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A Lesson for Founders from Parker Conrad

theinformation.com — Silicon Valley is rattled tonight by the sudden resignation of Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad, an outspoken, rough-around-the-edges founder who had been under attack from multiple corners. The company, which racked up a $4.5 billion valuation by helping small businesses handle benefits and ...

The End of Tech Startups

theinformation.com — There's no doubt we've been through an unprecedented startup boom over the past decade or so, for one obvious reason. Technologies like cloud computing, collaboration tools and distribution platforms (app stores, social media) have fundamentally driven down the cost of starting a company. This ...
Feb 05, 2016

I think tech startups are losing their competitive advantages over incumbents. Here's why. theinformation.com/the-end-of-tec…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @Jessicalessin: I think tech startups are losing their competitive advantages over incumbents. Here's why. theinformation.com/the-end-of-tec…

Feb 08, 2016

“But the period where tech startups can readily disrupt larger tech companies is ending for a simple reason: ...” buff.ly/1SEhXla

What’s Up at Twitter

theinformation.com — It is hard to overstate how important the next 10 days are for Twitter, a Silicon Valley sensation turned soap opera that continues to garner more public fascination than its business probably warrants.CEO Jack Dorsey has been scrambling to announce several new board members alongside the ...
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The Truth About “Employee-Friendly” Financing Deals

theinformation.com — There's a new buzzword in Silicon Valley that should be raising eyebrows: employee-friendly.You saw it earlier this month when Foursquare discussed a new round of financing at less than half the company's highest valuation. You saw it when Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman told the Financial Times that ...
Jan 29, 2016

"Giving me slightly larger share of the pie wouldn’t make me ignore that the pie was half the size." theinformation.com/the-truth-abou…

Jan 29, 2016

The "employee friendly" down round is marketing spin. It's the Clean Coal for tech. go.theinformation.com/7f2cce

Jan 29, 2016

RT @cityofthetown: The "employee friendly" down round is marketing spin. It's the Clean Coal for tech. go.theinformation.com/7f2cce

Jan 29, 2016

RT @cityofthetown: The "employee friendly" down round is marketing spin. It's the Clean Coal for tech. go.theinformation.com/7f2cce

Come to China With The Information!

theinformation.com — As you know, we're very excited about China at The Information. And so, we're thrilled to invite a small number of our subscribers to join me for a special opportunity for exclusive, on-the-ground access to technology leaders in Beijing the week of March 14, 2016.We're looking for a small number ...

Finding Growth in the Age of Uber

theinformation.com — During a dinner with tech investors this week, one leaned over and said to me: "It's been an UberX kind of day."The markets had slid. And this investor was prepared to take some penny-pinching precautions. Black car Ubers would have to go.
Jan 15, 2016

Uncertainty over where growth will come from & when it will come, is driving tech investing rn, says @Jessicalessin. go.theinformation.com/37ea59

What to Read in 2016

theinformation.com — Happy 2016 to you and your families! For as long as I can remember, my New Year's resolution has been to read more books. That makes our annual survey of The Information subscribers' favorite books a real treat.This year, subscribers' picks were heavy on history. What is it about this moment ...
Jan 01, 2016

Check out our annual list of books to read next year recommended by @theinformation subscribers. go.theinformation.com/87c51f

Keeping an Eye Out for a Snapchat IPO

theinformation.com — Speculation about the next major private tech company to go public will run high in 2016, as it did this year. Just how many articles were there about whether Square had filed or filed secretly, etc.?Speculation swirls around Uber, for obvious reasons. It's massive. And all eyes are on Airbnb ...
Dec 24, 2015

RT @theinformation: Could Snapchat IPO before Uber or Dropbox? @JessicaLessin reports that Evan Spiegel is playing a different game: go.theinformation.com/e60563

Dec 24, 2015

$SNAP will happen sooner than you think, says @jessicalessin, for these reasons: go.theinformation.com/3551f4

Dec 24, 2015

.@Jessicalessin predicts Snapchat will go public sooner than you think. I'm hmm about it. But check out the case. go.theinformation.com/002c4a

Dec 24, 2015

Why I am predicting that Snapchat will go public before these other companies. go.theinformation.com/f50dff

Dec 24, 2015

RT @Jessicalessin: Why I am predicting that Snapchat will go public before these other companies. go.theinformation.com/f50dff

The Jay and Farhad Show - Jessica Lessin, CEO of TheInformation.com

producthunt.com — The Jay and Farhad Show - Jessica Lessin, CEO of TheInformation.com - Jessica explains the past and future of tech. Posted by Farhad Manjoo, on Product Hunt.

A Lesson to Consider from The Information

theinformation.com — As 2015 draws to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on The Information-where we have been, where we are going and what lessons our experience may have for others in the rough and tumble world of journalism. There are no shortage of opinions about the future of journalism and its ...
Dec 18, 2015

The Information's 10K? Not quite but there's a surprising reveal about the bottom line from @Jessicalessin go.theinformation.com/46d490

Dec 18, 2015

Things are going very well here. @Jessicalessin says it proves subscriptions are the right business model for media go.theinformation.com/3b21d6

Dec 18, 2015

RT @cityofthetown: Things are going very well here. @Jessicalessin says it proves subscriptions are the right business model for media go.theinformation.com/3b21d6

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Feb 11, 2016

Why are publishers celebrating that FB can make more money for them than they can? wsj.com/article_email/…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @coryweinberg: @Jessicalessin @zseward @qz playing around with it now and also begging for an Instant Articles integration if on Messenger

Feb 11, 2016

RT @williamalden: Breaking: Zenefits Under Investigation By California Insurance Regulators buzzfeed.com/williamalden/z…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @amir: Someone bothered find out exactly how mutual funds value private cos like @Uber Didi Kuaidi @PalantirTech @snapdeal! go.theinformation.com/691ed2

Feb 11, 2016

Congrats @zseward @qz on new app. Smart. Huge opportunity. Messaging is how I want to consume news. Plans to integrate w/ Messenger?

Feb 11, 2016

5/ That's one of dozens of specifics. More to come. Congrats to team. Would love feedback. theinformation.com/inside-how-mut… twitter.com/Jessicalessin/…

Feb 11, 2016

4/ For instance, totally fascinating that BlackRock was late last year projecting 400% rev growth for Uber. twitter.com/Jessicalessin/…

Feb 11, 2016

3/ But it also provides expectations for individual cos. that's the closest thing we have to private earnings. twitter.com/Jessicalessin/…

Feb 11, 2016

2/ It really pulls back the curtain on how mutual funds value tech for founders and VCs. It's straightforward. twitter.com/Jessicalessin/…

Feb 11, 2016

1/ Just wanted to share some more thoughts about why our latest private tech story is important. theinformation.com/inside-how-mut…


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