Raul I Lopez
San Jose, California, USA
Great picture! Have you noticed the nasty sound coming from the starter motor of a gasoline-powered car when the key is in the 'START' position? That is what the start-up phase of a company is like: Brief, Loud (as it will swallow most of your attention), and Needed.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Startups Anonymous: When building a startup, where do you start?
Without having any specific inside knowledge, I would be more worried about Tesla's battery part of the business...
2 months ago on Is the car company of the future… Apple?
I think that there is a more immediate threat: unemployment that results from automation. Are you planning an article on that? Nobody seems to be addressing it. I am willing to invest money on re-training people.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Microsoft’s top researcher weighs in on whether artificial intelligence will end humanity
It's me, unfortunately livefyre does not require using a real identity.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on With bullying app Secret on life support, investors learn the risk of investing in assholes
Can Anonymous comments also be banned?
If they could only serve me the right ads...
5 months, 1 week ago on Google is the biggest corporate lobbyist in America now, says new Public Citizen report
Does the challenge require ice cubes in the water or can it just be icy cold water?
8 months ago on “That’s so much worse than I thought it would be!” Sarah Lacy takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
Thanks for bringing some science into the equation :-).
1 year, 2 months ago on Bad science: No, Facebook won’t lose 80% of its users by 2017
We already pay "tax" by buying products that are advertised, why shouldn't we be able to drive the internet's roads for free?
1 year, 3 months ago on Providing free access to Facebook is a threat to the free Internet
@databigbang Good analogy, is there anything that we can deploy that can attack somebody that wants to read our e-mails without our approval?
1 year, 5 months ago on It’s time for Silicon Valley to ask: Is it worth it?
Thanks for the article.
One behavior that we need to keep in perspective is how we live physical security/privacy vs. how we expect online security/privacy to work: do we have pick-proof locks in our homes? Do we still use regular mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.? Do we still have transparent windows in our houses and cars? Do we keep our wallets in our pockets? Do we detect and hide from security video cameras while we walk down the street?
I think that there is a lot to improve in our daily physical lives before we can expect that our lives online as as protected as we think they should be.
I actually see at least two parallels between Apple and Google aside from iOS and Android: Apple actually has an amazing SW team that also delivers OS-X, Siri, Apple Maps, iTunes, etc. At the same time Google has long recognized that it cannot rely on standard off-the-shelf servers and I would not be surprised if Google further increased its product vertical presence with Semiconductors of their own. Just like Apple is not all Hard, Google is not all Soft. Thanks for your view.
1 year, 6 months ago on Google: World domination starts today
How about substituting "Apple" for "technology"?
Thanks for the article! Entrepreneurship is definitely an iterative process.
1 year, 6 months ago on What a marriage advice book can teach you about co-founding
Thanks Erin, I wish that PandoDaily had a monthly or weekly series where entrepreneurs talked about what made their start-up fail and what are they up to today. I am in my third start-up and I will make sure that I do not make the same mistakes I made in the two previous ones, however it helps to know the mistakes made by other entrepreneurs.
1 year, 7 months ago on YC alum Tutorspree shuts down
Good article and observations, thanks.
1 year, 7 months ago on Now Xiaomi is one of the world’s most interesting tech companies
Can we get the transcriptions of the PandoMonthly events now?
1 year, 9 months ago on Rev listens to and transcribes interviews so you don’t have to
Excellent article. I would like to add that, unfortunately, once profitability is reached, the founder(s) often either lose interest or are fired and a gutless wave of management takes over that just tries to keep milking the cow without ever taking large risks again. At that point it is time for all risk takers to move on and aim to take the next hill.
1 year, 11 months ago on It always comes down to math
@paulcarr OK, so the Conflict Tower is another NSFWCORP product like the puppy stickers. Good idea.
1 year, 12 months ago on Clay Shirky says NSFWCORP has unlimited cash. Great! Now we’re screwed
Very good article indeed, two items I would like you to consider:
1) I don't see in the Conflict Tower itself that there are more benefits such as Dinner Parties that you participate in (if I click on an available window, I don't see that benefit listed there).
2) Can you explain what the Conflict Tower is to the SEC? Is it Crowdfunding?
