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3 weeks, 6 days ago on An author claims Byliner ebooks screw authors. Here’s my royalty statement to prove they don’t

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"I certainly had gripes of my own the (then fledgling) company."

Great sentence, editor.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on An author claims Byliner ebooks screw authors. Here’s my royalty statement to prove they don’t

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"That loan has a credit-card-like interest rate of 9%." 


That is just an uninformed comment. Do you even finance, bro? Credit card APRs are upwards of 30%; a 9% interest rate is well within "market" for a company that, you know, loses money.

1 month, 1 week ago on GoDaddy: The pig in the IPO parade

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Who the f' is Christy Turlington Burns?

1 month, 1 week ago on What to expect night one of Southland. (Hint: Awesome)

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Oops! What's that you just dropped, Lacy? Oh, it's a name? #nm #humblebrag

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Warning: There might be a BBQ fist fight at Southland

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Great article, and confirms what I (and many others I'm sure) had assumed. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bad news for whistleblowers. Secret is far less secret than you think

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How many seconds did it take you to write this "post"?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Startups Anonymous: My biggest beefs with the startup crowd

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Breaking news: Paul Carr is an asshole.

2 months ago on Confirmed: Hotel Tonight keeps a secret list of whiny assholes, and I’m on it

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"It’s unlikely that Time Warner’s objective in backing Maker and was to generate purely a financial return" -- holy proofread much?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Hollywood is making it rain on the YouTube ecosystem and why it’s only beginning

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"I have way too much time on my hands to be writing shit like this".

4 months, 1 week ago on Startups Anonymous: A list of fears from the CEO of a startup in NYC

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These guys were HEAVILY (and rightfully) criticized in the crypto world for not releasing the source code until pressured, over and over, and over again. Then some more. Check out this Quora thread for more information: http://www.quora.com/Silent-Circle/Will-Silent-Circle-silence-critics-who-demand-they-uphold-their-promise-to-release-their-source-code-If-not-can-they-be-trusted. Make sure to expand the comments on that thread, and read the references to Nadim Kobeissi's "release the source" campaign. They even went so far as to censor out reports of their use of vulnerable libraries.


While I respect Phil Zimmerman, I don't necessarily trust the ex-government team that he has assembled around him. Nor do I trust whomever made the decision to censor comments on their product (see above). Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they're all incredible patriots -- but patriots may be more inclined to side with the government they love so dearly when said government is at odds with their users. They claim "Silent Circle’s service offerings have no government-mandated backdoors." when they really should be saying something akin to "Silent Circle’s service offerings have no backdoors, government-mandated or otherwise."


Frankly, I just don't trust this phone. Nor do I trust the company behind it. What is needed is some EFF sponsored open source company with entirely open source client and server software. The problem is that this is expensive, so private companies will fill the gap. To get people to trust them, however, they really should play by the book that has been long established in this space: disclose, disclose, disclose.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Idealism costs: Silent Circle announces ultra-private, ultra-expensive Blackphone

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@Steve_Schmid7  What on earth are you talking about? You want Facebook to turn itself into a charity? Or you think the government should force it to?


Newsflash: it would NEVER have hired all the people it did, acquired (read: injected wealth into) the companies/founders it did, contributed hugely to the local real estate boon, or provide a huge influx of consumption.


I think Facebook is a has-been company (in terms of mind share, thought leadership, etc.), but it's still got loads of cash. If you start comparing private companies competing in a capitalist economy to governments or charities, you've lost your mind. Without proper incentives, there is no Facebook and the aggregate economy is worse off.


Go take an econ 101 class and come back to the comment board.

5 months ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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"In 2006, Facebook was the only startup that had furniture from Design Within Reach" 


Umm, what? Is this supposed to be a serious statement?

5 months ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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Taxi drivers are still rude, disgruntled pricks (for the most part); that's the #1 reason I prefer to use another service such as Uber or Lyft.

5 months, 1 week ago on Dear Lyft: I’ve found someone else. I just couldn’t handle surge pricing

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@Erno @eismcsquare  You sound like someone who just read securityfocus.com for the first time. Stating your preferences on Linux distributions and somehow trying to blindly indicate one is superior is no way to go through life. Come present some evidence -- hell, even anecdotes -- and maybe people won't dismiss your nonsense outright.

5 months, 1 week ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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@David Mayes Did you comment have any purpose other than to point out "look! I too was a senior manager at a big tech company!".

5 months, 4 weeks ago on The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages

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@jiveFyre My god you are annoying -- and very obviously created this account simply to bash aspects of (and players in) this story. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Exclusive: Uber driver accused of assault had done prison time for a felony, passed background check anyways

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"post-Internet landscape" ..

.. do you even believe the bullshit you write?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on History was erased twice yesterday

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Please read this sentence aloud to yourself -- and then edit it:


"The movie doesn’t focus so much on the ups and downs of the competition itself, however; this is no sports movie."

6 months, 3 weeks ago on “Computer Chess” is the year’s best movie about technology

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@DanielVincentKelley @guitarpunkjack Wah, wah, wahhhh. Someone call the wahhhbulance on you, you little twerp. And by you I of course mean @DanielVincentKelley. You are such a whiner. Why don't you start making progress *somewhere* instead of just complaining to whomever will listen?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window

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@DanielVincentKelley @neoganda @mrjkd Step up, bitch. My tech guru punk ass will slap the shit outta you.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window

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Nice research. And all I can say after reading it all is FUCK NUANCE.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on A small Chinese startup stood up to patent bullying from the maker of Siri – and won

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@nspyraishn You keep using that word ("dearth") -- I do not think it means what you think it means.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Bitcoin, you have a China problem

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Protip: just say "money" when you mean it. This sophomoric construct does not add to your writing: "a significant waste of resources (read: money)".

8 months ago on The worst practice in advertising is far too common (and expensive)

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@lyonlee Take your spam elsewhere, kthxbai.

8 months ago on Why Facebook pages are a bust for brands

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@sophiaandresov Uh huh, suuuree you did. Liar.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Startup snake oil: Scamming early stage entrepreneurs

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Why wasn't Moat awarded legal costs? This seems appropriate given the prejudicial dismissal.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Score one for the little guy: Court dismisses ComScore’s patent lawsuit against Moat

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Whoops, hit submit too soon and my Edit period expired. Here's what I meant to write:

These SpiderLabs guys sound like a bunch of amateurs with all of their mistakes/ill preparation. (I'm half way through the article anyway -- just scrolled down to see comments so far, maybe my opinion will change after finishing?)

