  San  Francisco  cost  of  living  American  Dream  meritocracy  meritocratic 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
San  Francisco  Venture  Capital  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  standard  of  living  city  living  burn  rate  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  runway  Networking  Network  economies  of  agglomeration  ecosystem  community  gentrification  Gentrified  speculative  bubbles  property  bubble  credit  bubble  BRIC  QE  ZIRP  hunt  for  yield  FOMO  NIRP  centralbanks  asset  allocation  alternative  investment  allocation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  growth  round  Google  Facebook  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Silicon  Valley  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  burn  rate  runway  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Seed  Angel  Investor  Micro  VC  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene  asset  allocation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  Taper  Unicorn  Decacorn  2015 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
Manchester  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  affordable  housing  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  well  being  happiness  index  chronic  stress  housing  market  social  housing  UK  living-standard  living  environment  standard  of  living  city  living  urbanisation  work  environment  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  Start-Up  advice  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  Start-Up  lesson  San  Francisco  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  Silicon  Valley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook: Gewinn sinkt im zweiten Quartal deutlich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[FB] kämpft mit hohen Kosten. Die Anleger reagierten skeptisch. // [ Hohe Kosten!? Was wie!? ] // [...] Die Ausgaben stiegen kräftig um 82 Prozent auf 2,8 Milliarden Dollar. Der Konzern hatte bereits eine Investitionsoffensive angekündigt: Er steckt unter anderem viel Geld in Rechenzentren. Facebook treibt außerdem die Werbung auf mobilen Geräten wie Smartphones oder Tablet-PCs voran. Auch Angebote wie der SMS-Ersatz WhatsApp oder der Fotodienst Instagram werden weiterentwickelt. Dass die Kosten so stark zulegen würden, hatten Analysten aber nicht kommen sehen. [ Cost of hiring more developers for WhatsApp and Instagram and building data centers ] [...] "Es war ein weiteres starkes Quartal für unsere Community", kommentierte Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg die Zahlen. [ LOL, you mean for Wall Street ] &! 1.49bn MAU, 76% of advertising now from mobile! //&! bbc.in/1IsEOKj
Facebook  Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  London  Start-up  Scene  Venture  Capital  operations  Wall  Street  mainstreet.org  San  Francisco  war  for  talent 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The only stat about unicorns that should worry Silicon Valley
Now theres a new reason 2 fear the ‘corn: They are insanely capital inefficient. And over the last year, they’ve gotten even more so at an alarming rate... // dead Unicorn (their own making) because of burn rate w expensive offices ('we are successful'), developers, aggressive drive ('acquiring market share in a new market') to acquire customers (and not even making the math long term - life time customer value), ... with each round they have 2 be more aggressive, especially with these liquidity preferences inked in, actually keeping the risk level instead of reducing/mitigating the risk. All 2 blow out the IPO & not end up lower on day 1/compared 2 the last growth round. Box couldnt make a higher valuation after day 1 post-IPO than their last growth round via Private Equity. Existing investors got diluted in order to meet last rounds term sheet liquidity preferences/guarantees. // &! Either u risk more, or the other (competition) will, will outspend, overtake u. &! bit.ly/1Ji536P
burn  rate  Unicorn  Decacorn  runway  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  Bill  Gurley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Blue  Ocean  Venture  Capital  termsheet  liquidation  preferences  SPV  Mutual  Fund  Private  Equity  IPO 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Cascadia subduction zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cascadia subduction zone (also referred to as the Cascadia fault) // newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one // The Pacific Northwest has no early-warning system. When the Cascadia earthquake begins, there will be, instead, a cacophony of barking dogs and a long, suspended, what-was-that moment before the surface waves arrive. Surface waves are slower, lower-frequency waves that move the ground both up and down and side to side: the shaking, starting in earnest. [...] seventy-five per cent of all structures in the state are not designed to withstand a major Cascadia quake. FEMA calculates that, across the region, something on the order of a million buildings—more than three thousand of them schools—will collapse or be compromised in the earthquake. [...] To see the full scale of the devastation when that tsunami recedes, you would need to be in the international space station.