@JamesSwanson, as a 40-something parent of under-10-year-olds, I tend to agree with Ryan and the key issue is precisely what you say "parents would give their kids anything but the best advice" my view is a view that is not one but almost two generations away from reality today. My nieces and nephews are having a hard time finding jobs with college degrees AND they, or their parents, have debt to pay for the education that is not helping them land a job.
2 years ago on Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive
Thanks for following up on the wind-down of the business, also, since there are more start-ups that fail than succeed I believe that there are actually more opportunities to learn from those failures than of successes. Maybe Pando should start a series of Failure Stories.
2 years, 1 month ago on The ecomom liquidation is underway. Here’s how things looked at the end
Hmmmrmrm, how come their Job Openings still say that the positions are in Las Vegas?
2 years, 1 month ago on More bad news for Vegas Tech Fund: Star company Romotive is moving to the Bay Area
When I go through "Facebook Moments", something in my life that I would like to share with my family and friends, I realize the importance of the platform and then post in Facebook what just happened.
2 years, 1 month ago on How Facebook can bank on, well, Facebook
Please, please rename Yahoo to anything else that does not exist, has been at its peak and faded...
Think Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, not Ampex, Polaroid, Kodak, Yahoo...
2 years, 1 month ago on What Marissa Mayer has pulled off is monumental, and that’s exactly what’s so sad about it
Q: Why Now?
A: Because I finally nailed how to do it!
Very good article, thanks!
2 years, 1 month ago on Pitching Sequoia? Here’s the big question you’ll need to answer
@occamsrazor Were the laid off employees given compensation packages then? If so, then it is indeed and act of kindness if the company was virtually bankrupt. Again, please, journalists, let's get to the bottom of why Ecomom had to lay off most of its staff.
2 years, 2 months ago on Ecomom cuts the majority of its staff, as Vegas tech community continues to reel from Jody Sherman’s death
Why is this happening? If the investors are recalling their funding, shame on them! Please get to the bottom of it.
@Laura E Haupt I am parent too and I was trained to go to college, no matter what. Fortunately my parents supported me to go to good schools including Graduate School and I am doing fine professionally and financially, but I really don't know if, for my kids, the answer is going to be to go to college no matter what. I think that top schools are still going to be around by the time they go to college, at least 10 years from now, and that graduating from them is going to be appreciated by employers, but I really have changed my mind about asking young people to go to any college and rack up student loans that they might never be able to re-pay. I think that it is important as parents to be aware of the changing work market, the 7% permanent unemployment group, and that Peter Thiel might be right about telling kids to "take off" earlier rather than wait until finishing college. Of course, no article or piece of news is a justification for treating anybody like crap, but I think it is important to be flexible and show flexibility in understanding that our kids are not going to live in the same world that we grew up in.
2 years, 2 months ago on Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive
The Living Room is wherever in the house, or outside of the house, my kids turn on the iPad or the iPhone to be entertained.
2 years, 2 months ago on Deconstructing Gabe Newell’s oddly profound quote on Apple and the future of the living room
@Todd Dunning What I am looking for is a wonderful "safety net" that would allow everybody to explore entrepreneurial ideas without having to deal with the drags of interrupted health insurance coverage and other crap like that. Lack of Universal Health Insurance really makes Silicon Valley feel like we are not in the 21st century.
2 years, 2 months ago on A world safe for 39-year-olds
@jholyhead Unfortunately all of our LI activity belongs to LI and, as far as I know, they can do anything that they want with it including feeding it to the Big Data Monster (no reference to monster.com). I have been able to do inferences myself following activities of my network and then confirming my theories with the actual LI members.
2 years, 3 months ago on LinkedIn: The patron saint of the Web 2.0 also-ran
Good article, I feel that LinkedIn has enormous untapped potential by using "Big Data" Analytics on its members activity and selling that to anybody that would pay for it. For example, a LinkedIn user that has a poorly written profile and, all of a sudden, improves that profile drastically could mean that the person has been laid off or is fed up with his/her job. More of those from the same company and then it can be inferred that the company is in trouble. Likewise, as a user beefs up his/her network with people from his/her own company he/she is on his/her way out and is Prime target for recruiters. Finally, the growth of a user's network clearly shows the people that he/she runs into and/or meets through interviews, so finally a heartbeat to listen to... So, though not owning any LinkedIn, I see it at $200 unless somebody else sells those Analytics first.