If you want to read a more technical description of some analogous techniques, check out these two books (one includes a chapter from Fyodor of nmap fame):

1. http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Network-How-Own-Box/dp/1931836876

2. http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Network-How-Own-Continent/dp/1931836051

(There are newer ones in the "Stealing the Network" series but I haven't read them so I can't recommend them -- or not.)

P.S. Sorry about the massive images -- think PD did that automatically? I'd remove if I could without breaking the link ..

8 months, 3 weeks ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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These guys sound like a bunch of amateurs with all of their mistakes. (I'm half way through the article anyway -- just scrolled down to see comments so far, maybe my opinion will change after finishing?)

8 months, 3 weeks ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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@juararetardino "Amazon has never made money and shows no prospects of making in in the future." <-- stupidest thing ever written.

Seriously, do you not get that Amazon could, in a moment's notice, flip a switch and be instantly MASSIVELY profitable? They invest almost every dollar that comes back in the door. Take this Apple fanboy's write-up for instance: http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/bezos-not-bozos/.


9 months, 3 weeks ago on Steve Ballmer: The. Worst. CEO. Ever.

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"The creators filed a whopping 80 patents in the process of building it." 

You say it like that's a good thing. At least try to get a quote from her on how they're for defensive purposes only; she is, after all, the the former president of the EFF so I'm sure she'd be willing to weigh in!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Move slow, make it perfect: The three year development of Spin, Skype’s hot new competitor

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@lenkendall You realize your link goes to the Wikipedia page for "Internet" right?

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Who knows shareholders’ best interests?

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@Platonic Solids Haha touche! Nicely done.

10 months ago on Calm down, media, before you hurt someone

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@neoganda @PatrickSF Yeah of course they're not selling us throughput that's equal to the physical line/last-mile speed. They wouldn't be able to provide the upstream bandwidth -- or anywhere near it -- so why bother?

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The tech industry’s dirty secrets (à la Reddit)

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"Work for a fiber internet “to the home” company…We offer 50gb a second and the fastest 150gb when in reality the company tested a fiber to check bandwidth and couldn’t calculate the speed as the machines weren’t powerful enough, something like 40 terabytes a second before the machines topped out…"

Does this snippet not make sense to anyone else? 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The tech industry’s dirty secrets (à la Reddit)

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@davemholmes @adders Follow-up please!

 @adders : what'd they pay ya? Don't settle for less than $1,000.

11 months, 1 week ago on Here’s why Path didn’t leak a fake valuation (and you shouldn’t either)

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Bravo!

Glad you were able to listen to (and incorporate in your response) the more thoughtful feedback and tune out the more knee-jerk jealous ones. Hopefully you won't be nearly as excoriated this time around. It's clear to this reader that you mean well, even if you rubbed some overly sensitive folks the wrong way.

I took a look at the site and it looks great -- especially love the unique mobile features that allows readers to scroll left-to-right across large, high res photos (complete with author's name and post date appearing to help seek out the specific "voices" one wishes to hear from). Search is great too, and would be even better if you could excerpt (in real-time a la the various search-aheads) the full text that matches the query.

Also, LOVE LOVE the DMCA policy. Plenty of (legitimate) hurdles that the complainant must jump through and then at the end, a snail mail address. So perfect that I made a point to show it to my girlfriend before the rest of the site.

A couple tips/nitpicks on mobile:

1. If after clicking the list icon in the top right, you try to scroll the categories (e.g., News, Entertainment, etc.) than the underlying page scrolls; assume there's nothing you can do about that but thought I'd point it out. 

2. If you click back instead of "x" on the Search results, you are taken back to the previous site/page you were on -- not to, for example, the home page of Bustle. I know problems with the back button abound HTML5 code bases, but would be great to fix if possible. 

3. Why not profile the editors/authors on the "About" page? Would be great to see a pic and an amusing bio that sheds some light on the "voice" you speak much about.

11 months, 1 week ago on Take Two

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@JoshuaBolin @JulieFredrickson Well said, sir.

11 months, 1 week ago on Take Two

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@Monte Gruhlke @PatrickSF Really? You're going to try to throw out my entire post because of one tiny part where I didn't bother to look up the link for the reader? Here is the link in question: http://pandodaily.com/2013/03/25/because-of-asset-seizures-i-am-starting-my-new-company-outside-california/. It was simply pointing out to everyone that Bryan had written extensively about the process of starting his next company -- so he (as Sarah Lacy has pointed out) was WELL within his rights to announce his new company (and their recently closed funding) here.

OK, link provided, now go "tear apart [my] arguments". Your excuse to be lazy has been removed.

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Right, because this article is about my company and people are giving me shit and questioning if it'll flop. Or not, and it's about Bryan's company -- and I feel he's being unnecessarily crucified by jealous, spiteful women (and tools like yourself), so I decided to pipe up for him and put you in your place. You know that he'd love to but he'd be further persecuted for doing so.

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Maybe so but do you really think this will flop? I'll bet your just-checked-to-see-if-it's-there penis that he personally clears more on this than you'll make in your entire life.

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@kmahlonlives @PatrickSF I'm just tired of having my email blow up with bitchy comment after bitchy comment. Perhaps I should just unsubscribe to the thread rather than spend my time responding.

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Good ad hominem. Now how bout you respond to any of the substantive points I've carefully laid out for you?

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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All you women are acting like crabs in a barrel. Pulling and putting each other -- yes, Bryan's company is almost ENTIRELY WOMEN -- down just because you didn't get the funding, or have as audacious of a launch, or state as lofty goals. Honestly, the jealousy seeping into these comments is so thinly veiled; no scratch that, it's blindingly transparent. Do yourself a favor and focus this vitriol and the energy behind it elsewhere; say, maybe into writing content for your Bustle.com competitor and building a successful company? 

Here's a summary of the women (and a few men) I see whining in this post:

1. Those who already have a (now competing) site.

Your jealously -- and fear of a highly successful entrepreneur coming to eat your lunch -- is so transparent that it's making me sick. To the Jezebel woman: really? Bustle threatens you that much that you had to come here and comment and dispute something Bryan said? Didn't you learn the lesson that when you're on the top you don't even mention the new entrants and also-rans by name? Smart move deleting your comment but everyone on the thread already has it in their Inbox.

2. Those who want funding but can't get it.

Maybe you understand women's issues better than Bryan, but guess what? You haven't founded and sold a site for $175mm+. That's why he's getting funding for his site. Not because he's a man. Because he's done it before and investors are voting with their dollars that he can do it again. It's as simple as that, ladies.