San  Andreas  Fault  Earthquake  tsunami  disaster  natural  disaster  economic  damage 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sacca: Bad Deals Are Being Done in Silicon Valley - Bloomberg Business
min 3 - normal people have been prices out of SV, SF, Palo Alto and around the region. sw engineers with entitelment and very little compassion. // bloom.bg/1I8NCAM &! bloom.bg/1Hzb5za &! bloom.bg/1BaVBji &! bloom.bg/1Fd2zQf (Amazon, Fb, Google, eBay, all had cash flow during its growth past IPO, Twitter ops too expensive compared to scale, living beyond its means. does not need to invest in warehouses (Amazon) nor data centers (Google)) // &! bloom.bg/1e8mFGd &! bloom.bg/1L2Accs &! bloom.bg/1INBZ7N &! bloom.bg/1TgmWqi &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/06/03/what-twitter-can-be-2/ &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/05/21/i-bleed-aqua/ - Sarah Lacy from pando argues, he bleeds green - pando.com/2015/06/11/the-icahn-was-coming-from-inside-the-house-why-dick-costolos-ouster-changes-the-valley/ &! pando.com/2015/06/12/im-more-similar-to-elon-the-5-silliest-things-chris-sacca-said-yesterday/
Chris  Sacca  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Twitter  runway  burn  rate  cash  flow  business  model  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  hunt  for  yield  distortion  growth  round  SPV  Hedge  Fund  Mutual  Fund  late-stage  funding  Private  Market  Private  Equity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  cash-is-king  Bill  Gurley  Unicorn  Hype  Cycle  inflation  Venture  Capital  Micro  VC  Angel  Investor  war  for  talent 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Journalist and the Casting Call | PandoDaily
[ becomes a road traveled by many, raising money for your free app w 10k downloads, calling it a multimillion business. ] // If you want to get angry or unsettled about television crews exploiting the Bay Area for mainstream audiences, you have an embarassment of choices. With some luck and salesmanship, disgruntled San Franciscans may soon be able to drain their id safely at home, yelling at their sets, as basic cable does for tech what it has for the pawn-shop and hunting-call manufacturing industries.
Silicon  Valley  San  Francisco  Reality  TV  television  scripted-reality  bubble  mainstream  mainstream  media  wantrepreneur  2015 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices) | TechCrunch
The Wall Street Journal had a story on this yesterday: space is so tight that tech companies are paying north of $90 a square foot in Mountain View. Those are Manhattan skyscraper prices for 1980s-era suburban office parks. It is like running the entire industry on the physical equivalent of MS-DOS. You can either scale the physical infrastructure of the region or you can move the jobs. I favor doing both, but it seems obvious that the world is on an inexorable path towards mass urbanization and that the type of creative and collaborative work done in the industry today favors density. The younger generation in tech understands that in a knowledge-based economy, the value of what is created in Silicon Valley both economically and culturally is in the network. It depends upon who we can bring and include here — not in physical assets like a piece of land or a home. [...] elastic housing supply is supportive of economic growth, especially urban/metropolitan areas of dense eco activity
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Network  Networking  ecosystem  synergy  economic  history  London  London  Scene  economics  housing  market  urban  planning  urbanisation  San  Francisco  Berlin  gentrification  Gentrified  social  housing  affordable  housing 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Slack's massive funding round is everything amazing and insane about the startup bubble | The Verge
[ COMPETITION 4 HOT DEAL, Private Market (Private Equity) highest bidder wins. Thus to get in, people make compromises. ] "It’s the best time ever in the history of the world, or at least the tech industry, to raise money. Will it get better? It’s possible. Six months from now, we might say darn it, we should have waited," Butterfield told me. "On the other hand it’s a pretty amazing deal. In a certain respect it would have been irresponsible not to take it for five-ish percent of the company on clean terms." For those not familiar with venture capital, Butterfield means he only had to give up a small percentage of the ownership in Slack to get this new funding, and that the deal didn't come with a bunch of crazy terms which favored the new investors. [...] [ also mentioned 20-30% rise in HR cost compared to last year! << SF/SV becomes prohibitive for bootstrapping & even for Seed/Angel backed start-ups w 2-5m. Run out of time (MVP fit) bc run out of cash bc high local burn rate. ]
Slack  Unicorn  growth  round  Silicon  Valley  San  Francisco  distortion  Private  Market  Private  Equity  Venture  Capital  SAAS  Enterprise  2.0  valuation  hunt  for  yield  speculative  bubbles  asset  allocation 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ BBC One - Rooms, Rogues and Renters, The boom in 'speed flat mating'
boom in investment property by super rich from across the world pushing up prices plus the lack of new construction. [...] The average Londoner is now spending more than half their take-home pay on their rent, leading to fears that many are ending up in homes which are not fit for purpose. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32082390 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nv2zw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-31537747 // Londons & SF loving cost become a disadvantage for any kind of Start-up, whether funded to tunes of millions in an A Round or 100 million for the unicorn. // www.generationrent.org
