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Techdirt Podcast Episode 40: Is Silicon Valley Only Building Tech For The Rich?

13 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Technological innovation is solving all sorts of problems, from major issues to minor inconveniences — but one criticism that often comes up is that Silicon Valley has a "by rich young white men, for rich young white men" culture, with most of its efforts focused on solving problems for a small, affluent minority. Show More Summary

Ask the Headhunter: How to attract naïve, young talent with a job ad

Working From Home Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979 and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community over the past decade. In this special Making Sense edition of Ask The Headhunter,...Show More Summary

White House poaches a Facebook executive to run its Internet sites

The White House org chart is looking more and more like a standard Silicon Valley business The White House has hired Josh Miller, a member of Facebook's product team, to serve as its first Director of Product. If you're wondering what...Show More Summary

'Arguing there's no tech bubble because it’s not 1999 is like saying Kim Jong-un is fine because he’s not Hitler,' says top tech investor

In the 1990s, a tech bubble emerged — and then burst — in the public market. Now, there could be one in the private market, too. In a new piece for Vanity Fair, Nick Bilton reports on what could burst Silicon Valley's next tech bubble. Show More Summary

Cracking the Joke Code with Silicon Valley's Set Designer

Ah, the sight gag: favorite joke of binge-watchers and internet sleuths whose greatest thrill is combing a sprawling episodic narrative for background jokes to boost their fan cred. Inserting the subtle Post-Its, joke logos, and, in the case of tech start-up satire, Silicon Valley, a chalkboard filled with math equations about masturbation. Show More Summary

The Rich Employee

One of my best friends from 8th grade invested $25,000 in Uber's first round. That $25,000 is now worth $50,000,000. I can say, "I wish that were me!" but I don't deserve it. He spent his 20s building his network in Silicon Valley so he would have this opportunity today. Show More Summary

Why U.S. professors worry about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Silicon Valley

More than 100 academics from major American universities have issued a scathing critique of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Silicon Valley and warned U.S. technology executives against supporting his Digital India initiative.

Apttus: Unicorn Without The Utter Nonsense

Of course, the latest craze in Silicon Valley is the unicorn. Basically, this is a private company that has hit a minimum valuation of $1 billion. Currently there are 115 unicorns, up from only 64 a year ago. But hey, Silicon Valley has a history of going to extremes, right? Definitely.  Yet [...]

There's a secret group of 250 Facebook millionaires who discuss which yachts, Banksy pieces, and tropical islands to buy

In the tech world, even as money pours over Silicon Valley like a flood, conspicuous consumption can be frowned upon. “If someone buys a fancy car and posts a picture of it, they get ridiculed and berated,” an anonymous Facebook executive once told The New York Times. Show More Summary

World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

Architect Rafael Viñoly and Olin Landscape Architects have unveiled designs for the world’s largest green roof—a 30-acre community park in the sky sandwiched between Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters and the spaceship-like Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California. Show More Summary

Burning Man: The Musical

12 hours agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

Burning Man: The Musical is a new musical about the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man. This video is the first 5-minutes of the musical. YouTube link (thanks Cora) The Presurfer

My First Year At An Emerging Silicon Valley Tech Company

The truth is, there’s something incredibly intoxicating about being “all-in” – about deeply believing in what you are trying to do, in the worthiness of your endeavor. The commitment is not about the hours, or at least, not just about the hours, but rather about giving your heart over and deeply caring about the success of the enterprise. Show More Summary

A Clever Google Algorithm Could Make 4K Video Half the Size

16 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Viewers of Silicon Valley will appreciate the earth-shattering importance of compression algorithms. To most everyone else, it’s a geeky bit of math that’s of no particular interest. But when Google promises an algorithm that can cut the bandwidth needed to stream a video in half, things get a little more interesting. Read more...

The Oracle of Silicon Valley, Reid Hoffman (Plus: Michael McCullough)

“I build, design, and improve human ecosystems through software either as a creator or an investor.” – Reid Hoffman Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon Valley” by tech insiders, who look at his company-building and investing track record (Facebook, Airbnb, Flickr, etc.) with awe. Reid is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman […]

Apple to compete with Netflix, Hulu with their own video production studio

18 hours agoTechnology / Google : Phandroid

Streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu could soon find themselves going head-to-head with Silicon Valley juggernaut Apple for consumers’ wallets. With Apple Music successfully launched (and coming soon to Android), sources now claim that Apple is looking to get into the movie business with their very own production studio.

Palo Alto Trailer Park Owner Rejects Public Bid

The owner of Palo Alto, Calif.’s only trailer park has rejected a bid to buy the land using mostly city and county money, dealing a blow to a pocket of diversity in Silicon Valley.

A Non-Millennial's Guide to MTV's Newest Star, Todrick

Former American Idol contender and current YouTube phenom Todrick Hall teamed up with MTV to give viewers a glimpse of his creative process. Disruption isn't something that Silicon Valley startups can lay sole claim to anymore. Todrick Hall, YouTube star and former American Idol contestant (Season 9, 2010) is aiming to disrupt reality television. Read Full Story

Silicon Valley rule of thumb points right way

In a land that fetishizes revenue growth over profitability, there’s a new sanity check for software firms to see if the two rates add up to at least 40 pct. A Breakingviews analysis suggests it can be a useful guideline. Investors should just be wary of extrapolating too much.

Sec. of Defense to Silicon Valley: “There is no limit to what we can achieve together"

The US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter paid an official visit to Silicon Valley this weekend, his second in only six months atop the Pentagon chain of command. When Carter came in April – delivering a speech at the Stanford Business...Show More Summary

Trump, China and the DOD: Listen again to Friday's episode of PandoLIVE

In this week's episode of PandoLIVE, we discussed Donald Trump, Uber China and were joined live by Dan Raile from Moffett Field to talk about the DOD's new attempts to make nice with Silicon Valley. Listen to the whole show below or subscribe on iTunes to never miss an episode.

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