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This is a post that sorely needed to be written and published. Unmitigated greed now appears to dominate Valley culture and behavior. Thank you for your courage.
1 week, 6 days ago on Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game
News as PR is not news anymore. Pretty much standard operating procedure these days, including the 'noobs'. Sad that.
3 months ago on TechCrunch editor says she’s “a cheerleader” who would have totally caved to Obama over Snowden
Proctor and Gamble has had an Open Innovation program for several years now and tapping into the global startup community for partnerships, business development relationships and/or investment. Where's the info on that? Seems to be missing. http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/procter--gamble-as-an-open-innovation-case-study/15445
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The best and worst of startup Cincinnati comes down to its Fortune 500s
Proper credit should be given to the creator of the Fail Whale graphic to Yiying Lu. http://www.yiyinglu.com/
4 months, 1 week ago on Mesosphere nabs $10.5M to bring Twitter’s “Fail Whale” antidote to all enterprises
Your progressive government at work, serving the people.
6 months ago on Lavabit creator held in contempt for making a (tiny, tiny) point
It's called choice fanboy, something Apple simply won't allow.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Flurry: More consumers are putting lipstick on Android
The only word I think of with Tarantino is disgusting, whacked perverted vermin.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Tarantino’s lawsuit against Gawker could hinge on a single word
How depressing. Thanks.
10 months ago on What Surveillance Valley knows about you
Your term 'leaked' documents I think refers to the Twitter emails that were illegally hacked (ie, stolen) from their servers? Could you please clarify your terminology so as to not potentially misrepresent the original source?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Pierre Omidyar in 2009: “Anybody who publishes stolen info should help catch the thief”
The same thing is happening here in the good ol' USofA with the Obama Administration using the EPA, NLRB, DHS blanket purchases and other highly questionable means to shut down businesses of all types that he personally disagrees with. Free enterprise is anything but anymore.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Venezuela’s continued attack on free enterprise
@alimomen Teens are simply the testbed, as were college students for FB. Forget about the current use case for a second and think more about the concept of limiting the shelf life on mobile/online posts. That was a discussion point a while back of a panel featuring Barry Eggers of Lightspeed Ventures, Snapchat investor. I can't comment much on the valuation expect to say that when you have as much money as Zuck, you can afford to throw it around like bread crumbs. ps. Teens buy a ton of movie tickets, sugary and/or caffeinated soft drinks, clothes, music and unfortunately drugs.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Why Snapchat is screwed
How special offers that expire in 10 seconds? Every coupon I've ever seen has an expiry date. I think everyone is too short sighted on this. Snapchat is perfect for this buy now, terminally ADD culture. Stay tuned all you naysayers.......
Cool! Now what's with the Reese's product placement? Is that Paul's favorite candy?
10 months, 4 weeks ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting
After reading this, I'm puzzled to understand why Jason and Arrington aren't best buddies....
11 months ago on Jason Calacanis: A fighter, until he wasn’t
General Counsel, not Council
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Think you’re safe at a coffee shop? Think again
I guess we need to coin a new adjective for entrepreneurs. How about Bilton approved entrepreneurs and non-Bilton approved entrepreneurs? It is long past time to defer to the New York elitist community for validation. I guess Silicon Valley is all growed up now thanks to the incredible insight of Nick Bilton.
12 months ago on By definition, Silicon Valley has few legitimate entrepreneurs
Duh! Social church. Now why didn't I think of that?
12 months ago on Here’s how one venture firm is shifting from new and shiny things to old and rusty ones
Will Walt, Kara and team still grace the stage at the D Conf as Arrington does at TC Disrupt?
1 year, 1 month ago on In AllThingsD divorce News Corp gets the house, Walt & Kara get the kids
Barack Nobel Obama. With an approval rating going south, I'd say only about 42% of America's credibility is on the line, and sinking.
