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Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013
There are ways in which Silicon Valley is nothing like this: it’s clean, quiet work, and here to stay in one form or another. But there are ways in which technology is just another boom and the Bay Area is once again a boomtown, with transient populations, escalating housing costs, mass displacements and the casual erasure of what was here before. I think of it as frontierism, with all the frontier’s attitude and operational style, where people without a lot of attachments come and do things without a lot of concern for their impact, where money moves around pretty casually, and people are ground underfoot equally casually. Sometimes the Google Bus just seems like one face of Janus-headed capitalism; it contains the people too valuable even to use public transport or drive themselves. In the same spaces wander homeless people undeserving of private space, or the minimum comfort and security; right by the Google bus stop on Cesar Chavez Street immigrant men from Latin America stand waiting for employers in the building trade to scoop them up, or to be arrested and deported by the government. Both sides of the divide are bleak, and the middle way is hard to find.
Google  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  gentrification  personalaccount  review  critique  LondonReviewofBooks  2019 
february 2019 by inspiral
Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities - WSJ
A tech-driven concentration of talent since the 1980s has helped the rich get richer. But it has also sharpened an urban-rural divide that, some say, threatens growth.
cities  urbandevelopment  winnertakesall  centralisation  NewYork  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  Austin  Boston  Seattle  review  USA  WallStreetJournal  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? | The New Yorker
Silicon Valley was built on job-hopping. But when a leader of Google’s self-driving-car unit joined Uber, Google filed suit. Now the Feds are on the case.
Uber  Waymo  intellectualproperty  SiliconValley  AnthonyLevandowski  NewYorker  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Andreessen Horowitz's Spin Master Built Silicon Valley As You Know It | WIRED
For two and a half decades Margit Wennmachers has quietly shaped the public image of Silicon Valley. Now Andreessen Horowitz’s spin master reckons with the era of big tech.
MargitWennmachers  profile  interview  AndreessenHorovitz  venturecapital  publicrelations  SiliconValley  Wired  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco – Foreign Policy
The dynamics and methods they employ will necessarily change, these officials said, but San Francisco and Silicon Valley are simply too target-rich, too valuable, and too soft for them to cease activities here. The spy war will endure; the Russians will, over time, rebuild their networks, adjusting their activities to account for their lack of local diplomatic cover. Ultimately, the circumstances surrounding the closure of the San Francisco consulate are just one piece in a much larger, and far more shadowy, antagonism between the two nuclear superpowers. “The great game is upon us again,” one former intelligence official said to me. “San Francisco has always been a focal point for Russian interests. The work won’t stop.”
espionage  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  Russia  USA  ForeignPolicy  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not. | WIRED
In 2008, it was Wall Street bankers. In 2017, tech workers are the world’s villain. “It’s the exact same story of too many people with too much money. That breeds arrogance, bad behavior, and jealousy, and society just loves to take it down,” the investor said. As a result, investors are avoiding anything that feels risky. Hunter Walk, a partner with venture capital firm Homebrew, which invested in Bodega, attributes the backlash to a broader response to power. Tech is now a powerful institution, he says. “We no longer get the benefit of the doubt 100 percent of the time, and that’s okay.”
startup  tech  SiliconValley  ethics  review  critique  backlash  Wired  BackChannel  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties - Bloomberg
“Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they’re party guests are in record demand from local agencies.
SiliconValley  sexism  gender  employment  review  critique  Bloomberg  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem | The New Yorker
The dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse. More and more, women are pushing for change.
SiliconValley  tech  sexism  gender  review  critique  NewYorker  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
Life Inside the RVs of Silicon Valley - Topic
In Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest regions in the United States, some people have been forced out of permanent housing and into their RVs. This past summer, we met ten of the area’s mobile residents.
housing  recreationalvehicle  gentrification  personalaccount  SiliconValley  PaloAlto  USA  Topic  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
The 21st-century Hollywood: how Silicon Valley became the world’s trend capital | Life and style | The Guardian
Forget Los Angeles. If you want to get rich and famous fast, in anything from food to fashion, San Francisco is the place to be. But will handing that kind of power to a new global elite come at a price?