3. Those who think him stating lofty goals is somehow "smug" or bitching that he's not different enough.

Which statement do you think his investors prefer him to say? Either "Gee, I hope we get a somewhat respectable audience but I really don't want to make this huge and sell it for a boatload of money; I'd prefer to toil along in mediocrity like most of the other content sites out there." or "We're going to be huge and knock it out of the park! Ten (10) figure exit after years of $100mm+ revenue here we come!". Get off the man's back for trying to do something big.

And as for the editorial content -- again, what do you expect him to make an announcement saying? "Oh we're just like all the other sites out there catering to women's diverse interests! No need to read us if you already read something from other well-funded companies like Sugar Publishing, Glam Media, etc."

4. Those who are hating on Bryan because HE founded the site not a SHE.

Boo-fucking-hoo. A man founded it. Does that make the women behind it (99% or so it seems) any less capable? Or interesting to read? Should you not support them because Bryan owns more stock than they do? Grow up. Yes it would have been preferable to you had a women just raised $6.5mm to launch a site but, as I point out above, he was the one who just made his investors wealthy(er) not you or your sister, your daughter, or your mom.

5. Those complaining he's violating some journalistic standards by posting his fundraising announcement on PandoDaily.

Newflash: as Sarah Lacy just pointed out, Bryan is a PandoDaily contributor. On the regular. Where else do you think he'd announce his new startup that, mind you, he's been writing about for months now? It would have been weird for him to write about moving it out of California, etc. (too lazy to link sorry) and then have this appear elsewhere. It would have seemed if Pando "missed the scoop". The man writes upwards of 100 unpaid articles -- of course Sarah is going to give him a few words to promote himself.

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@lajetee47 What exactly did your company patent?

11 months, 1 week ago on Julie Samuels: Crusading the fight against patent stupidity

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"news and politics right beside fashion tips" -- you really love this juxtaposition eh?

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@curtwoodward No shit dude. The guy writes a regular column for Pando. Where else do you think he'd write about his new company?

11 months, 1 week ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@jmpreston How do you turn it off?

11 months, 2 weeks ago on California’s first mobile Amber Alert shocks strangers

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Nice article Bryan.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The most important managerial skill

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Did anyone else scroll to the comment section to see wtf "cfnm" is? And how it's porn related?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Tumblr porn is a bigger problem than Yahoo realizes

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@KevinOConnor @david pratt @hillaryfoss @jacks_whitli Kevin, didn't you read his brilliant advice? It would "have costed you much lesser" if you simply had invited the patent troll over to your house for a nice dinner, broken up the expensive bottles of wine you had been saving for just the occasion, and maybe even let him have his way with your wife.

@david pratt it's obvious to the reader the connections and biases @KevinOConnor brings to the table, but where is your disclaimer? What patent trolling have you done in the past on behalf of your own company/"inventions" or on behalf of some other trolls you seem to hold in such high regard vis-a-vis actual founders? You know, the "greedy founder that destroys innovation" I believe you refer to above.


11 months, 4 weeks ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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@david pratt @jholyhead Your "peals [sic] of wisdom" are, in fact, useless conjectures. Take your inaccurate, sweeping generalizations elsewhere. 

Sigh, but I'll bite into your trolling anyway: Doing, as you say, the 5-10 days of research to determine if there are legitimate, well-intentioned patents covering the area(s) in which your startup is trying to operate offers zero protection against patent trolls (who sue for entirely unsubstantiated claims). Also, if the troll is somehow able to trick a non-technical judge AND prove the supposed infringement was willful, then I believe (but IANAL) the penalties are somehow multiplied. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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@chrisgrayson @KevinOConnor @Ell Tee If she had accepted a check and parted ways, fine you may be right. But if you read what Kevin said, she's _still_ an owner of the company suing him/his firm! Therefore, she's complicit. You don't get to participate in the upside of patent trolling and avoid being seen as a patent troll. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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Check this gem provided by one of her patent-trolling buddies (I assume based on his quote and "patent & IP strategist ... expert witness" self-provided title):

"Eileen Shapiro also brings a deep understanding of how intellectual property provides business leverage. Over the years, I have provided patent and trademark representation to many of Eileen’s clients. "

Vomitous. Truly.

12 months ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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@Austerity_Sucks Uh, you realize that it's the Kevin O'Connor who founded DoubleClick, right? And he said personally commit. Guy probably dug up $1mm in the cushions of his couch and said "come at me troll". Or at least that's how I'd like to envision it :)

12 months ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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Love, love, love this article! Great job and I commend you for fighting back. Let me know if there's anything we can do to help. There should be a crowdsourced patent troll-fighting site!

Also, is this the troll in question? http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=192413

Looks like it based on her listing Hillcrest Group, Harvard, VC as industry on LinkedIn, and this lovely little snippet:

"I'm also an inventor with 14 issued U.S. patents, plus additional pending U.S. applications, and 2 issued international patents. My patents are in the areas of identity verification and résumé verification; information/news distillation and presentation over the internet; and intelligent recommendations. I also work with companies across industries on patent filings and patent and branding strategies."

12 months ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps

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@caleweissman @Ethan Hunt Cale, you did a terrific job maintaining that balance. Don't listen to this whiner.

12 months ago on An open letter to BeachMint’s Diego Berdakin and Josh Berman

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1. Nobody is following this story, except those unfortunate enough to keep getting email notices that you or one of your co-conspirators is spamming one of these threads with "updates".

2. Stick to saving the world as an IMF agent.

3. My take on the story, after reading Gabrill's original blog (http://ethan-hunt-micro-phone-scam.biz/), is that his "apology" is so forced, and so contrived, that -- along with the fact it was immediately preceded by death threats -- it must have come under duress. I think there's more towards the story than Mr. Hunt et al. are reporting but hey, if you guys ever ship let me know .. I've been wrong before

12 months ago on Thieves and scams: the problem with crowdfunding

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@mcarney Nicely done Michael! I gave you a hard time for your BeachMint botching, but this is an all-around great article. I really enjoyed reading it and it reminded me why I religiously read Pando in the first place.

One point of caution though: ease up on the sic's, especially when they're non-obvious and/or ambiguous (see below) -- or really just exist to call attention to his FOB-isms:

Not sure what you find wrong with the following, is it because they already have at least one? "If you are wondering why Canada doesn’t have the [sic] billion dollar company, it cannot be more obvious than this". 