1 year, 1 month ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
This is a brilliant post and you are very lucky (or good, or both) to have been able to shadow Aaron on an actual sales call. I've been watching Aaron and Box for upwards of three years now and seeing him very rapidly mature before our eyes, but mostly on stage watching his pitches at successive BoxWorks events, or other signature keynotes at MobileBeat, etc. One of the smartest things he did was hire Dan Levin to be COO, not just for the proverbial adult supervision but as a highly skilled and experienced ops guy who had a track record in scaling a B2B company. I really think we are witnessing the next Larry Ellison, not the asshole we all know and hate, but a nice one. Aaron is truly special and so much fun to have in our midst.
1 year, 1 month ago on Aaron Levie, elephant hunter: Why the cloud’s consummate poster boy is actually an outlier
@poorhardworker @pemullen No doubt! That's precisely what I meant.
1 year, 2 months ago on Caption this photo of Obama at Martha’s Vineyard
The Obama goose step
Revolution long overdue. There are many ways to revolt without violence. It's time to crowdsource a revolution.
1 year, 3 months ago on Is it time for a new American revolution?
The government knows best Bryan. You would be well served to get on board, with all the other spoon-fed lemmings, and stop your rabble rousing. However true your comments may be, the truth means little anymore.
1 year, 4 months ago on A San Francisco rent control parable
I've met two of the 'kids' in the Thiel Fellowship program, one who dropped out of school after his freshman year. These kids are some of the best and brightest I've seen and will learn so much more through programs like this. I'm keeping my eye on this, Draper University and Singularity University as an exciting and promising alternative to the legacy path we used to call 'formal education'.
1 year, 4 months ago on There goes Peter Thiel again, corrupting the youth with opportunity
Who gives a rat's ass about the ad? It's a freaking stout phone. How about you write something about that?????
1 year, 6 months ago on HTC’s horrible HTC One commercial is just the latest example of tone-deaf marketing
I'm extremely excited about the opportunities in the enterprise technology space. It is not so easy to pigeonhole the current wave as in past major technology shifts (Mainframe to distributed Minicomputer, proprietary to open systems/client server, custom developed apps to off the shelf, PC, internet, etc). This time it appears to be different and happening on several fronts (cloud, mobile, social, big data, open source, BYOD) and so many new classes of competitors emerging on several fronts. I think the biggest challenges facing enterprises today is how to effectively manage the transition to the newest new world of enterprise computing and whom to trust in making the right bets on all the choices facing CIOs and decision making executives. In order to remain relevant and deliver value, IT organizations are stretched to the limit in having to maintain existing investments in all the applications and systems costing many millions of dollars, while evaluating and implementing new approaches to traditional problems and challenges.
If I am forced to pick one area where I think large organizations will struggle the most, it would be how to effectively make sense of and how to manage the crush of data and how it will affect their businesses, and in every major functional area. Companies are faced with new and crushing sources of data and how to deal with it. No longer is data simply coming from internal transactional systems in a structured, predictable format. It is now coming in all forms and from many different sources, completely random, unstructured, unfiltered, and unsecured. Call it big data, call it social data, call it data science, call it whatever you will but companies have an enormous challenge, and therefor an opportunity to figure this out and those who do will have a big advantage in the coming years. I'm most excited with companies like Platfora, Datameer, Palantir, Splunk, Cloudera and too many more to name here.
To link the term 'bubble' with anything enterprise is simply ridiculous. Big IT companies like Oracle, SAP, Infor, IBM, Accenture, etc still enjoy the lions share of IT spend and mindshare. This is not likely to end anytime soon but there are dozens if not hundreds of new companies who are working feverishly to define the new enterprise computing model. We are still in the very early stages of a massive transition. How to maintain the old (legacy) while bringing in the new is a constant challenge facing IT departments and business unit executives. The adoption and growth rates of the new upstarts (or startups) are indeed staggering but still tiny in comparison. Some of the new players will remain independent and become the next Oracle, salesforce, etc. Many will get acquired as a means for the big, entrenched players to remain relevant and profitable.