SiliconValley  SanFrancisco  culture  trends  fashion  USA  Guardian  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent - The New York Times
Nearly all big tech companies have an artificial intelligence project, and they are willing to pay experts millions of dollars to help get it done.
artificialintelligence  employment  income  compensation  SiliconValley  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend - The New York Times
We are beginning to understand that tech companies don’t have our best interests at heart. Did they ever?
Amazon  Google  Facebook  SiliconValley  monopoly  society  ethics  review  critique  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception -
A new survey by political scientists at Stanford University suggests a mostly straightforward answer — with one glaring twist. The study is the first comprehensive look at the political attitudes of wealthy technologists, whose views have long been misunderstood to the point of caricature by many outside the industry. The findings of the study, which is currently under peer review, were presented last week to the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.
politics  review  research  Democrats  Republicans  SiliconValley  NYTimes  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley: A Reality Check | Slate Star Codex
I don’t want to downplay the problem. Anything remotely good in the world gets invaded by rent-seeking parasites and empty suits. Silicon Valley is no exception, and raising awareness of the infestation is certainly a public service. But for some reason, it’s hard for me to believe that – let’s say Deadspin – really believes in the spirit of Silicon Valley, really thinks that there was once somewhere that weird nerdy people could get together and produce amazing things for the good of everybody, and that to some degree this is still going on, and is a precious thing that needs to be protected. At its worst, some of their criticism sounds more like a worry that there might still be some weird nerds who think they can climb out of the crab-bucket, and they need to be beaten into submission by empty suits before they can get away. Or maybe that’s just paranoia. Fine, I admit I’m paranoid. But I still feel like people should lay off the criticism a little.
SiliconValley  advocacy  startup  tech  USA  StateStarCodex  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Rents in Megacities Can't Go Up Forever - Bloomberg View
The importance of the megacities is hardly going away. But neither do we face a future where the expense of living in these cities simply will rise without limit.
cities  property  prices  geography  megalopolis  NewYork  London  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  review  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? - The Atlantic
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?
Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work.
startup  tech  SiliconValley  sexism  diversity  critique  TheAtlantic  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new 'spaceship' campus | Reuters
Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products.

His last work – Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. - will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing attention to detail. From the arrangement of electrical wiring to the finish of a hidden pipe, no aspect of the 2.8 million-square-foot main building has been too small to attract scrutiny.

But constructing a building as flawless as a hand-held device is no easy feat, according to interviews with nearly two dozen current and former workers on the project, most of whom would not be named because they signed non-disclosure agreements.
Apple  headquarters  architecture  launch  review  SiliconValley  Cupertino  Reuters  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
survivalists  preppers  SiliconValley  NewYork  review  NewYorker  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum - The New Yorker
It is not just Facebook. It is time for our industry to pause and take a moment to think: as technology finds its way into our daily existence in new and previously unimagined ways, we need to learn about those who are threatened by it. Empathy is not a buzzword but something to be practiced. Let’s start by not raging on our Facebook feeds but, instead, taking a trip to parts of America where five-dollar lattes and freshly pressed juices are not perks but a reminder of haves and have-nots. Otherwise, come 2020, Silicon Valley will have become an even bigger villain in the popular imagination, much like its East Coast counterpart, Wall Street.
SiliconValley  startup  automation  employment  review  critique  backlash  NewYorker  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
I’m done pretending that Silicon Valley tech is visionary - Recode
Right now, entrepreneurs are trying to fix things that aren’t broken. And we can all name a lot of things that are broken: Health care, education, homelessness and poverty, food waste, climate change ... need I continue? These aren’t even small market problems. There is so much room for people with good ideas to make change, and probably make some good money while they’re at it.

Not all startups need to be steadfastly mission-driven and focused on the far future, but I do think there should be a lot more startups that are.
