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I feel sorry for those who think this is food, and for those who continue to invest in this ridiculous idea.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Soylent raises $20M for its love-it-or-hate-it food replacement drink
I wouldn't put it as strongly, but the issue is all the money in politics that skews the results. Until this insane amount of money goes away, we can't expect much in government to improve.
1 month ago on Yes, liberal billionaires outspent conservative billionaires in the midterms — but that’s only part of the story
David, I think it's time to take some action: recommend her for a role on the next season of HBO's Silicon Valley.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Um, why did the Wall Street Journal cut Obvious Ventures’ one female member out of a photo?
There was some good analysis over at NPR's Morning Edition today:
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The New Republic’s Chris Hughes in 2013: “We are not the next big trend in Silicon Valley.”
No reason to post any more stories about The New Republic until they close, which is now inevitable. The only question is how long will it take?
I didn't even know that the New Republic was still in business...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Basically everybody who’s anybody just resigned from the New Republic
David, why didn't you link to the MJ article with your byline and just be done with it? I'd prefer to read it from the source.
2 months ago on How Comcast and HP are corrupting elections in America
Amazon is selling a year of Prime for $199 and providing a free electronic doorstop as part of the package deal.
2 months ago on Ashes, ashes, we all fall down: Amazon cuts the Fire Phone’s price again
@uberme You made some great suggestions. Unfortunately, the only thing that Uber executives and their investors understand right now is exponentially growing revenues. If that situation changes, then expect some major changes to the company and its totally broken culture.
2 months, 1 week ago on Amid escalating scandal, Uber publishes new data privacy statement
This is totally inside baseball, or inside journalism. As long as you and Matt are writing good stuff that I want to read, I don't care about the other noise, and you shouldn't either.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Taibbi: “Commenting on Paul Carr is completely beneath my dignity” (But that doesn’t stop him)
Big Bang Theory wasn't ruined. It was never funny. It's basically "Friends", but with nerds.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may fix its “female problem” in Season 2
Even worse than this article were the weekly reviews of the latest episodes.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may fix its “female problem” in Season 2
The Fire Phone is a failure. The iPhone 6 sold more in the first day than the Fire Phone has sold over its short existence. Amazon should rightly kill it now so that people can quickly forget it ever happened.
4 months, 1 week ago on Amazon’s going to invest $55M in its hardware division. Now it just needs to take hardware more seriously
Someone needs to foot the bill. If Uber doesn't do it, then the drivers need to pay for it themselves and carry proof indicating that they can carry passengers in a commercial capacity. Good luck with that.
5 months, 1 week ago on Uber urges CA riders to oppose ridesharing bill, neglects to tell them what bill actually does
There is a different type of insurance required when working for the ridesharing companies. Many insurance companies won't provide coverage under one's existing personal policy.
This is the minimum that the CA legislature should do, and there's good reason that it passed the Committee and the Assembly unanimously Any user of these services should be able to feel confident that their driver is indeed fully insured whenever they are working for the ridesharing company.
My biggest concern with Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, vs. the taxi industry is this isn't fair competition. Either we should lift the regulation on the taxis, or apply the same regulation to the start-ups.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on SF cab drivers form a union while Rome burns
What about Peter's assistant, Monica? You conveniently left her out of your criticism, why, because she's not a coder? I have a lot of respect for that character since: 1) She has to work for Peter Gregory, 2) She herself probably knows a lot about start-up financing and so on, otherwise Peter would not have hired her.
I like that the show reasonably accurately represents Silicon Valley as it is today. Not every television show needs to be a vehicle for social change, although I'm glad to see that Mike Judge is changing it up for Season 2 to keep it interesting. Hopefully you had similar criticism for Randi Zuckerberg's short lived, completely lame, and extremely unwatchable show of the same name.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may fix its “female problem” in Season 2
@sandyvanderbleek On one point, I agree with you. Pando shouldn't be wasting another moment on this topic.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Now we’ve seen Secret’s ugly soul, will investors act?
@justinrigg I'm not sure that a comparison with standardized admission tests is valid. How about 'badges are like participation ribbons"?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education
For most things any PR is good PR. Maybe if we just ignore it, Secret will crawl back into the hole from which it came.
What determines or who decides an 'expert'? Most of the reviews on sites like Yelp are complete nonsense and unhelpful in determining whether a restaurant should be patronized or not. Many of the reviewers have no idea what good food should taste like and what good service should be like.
6 months ago on Foursquare’s redesign will make expertise the new gamification
@Alexander Fulks I don't want this site to be about politics I can find much better political writing somewhere else.
That being said, I also don't want this site to be a breathless cheerleader for the startups they cover. Some of the articles can border on this.
6 months ago on State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too
@rbottoms The latest fleecing seems to be the online academies. Unfortunately, it gets our servicemembers no closer to a high-quality, high-paying job.
6 months, 1 week ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education
@rbottoms No offense meant. I'll choose my words more carefully next time.
Anyway, there's nothing like learning in a real classroom with classmates and an in-person instructor. On-line learning can't be taken as seriously for this and many other reasons.
What happened to that long screed that was posted yesterday? Why was it taken down?