My definition of the term 'enterprise' is quite simple. Has the 'enterprise' startup employed professional sales reps to peddle their wares and form relationship bonds with big target companies, with multi-million dollar budgets, long sales and buying cycles, integrated into core big company business processes, board level or business unit head level decisions and carrying million dollar quotas? If not, you are not quite an enterprise company. Atlassian supposedly and proudly says they don't employ sales reps and have been enormously successful in getting very large companies to adopt their geekery via viral means only. While this may be an anomaly, I don't really see this emerging as the new way to do enterprise sales for business solutions/software, whether on premise or cloud-based. Just ask any of the principles at Andreesen Horowitz.
Future of enterprise software on mobile or desktops? Yes.
1 year, 6 months ago on Let’s talk about enterprise: Share your thoughts for a chance to win tickets to Stanford and Accel Partners’ enterprise symposium
1 year, 6 months ago on Calendar of social media, tech & marketing events: April 2013
Do you really think Facebook cares one wit about this? I don't.
1 year, 6 months ago on Facebook still has an Android problem
Bryan, thank you for your well written and heartfelt expose on just how Democrat politicians work. Quite simply, they lie. They lie to get tax increases passed. They lie to get gargantuan projects passed. They lie to get massive healthcare initiatives passed. You are a very intelligent, accomplished and highly successful entrepreneur but a complete fool when it comes to casting your vote and your allegiance to the Democrats. They are funded and fed by corrupt and coddled labor unions, who in turn fund and coddle corrupt Democrat politicians. Did you cringe when the HSR cost estimate ballooned from $33 billion to $98 billion after it was passed? Did you question how quickly the estimate fell to the now $68 billion? Will you cringe when it is finally finished in 2098 at $3 trillion and nobody rides it? Do you remember when Obama said there were no tax increases in his massive healthcare bill? (There were). Did you question it when he said the healthcare bill would be revenue neutral? (It won't). Did you know you voted yourself a tax increase at 4 levels of government? (City, County, State and Federal). I bet you didn't. Are you proud that Ed Lee's city payroll tax will be replaced with a gross receipts tax? Guess what, it's a tax increase. Are you proud that the city parking rates have increased, yet again? How about the 10 cent grocery bag tax? We are now being nickel and dimed to death in every area possible. And they're not stopping. Obama want's another tax increase. So does Jerry Brown. Taxed Enough Already? (TEA). Likely not until the people wake up and find out there is nothing left to tax. ps. I'm not a Republican either and they are no better. Registered with no party affiliation. They're all corrupt and beholden to big monied interests whether you're a corporation, labor union, trial lawyer, environmentalist or lobbyist. Individuals and other little guys getting screwed at every turn. I'm sharpening my pitchfork. This is not America anymore.
1 year, 6 months ago on Because of asset seizures, I am starting my new company outside California
1 year, 7 months ago on Newsflash: Marissa Mayer isn’t a dictator. She runs one company. Shut up and let her
The keyword here is 'traditional'. The whole retail experience is changing from the consumer perspective, supply chain perspective. I've seen many product categories no longer available in a retail store and only available online, which irks the hell out of me after driving to the store. However, shopping is inherently a social experience and many times done with family or friends. That is not likely to change anytime soon....or is it?
1 year, 8 months ago on Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death
McAfee sounds like a real winner, in the Charlie Sheen fashion. No thanks. Now may I have the 45 seconds back I wasted reading the first few paragraphs? (I didn't finish the disgusting post)
1 year, 8 months ago on We take John McAfee to a gun shop where he terrifies a Jackass
I knew Apple was a bubble
1 year, 8 months ago on It’s time to throw in the towel on Apple
Time to pull the plug on this train wreck of corruption and incompetence.