SiliconValley  startup  critique  author:MarcoMarandiz  Recode  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
ongoing by Tim Bray · Old Geek
Al­most ev­ery old friend of mine is screwed. In the time be­tween Sun and LRI I’d get lines like “We nor­mal­ly don’t hire peo­ple your age, but in your case we might make an exception”. In my brief stint at Google I had sev­er­al guys in their 30s talk about cos­met­ic surgery. It's all trag­i­cal­ly crazy.
SiliconValley  discrimination  ageism  critique  author:TimBray  TimBray  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
China is flooding Silicon Valley with cash. Here’s what can go wrong. - The Washington Post
At the heart of the bitter, under-the-radar dispute between China’s online shopping powerhouse and Quixey, whose tech enables users to search within apps, is a culture clash — one that is emblematic of both the promises and the perils involved in Silicon ­Valley’s relationship with China. Experts say that relationship — ­always delicate, always mind-bogglingly complex — has reached a new inflection point, as unprecedented amounts of cash from China have poured into Silicon Valley.

The flood has had a profound effect on the region’s start-up boom. Over the past two years, Internet giants such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent — sometimes referred to as the Amazon, Google and Facebook of China — as well as dozens of private investors, family offices, local municipalities and state-owned enterprises have raced to capture a stake in the region’s cutting-edge technologies.
startup  investment  venturecapital  SiliconValley  China  USA  review  critique  culture  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech - The New York Times
“Quite frankly, the trope that China copies the U.S. hasn’t been true for years, and in mobile it’s the opposite: The U.S. often copies China,” said Ben Thompson, the founder of the tech research firm Stratechery. “For the Facebook Messenger app, for example, the best way to understand their road map is to look at WeChat.”
innovation  startup  technology  mobilecommerce  mobilemessaging  WeChat  YY  Alipay  comparison  China  USA  SiliconValley  NYTimes  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Silicon Valley doesn’t care about black people — Medium
Tech companies are no stranger to using media, money, and smarts to raise the stakes on issues it cares about. If they really thought that hiring black people was in their best interest, they wouldn’t let them be murdered in the streets by police. Silicon Valley does not treat black people like people, it treats them like a statistic. Its funny (not really), because that’s usually how the rest of America treats black people too. Silicon Valley was, as far as I know, one of the first industries to treat LGBTQ individuals like people, and look how far we’ve come on that front.
The point is, if technology leaders want to solve their diversity problem, they have to prove that they understand our issues, struggles, and our fears. The overwhelming majority don’t, and they have research to do. They have to understand that promises of diverse workplaces aren’t enough for a community that’s been given nothing but promises for hundreds of years. Women and people of color take a risk every time they join a tech company with questionable diversity statistics. It’s time for tech companies to take risks too, by rejecting the people and practices that allow African-Americans to be routinely murdered by law enforcement for simply living.
SiliconValley  startup  diversity  racism  critique  author:JustinEdmund  Medium  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Dear Silicon Valley: Forget Flying Cars, Give Us Economic Growth
Companies taking advantage of amazing new digital technologies dominate our list of 50 Smartest Companies. But despite impressive advances in artificial intelligence and automation, the economy remains in a troubling slowdown.
startup  innovation  productivity  critique  automation  manufacturing  AndyGrove  employment  SiliconValley  TechnologyReview  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
My Dinner with Peter Thiel | Vanity Fair
If the present can tell us anything about the future, we are on our way to living in a world that is straight out of the pages of an Ayn Rand novel. It is a world where those who have the money, power, and (scariest of all) the technology, can act in a way that personifies Rand’s famous admonition, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
PeterThiel  profile  SiliconValley  politics  power  author:NickBilton  VanityFair  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Cruel Information Economy: The U.S. Cities Winning In This Critical Sector |
Our rankings are based on employment growth in the sector over the short-, medium- and long-term, going back to 2005, and factor in momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating. (For a detailed description of our methodology, click here.)
tech  startup  employment  ranking  USA  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  LosAngeles  NewYork  Boston  Seattle  Raleigh  Austin  NewGeography  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
3 threats to incumbent car companies are converging into a tidal wave of disruption - Vox
The proliferation of deals represents a growing realization among car companies that they are going to need help navigating the major changes of the next decade.

