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Private Tech Myths Cheat Sheet

theinformation.com — It's a supremely interesting-and confusing-time in private tech investing. Companies like Uber are poised to set record-breaking valuations of $50 billion-plus, and there are lots of high-performing private companies right behind them. But caution abounds. Companies are trying to justify valuations based on very fuzzy metrics.

What Tech Investors (Don’t) Know

theinformation.com — Another week, another round of "bubble" prognostications. This wave was triggered by a little deja vu-AOL being absorbed into a big company, again. The over-covered, overplayed deal caused some to call another top. "I'm calling it now: every time aol gets bought it's the peak of the bubble," ...

Apple Executive Refused to Sign Maps Apology

wsj.com — Apple executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service. The development came as Apple on Monday shook up its senior management, pushing out Mr. Forstall and fellow Senior Vice President John Browett.

How Snapchat is Killing Social Media

theinformation.com — Is it me, or is "social media" starting to feel different? While browsing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat these days, I still surf through plenty of content from my friends and famous people I choose to follow. But I'm also getting hit more and more with posts from people I have no ...

How Silicon Valley Celebrated Dave Goldberg

theinformation.com — In recent days there have been lots of wonderful things said about Dave Goldberg, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur, SurveyMonkey CEO, investor and philanthropist who touched a great number of people before his tragic death Friday evening. But it wasn't until sitting in a private memorial for ...

The Unbundled Economy

theinformation.com — During a breakfast meeting in New York this week, I couldn't help admire my dining companion's shoes-so much so that I tried to buy them on Amazon.com while walking to my next meeting. Sold out. It seemed like a good time to try a personal shopping app, PS Dept, that promises to search the ...

The Truth About Female Networking

theinformation.com — As the inbox of any female founder will prove, all-female networking is alive and well in the tech industry. There's a "women" version of virtually every conference on the books and by my count, I'm a member of about a dozen groups of females in tech or media that convene regularly.

What Technologists Get Right in Criticizing Government

theinformation.com — It sounds like a plot line out of HBO's "Silicon Valley": Techies, miffed by government interference in their business, proposing entities outside of government influence, where they can run their businesses without worrying about laws. The tech industry has a long history of such ideas. Larry ...

IPO Mythbusting - The Information

theinformation.com — Lately, I've had the sense that as we all sit back and assume that companies like Uber, Airbnb and Dropbox are going to wait forever to go public, we're going to be surprised. I think we are going to see some big names go out this year-Square?-and more go out next year-Uber?

Meet the Woman Who Runs Founders Fund

theinformation.com — Venture capital is a clubby industry and, as we know, full of men. So it's all the more interesting when women do rise through the ranks, women like Lauren Gross, the energetic and very under-the-radar chief operating officer of Founders Fund. Since late 2013, the 32-year-old Ms. Gross has been ...
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May 26, 2015

RT @rafat: Then when Verizon buys Vox, the singularity will be complete.

May 26, 2015

Congrats @Bankoff! Really impressed with what you are building at @vox and am sure you will help make @Recode more mainstream.

May 26, 2015

@bencasselman @WSJ Thanks for remembering. I will never forget that quote either and neither will @mvpeers!



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