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Three Signs the Optimism is (Slowly) Ending

theinformation.com — Something changed this week. Last week, after on-demand cleaning company Homejoy announced it was shutting down, my phone was going off with emails and texts predicting more failures on the horizon. "This is only the beginning," one VC told me. Concern about unsustainable expectations-and margins-is nothing new in Silicon Valley.
Jul 24, 2015

RT @theinformation: Latest sign optimism in private tech is abating: VCs and other investors focusing on downside protection. theinformation.com/Three-Signs-th…

Jul 24, 2015

The optimism is ending, investors are pondering divestment. Introducing the latest VC term: the unicorpse. theinformation.com/Three-Signs-th…

Lonely with the Apple Watch

theinformation.com — I've begun to notice something odd about the Apple Watch: I don't see many early adopters wearing it. Now, before you Apple fanboys and girls accuse me of being a hater, consider this. I own and am a fan of the Watch. (I like the notifications.) But unlike other Apple products, which spread ...
Jul 17, 2015

Why aren't early adopters who love to show off their early access to Apple products wearing the Apple Watch? theinformation.com/Lonely-with-th…

Jul 17, 2015

Buried in a story on the Apple Watch, @Jessicalessin reports Apple is working “quite actively” on a car. theinformation.com/Lonely-with-th…

Jul 17, 2015

RT @Jessicalessin: Why aren't early adopters who love to show off their early access to Apple products wearing the Apple Watch? theinformation.com/Lonely-with-th…

Jul 17, 2015

Convincing from @Jessicalessin: dearth of Apple Watches among early adopters too important an indicator to ignore theinformation.com/Lonely-with-th…

Welcome Alfred Lee!

theinformation.com — We are so happy to welcome Alfred Lee to The Information as a reporter, based in New York. Alfred, who comes to us by way of a Knight-Bagehot fellowship at Columbia University, will be covering the growing grey area between the public and private tech markets-the investors (mutual funds, hedge ...

Our Notes from a Subdued Sun Valley

Tech’s Privilege Barrier

theinformation.com — Behind the articles we write about hot startups and funding rounds is a truth that needs a headline of its own: The technology industry is not as meritocratic as it may seem. For this column, I am focusing specifically on entrepreneurs, the people who found companies and beat the odds to turn ...
Jul 10, 2015

Even in tech, privilege matters a lot -- worth remember amid all the talk of "low barriers to entry." My column. theinformation.com/Tech-s-Privile…

Jul 10, 2015

Formula for Silicon Valley startup success (and a ticket to Sun Valley): wealth + access to the right people. theinformation.com/Tech-s-Privile…

Sun Valley: The Real Agenda

theinformation.com — Starting Tuesday, a parade of images and rumors will emerge from Sun Valley, Idaho where Allen & Company is hosting its annual media and tech conference. As a veteran of the media side of this confab, I can honestly say: you don't have to pay attention to most of the noise.

The Who and Why of the YC Venture Fund

theinformation.com — I recently heard that Twitter's former chief operating officer Ali Rowghani is going to play a big role in the new Y Combinator venture fund. I suspect he's running it, based on the fact that multiple LPs who have been doing diligence about the fund have been asking about him, but that still may ...

Silicon Valley’s Easiest Money

theinformation.com — As Uber looks for investors to buy more preferred stock valued at $50 billion, it has been turning to the usual late-stage funds. But it also enlisted one of its earliest investors, Shervin Pishevar, to shop a side fund, or special purpose vehicle, to bring individual investors into the round, ...

The Myth of the Consumer-Enterprise Hybrid

theinformation.com — Evernote, Square, Dropbox: all billion-dollar companies whose days as fast-growing tech darlings are over. While they're taking in tens of millions or more in revenues, none has yet proven it can be profitable over the long-term. And they're wobbling. Phil Libin of Evernotetold Amir this week ...

Why Didn’t the Twitter Board Have a Better Plan?

theinformation.com — The piece of news that surprised me most yesterday wasn't that embattled Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was stepping down. It was that Twitter's first CEO and long-time groupie Jack Dorsey was stepping in. Costolo and Dorsey would have you think the transition to Dorsey as interim CEO is perfectly ...
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Jul 30, 2015

Fitbit used tax benefits from a recall to boost reported profits recently. Income statements are so funny. thebolditalic.com/articles/2480-…

Jul 29, 2015

@semil Yup! Readers want to know how these businesses are actually doing.

Jul 28, 2015

Hi Tweeters. Anyone have a lead on a great space for an event for 200 to 300 (seated, panel-style.) thanks!

Jul 28, 2015

Most important thing abt $twtr CEO search: that it ends. Co is losing people + telling those considering leaving it will be Bain or Dorsey.



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