The auto industry is facing three big innovations — car sharing, battery-powered electric vehicles, and autonomy. By itself, any one of these shifts would represent a significant but manageable challenge. But the real problem is that all three trends are converging, and they jointly represent an existential threat to today's dominant car companies.
automotive  collaboration  partnership  Toyota  Volkswagen  Uber  Google  GM  Lyft  Cruise  Ford  Gett  Apple  DidiChuxing  Tesla  ridesharing  electricvehicles  selfdrivingvehicles  forecast  SiliconValley  Detroit  Vox  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Tech Boom’s Second Cities - The New Yorker
The shift toward tech has brought people to Silicon Valley cities like San Francisco and San Jose, of course, as happened during previous tech booms, but tech executives and investors have been somewhat more cost-conscious this time around. That has meant opening offices and hiring tech workers in secondary cities outside of Silicon Valley. Austin and Seattle have been big beneficiaries of that movement, as have some smaller cities, like Salt Lake City. In 2013, when the small-business blog at the Times started a series on what it called “startup cities” outside of the then-obvious tech capitals, one of its first posts was a profile of Austin.
SiliconValley  SanFrancisco  alternative  Austin  Seattle  SaltLakeCity  startup  venturecapital  NewYorker  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Peter Thiel Violates Core Principles of Silicon Valley | Michael Lazerow | LinkedIn
Peter may indeed succeed in killing Gawker, though both my hope and prediction is that Gawker will emerge a stronger and more responsible actor in the media landscape. But in seeking personal revenge in violation of these two core values of trust and transparency, Peter has started digging the graves of his and Silicon Valley’s reputation as well.
PeterThiel  Gawker  NickDenton  SiliconValley  censorship  ethics  transparency  journalism  freedomofspeech  review  critique  author:MichaelLazerow  LinkedIn  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
SF Vs LA: Different Strokes In Urban Development |
How and why do places differ in their pace of economic development? Why do some flourish while others lag? These are among the most profound questions in economics and related fields. Are explanations found in geography, culture, institutions, or fortune?

In "The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles," Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji P. Makarem and Taner Osman consider these questions for two great cities. Storper, Kemeny, Makarem and Osman (hereafter SKMO) direct their attention to the Los Angeles and San Francisco “extended metropolitan regions” — the Census Bureau’s Consolidated Statistical Areas (CSAs) — in the post-1970 years. SKMO claim to have a plausible story about LA/SF divergence, which they do a fine job of presenting in this clearly written and well documented volume.
SanFrancisco  LosAngeles  SiliconValley  economy  urbandevelopment  comparison  MichaelStorper  ThomasKemeny  NajiPMakarem  TanerOsman  USA  NewGeography  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
An Open Letter to Peter Thiel
Your revenge has been served well, cold and (until now) anonymously. You admit you have been planning the punishment of Gawker and its writers for years, and that you have so far spent $10 million to fund litigation against the company. Charles Harder, the Hollywood plaintiff’s lawyer who has marshaled your legal campaign, is representing not just the wrestler Hulk Hogan on your behalf, but two other subjects of stories in suits against Gawker and its editorial staff.

You told the New York Times that you are motivated by friends who had their lives ruined by Gawker coverage, and that your funding is a “philanthropic” project to help other “victims” of negative stories. Let us run through a few examples so that people can actually read the articles you find so illegitimate, and make their own judgment about their newsworthiness.
