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Writer, mostly for Fast Company. Worse half to @lagorio. Fast shipping, great communication, A++++++ great ebayer!

The Secret Million That Y Combinator Invests In All Its Startups — "This is the heart of the business. This is our server rack." Max Hodak and I are standing in front of a large clear acrylic box about the size of a shipping container.

How, and Why, Y Combinator Got Serious About Diversity — This Saturday, 800 startup types will gather in San Francisco to watch inspirational and biographical speeches by some of the brightest stars in Silicon Valley. Among the speakers are Adora Cheung of the cleaners-on-demand startup Homejoy, Kimberly Bryant of the Google-backed nonprofit Black Girls Code, and Danielle Morrill of upstart research firm Mattermark.

Warby Parker Sees the Future of Retail — "We're down to the wire here!" a young woman in flowing floral slacks and a crop top barks in the direction of a sound guy, her voice rising urgently. "The speakers aren't working." It's a lovely early summer evening in Venice, California, the low sun casting long shadows and throwing warm golden light on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

This Man Will Get You Pregnant — Troy Spada is eight months old, weighs about 20 pounds, enjoys giggling and putting things in his mouth, and is, like all babies, a blessing in the eyes of his parents. And he might not exist were it not for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur named Max Levchin.

“Guys, Let’s Grow The Hell Out Of This Company”: How Y Combinator Startups Go Big — Liz Wessel has a number in mind: a jaw-dropping digit that she believes will be significant enough to convince even the most skeptical audience that she's onto something big.

Warby Parker | Fast Company | Business + Innovation — Over the past five years, scads of e-commerce startups have shown early promise and then promptly crashed back to earth. Groupon added new markets around the world and even bought Super Bowl ads without, apparently, bothering to pay attention to whether customers were actually happy with the service.

This Prosthetics Startup Shows How Software is Eating the World — At first glance, Jeff Huber looks like a typical Y Combinator entrepreneur. He's a 25-year-old mechanical engineer who dropped out of North Carolina State University in 2011 to start Knowit, an online education company. Knowit failed to catch on, but Huber was hooked on startups anyway.

Y Combinator Breaks Through the Grass Ceiling — This December, Y Combinator, the Mountain View, California, startup camp and investment firm, did something extremely rare in the world of venture capital: It said yes to (medicinal) marijuana.

Getting the Band Back Together: Why The Justin.TV Mafia Returned to Y Combinator — This past October, Justin Kan and Michael Seibel spent a week reading Y Combinator applications. Kan did his part while hunkered down at London's Ace Hotel; Seibel read the applications from the Philippines while on a round-the-world trip with his fiancee.

The difference between a joke and a billion dollar company isn’t as big as you’d think — Ben Maitland-Lewis and Doug Rogers were desperate. Their Boston-based marketing startup, which sold software for actors and musicians to create DIY press kits, had been muddling along for a few years now. There had been encouraging signs-good feedback, pilot programs, user growth-but not much in the way of actual revenue.
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Feb 28, 2015

RT @LettersOfNote: Hunter S. Thompson attempting to justify his Fear & Loathing expenses in a letter to his editor:

Feb 27, 2015

there's a great easter egg on the nytimes homepage right now

Feb 26, 2015

check out my wife, @lagorio's podcast for @incmagazine on slate's new podcast network thingie…

Feb 26, 2015

holy shit. it just changed to white and gold.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @CayleighP: Don't miss the live Q&A with Warby Parker at 11:30am EST today hosted by @chafkin @fastcompany…

Feb 24, 2015

RT @gabrielsherman: source told me Ailes had me and my wife followed by private investigators in summer 2012. Journalists working for him shouldn't condone that

Feb 24, 2015

@Rsquared freshbooks! That's what I was trying to think of. Thanks!

Feb 24, 2015

@Rsquared Looks really cool. Though fear I need more comprehensive. Invoices, expense tracking, tax stuff. Maybe the answer is just Quicken?

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