London  Start-up  Scene  cost  of  living  living  spaces  affordable  housing  London  housing  market  property  bubble  2015  speculative  bubbles  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  hunt  for  yield  Help  to  Buy  Scheme  Buy  to  Rent  distortion  burn  rate  Generation  Rent  San  Francisco  standard  of  living 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Former SF Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond - YouTube
end of talk >> "how we respond to economic disruption without human disruption" << also universal basic income &! money talks, not democracy and long-term views &! // via - http://pando.com/2015/02/17/the-anti-tech-backlash-is-over-now-lets-talk-san-francisco-housing/ "The “Anti-Tech Backlash” is over, now let’s talk San Francisco housing" &! &! commuting is a bad thing; (1) greenhouse gases, (2) time consuming (3) stress (4) lost productivity &! &! profit maximisation - building +2m a piece condos vs 250-500k houses // also! companies get generous tax breaks (like in london via tax loopholes, tax evasion/tax avoidance not being challenged by HMRC) they don't need!!! &! &! &! http://pando.com/2012/12/01/san-francisco-can-become-a-world-capital-first-it-needs-to-get-over-itself/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
How Silicon Valley’s counterculture went corporate and ruined everything | PandoDaily
Politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, hippies, and corporations all working together to make the world a better place? In 2015, that arrangement seems unthinkable. So where did the dream of tech-powered togetherness go wrong? [...] [...] // As of last November, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was $3,350 [£2200]. [...] So contrary to Gosney’s and Archer’s dream of a techno-utopia that benefits every slice of San Francisco’s population, the tech boom — along with various city statutes that limit residential housing — have made it harder than ever for artists and other members of the counterculture to live in the city. These are the very people, mind you, who helped spark the region’s technological revolution. And that’s saying nothing of the struggles felt by teachers, social workers and other non-tech workers struggling to stay afloat as housing prices skyrocket. [...] [C]ity officials and outdated statutes are as much to blame as tech companies
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber | TechCrunch
“The way to get startup ideas is…to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.” [...] As Paul Graham points out, solving a problem that you yourself have ensures that the problem exists. It guarantees empathy for your user. This advice is useful for optimizing a startup’s chances of success, but in the context of a tight-knit entrepreneurial community like Silicon Valley, solving your own problems can turn into an echo chamber. Tight-knit communities can serve as an incubator for product ideas. [...] “When you solve your own problem, you create a tool that you‘re passionate about. And passion is key.” [...] You need to be personally invested in some way. [...] you need to care about it. // &! http://pando.com/2015/01/29/startups-anonymous-serial-entrepreneurs-have-a-problem-with-shiny-red-balls-and-thats-okay/ "And, therein lies the problem with focus. Excitement tends to fade, where passion often remains."
Silicon  Valley  SF  San  Francisco  Start-Up  advice  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  Start-Up  lesson  marginal  cost  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Put your start-up tent up at expensive places = less runway for your start-up = competitive disadvantage (burn rate). To get a MVP minimally viable product out the door, you don't need a $120k/y full-stack dev, for 90% of "ideas," Start-ups fail because they run out of time (= money to pay bills) to find traction, the formula for their "idea." Sure, there are bad ideas. But sometimes you need time to fix all the problems and test and optimise etc etc. A marathon of sprints. // "Burning Money For The Roof Above Your Head" &! So Silicon Valley is an extraordinarily competitive and expensive place to hire; the risks are high for you as a founder – and yet you have to hire faster than you ever have. Candidates are gone if you don’t catch them in a day. &! RE TECHCITY UK - RETS ARE ALREADY WAY UP IN THE AREA AND LONDON IS EXPENSIVE. AS IS NY. AND LA IS AWEFUL, always in the car and the pollution. // http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/14/sf-housing/
Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  burn  rate  runway  Venture  Capital  seedround  seedfunding  angelinvestor  angelinvestors  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  San  Jose  Mountain  View  war  for  talent  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Reddit CEO Resigns, Alexis Ohanian Returns As Chairman | TechCrunch
http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/13/ex-reddit-ceo-wanted-to-move-the-company-to-daly-city-instead-of-sf/ & http://recode.net/2014/11/13/reddit-ceo-yishan-wong-is-out/ & http://fortune.com/2014/11/13/reddits-new-ceo-may-not-be-interim-for-long/ & https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8605847 >> http://www.quora.com/Why-did-Yishan-Wong-resign-as-Reddit-CEO/answer/Yishan-Wong?srid=X&share=1 >> "but we had a strategic disagreement wherein I felt that locating an office in San Francisco proper is an incredibly difficult thing given the strains the city is facing and the high rents it imposes on employees who wish to live close to the office." >> http://www.quora.com/Why-did-Yishan-Wong-resign-as-Reddit-CEO "The reason was a disagreement with the board about a new office (location and amount of money to spend on a lease)."