PeterThiel  SiliconValley  journalism  review  NickDenton  author:NickDenton  Gawker  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Inside Silicon Valley's Culture of Spin | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Founders have learned that they need to embellish to get funded, but at what point does making bold claims become an outright lie?
startup  SiliconValley  truth  honesty  review  biotech  healthtech  critique  FastCompany  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor - Recode
After selling my startup, Shopkick, to SK Planet in 2014, and handing over my CEO role a year later, I packed up my 1- and 3-year-old sons and my wife Angel, and flew to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong for three weeks, hoping to better understand the Chinese startup world and its entrepreneurs and VCs.
startup  innovation  Beijing  comparison  SiliconValley  entrepreneurship  author:CyriacRoeding  Recode  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Cupertino's mayor says Apple is 'not willing to pay a dime' in taxes | The Verge
Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang is not pleased with Apple, the most valuable corporation in the world and the city's largest and most economically flush resident. In an interview with The Guardian posted today, Chang assailed Apple for evading taxes and hiding profits in offshore accounts, saying "Apple is not wiling to pay a dime." He says the company's practices are leaving Cupertino — the home of both Apple's current headquarters and the new 2.8 million-square-foot "Spaceship" campus — overcrowded and decrepit.
Apple  taxation  Cupertino  SiliconValley  critique  review  TheVerge  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator | Silicon Valley Innovation Center
SVIA accelerates innovation in insurance by facilitating the flow of market and technology insight, relationships, and investment between the established industry and our eco-systems of innovative technology, InsurTech Startups and Venture firms in Silicon Valley and other global innovation hubs.
insurance  insurtech  fintech  accelerator  SiliconValley  SiliconValleyInsuranceAccelerator  SiliconValleyInnovationCenter 
april 2016 by inspiral
Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance — The Development Set — Medium
We need to figure out how to make the system work for everyone in the face of technological changes. We need policymakers to incentivize regional and industry diversity in our innovation, and entrepreneurs to focus on the larger, thornier questions related to building businesses that share the wealth better among those who create them — not design a system to spread the crumbs a little better.
How do we change ownership structures to prevent Snapchat, Instagram, and Whatsapp from distributing billion-dollar windfalls among only a couple dozen people? How can we enable great people, regardless of zip code, to solve messy societal problems? To us, these feel like much more constructive approaches than calculating the minimum income required to eliminate “the fear of not being able to eat.”
startup  SiliconValley  critique  wealth  incomeinequality  universalincome  author:RossBaird  author:LennyMendonca  TheDevelopmentSet  Medium  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Why the Tech Industry Shuns America’s Gun Problem — Backchannel — Medium
But the biggest hurdle for smart guns may also be the least visible one. Guns turn out to be just the kind of problem — controversial, person-to-person, sprawling across social and cultural boundaries — that Silicon Valley as an institution instinctively runs from solving.
guns  guncontrol  smartguns  innovation  SiliconValley  review  critique  author:ScottRosenberg  BackChannel  Medium  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Capitalism’s operating system has gone off the rails: An interview with Douglas Rushkoff | Dangerous Minds
In his latest book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity (Portfolio/Penguin), media/technology theorist and PBS documentarian, Douglas Rushkoff asks “Why doesn’t the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else?”

Rapid technological improvements have created unforeseen societal chaos and this change is just starting to pick up speed. Our economic operating system—the “program” at the heart of Capitalism itself—is deliriously out of control. The economy no longer serves the human race, just a tiny elite sliver of it. The rest of us, whether we realize it or not, to a certain extent toil on their behalf. Think about it: How did the Waltons become the richest family in America, amassing a collective fortune of around $150 billion, if not by siphoning off a micropayment from every single gallon of milk, bottle of shampoo or box of Hostess Ding Dongs sold there? Bud and Sam Walton might have started Walmart, but all their offspring did was win the lottery at birth.

If you think that sounds predatory—and it should—just wait until you get a load of what the big technology firms have in mind for us…
DouglasRushkoff  interview  capitalism  SiliconValley  startup  venturecapital  sharingeconomy  automation  critique  DangerousMind  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Should Silicon Valley Go to War?