Or potentially ambiguous (are you sure he meant "guts" not "gut"?): "Not enough people have the gut [sic] and commitment to create or help create something truly meaningful."

12 months ago on On why the biggest tech companies are built in Silicon Valley

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@narrow The problem with innovating within the pharmacy itself is the DEA has them in such a stranglehold as to what they can/cannot do. I've talked to plenty of pharmacists who are open to more efficient policies, they just realize how futile they'd be getting them by (i.e., done in spite of) the government regulators.

12 months ago on ZappRx launches beta program to streamline e-prescriptions

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@paulcarr @balthasar @davepaz Interesting but entirely inconsequential. The contents of the comments are FAR more important than the source/real name of the poster. Some people can't post with their real names due to their profession, location from where they are posting, etc. Get over it!

You can't just default dismiss their comments (as you almost always try to do in these cases, see @balthasar@jalopy, etc. in this post, and countless times in other posts) by using weak ad hominems such as "first time poster!" or "you're anonymous!". Ahem, if you're going to go ad hominem, do it with some teeth!

1 year ago on An open letter to BeachMint’s Diego Berdakin and Josh Berman

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@paulcarr Paul, what people have taken issue with (as I see it) is that the correction was buried and done in a way as to avoid any genuine sense of a well-deserved mea culpa. It was buried between "oh it's not 100% this or that, so don't blame us" and a "well, maybe we were wrong .. but only for now, just wait!", etc.

If Sarah had corrected Michael's gaffe and genuinely apologized for the damage it caused, 99% of PandoDaily readers would have stopped complaining and just moved on; sure there are some she/you will never please, but such is life. Readers -- especially those who typically defend Sarah -- were put off by her half-assed and deliberate attempt to save face and twist words in a transparent effort to not give BeachMint what they want.

It's the same lesson that Pando and TechCrunch and others have tried to impart on founders such as the Airbnb guys (remember their PR fiasco re:trashed rental?). Take heed of your own advice and people will forgive you. Really. I take you back to January 10, 2013 where the same Michael Carney wrote (in http://pandodaily.com/2013/01/10/breaking-good-how-airbnbs-meth-encounter-shaped-the-company/):

"The CEO made the mistake of writing a public letter – based on bad information and bad internal communications – declaring the situation resolved. In the mind of the victim, the situation was anything but resolved. People were extremely upset by Airbnb’s apparent thoughtless response. The common thinking might be summarized as, “This is a [whatever dollar sized] company, how don’t they have their shit together?”"

and 

"Chesky’s response was to take responsibility for everything. “Our communication with the victim was horrible. We went dark for a little while. … The buck has to stop somewhere, and ultimately, it all comes back to me.”"

Sound familiar?

1 year ago on An open letter to BeachMint’s Diego Berdakin and Josh Berman

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This entire drama is because Sarah refuses to say "we were wrong, period". 

Had she (or Michael) been able to do that, instead of qualifying it with lots of nonsense designed to save face, this would have been put to bed weeks ago.

1 year ago on An open letter to BeachMint’s Diego Berdakin and Josh Berman

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@ropman76 "Someone who pre-pays Wordpress by the year!"

1 year ago on An open letter to BeachMint’s Diego Berdakin and Josh Berman

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@davepaz @steveray Yup, I'm betting* that this WAS in the plans, but when it leaked -- they decided to hold off (for the time being), figure out where the leaks are so they could plug them, and reassess when all the hoopla has died down.

Sarah and PD/team are definitely in the wrong here, but BeachMint acting all high and mighty by aggressively claiming the plan was never going to happen (just because it was halted at the last moment), is disingenuous. If/when that story line comes out, Sarah and Michael will have some vindication; on the other hand, BeachMint has dug in so deeply that they might never change leadership and instead drive the company right into the ground just to spite the PandoDaily folks.

* For those that will follow up this comment accusing me of being uninformed, you're right, I am uninformed here. That's why I said I'm "betting".

1 year ago on How we’ve responded to BeachMint’s most recent demands

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I'm pretty sure the play here for them is to ignore it as long as possible in the hope that it goes away. Up to people like you and me to make sure we get answers.

1 year ago on An update on our Beachmint story

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Who of the Google principals showed up? Sergey? Larry? Were they the ones not exhibiting good sharing qualities?

1 year ago on Google Mine (if it’s real) could be the best or the worst thing to happen to the sharing economy

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Quote #1: "At this point, I can say with certainty that our reporting was not “100% false,” but — as with most breaking news– it’s appears not to be 100% accurate." -- @sarahcuda

What a CROCK. The two main thrusts of your reporting -- i) founders were ousted and ii) $20mm was returned to investors -- are, in fact, 100% false (see next quote). Don't take credit for getting some minor, inconsequential details correct while blowing the story and potentially damaging the livelihoods of a large (100+) group of people. 


Headline: "BeachMint board ousts founders, company returns $20 million to investors".

Quote #2: "Specifically, it seems that Berdakin and Berman are still employed at Beachmint and that no capital has been returned, yet."

Way to bury this towards the end of your article. Throw it at the end of the first paragraph or don't bother writing this half-assed "update" at all. Look, we as readers get you are trying to cover your and your staff member's mistakes, but as you advise other companies: just admit to them upfront, apologize, and move on. You'll engender far more respect and trust than are currently by playing these other games.


1 year ago on An update on our Beachmint story

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Very cool. The tough thing with these types of services is convincing them to install one in my 8 unit apartment building. It's a beautiful building with high income residents, but the small size (understandably) just doesn't excite these guys or Laundry Locker, etc. Someone needs to figure out a way to scale this to less dense buildings.

1 year ago on Clean Cube is like Amazon Locker mixed with a doorman

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1.

To quote @rabois : "Wow, who knew 40,000 developers used the Foursquare API".

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/keith-rabois-bashes-square-on-twitter-2013-3

I tend to concur and wonder, what on earth are these people doing with it (and if anything useful, why haven't we seen it)? My guess is that 40,000 people have, in aggregate, filled out a form that allows them to download the SDK/docs whatever is required to build an app or learn by example.

2.

If people are so focused on what their actual friends think of a restaurant (as opposed to random Yelp "friends" they've met while vying for hipster-coveted "elite" status), why hasn't Facebook focused here and facilitated such discovery? Where do most people connect with MOST of their friends, not just a curated subset (e.g., Path)? Right, Facebook; I would think they'd be in a great position to leverage reviews and recommendations better than anyone. Maybe people just don't trust them enough?