Two issues with entrepreneurship at a later age:
- for anybody with a family, not having world-class cradle-to-grave healthcare in the US gets in the way
- for those same people, do you want to miss being part of your kids growing up?
We have plenty of ideas and would gladly sell them to an incubator, but which one?
Some of my older friends are considering taking their ideas and personal discoveries to the grave...huge loss...
2 years, 3 months ago on A world safe for 39-year-olds
@chewbaka High quality Furniture sells
2 years, 3 months ago on Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive
Great post! Glad to see that PandoDaily had a great first year!
2 years, 3 months ago on Maples’ Law: A million ways your startup can die and only one unsatisfying way to make sure it lives
Thanks for bringing this up Adam, good (and scary) research.
2 years, 3 months ago on 3D printers could force the NRA to beg for government regulation
@carlocapocasa @Raul I Lopez Actually, (1) can be verified through the work of other people or through experimentation. (2) document you assumptions. (3) call everything into question. And this situation exists in our personal lives where we have time and resources to pursue whatever we want. I will echo a saying from one of my friends, co-workers and also former manager: "don't be a victim." If you feel that your work environment does not allow you to be creative and innovative make your own work environment and dedicate any time that you can to it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Why Silicon Valley innovation has stalled
@carlocapocasa @Raul I Lopez From (1), (2) and (3), it is avoidable to "bark up the wrong tree."
@Sanjiva Weerawarana alternatively people that, individually, have 10+ years of experience in one topic can realize that they have come across something that is valuable and then they can launch a start-up. The VC has to be able to grasp that and fund the effort.
@carlocapocasa you say "My personal finding with stupidity is that it comes at its most devastating when you bark up the wrong tree. Think years of research for nothing based on a single false assumption. Academics are more prone to this than amateur inventors. Their peers laugh at them and defund them when they don't follow the basic premises, which could be wrong." The single false assumption was not known to be false at the time, or do you mean something else?
@Jeff Dickey @aboer Agree with Jeff that "aha!" moments do happen when doing research. It could be pure research or applied research and often the target problem to solve is not what is solved so it is essential that companies, even small startups and individuals leave room/time for research.
@TropicalGringo there are actually plenty of explorers, we are in large companies or even small established start-ups. I am in contact with them every day and we share the frustration that it is so hard to fund raise. We can cut your cell phone data or DSL bandwidth use to 1/4 of what it is today and still allow you to watch as many movies and browse the same number of maps as you do today.
Show me a VC that is willing to pay established company salaries and benefits from the first funding and I will show the VC real innovation in technology. There are plenty of innovators that are not in a stage of their life where they can move to San Francisco, make start-up salaries and have start-up benefits.
How about actually getting the debt paid? If I could find potential co-workers I would gladly help pay their debt by getting them a job andsharing the hiring bonus. Think of LinkedIn meets American Idol.
2 years, 3 months ago on Attention student loan borrowers: Tuition.io opens its doors to manage your repayment
What I am puzzled by is why any people in technology-related jobs still have to commute to work...
2 years, 3 months ago on Muni is 100 years old. Too bad it won’t die like a human that age
One of the best presents for me in 2012 has been PandoDaily, thanks Sarah!
2 years, 3 months ago on Five reasons the Facebook IPO bust was a blessing in disguise
Great insight, thanks. To me it means that, to be more likely to succeed today, we need to either self-fund or raise seed funding that will allow the company to take off, in other words, don't get seed funding needing a Series A to be able to take off.
2 years, 4 months ago on Finally, actual data: Series A crunch will kill 1,000 companies, $1B in angel money
Great! The Pando channel is awesome!
2 years, 4 months ago on Relax! StationCreator is bringing scheduled TV broadcasts to online video
@bfgmartin I guess we are spoiled by being able to breath 99.999% of the time... :-), I think that Sarah's complain is solid. Free Dropbox is very reliable, so is google.com and over-the-air TV (when you can catch it), so there are examples of free services that we can rely on.
2 years, 4 months ago on Dear Yammer and the entire cloud wave: If you expect companies to use your software, it has to work