Reddit  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  cost  center  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  frugal  burn  rate  runway 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs | TechCrunch
I think in summary, neither system is able to stop gentrification or displacement. But New York’s regional integration and better transit make for a more dynamically adjusting system where residents have to continuously (or constantly) re-evaluate their cost of living. In contrast, San Francisco’s orientation of growth control might help it a smaller-town feel. But market-rate rents can climb dramatically with even a modest amount of population growth, while elderly and longstanding tenants can end up in a pretty jarring and tragic situation if they face an owner move-in or Ellis Act eviction. If they are displaced, the San Francisco Bay Area has a weaker and less integrated transit system. That means displaced tenants can end up with a multi-hour commute, which is deeply disruptive to family and community life and on access to jobs.
urbanisation  urban  planning  city  living  transportation  public  transportation  quality  of  life  living  standard  living  spaces  cost  of  living  NYC  Berlin  San  Francisco  Gentrified  gentrification  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  infrastructure  investment  affordable  housing 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Google to Make Security Guards Employees, Rather Than Contractors - Digits - WSJ
In a move that could reverberate around Silicon Valley, Google plans to hire more than 200 security guards as its own employees, rather than through an outside contractor. The guards will be eligible for the same benefits as other Googlers, including health insurance, retirement benefits, on-site medical services, leave for new parents and more. The move comes amid rising concerns about income disparities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A think tank with ties to organized labor issued a report in August highlighting the differences in pay, benefits and working conditions between tech-company employees and service workers such as security guards, janitors and landscapers who primarily work for outside contractors. [...] The August think tank report found that the median hourly wage is $14 an hour for security guards in Santa Clara County – home to Google and scores of other tech companies. By contrast, the median wage for software developers is roughly $63 an hour.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: You can startup anywhere, but getting big happens more often in just a few markets | PandoDaily
In these secondary and tertiary markets, there’s also a lack of experienced talent in many specialized fields, like enterprise SaaS sales. During his PandoMonthly fireside chat, Chris Dixon noted that this problem hinders even New York and Los Angeles. In the Bay Area, companies can easily bolt on 50 or 100 employees with relevant experience from the last generation of companies, but elsewhere this option is not available, Dixon explained. It’s hard to overstate the impact that this level of experience and hiring speed can have on a company’s growth trajectory. [...] the data still shows that getting big is much more difficult outside of major startup hubs. While this picture of the national startup scene may be discouraging, it’s really just a reflection of the last 20 plus years of deal making, and innovation, and failure. Today’s successes are earned with yesterday’s blood, sweat, and tears. [...]