1 year ago on Foursquare Explore is amazing. But only for a very small group of people

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@DouglasCrets I just read your comment and I have *no* idea what you're trying to say?

1 year ago on Fred Wilson: For Foursquare, it’s not about the check-in. It’s about “maps with people in them”

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@SpeakeasyStrat1 Did you just tell @sarahcuda , in the comment section of her. own.  startup. to "try to do you [sic] own start-up"? And not to mention, with respect to locale, that she do it on one of the coasts because it is "much more difficult" here? Where, pray tell, do you think pandodaily.com was started and/or operates from? Hint: http://crunchbase.com/company/pandodaily.

Also a news flash for you: most of the top schools are in fact on the coasts -- you grew up in California so I'll assume (maybe I shouldn't) that you know of Stanford, Caltech, etc. -- so outside of NYC think Boston/Northeast which has MIT, Harvard, Dartmouth, Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Tufts, Middlebury, Wellesley, etc.

1 year, 1 month ago on Memo to non-Valley, non-NYC ecosystems: No one you want cares about the cost of living

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Sharing companies be warned, Google is coming for dat ass!

1 year, 1 month ago on Google Mine (if it’s real) could be the best or the worst thing to happen to the sharing economy

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THANK YOU for writing this article. Such an annoying "me too" attitude that actually demeans/devalues the space around those using it. Please link(?) to where I can nominate it/you for a Pulitzer.

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s time to end the “Silicon” branding of startup ecosystems. Let’s start with LA (survey)

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@MarkJeffrey If @Jason is doing it, then it's CLEARLY jumped the shark.

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s time to end the “Silicon” branding of startup ecosystems. Let’s start with LA (survey)

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@AC1222 People who criticize others for debating such things clearly have nothing better to do.

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s time to end the “Silicon” branding of startup ecosystems. Let’s start with LA (survey)

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Oh, hi Plaxo (http://www.crunchbase.com/company/plaxo). Maybe these guys can fool Comcast into giving them $150mm as well.

1 year, 1 month ago on The guys behind Turf are now building an app to fix contact lists

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The #1 takeaway from these clips is that Calacanis is a pompous, loud mouth, know-nothing.

1 year, 1 month ago on CEO Supper Club: “An airplane can double its speed by pointing its nose at the ground”

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@AdamGrandmaison What browser were you using that couldn't display it? Mac+Chrome works fine. AND WHAT ELSE IS THERE?!

1 year, 1 month ago on CEO Supper Club: “If Travis stops acting like a prick, I’ll stop calling him a prick”

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Love this: "Not only is it a good icebreaker with girls – a front on which they confess to having a conversion problem".

1 year, 2 months ago on Startup hustle: Why two men decided to sleep together in a van for months on end

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@niket @PatrickSF @rohamg

Niket: yeah, you're saying the same thing as I am with respect to getting your money back. that's a failure, crappy outcome, etc. as an investor, you're PO'ed to have the team you invested in get acqui-hired and take the easy way out instead of swinging for the fences. if all your companies did this, you'd go out of business.

Rohamg: got it -- took your "we celebrate failure" too literally. as written, it's not immediately obvious (at least to me) that you're saying you celebrate it vs. playing it too safe.

the sad thing is, lots of people in this space DO celebrate failure. take the beginning of ries' lean startup: he goes on a bit about all the people out there who started companies that totally went bust and they go on about how "much they've learned", etc. it's a natural spin apparently.


1 year, 2 months ago on Can’t raise a Series A? Just sell yourself to Yahoo

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@rohamg You "celebrate failure"? Since when (and why)? Sure you learned something but nobody in their right mind (especially investors who lost money or simply received it back) champions failure like it's some decent outcome.

1 year, 2 months ago on Can’t raise a Series A? Just sell yourself to Yahoo

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@2William Yeah I saw that and was like what-the-f... and then scrolled down to see if someone addressed in the comments!

1 year, 2 months ago on Can’t raise a Series A? Just sell yourself to Yahoo

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Misleading sentence:  "started by Facebook cofounders Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein". Justin Rosenstein != Facebook cofounder.

1 year, 2 months ago on Asana goes after the large enterprise market with “Organizations,” a more IT-friendly version of its collaboration software

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@mcarney @PatrickSFyes, thank you. i have grammar issues that probably stem from childhood trauma. but what can you do? very much enjoyed the article otherwise!

1 year, 3 months ago on Boo hoo: Ebay merchant sues consumer over negative (but accurate) feedback

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and while we're on grammar lessons for the day, try 'nor' rather than 'or' when you follow 'neither'! http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/when-to-use-nor.aspx

1 year, 3 months ago on Boo hoo: Ebay merchant sues consumer over negative (but accurate) feedback

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protip: don't be afraid to use a comma -- or the good ole emdash -- to help readability. this sentence is desperately crying out for one or the other and is (objectively!) difficult to track: "Whether leaving such feedback is ethically fair, given the company’s efforts to rectify the situation is subjective at best."

* http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/dashes.asp

1 year, 3 months ago on Boo hoo: Ebay merchant sues consumer over negative (but accurate) feedback

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@KirkCaraway Way to bring those numbers in check. Paul either intentionally ignored this ratio, or well, just doesn't get it.

"It's easy to get 100+ subscriptions in a day if your pool of customers is the entire English-speaking world. NSFWCORP only has to sign up a very tiny percentage of that audience to be successful. Good luck trying that trick in a metro area like Charleston that has less than 600k population, and a median household income of $40k. "

1 year, 3 months ago on Paywalls are scary! But aren’t newspaper publishers supposed to be brave?

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@fengtality Yes, they actually decided to cap the assets they plan to take at $120mm. And not try to get anymore. To, you know, exceed that $7mm in payroll. That's the business plan -- you nailed it!

1 year, 3 months ago on Wealth management isn’t for old farts anymore. Personal Capital uses technology and design to spice up a boring topic

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"For example, a cardiothoracic surgeon might want to invest in companies that are innovating in the cardio-pharmaceutical space"

Yes, great idea. Find the stocks that correlate extremely closely to your income/ability to pay the mortgage and bet on them. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Motif grabs $25M and serious Street cred from Goldman Sachs to help the everyman invest

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Umm, why not just use Google Doc-style multiple viewer/simultaneous editing? Seems far simpler.

1 year, 3 months ago on WordPress hacks collaboration with “Post Locking”

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TL:DR You can sell, loan, or hold them.

1 year, 3 months ago on What to do with your stock options if your startup is going nowhere

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Love how he takes the opportunity to group himself into the "prominent international businesses". Surprised there wasn't a "successful" or "disruptive" in there.