Politicians are trying to recruit technology companies to help fight ISIS. Does it make sense?
SiliconValley  tech  terrorism  opportunity  review  TechnologyReview  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Beware: Silicon Valley’s cultists want to turn you into a disruptive deviant | Technology | The Guardian
High-tech giants are becoming more like the radical right as they launch populist crusade to block government regulation – and they have the technology to recruit believers
startup  sharingeconomy  SiliconValley  lobbying  cult  critique  author:EvgenyMorozov  Guardian  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams | New Republic
Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  gentrification  homeless  personalaccount  PaloAlto  review  USA  NewRepublic  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
(13) Vinod Khosla: Where do you see the next major "Silicon Valley" happening? - Quora
To me, Silicon Valley is not a place, it's more a state of mind and a culture of how things are done. It's a culture in which people are willing to bypass convention in any area, not be overly biased by why things can't be done, but rather take the approach, how one might take a shot at it? It is one where people are not afraid of failure but just look at the consequences of success, not the probability of failure. It is more experimental, less planned, more iterative, and evolutionary even as to the goals, let alone the methods. This culture can be replicated in any part of the world, but is discouraged in most places, partly because failure is discouraged, partly because planning predictability and success along predefined pathways is the only way things get funded instead of saying something is just worth attempting.
innovation  startup  SiliconValley  comparison  author:VinodKhosla  Quora  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Overheated Silicon Valley Is Headed for a Bust | MIT Technology Review
Since last year, Bill Gurley—a partner at the venture capital firm Benchmark, known for early investments in Uber, OpenTable, and Zillow—has stood out from his VC counterparts for his insistence that there’s a bubble in tech startup valuations. In particular, he says “unicorns”—startups valued at $1 billion or more—are the most visible sign of an explosion in valuations that he thinks will end in a bust just as surely as previous bubbles did.

Nonetheless, Gurley told contributing editor Robert Hof he remains optimistic that entrepreneurs will keep innovating even in a downturn. He highlighted innovations in his own field, such as Internet-­driven crowdfunding and early-stage startup incubators, that are opening entrepreneurship to more people.
BillGurley  interview  startup  bubble  critique  SiliconValley  TechnologyReview  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Will The San Francisco Bay Area Dominate Digital Healthcare? - Forbes
A different outlook is not the whole reason for greater digital health deal activity in the Bay Area, of course. The Bay Area is a great ecosystem. It has unequalled density of talent and capital. Valuations are higher and hot companies seem to accelerate faster. The big Internet companies are mostly there, increasing opportunities for platforms, alliances, and acquisitions. And then there is the weather … However, one well-known healthcare investor tells me he avoids the Bay Area because the valuations are so frothy.
healthcare  startup  innovation  SiliconValley  SanFrancisco  EastCoast  Boston  comparison  Forbes  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Y Combinator, the X Factor of tech | The Economist
A tech talent-spotter has come to dominate Silicon Valley’s startup scene
YCombinator  startup  accelerator  profile  review  SiliconValley  growth  Economist  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Silicon Valley's unique politics explained, in 6 charts - Vox
Traditional Democrats tend to see the government as a protector from the whims of capitalism, while Silicon Valley liberals see the government as an investor. The government competitively funds citizens to solve problems in a way that an agency never could have imagined. This helps explain the Silicon Valley elites' obsession with charters: publicly funded, unionless, and highly experimental schools.

This belief is closest to what political scientists call communitarianism, the theory that active communities can solve problems better than either the market or the government alone. For instance, a communitarian might choose a neighborhood watch over more police or a carpool system over public transit.
politics  SiliconValley  Democrats  Republicans  communitarianism  USA  Vox  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Porn Business Isn't Anything Like You Think It Is | WIRED
Some of it may have been true in years past. But no longer. A colleague of mine calls this a meso-idea, an idea that has ceased to be true but that people continue to repeat, ad infinitum, as if it still was. With the rise of mobile devices and platforms from the likes of Apple and Google, not to mention the proliferation of free videos on YouTube-like porn sites, the adult industry is in a bind. Money is hard to come by, and as the industry struggles to find new revenue streams, it’s facing extra competition from mainstream social media. Its very identity is being stolen as the world evolves both technologically and culturally.
pornography  tech  innovation  critique  Mikandi  SiliconValley  Wired  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Is Silicon Valley in Another Tech Bubble? | Vanity Fair
With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton reports.
