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Smartspot, Which Brings Computer Vision To Gyms And Trainers, Raises $1.85M From Khosla, Signalfire — Moawia Eldeeb has one of the more unfathomable and inspiring stories I've ever come across while working in Silicon Valley. He was born to a farming family in Egypt and then made his way to Queens as a child where he earned $20 a day working in a pizza shop.

Q-and-A: Why The Most Famously Libertarian VC Firm Is Diving Deep Into Education, Health — While my curlicued co-worker Josh Constine continues to cover the Meerkats and Free apps of the world, there's a fascinating counter-trend of serial entrepreneurs, who have been successful in the consumer web, going into extraordinarily difficult and highly-regulated areas like health insurance, education and elder care.

Hitlist’s FOMO-Inducing Chrome Tab Turns Out To Be A Great Growth Hacking Strategy — If you have a terrible, 10 or 15-year long affliction of wanderlust like I do, Hitlist's Wandertab on Chrome and Firefox is the worst. Or the best. Or the worst. Well, one of the two.

Sean Parker’s Brigade App Enters Private Beta As A Dead-Simple Way Of Taking Political Positions — Sean Parker, who changed the music industry as a teenager and then went onto have an early and formative role in Facebook, has long had one frontier that he's wanted to change: American democracy. Now he, Matt Mahan, and a team of engineers and product talent who have long worked at the intersection of technology and policy, are unveiling Brigade for the first time.

Airbnb and The Problem of Data — Housing activists, San Francisco policy makers and Airbnb in the midst of another showdown over short-term rental regulation that will stretch into next month and potentially into the November election. The debate centers on enforcement, data and caps on the number of days a host can put a unit out on a platform.

LearnUp, A Startup Aimed At Boosting Job Prospects For Entry-Level Workers, Partners With Old Navy — When Alexis Ringwald exited her last energy startup, the U.S. labor market was still in the long hangover after the Great Recession. The country's unemployment was about double what it is today and millions of had lost their jobs in the wake of the financial crisis and housing crash.

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them — DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200 pitchdecks to figure out the right way to graduate from bootstrapped to seed-funded, or from angels to a Series A.

YC-Backed Gradberry Unveils A Recruiting AI That Analyzes Engineering Candidates And Their Code — How much of the hiring process can you automate? That's a question that a couple of YC-backed companies are striving to answer in the technical recruiting space. Gradberry, a recruiting platform that counts 3,000 engineers as users, is launching TARA, an artificial intelligence engine that scans candidates' code and shortlists worthy ones automatically.

Benchmark’s Bill Gurley: Late-Stage Market Is “Most Frothy” Since The Late 1990s — Bill Gurley, a general partner at one of Silicon Valley's top tier venture firms Benchmark Capital, said that the late-stage market is the "most frothy" he's ever seen since the late 1990s. Even though Facebook, Groupon and Zynga shares are still all underperforming relative to where they debuted at in their IPOs, growth-stage investors are still pouring capital into later-stage companies.

Zendrive Uses Mobile Phones as Sensors To Reinvent The Accuracy of Auto Insurance In Partnership With Guild — If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and accurate according to individual risk.
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Jul 04, 2015

@pmarca results in a patrimonial democracy. US was an exception in reforming its state during the Progressive era

Jul 04, 2015

@pmarca fukuyama's explanation is the expansion of democracy w out industrialization and before having a prof. bureaucratic state.

Jul 04, 2015

@JspiderSF @CoreyCookUSF "wait out this cycle" isn't going to work. SF pop. growth has been going for 35 years, has withstood many cycles

Jul 03, 2015

@NickTimiraos do you know if this allows foreign as well as domestic real estate?

Jul 02, 2015

RT @MLNow: A robot that makes sandwiches at Dolores Park! Right now: PB&Js

Jun 30, 2015

RT @mwseibel: 19% of YC companies in this batch have at least one black or latin founder @sama @ycombinator

Jun 29, 2015

"Finally, think about being somewhere other than the Bay Area or NYC."…

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