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Andreessen: High burn rates risk more than just running out of cash | PandoDaily
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Why San Francisco may not be the most useful reference point for the Uber-ification of local transport | PandoDaily
But San Francisco may not be a great prototype for other markets. For one, the state of the local transportation in the city has been abysmal for years. SF taxis are regarded by residents and visitors as some of the worst among major US cities in terms of cleanliness, reliability, and service. The city’s BART and Muni rail systems aren’t much better across any of those measures. That is to say, San Francisco residents have had more reason than most to look for local transportation alternatives.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon) | TechCrunch
"The more you boost your burn, the more risk you take on. [...] The underlying point of Gurley’s and Wilson’s respective riffs is that many companies will have to reduce their burn in the future. And it won’t be easy. And the pair likely won’t be willing to give larger sums to companies that just torched their prior round in ways that they didn’t precisely approve of. Cash is the oxygen of business. When it runs out, the company dies." ... being nimble, frugal, Lean, conservative ... via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8338411
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Burn Baby Burn – AVC
From one of the comments: "f you're backing companies that have bootstrapped their start, you get a different, focussed culture & attitude on burn rates and costs. It forces you to think twice about every cost item. You're running as fast as you can to get traction, customers, product, team, everything aligned within tight costs. It's not about frugality but more aligned to reality. " +++ via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8324047 +++ !!! Fancy Offices - bit.ly/1piSnxO +++ !!! +++ "Gurley and Wilson point to sky high burn rates, not valuations as the red flag in Silicon Valley [...] Gurley and Wilson are lamenting the exorbitant burn rates that have become the norm among venture-backed startups and the lack of fear and accountability signaled by this hyper-aggressive approach." - bit.ly/1m93G0M +++ !!! +++ bit.ly/YQY2WS +++ !!! +++ "Which VCs Have the Most Portfolio Companies with $100M+ of Funding?" - bit.ly/1wo7BHF
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Venture Capitalist Sounds Alarm on Silicon Valley Risk - WSJ
"Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." And then you wrote: "Although we may have not reached the level of observing obvious greediness, there is most certainly an absence of fear. Those that managed companies in 2008, or 13 years ago in 2001, know exactly how fear feels. And this is not it." [...] Right now youve got private companies raising $200, $400, $500 million. If youre in a competitive ecosystem & you raise that amount of money, the only way you use it—because these companies are all human-based, theyre not like building stores—is to take your burn up. [2 things: exorbitant high burn rates like '99 & the allure of working for $ loosing companies. &the justification is 'it's Landgrab time,it's still day 1'] &living cost, employee cost &perk &rent cost in SV/SF &surroundings isnt helping either. rising cost is fuelling burn rates &valuations w/ big ABC-Rounds. Didnt we have the glorification of Lean ~3 years ago? A bubble is one WHEN IT POPS!
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valley has evolved -- it’s not about startups anymore | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Armando Biondi, AdEspresso
The consequence? Silicon Valley is no longer the best place to start a company (unless you’ve already been living there for a while now, of course) because everywhere else is. And “everywhere else” is the rest of the world — with cheaper talent, lower cost of living, and good access to initial capital as well — but also the rest of the U.S. outside of the tech hubs. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. But it’s something you need to be aware of. That has been my advice lately to a few people asking for perspective from a guy who comes from Europe but has spent the last few years in the Valley. It’s a wonderful place, but it’s a very challenging one also. So if you’re starting something today, DO NOT come to Silicon Valley right away. It’s less expensive, less risky, and probably easier to start somewhere else, due to less competition. +++ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8182828 San Francisco Office Rents Seen Topping Manhattan in 2015 (bloomberg.com)
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Fortune confirms that Secret’s anti-bullying system doesn’t work | PandoDaily
K Swisher "A stunt, but a good one" + http://bit.ly/1pKPeu4 - Frank Warren believes that new anonymous secret-sharing apps such as Secret and Whisper are unoriginal and potentially dangerous. [...] today anonymous communication services have become, to the surprise of many, big business. In July, the app Secret, popular within the San Francisco tech community, || Anonymous apps can learn from Chinese censors. No one knows how to scale real time "moderation" better than China. - http://gigaom.com/2014/08/08/meet-the-anonymous-app-police-fighting-bullies-and-porn-on-whisper-yik-yak-and-potentially-secret/ << if a community can't police itself. it isn't a community. it is a random bunch of people (mostly priviledged & entitled white male) with ego's and status anxiety, residing in SV/SF under the eyes of the Patriarchy (VC's/Valley Boy's/ppl calling themselves "Elite") and scoop hungry wannabe tech journalists. || + Pando's Sarah Lacy http://bit.ly/1swmw3D
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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
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
The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute | TechCrunch