SiliconValley  startup  venturecapital  bubble  SanFrancisco  critique  MarcAndreessen  VanityFair  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
The battle between Washington and Silicon Valley over encryption -
Tech titans are pushing back against Obama's national security officials over strong security on consumer devices, strengthened after the Snowden leaks. The outcome could impact the future of the Internet – and your privacy.
SiliconValley  encryption  technology  surveillance  critique  USA  ChristianScienceMonitor  2015 
july 2015 by inspiral
Empire of the geeks | The Economist
Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash
SiliconValley  startup  USA  growth  Economist  2015 
july 2015 by inspiral
The Real Teens of Silicon Valley - The California Sunday Magazine
The Real Teens of Silicon Valley
Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits
SiliconValley  teenagers  startup  ThielFellowship  CaliforniaSundayMagazine  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
The Folly of the Unicorns - Pacific Standard
Venture capital’s money and myths are producing more bloat than good.
venturecapital  SiliconValley  unicorn  critique  employment  PacificStandard  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
Silicon Roundabout may one day rival Silicon Valley - Telegraph
The surge in London tech startups is causing over-hasty comparisons with California
startup  London  opportunity  review  comparison  SiliconValley  Telegraph  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Is Silicon Valley the Future of Finance? -- NYMag
Part of the reason the tech world is interested in finance is the sheer amount of money involved—financial services is a $1.2 trillion industry, and U.S.-based fintech start-ups raised an estimated $1.3 billion last quarter alone. But banking is also a prime candidate for disruption because, like much of the old-line corporate world, it tends to run on bloated, creaky technology. Even something as simple as applying for a loan can take weeks or months, thanks to the sheer number of human hands such transactions pass through. And, since each intermediary wants a cut, fees are everywhere. Undercutting big banks and speeding up processes might not be as sexy as, say, creating the next Snapchat, but it’s low-hanging fruit for techies who want a way in to a lucrative market. After all, today’s megabanks are really just bundles of particular, loosely related services cobbled together by years of acquisitions and market ­consolidation. If those bundles can be broken apart, the start-up world’s revolution looks a lot more plausible.
banking  financialservices  disruption  fintech  opportunity  startup  SiliconValley  NYMag  2014 
january 2015 by inspiral
Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost | Technology | The Guardian
Highly paid employees are pushing up rents near the tech giant's California headquarters, forcing locals out and destroying communities, say activists. Now Oakland's residents are fighting back – hard. But are they too late?
Oakland  SiliconValley  SanFrancisco  gentrification  urbandevelopment  Guardian  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
Welcome to the Failure Age! -
Generally, those with power and wealth resist any significant shift in the existing institutions. Robber barons fought many of the changes of the Progressive Era, and Wall Street fought the reforms of the 1930s. Today, the political system seems incapable of wholesale reinvention. But Acemoglu said that could change in an instant if enough people demand it. In 1900, after all, it was impossible to predict the rise of the modern corporation, labor unions, Social Security and other transformative institutions that shifted gains from the wealthy to workers.

We are a strange species, at once risk-averse and thrill-seeking, terrified of failure but eager for new adventure. If we discover ways to share those risks and those rewards, then we could conceivably arrive somewhere better. The pre-modern era was all risk and no reward. The corporate era had modest rewards and minimal risks. If we conquer our fear of failure, we can, just maybe, have both.
SiliconValley  innovation  failure  agile  author:AdamDavidson  NYTimes  2014 
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