Wilson Sonsini Retools Strategy to Land Internet Start-Ups

dealbook.nytimes.com — Peter DaSilva for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO - The ground floor of 139 Townsend Street has all the markings of a start-up: exposed lighting, long communal tables and an odd assortment of knickknacks, including a fire-engine-red British telephone booth.

Airbnb In Advanced Talks to Raise Funds at a $10 Billion Valuation

wsj.com — Airbnb Inc., which once sold novelty cereal boxes to stay afloat before emerging as a threat to the hotel industry, is close to becoming one of the world's most valuable startups. The online service that lets people rent their homes to travelers is in advanced talks to raise capital that would value it at about $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple Is Said to Discuss an Investment in Twitter

nytimes.com — Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter. While Apple has been hugely successful in selling phones and tablets, it has little traction in social networking, which has become a major engine of activity on the Web and on mobile devices.

Tech Companies Struggle To Get World On Internet

yaleglobal.yale.edu — Two thirds of the world's people still lack access to the internet. "The possibility of connecting those four billion people to the rest of the world has led to a big scramble by tech firms and helped fuel sky-high valuations for investors' favorite apps and gadgets," writes Evelyn Rusli for the Wall Street Journal.

Five Apps Bringing the Next Billion People Online

blogs.wsj.com — In Indonesia, startup company Ruma is making slow but sure progress in connecting people to the Internet for the first time. But there is a long way to go. Here are some other apps aimed at helping people get more value out of their mobile phones.

Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet

wsj.com — When Sumarni, a 39-year-old woman in a rural village in Indonesia, first cradled a smartphone in her hand about two years ago, her reaction was "bingung," the word for "confused" in Indonesian. As she looked at the Android phone's sleek, black surface, she asked herself: "Where are the buttons?"

My Byline is a Lie

evelynrusli.com — Fourteen years ago, I asked my father about my last name, "Rusli." I wanted to know about its origin and if it was common in Indonesia, the country where my parents are from. He wasn't sure about the meaning, he said, half shrugging, but it didn't matter.

My Byline Is a Lie

medium.com — Fourteen years ago, I asked my father about my last name, "Rusli." I wanted to know about its origin and if it was common in Indonesia, the country where my parents are from. He wasn't sure about the meaning, he said, half shrugging, but it didn't matter.

Snapchat’s No. 2 Departs as Evan Spiegel Expands Control

blogs.wsj.com — Emily White, the chief operating officer of Snapchat, has left after less than two years with the fast-rising ephemeral messaging app. White came to Snapchat from Facebook at the end of 2013 to help run the day-to-day operations of Snapchat and build out its fledgling business model.

Twitter acquires live-video streaming startup Periscope

marketwatch.com — Twitter Inc. has quietly purchased Periscope, which had been developing a live-video streaming app, according to people familiar with the matter. The social-media company paid slightly less than $100 million, these people said, an amount that would make Periscope one of Twitter's more expensive purchases.
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Jul 03, 2015

@MikeIsaac a christmas bear in july is ridiculous, a bloated squirrel on the other hand is logical year round

Jul 03, 2015

@MikeIsaac eesh... that's not flattering on new management

Jun 26, 2015

You have to be willing to destroy your core business to survive. @arjunsethi on how to avoid death by scale: medium.com/backchannel/ho…

Jun 08, 2015

@sacca i think it was auto set up, after i did 2-step auth -- or i don't even know anymore, i'm an olds

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