Although I thought the tone of the comment was too harsh, the points were good.
I don't need no silly badges, and I think it adds more unnecessary confusion regarding people's skill set.
I come to your site every day, but I absolutely can't stand the name.
Pando, it sounds like Panda. I'm hoping you'll eventually change the name to something less lame.
6 months, 1 week ago on State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too
The car sharing companies should be paying market rate for these parking spots, otherwise, the City is needlessly throwing taxpayer money at them. Don't the car sharing companies already pay to park their cars in privately-owned parking garages?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on In pilot scheme, San Francisco gives away public parking to carsharing companies
@Rudi Leismann Rudi, thanks for your local perspective. MBA types call this phenomenon a "network effect".
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Pacebook: Orkut’s fate shows how stupid land grabs are
A Google-acquired social network not surviving against Facebook? Who could have guessed? A good prediction is one that almost nobody saw coming.
Box needs to post some really, really, really good revenue numbers going forward, or the IPO will look like a reality only in the rear view mirror.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Box delays its IPO to raise more private cash, but at what cost?
The media unnecessarily built her up, and now they're unnecessarily tearing her back down. Then again, she shouldn't be missing such an important meeting.
7 months, 1 week ago on Marissa Mayer overslept. Get the pitchforks!
To paraphrase/steal a line from a great series on HBO: Daniel Shifrin clearly does not have a great understanding of humanity.
7 months, 1 week ago on Good news, world, there’s a new Travis Kalanick in town. And he’s worse!
Tony may soon be stating that he still works at Google, I mean Nest, when he's already left the building, off to found another start-up.
7 months, 1 week ago on Once a trailblazer, Nest is now three moves behind (Oh, and it will share data with Google)
This and the "Yo" app may be the first sign that the next tech bubble is near.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Washboard wants you to pay $15 to get $10
O.K. my fellow techies, get out into the real world, attend some Art & Wine Festivals, and purchase some actual jewelry hand-made by actual artists.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Wearable jewelry makes its big, boring debut while we all await the real innovation
I've used PayPal for eBay and other personal transactions for a long time and notice little if any difference over the tenure of David Marcus. The buzzwords he uses in his e-mail don't seem to align with reality of the service.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on David Marcus bails on Paypal (and Southland). Here’s his leaked departure memo
@davepaz I too don't see how airbnb can work in condos or apartments. If I'm a tenant, there's no way any self-respecting landlord should let me sub-lease out my apartment to some random people. Most rental agreements don't allow for such behavior anyway.
9 months, 1 week ago on The Airbnb/New York spat is coming to a head
Newsweek may suck, but this piece was just awful. Seriously guys, maybe you could learn something from David Sirota. And, if anyone wants to read an interesting perspective on this, go to Salon:
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Newsweak: Once-great news magazine hypes relaunch by putting a man’s life at risk
If you want to be taken seriously, you don't want to look like you just crawled out of bed.
11 months, 1 week ago on “Look at This F**king Tech Worker.” Why snarking on techies’ appearances is unfair and unproductive
@groblewis Apple could have developed the product, but the key point is, they didn't. It's hard to guess what Apple has planned in the product pipeline this year, but I'm guessing it's probably a Smartwatch.
1 year ago on While Nest and Google are popping champagne, plenty of others should be concerned
This should have been an obvious acquisition for Apple. Now they just look like a company without many new ideas, sitting on a huge pile of cash.
Maybe it's time for the mature executives at the company to step up and take some responsibility for their drivers. It's a smart business decision. Fearful customers can quickly become former customers.
1 year ago on Exclusive: Uber driver accused of assault had done prison time for a felony, passed background check anyways
Twitter has more than just a Female Problem. How about getting people on the board who actually use the product (Marjorie's first tweet ever was after she became a board member)?
1 year, 1 month ago on Dick Costolo dishes on his Female Problem
@Antonio Alvarado - Once I quickly figured you were trying to just self-advertise, I tuned out. Back to our regularly scheduled discussion about Hyperloop.
1 year, 4 months ago on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is possible. But is it plausible?
In the same way that Elon thought he could build Tesla with only Silicon Valley entrepreneurial types and not those 'old school car guys', he finally had to widen his reach to hire people who actually know something about automobile design and vehicle dynamics. For Hyperloop, it may be useful to bring in real transportation infrastructure experts, and not just rocket scientists.
Electric automobiles and rockets were been built before Elon Musk came onto the scene. He just did it significantly better than his predecessors. Hyperloop is a completely new and untested idea. I might have believed it was possible until I read this:
In it's current derivation, this is a completely stupid idea that is not practical and won't work.
I just tried out CoverHound. The four quotes it provided were all higher than my current insurance policy for the same level of coverage. What incentive is there for me to return to their website to go through this exercise again?
1 year, 4 months ago on YC grad Leaky quietly shuts down, a valuable lesson in disruption
Another totally stupid idea that shouldn't have received any funding.
For people who already have auto insurance, getting a quote that is not at least 10% below the price of their current policy is unlikely to make them switch. Shopping for insurance is not like trading stocks. Constantly chasing the lowest price policy has a significant hassle factor associated with it.