1 year, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/29/rwandan_ghosts
If what you mean by 'networking event' an event that is solely themed with open networking, then I have to agree with the premise of your post. On the other hand, I do all my networking at events like the PandoMonthly fireside chat, or SFNewTech startup demos, or VentureBeat's CloudBeat conference, etc, where you have the opportunity to soak up some high value content, learn something new, discover interesting new startups and network with like minded people over a theme that is relevant and meaningful. I've built many long term and mutually beneficial relationships in such an environment. Generic mixers, generic networking events generally suck as you so eloquently point out. My only rule is be relevant or move on, and quickly.
1 year, 10 months ago on Networking is for losers
I think the litmus test for the term 'enterprise' should only be used if it requires a sales rep to make a sales call on a corporate buyer.
1 year, 11 months ago on Apparently everything is an enterprise company now
Is that a three-legged Boston Terrier on the left?
1 year, 11 months ago on #DominateFund badly misses the celebrity integration mark
How about this: A flesh first approach to life destroys; destroys marriages, destroys careers, destroys character and slowly but surely destroys your soul. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
1 year, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/20/what_lessons_will_the_army_take_away_from_petraeus_my_fear_is_the_wrong_ones
For some reason I can't think this is the final word on the Uber-Sandy affair. This is a PR disaster for Uber any way you slice it. However, it really begs the question of how private companies who stand to benefit after a major disaster should operate in recovery. People (and government regulators) will likely have long memories on this one.
1 year, 11 months ago on A final word on Uber and their ghastly attempt to spin their way to sainthood
Let's face it. Babies are funny.
1 year, 11 months ago on $9.8M richer, Dollar Shave Club may have survived the subscription commerce reckoning
@RVN SF VET @Rubber Ducky My bad. Obama can do no wrong. The perennial excuse is "It's Bush's fault". How can I get on of these hall passes that never expires?
2 years ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/03/pentagon_to_mcchrystal_put_a_sock_in_it
@Rubber Ducky I was referring to Obama's gloating on the killing of OBL for political points, in stark violation of national security, and you channel Bush, a head fake so to speak. Bushes follies are well chronicled but not the topic of this article or thread. Having said that, your comments are quite laughable. Others do the heavy lifting while Obama takes the credit. He is a narcissistic, rank amateur and his adolescence and lack of meaningful experience have exposed for all to see, except you of course.
It's only ok for the Commander in Grief to tout 'his successes' in the war on terror and to leak sensitive information to the press so that it will enhance his re-electability. This smells of yet more Obama shenanigans and scumbaggery. Our leader in the White House is a complete sham.
Pure unadulterated Hollywood bullshit from yet another self-appointed, self-aggrandizing, out of touch idiot. Why these blowhards get so much play when they truly have very little of value to say is beyond comprehension. Thanks Paul for pointing out the rarely exposed and blatant hypocrisy of the Hollywood and other leftist elites.
2 years ago on Samuel L Jackson’s Patronizing, Hypocritical Viral Message To Obama Voters
Is this a fact check?
2 years, 1 month ago on The Industry’s Reaction to Amazon’s Event
Ouch! A price increase. But for a good cause and always well worth it. Looking forward to another great PandoMonthly 'fireside' chat!!
2 years, 1 month ago on Tickets for PandoMonthly San Francisco with Tony Hsieh On Sale Now!
Look forward to the Android version.
2 years, 1 month ago on Can Lift Make the Human Race Cleaner, Fitter, and Nicer?
This piece is so poorly researched and poorly written, it's really not worth reading, much less commenting on. Probably was worth a bunch of links, a la the National Enquirer of blogs, Business Insider. C'mon Sarah, you can do so much better.
2 years, 2 months ago on Stick a Fork In It: Dell Is Done
Glad to see some substance come out of the "Reality" TV thingy. It will be interesting to see how the Thiel fellows are progressing, but perhaps more importantly (or perhaps not), how they are portrayed on the documentary.
2 years, 2 months ago on Reality TV About Silicon Valley That Sarah Lacy Will Not Despise | PandoDaily