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The “hater” is calling from inside the cap table

4 hours agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Back in March, I wrote an in-depth piece about Silicon Valley’s astounding waning Soft Power. That waning was a shocking development in many ways. Venture-funded entrepreneurship had become an aspirational brand around the world, with...Show More Summary

Menlo Security raises $40M to fight malware in the enterprise

Silicon Valley startup Menlo Security announced today raised $40 million in Series C funding to expand its anti-malware tools for the enterprise. The funding round included participation by new investors American Express Ventures, Ericsson...Show More Summary

Round up of Silicon Valley's worst apologies of 2017

8 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The bros of Silicon Valley feel awful when they get caught doing something bad. It means they have to issue an apology hinting that they will consider looking into the possibility of conducting an internal audit of their policies. It's not easy to do that. Show More Summary

San Francisco Film Critics Circle Names ‘The Florida Project’ Best Picture Of The Year

True to Silicon Valley charm, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle took to Twitter to announce their winners for 2017 with The Florida Project winning for Best Picture and a pleasant surprise win in the Best Actor category. In whatShow More Summary

Koch brothers teaming up with Silicon Valley

The Kochs liking freedom? Shocking. Not. The post Koch brothers teaming up with Silicon Valley appeared first on Hot Air.

REVEALED: Meet #NeverTrumper Evan McMullin’s Secret Silicon Valley Donors

Failed presidential candidate and staunch #NeverTrumper Evan McMullin is backed by a secretive group of ‘Silicon Sultans.’ The former CIA agent is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Alabama Senate Race with the hope of...Show More Summary

Segrenomics: Cashing In on Our Unequal Education System Goes Way Back

Click here for reuse options! Today's Silicon Valley hustlers belong to a long tradition of making money off a segregated education system. Noliwe Rooks is the director of American studies at Cornell University and the author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. ““Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they’re [Silicon Valley] party guests are in record demand from local agencies.” 2. I say these are mostly wuss risks. 3. Is the minimum foreign tax on multinationals going to work out? 4. Show More Summary

Beyond the Series B: When to quit, when to sell, and when to double down

So far on our podcast series, “Beyond the Series B: How the Giants of Silicon Valley Made It,” we’ve dealt with the topic of luck, we’ve dealt with rivalries, we’ve dealt with the money you shouldn’t take, and we’ve dealt with the chaos...Show More Summary

Bosses seed Silicon Valley Christmas parties with models who impersonate fellow employees, after briefing them with back-stories

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Business is booming for Silicon Valley modeling agencies that specialize in "ambiance and atmosphere models" who are sent to company Christmas parties after being briefed with back-stories that allow them pretend to be super-good-looking...Show More Summary

Friday links: crazy antics

Endorsement: Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin is a “new and excellent history.”  (Marginal Revolution)

Dear Tech Guys: HBO's Silicon Valley Is NOT An Instruction Manual

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I've been living in Silicon Valley for just about twenty years at this point, and lived through the original dot com bubble (got the t-shirt, etc.). And there are a few small signs that remind me quite a bit of the "bad stuff" that started to show up in the 1999/2000 time frame, just before everything collapsed. Show More Summary

How Tesla Electrified Rivals at the L.A. Auto Show

The Silicon Valley carmaker cast a long shadow in Los Angeles as BMW, Jaguar and VW imitated the wily brand. Can their electric concepts hold their own next to Elon Musk’s Model 3, asks Dan Neil.

Why Is Silicon Valley So Slow to Expel Abusive Men?

Men at the top are falling, from Bill O’Reilly to Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein to Rep. John Conyers. We can count among them Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber, who once nicknamed the ride-hailing company “Boober” because of the attention from women his position apparently attracted. Show More Summary

CNN Asked ‘Undercover Conservatives’ in Silicon Valley about Political Diversity

CNN reported that conservatives in Silicon Valley, where tech start-ups and companies like Google and Facebook operate, are feeling persecuted and isolated from their colleagues and fellow investors. The network quoted their anonymous sources, who feared public reprisal and professional ruin if their names were revealed. Show More Summary

Science prize bigger than Nobel leaves women out

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

For the past five years, Mark Zuckerberg and several other Silicon Valley A-listers have sponsored a prize for outstanding science. Known as the Breakthrough Prize, the award’s monetary value is more than twice that of the Nobel—recipients find themselves with $3 million unexpected dollars to...

China's 'sexy cyborg' took on Silicon Valley bro culture — and won

There’s no mistaking Naomi Wu amid Shenzhen’s deliverymen and investors. Her long, auburn-dyed hair falls over tight, low-cut tops; her miniskirts reveal more. Wu often wears these outfits in do-it-yourself videos that show her devising an LED-lit skirt or creating heels that hide hacking tools....

Classic Eichler gets a tasteful renovation and expansion in the heart of Silicon Valley

Klopf Architecture has refurbished and expanded a classic Eichler home in the San Mateo highlands while keeping its mid-century modern charms intact. Working in collaboration with Outer Space Landscape Architects and Coast to Coast Construction, the architects enlarged the single-family home into a 2,285-square-foot dwelling with four bedrooms and two baths.[...]

Silicon Valley money isn’t enough to create new tech hubs

ANALYSIS: When Carisa Miklusak launched AI-enabled staffing platform Tilr two years ago, she and her two cofounders decided on Cincinnati, Ohio as their company’s headquarters, thanks to the city’s large concentration of Fortune 500 companies. The decision was met with skepticism by some of her friends and former colleagues in New York City. They said, “Your backyard is […]

How Silicon Valley Is Stepping Up in the Online Terror Takedown

In the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va., white-supremacist rally, hatred and violence spilled from the streets into the online world. Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer shamelessly trolled victim Heather Heyer after her death, in turn provoking the digital powers that be. Google, Facebook, Twitter, DreamHost, GoDaddy and more blocked the site, banishing it to the...

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