1 year, 3 months ago on Indiegogo hit with distributed denial of service attack

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Hah, I had this idea a year or two ago (as I'm sure many others did), but was far too lazy to try to code it -- or more likely, contract it out. Glad to see someone built it!

1 year, 3 months ago on PuzzleSocial raises seed funds for insanely addictive crossword game

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Hmm, I think this is the first post you've written that I actually like. Nicely done.

1 year, 3 months ago on You are not as good as you think you are

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@statspotting You're still here, spamming PD readers with links to your garbage? How have they not banned you by now? 

1 year, 3 months ago on You don’t want experts. You want jacks-of-all-trades

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Why is there even a BitTorrent "company" (as opposed to just a protocol)? They beauty in my mind is that the protocol is open source -- and no company is actually required to do anything.

1 year, 4 months ago on BitTorrent is not a crime. It’s a well-funded, revenue generating machine

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@Severin @PatrickSF OK, fine you have the right to whine -- but don't expect anyone but fellow naive designers to listen (and annoyed capitalists like myself to respond).

What do you mean "that's kinda my point"? They have a business that matches ONE designer with ONE client. Like every other transaction other there. They give lazy designers an introduction in front of potential clients but they're sure as hell not going to guarantee they get paid for that.

"Brilliant advice. That every designer on 99designs should heed."

See, they're not going to -- and that's what drives you oh-so-mad. You wish that all your little designer buddies would stop entering contents and making money on 99designs so you could "teach the man a lesson!" and all of a sudden those putting their contents on 99designs would look you up and start paying you loads for every last piece of crap design you sent their way! Because there's no forum where your work can be compared to others! Oh, the beauty of such opacity to your goals.

News flash: 99designs is around and will continue to flourish thanks to those who prefer to outsource their sales efforts in exchange for lower expected revenue. Get over it already.

1 year, 4 months ago on Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

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@Severin @PatrickSF Do you mean to tell me that people submitting designs aren't intelligent enough to weigh the cost to them of doing the draft against the expected benefit they'll receive (likelihood they're chosen x cash prize net of fees)? And thus, because they can't internalize this decision before deciding whether or not to spend their time pitching themselves/their design, they're "exploited" by the company who runs the contest?

Give me a break. Either choose to participate, or don't. You don't have a right to whine about a completely transparent process. Do you really think every last piece of poop submitted deserves compensation? What socialist utopia do you think 99designs operates in? They fetch the customers for you and thus offset this cost from the freelancer. Do you really think they could run a profitable business paying everyone? This is a for-profit company, not a charity.

If you want to guarantee you get paid for every second you spend designing, fetch your own clients.

Start living in the real world. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

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#1 reason to visit USA Today? To learn how to write at a level your toddler can appreciate!

1 year, 4 months ago on Why I’ve been to USA Today more in the last month than the rest of my life combined

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@statspotting And all you've done with your PD posts is push your own brand/website.

1 year, 4 months ago on Google dances on Reader’s grave with Google Keep

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@scott_r_harris As a startup hiring it's first paid employees last November, we looked into group rates but they were exorbitant compared to just going to ehealthcare.com (or whatever it's called) and applying directly with employer provided HRA funds. On the other hand, I was denied individual coverage because of my pre existing condition and thus had to pony up for COBRA until 2014 when Obamacare kicks in. So, until group coverage becomes palatable for bootstrapped or even decently angel-funded companies, people may continue to go this employer-subsidized individual coverage route -- especially once the f'in insurance companies can no longer deny for preexisting

1 year, 4 months ago on Obamacare is a bonanza for startups – but do they know it?

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Err "you, the parent, ..." -- my fingers are too fat for this portrait mode!

1 year, 4 months ago on Honest launches a new iPhone app, an important step to becoming more than a diaper company

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" As is, I’m paralyzed when I take a cute picture of my one year old. Do I email this? Put it on Path? Instagram? Twitter? Facebook? One of my favorite things to do is Tweet them from my son’s account and then watch a scrapbook accumulate automatically on RebelMouse."

God, I wish more parents suffered from this paralysis and ultimately just ended up posting to their children's account for posterity (rather than flood the masses on social media with pictures of every last insignificant milestone only you, the paren,t cares about). Be a trend-setter, Sarah!

1 year, 4 months ago on Honest launches a new iPhone app, an important step to becoming more than a diaper company

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Err the point of the company is that *no* fixes are worth less than $99. Nobody is going to go through the overhead of understanding your site, theme, etc. unless there's some minimal payout.

1 year, 4 months ago on Fantasktic launches to fix small WordPress bugs on the cheap

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@Severin @PatrickSF Do you have an actual contribution to the dialogue? Or do you just like to pick out the few incendiary words others use?

1 year, 4 months ago on Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

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I've never understand why designers were such whiny crybabies with respect to 99designs. They make a service people want -- dare I say "love" --  and to which designers flock. Period. Grow up, and either learn to land your own high(er)-paid work, or shut your mouth and let people continue to get value. If your work is that much better than what's submitted on 99designs, you'll get paid appropriately. If it's not, well, maybe you're not as good as you think you are. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

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@paulcarr @twandosaurus Just do what 2600 magazine has had to do for years: sign a few direct distribution deals with the likes of Barnes and Noble and whatever chain in Las Vegas is likely to be around for the next year. Basically, stop whining about the fact that middlemen won't work with you and just cut them out. It's not hard.

1 year, 4 months ago on NSFWCORP gets banned by Vegas distributors. Maybe this is why print is dying

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@aboer Great points. And don't worry about @paulcarr -- usually you're labeled an "imbecile" by him when you're arguing something he either doesn't understand or something he disagrees with. For him, ad hominem attacks are the norm not the exception (when trying to rebut something in the comment section at PandoDaily). Thanks for the post.

1 year, 4 months ago on How much is a piece of content worth?

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@bgoldberg *Any* article on PandoDaily (save for the ones written by you) are better than any arbitrary article you wrote. On reread, that sentence sounds a bit recursive, but it gets my point across.

1 year, 4 months ago on Everyone Knows Print Is Dead. Which Is Why NSFWCORP Is Launching A Print Edition

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@KristaCaldwell @PatrickSF @anulmanErr, nm, just realized it's in Toronto only! Won't do me much good in SF. Oh well, let me know if you make it stateside.

EDIT: 

Also, most importantly, how does Diamond Taxicab plan to deal with 3* or less reports? This, in my opinion, as well as many Uber users I've talked to, is the MOST important non-bring-me-a-ride-on-time feature. 