[... It wouldnt be all that bad if public transportation and infrastructure would be up to par with the ambitions of the inhabitants ...] If the city doesn’t revisit the caps, there will continue to be intense pressure and competition for existing space in old buildings, which will push out lower paying tenants. Tech may spill over into Oakland’s downtown district, where office vacancy rates hover at 15.5 percent compared to San Francisco’s 10.6 percent rate, which is the lowest nationwide behind New York and Portland. If current trends hold, commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley says San Francisco’s vacancy rates may dip to 5 percent by year-end, driving rents higher. If the city does revisit the caps — which will not affect office supply for years in any case – the region will have to figure out housing for all those workers too. Tough choices loom ahead.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Grundwasser-Verlust in USA droht Dürre-Folgen zu verschärfen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=878775848816533&id=182633835097408 "New study finds groundwater supply to 40 million people in western states drying up much faster than predicted. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL061055/abstract Time for them to make the connection to food choice. Over 1 trillion gallons of water are used each year in California alone just to irrigate their 900,000 acres of alfalfa--all going to livestock.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
SherpaVentures raises $154M maiden fund to offer a fresh take to value-added venture | PandoDaily
[ #building blocks, pillars - created out of necessity. ] But despite their influence, there’s limits to the bandwidth that Pishevar and Stanford have to serve their portfolio companies. With this in mind, the pair founded SherpaFoundry as a standalone consultancy alongside SherpaVentures. The advisory and incubation arm is led by a former Johnson & Johnson Tina Sharkey as its CEO. Unlike the portfolio services groups within other top VC firms, the idea at SherpaFoundry isn’t to help startups with marketing, PR, recruiting, or accounting, all services which Stanford points out are readily available in the broader Silicon Valley ecosystem. Rather, this concierge-like group exists entirely to add more abstract but higher impact value through strategy consulting, business development, and out-of-the-box recruiting. SherpaFoundry is separately capitalized will be compensated for its work through a mix of equity and cash. The group may even work with non-SherpaVentures companies.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
“Silicon Alley” is done, but New York is rising | PandoDaily
I’ve spent years traveling to startup hubs — both aspirational and actual ones — in most states in the US and at least 15 countries around the world. I’ve found an inverse relationship with a place having a Silicon-themed nickname and actually thriving as a startup ecosystem. In the rare cases where a place that calls itself “Silicon whatever” does tend to produce great startups at a regular pace, something interesting happens. It tends to stop calling itself by that name.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
- Startups - George Zachary of Charles River Ventures - TWiST #237 - YouTube
interesting point about deflationary pressures ... ... min 59 - re-training of workforce - for the workplaces of the future. // min 1:00:00 social divide between the havs and the havs not. // education has to marry (50/50) liberal arts and practical skill sets for the future. mandatory will have to be technology basics and programming intro.
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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
Drowning in venture capital, mobile startups are waging unsustainable price wars | PandoDaily
upside of this up-cycle/up-business cycle? everyone with a little bit of chops and a MVP with little bit of traction can get capital. Downside? Everyone spends their capital. Would never happen in a down cycle. Down cycles are great, you've got more time to build a great team, product and brand. .... "[L]ook at ecommerce 2.0 companies like Fab and EcoMom who blew millions in capital acquiring customers at unsustainable rates, hoping for some magic lifetime customer value to justify the spending. (It didn’t.) “There’s a tension between growing fast enough and having a disastrous bottom line,” Jeff Clavier, Founder of SoftTech VC, says. Clavier was an early investor in Fab, among others playing this game. “If you don’t have growth you’re stuck, but if you have growth with economics not viable in the long term, [you’re making] a real bet that you’ll be funded nevertheless.” [...] companies aren’t developing a sustainable business model. [Freemium works better with Software Product.]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
David Friedberg: Most Entrepreneurs are Not Rock Stars - YouTube
there is a feedback loop between VC's (capital) and Press/Reporting/Lack of Original Reporting; former want's to find and pick the needle in the hay stack and put that badge on his jacket and wear it for life carrying it everywhere he/she goes, the latter wants to be the one seeing and reporting the the needle in the hay stack and wants to be able to always link to it back when he/she covers the exit in what form it may ever be. Having that on record. And then there are those that read all that crap about the former and the latter. ||| Brad Feld: Why Are You Doing It? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cIe2dCe6Cs
