By Silicon Valley standards, Apple doesn’t lobby much in Washington. Last year, they spent a little under $2 million on lobbying, a drop in the bucket to Google’s $18 million spent. But scrutiny of Apple in Washington is starting to heat up, especially the company’s accounting methods. That’s why Apple is looking to double its [...]Show More Summary
Yesterday, rumors re-surfaced that Waze might be acquired for $1 billion. Google and Facebook are both reportedly interested in the social navigation app. Earlier this year, Apple was said to be interested in owning Waze for a similar price. Show More Summary
By Greg Gretsch, Managing Editor, Sigma Partners For years we’ve been hearing about how the ascendant tech startup scene in NYC is going to rival Silicon Valley’s tech-hegemony. It’s a story the mainstream media has run with hard because, after all, NYC is the apex for the mainstream media and, who doesn’t like rooting for [...]
Twitter offers its own version of patent reform, the case for (and against) joining more than one accelerator, graduation advice from DJ Patil, Apple's Cook gets grilled, a look at the "Silicon Valley of Cannabis," Wharton weighs in on a balanced solution to recovery, quantum computing explained… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for young treps.
For my third year, I spent yesterday at the Maker Faire, in Silicon Valley. Unlike any other year, the crowds were overflowing, suggesting this movement was growing faster than the cottage industry before. To put this into context, the maker movement is yet (another) disruption to brands, here’s the lineage: [Disruptions Summarized: 1) The Internet [...]
A Stanford MBA who used to work for Google returned to Myanmar to be an Internet entrepreneur. But it's tough to start an Internet company in a country where the power goes out every day.
Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, who also co-founded the lobby group TechNet, thinks that Silicon Valley has done a good job of engaging with the political world on immigration reform, and that startups shouldn't think they can get by without thinking about government. Show More Summary
In his nearly 40 years in Silicon Valley, John Doerr has worked alongside many of the greatest entrepreneurs and leaders in history. The first: Former Intel CEO Andy Grove, with whom Doerr worked closely in roles ranging from intern to a leading sales person at the microchip company. Over the next four decades Doerr invested in, mentored, sat on boards...
Opportunism is a Silicon Valley trademark, so it should come as no surprise that Google is after a larger chunk of PayPal's lucrative business. The search king is dropping Checkout to focus on Google Wallet in the wake of losing keyShow More Summary
There's more to MC Hammer than the neon harem pants christened in his name. The hip-hop icon of the '80s is making his comeback in unexpected places: he's an ordained preacher, an angel investor, and a Silicon Valley mentor to minority-led tech start-ups.
Benjamin Ling, a well-known Silicon Valley Web executive and "angel" investor in young startups, is now a member of the investment staff at venture-capital firm Khosla
Former Google, YouTube, and Facebook executive Ben Ling is joining Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. There, he'll be leading investments in small mobile and Internet startups that he believes can grow up into huge, multi-billion dollar companies. Show More Summary
The former Google, Facebook and Badoo exec is the second high-profile Silicon Valley operating exec the VC firm has hired of late.
Popular car-sharing startup Lyft has raised $60 million in a major new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, the influential Silicon Valley venture capital firm started by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen. The new funding comes...Show More Summary
If I can paraphrase a popular Alicia Keys song, this woman is on fire. And Marissa Mayer is clearing moving Yahoo back into the center of the Silicon Valley tech conversation.
If you thought it was hard doing a startup in Silicon Valley, try Kathmandu. The capital of Nepal struggles through daily electricity cuts, unreliable Internet, and Maoist protests and strikes that cripple the city’s infrastructure. But, yes, even in Nepal, there is a fledgling startup culture, and just a couple months ago the country hosted its first Startup Weekend. To...
Some days it seems almost anybody can make an enjoyable video promoting a Kickstarter project, but these guys get bonus points for simultaneously giving the venture-capital system a big poke in the eye. "Nikola Tesla Pitching Silicon...Show More Summary
The bulk of the IRS scandal press coverage has been seriously devoid of the kind of context that tells readers how and why the targeting of Tea Party groups was almost certainly not a Nixonian plot from the Oval Office to intimidate political opponents. So it's great to see ProPublica's excellent piece showing why the scandal is way, way over-hyped...
Her kid brother is the household name of the family, but Randi Zuckerberg is making her own mark on the Web with her own digital media studio in Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg Media. “If I was a betting woman, I’d say you’re going to see...Show More Summary
Four entrepreneurs say the Big Apple is becoming America's next start-up hub. Are they right or is this just wishful thinking? Four entrepreneurs think New York is on the way to becoming the next Silicon Valley. Are they right? New York is notoriously unfriendly to start-ups, and during a recent mayoral forum the candidates said as much. Show More Summary