The reason being that taxi drivers are known as a group -- fairly stereotyped or not -- to be surly (or outright rude), and eager to complain about having to accept the very credit cards they advertise they accept with bright colorful stickers on the outside of their cabs. In many cases, they'll even outright lie about the functioning of said credit card machines in an effort to avoid i) the few seconds more it takes to process than cash or ii) the few percent points more they have to pay in convenience fees.

Thus, the importance of a true two-way, democratic feedback system that is used to keep both drivers AND passengers honest is paramount. Color me skeptic, but I somehow doubt that Diamond Taxi is going to police its members with the same vigor that Uber does. Just think about how a taxi-owned dispatcher would respond to someone complaining that a driver was using racist slurs while they whipped them around the city: "oh really, they used the such-and-such word, yeah good to know thanks [under their breath] GFY BYE". 

On the other hand, Uber is extremely responsive to 3* (or lower) reports and is very good at following up using their customer service staff (i.e., real human beings who have a vested interest in weeding out drivers that aren't good brand advocates / deliver a poor experience).

So, I know I will be interested to hear how many driver complaints DIamond Taxi actually i) receives and ii) uses to reprimand drivers and/or remove them from the force.

Keep us posted, thanks!

1 year, 4 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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@KristaCaldwell @PatrickSF @anulman Just installed and I'll give you my honest feedback here. FIrst thing I noticed: clicking on your "Terms and Conditions" link takes me to some story about why you retired HireWinston (and not the T&C)? Same thing with clicking on "Privacy Policy". The two links in question are: http://hirewinston.com/terms and http://hirewinston.com/privacy. Both have that same content. 

1 year, 4 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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Btw, nice thoughtful post, but may want to ask one of your staff to proofread:

- Who are "the Nucci"? - Investors have complained that calls and questions to the Nucci have gone largely unanswered.

- Extra been's going around! "Ecomom has been just been devastating"

- Slightly nitpicky but should qualify "this" when starting paragraph with "One source tells us that Sherman told at least one investor about this [this what?] the"


1 year, 5 months ago on Ecomom is liquidating and shutting down; investors are stunned

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@philsimon Pro-tip: do NOT search for "BBW sarah" on Google. This is one of those acronyms you might want to type the extra characters for, as some of us don't know you mean Bloomberg Business Week.

1 year, 5 months ago on Ecomom is liquidating and shutting down; investors are stunned

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A few "weeks" at the gym? Heh.

1 year, 5 months ago on Don’t make it about you…

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@Dan Flanegan Agreed. Saw "Calacanis" as the author and expected his usual self-aggrandizing hot air, but this was nicely done.

1 year, 5 months ago on Do we need to talk about suicide?

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@paulcarr @RobinWolaner I second Robin's "you must be kidding". We get that you love Sarah (as we all do), but how can you suggest that the controversial circumstances surrounding his leaving will NOT have a huge impact on what he might do next? His possibilities are undoubtedly constrained (and thus said speculation should at the very least acknowledge this fact, or follow up with an update as it seems it was innocently missed the first time through) by the accusation of sexual harassment -- unfortunately whether real or made up.

1 year, 5 months ago on Is Keith Rabois sick of being Silicon Valley’s consummate No. 2?

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@statspotting Right, which is why i'm sure they've priced in this adverse selection. It's not like they think the entire market of high credit score consumers is theirs for the taking.

1 year, 6 months ago on BillFloat nabs $21M to give customers more time to pay bills

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A better title for this article would be "naivete cannot be faked!". 

1 year, 6 months ago on Loyalty cannot be faked

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This is a pretty piss poor one-sided piece. I've bit my tongue on post of your "articles" but finally feel the need to weigh in here. What you describe is employer utopia, without putting yourself and your company out there as holding yourself to the same standards.

Sure, who doesn't want employees that take no vacation -- or at least, take it on their own dime -- but if you're hiring folks who've been burning the candle at both ends for less than market pay (at a startup), here's a new flash: they're often cash strapped when they're leaving their last gig. What does that mean? They can't *afford* much unpaid time off and thus take it once they're firmly established in their new job.

And equity? Sure, the ideal employee is one who works for $0 cash and 100% equity. But guess what? Unvested, illiquid equity doesn't pay bills. Some of the most "loyal" -- I hesitate to use this word as you do in your article because our definitions are so far off -- employees I know have been disillusioned by startup after startup  that went under and took their now-worthless equity with it, regardless of denominator. Now guess what? They negotiate for very healthy cash compensation and assume anything else is gravy.

Oh and I almost forgot, why do you think your employees were continuously going to "dentist's appointments"? I'll eliminate one guess: it's not because they were happy. It's because they either weren't being compensated well enough not to look around, or they didn't feel the so-called "loyalty" you claim to engender.

1 year, 6 months ago on Loyalty cannot be faked

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@UniqueVisitor Well if the Social Media Insider said it, it MUST be true!

1 year, 6 months ago on Facebook’s Graph Search: A tool for marketers disguised as a tool for users

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@freded huh?what on earth are you talking about?

1 year, 6 months ago on Finance lost. Tech won. Here’s why…

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@hamishmckenzie @PatrickSF @KyleVail @hamishmckenzie Weird. Have never seen a banner for them. I'm as stubborn as they come and I suppose that may turn me off as well, but I only found it after seeking out an app that does exactly what it does (that is, easily bookmark articles from Chrome using a keyboard shortcut, auto-sync between all my iDevices, display what I want to read in a clean and elegant format, etc.) I'd encourage you to give Pocket a try and report back!

1 year, 6 months ago on The indispensable app? It’s harder to find than what you might think

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@KyleVail Agreed Kyle. My cannot-function-without app is Pocket. Obviously in the same narrowly defined class as Readability so I'm curious to see if there's something we're missing. care to enlighten us @hamishmckenzie

1 year, 6 months ago on The indispensable app? It’s harder to find than what you might think

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@bugpowder hey bro, hate to break it to you with your 

"The fear of some idiotic analysts that Apple has not created a new market with some new device since March 2010 (when the first iPad was introduced)? Yes, March 2010. It's has not even been TWO years."

but March 2012 was more than 2 years ago (closer to 3 actually than to 2). check yo calendar!

1 year, 7 months ago on Let’s admit it… Steve Jobs was lucky

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@paulcarr @PatrickSF She absolutely can, but she risks losing credibility on larger issues by writing about petty grievances. At the end of the day (and the beginning for that matter), it's her blog -- I was just pointing out what seems to be an increasingly common theme. And I'm not alone in pointing this out.