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre im Westen der USA: Stausee Lake Powell trocknet aus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die aktuelle Dürre sei "beispiellos seit dem Beginn der verlässlichen Aufzeichnungen im Jahr 1895", heißt es im National Climate Assessment, dem offiziellen Klimabericht der US-Regierung, den Präsident Barack Obama Anfang Mai vorstellte. Er verheißt dem Südwesten Ungemach: Das Wasser schwinde weiter, es fehle in Städten, Agrarlandschaften, Ökosystemen, Waldbrände häuften sich. Und das könnte erst der Anfang sein: Wissenschaftler befürchten, dass die Region in frühere Zeiten zurückfallen könnte. Baumring-Analysen haben ergeben, dass das 20. Jahrhundert die niederschlagreichste Periode der vergangenen 1200 Jahre war. Zuvor war es im Westen der USA deutlich trockener als heute. Eine Studie etwa hat gezeigt, dass zwischen den Jahren 850 und 1300 gleich zwei Megadürren herrschten - jede für sich fast 200 Jahre lang. Die größte Befürchtung der Experten ist, das Klima könne nun wieder zu derartigen Verhältnissen zurückkehren.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Draper University & Tim Draper's state of California | Launch Festival 2014 - YouTube
California is 50th in tersm of edu cost (too expensive), California spends 3% of their rev on infrastructure investments. ... It has to be really bad that they see as only solution to make it smaller. make 6. The only good thing that has CA going is the weather and that can have unintended consequences as well - extreme weather events, droughts, wildfires, flashfloods, ... http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/02/splitting-up-california + http://www.advancingafreesociety.org/eureka/sacramento-spotlight-six-californias-part-1-demographics-of-the-new-states/ + http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/economy-markets/economic-data-news/the-economic-impact-of-six-californias + http://draperuniversity.com/ ||| +++ http://youtu.be/2q8XOhm_LDE -- BOOK ! 'The race for reinvention' ""The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State"" - - IN THEIR new book, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge explain why the state faces a historic juncture
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: San Francisco has worse income inequality than Rwanda | PandoDaily
It’s not difficult to see evidence of income disparity in San Francisco. The headquarters of Twitter, now valued at around $20 billion, looms massively over a neighborhood plagued by homelessness, drug addiction, and prostitution. Median rents continue to hit record highs, and despite the wealth that continues to pour into San Francisco thanks to the tech boom, the number of homeless individuals has remained more-or-less the same since 2005. The gap between rich and poor is widening across the country, but according to a new study, San Francisco income inequality was found to be not only above the US national average – it was even slightly worse than that of Rwanda, which is among the most unequal countries in the world. +++ See http://modelviewculture.com/pieces/not-a-tech-bro-but-not-a-tech-lady "Gender (+ Race) + Class" paragraph.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
DRIVING THROUGH THE FLAMES OF THE SAN DIEGO FIRE !!! - YouTube
This isn't even the start of the wildfire season, high tide of the wild fire season is August/September. ... If this is an omen of what is to come in future years. HF & GL Californians. #qualityoflife - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2014_San_Diego_County_wildfires + http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-wildfires-lessons-from-2003-cooling-temps-possible-arson/ 125000 people told to leave homes. ... http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/15/312736068/wildfires-in-san-diego-county-continue-to-rage-out-of-control - The blaze, known as the Cocos fire, is one of nine different fires that have been plaguing San Diego County over the past three days. + http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/15/us/san-diego-wildfire/ + http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/16/us-usa-wildfires-california-idUSBREA4E0V920140516
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Hedge Fund Boss: "We Are Witnessing Our Second Tech Bubble"
+ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/magazine/if-a-bubble-bursts-in-palo-alto-does-it-make-a-sound.html "There are hundreds more examples of big companies spending eye-watering sums for acquisitions, firms going public at fat valuations, tech stocks reaching high highs and venture-capital firms tossing money at start-ups. That’s not to mention the cultural afterbirth of all that cash, from the medieval-themed weddings to the office ball pits. (If HBO sees fit to satirize your corner of the economy, things have probably gone a bit weird.) Meanwhile, the rest of the country slouches along, unemployment high, wages stagnant, credit tight. But Silicon Valley feels like a foam party." [...] “Valuations are at extreme levels because you cannot get a decent return on your money doing anything else,”
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Erdbeben-Serie in Los Angeles: Kalifornien fürchtet "The Big One" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Chile had 2 big ones just recently - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Chile_earthquake + http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/04/recent_earthquakes_in_chile_ca.html + The answer is a resounding no, according to George Priest, a geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and numerous other Oregon and Washington scientists. Increases or decreases in earthquake activity are all part of normal fluctuations, they said. "This was not an unusual event," Priest said. "We have lots of 4s and magnitude 4.5s in the region, but maybe not there at that spot (in Sherwood). There is no evidence that these earthquakes mean anything for the future."
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Move To NYC
http://www.buzzfeed.com/samstryker/phrases-you-will-use-often-when-you-move-to-los-angeles "For most Americans, “commute” refers to the physical act of traveling to and from work. In L.A., it refers to the soul-sucking, morale-crushing physical act of traveling to and from work."
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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