Also, thanks for reaffirming their policy on children in the priority line. On the other hand, I fly VA main cabin select all the time and regularly (and recently) see families in the preferred line. Must be selective enforcement on their part. Am actually surprised their hyperactive social media team hasn't responded to this thread yet to "clear everything up".

1 year, 7 months ago on Virgin America’s business flounders as it doubles down on party planes

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@markrogo @wjackson What's wrong with their frequent flier programs? I find myself redeeming free flights very regularly, and never face the blackout periods that others such as American Airlines force you to deal with. Additionally, you get terrific miles per dollar spent when using their VA Visa Signature card. Only complaint with the latter is that they use Barclays to administer the program.

1 year, 7 months ago on Virgin America’s business flounders as it doubles down on party planes

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@paulcarr Paul: I don't think she was saying as an earned priority status flier that they explicitly would not let her and her family in that line, but that they don't automatically permit families to use it without otherwise being qualified. Seems fair enough to me.

@markrogo @jholyhead  I agree with you both that Sarah very often takes minor inconveniences she personally experiences (this post, Yammer the other day, others I'm too lazy to look up, etc.) and then attempts to extrapolate them to her entire readership and blame the companies/doom them to failure. Yes, we get it @saracuda , you occasionally have  unpleasant episodes - very frequently attributed to your young child - but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater and use this as your personal complaint board. That's what Yelp is for.

1 year, 7 months ago on Virgin America’s business flounders as it doubles down on party planes

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 Don't be so butt hurt; there's no where the author explicitly said that the only reason people are unemployed is due to lack of skill. However,  I definitely agree with her that it's a major contributing factor, or if it's more palatable to you, these unemployed folks often have the wrong skills vis-a-vis what's in vogue/demand . A week doesn't go by where someone calls or emails me to tell me about the latest idea they have and asks "if I know anyone who can code?". Unfortunately for them, anyone at all good has been snatched up and held on to for dear life. Without question the most important connections I've made out here have been the rockstar developers that follow me from startup to startup; without them, I wouldn't be able to accomplish my goals, and thus I treat them extremely, extremely well for that loyalty.

1 year, 7 months ago on Ask any entrepreneur: The freelance economy is a sucker’s game

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"In which we ..." is pretty much an admission by the author that he can't think of a catchy headline, right?

1 year, 7 months ago on In which we discuss our new robot friends

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@jim1 It's from that windbag Calacanis, what do you expect? His bio even reads "is ... polarizing".

1 year, 7 months ago on Free transportation for life

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@anulman @bgoldberg @TylerMills Please elaborate as to why you said "yes"? Which fees do they pay that applies to Uber (and that Uber refuses to pay)?

1 year, 8 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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@KristaCaldwell Thanks for the response. One thing in particular I see repeated in your and @anulman's responses is that you think anyone but you -- and others whose income derives from serving the antiquated taxi industry -- care that i) infrastructure is being replaced and ii) the amount drivers keep may decline in general due to competition from P2P car services or relative to those that provide them fare-finding services.

Of the 3 points in the 2nd sentence of your reply that hold up as negative outcomes of a successful P2P model, only the last one (reliability of service) actually matters to riders. The rest are your problem, and as I point out below, of no consequence to PandoDaily readers/car service consumers more generally.

Let me explain why, taking the first 2 of your points in turn -

On "unnecessarily replacing infrastructure":

Replacing existing infrastructure with technology that delivers a far superior experience is "unnecessary" only in the mind of those being replaced. People want a better experience, period. They don't care how it happens or who wins or loses on the way there. Was replacing operator-powered manual switchboards with automatic switches unnecessary? People could already place calls, right? Why waste the perfectly good equipment? Why not just muddle along with the status quo, so that operators could continue to make their full wages? 

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On what drivers get paid: 

Based on several statements you've made, you seem to think that riders generally care how much drivers get to keep. News flash: they don't. Well, I suppose they care that such pay is sufficient to continue to guarantee there will be drivers to ferry them around safely and reliably, but that's about it. They don't lose a second of sleep over who keeps what percent of the money they spend paying to be brought from place A to B.

They reason they don't -- and the reason you're getting next to no sympathy here -- is that the net benefit to riders (e.g., the valuable time they save, the increased utility they get from a more pleasant experience, etc.) FAR exceeds the cost borne by the comparatively smaller group of cab drivers and cab-serving companies (e.g., fewer and/or lower cost fares as smartphone-booking apps and P2P services such as Lyft provide competition and increase the efficiency of existing cars). It's the same reason most people have no problem buying less expensive imported goods over identical need-serving goods built domestically. 

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Consumers won't actively choose to pay more, whether such pay is measured in dollars handed over to a local higher-priced merchant or in time wasted waiting for the incumbent cab company to show up if/when they please. If you're going to change the landscape and bring comparable service and technology to the cab-driving masses, then do it. But don't expect consumers to subsidize you and your clients' inferior service in the meantime. And don't insult the intelligence of PandoDaily readers by bemoaning market dynamics that don't support your business model.

1 year, 8 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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@anulman @bgoldberg @KristaCaldwell @roodave Nice false dilemma (go ahead, look it up, I'll wait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma).

"Uber will either be taken down for doing this, or the existing fleets/drivers will be granted permission to price differently."

Umm, no. That's not an either/or that holds any water. Uber will almost definitely continue to offer dynamic pricing (which as @bgoldberg points out is a true god send) AND the taxi industry as a whole will not get around to doing so. Either because they'll be unable to convince  their oligopoly-protecting regulators to permit it or because nobody will be willing to foot the bill as, you know, VCs are doing to solve the problem already.

@KristaCaldwell Here's my own false dilemma: Are taxi drivers an "integral piece of the public transportation system" like you say above, or should they be allowed to use dynamic pricing as your colleague @anulman claims they have been pushing for years in the making?

1 year, 8 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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@anulman @john_cam @KristaCaldwell You can't seriously hope to persuade PandoDaily readers that Uber and Hailo aren't competitors. Oh fine, they aren't exact-business-model-competitors but as @JohnnoDrums pointed out, they equip the same supply (drivers) to go after the same demand (passengers). If this piece wasn't so transparently a plug for your company/industry, we might take you seriously.

1 year, 8 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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@anulman  The gist of your comments is "well, if it can't be done within the overly-regulated taxi industry, then why do it at all?" 

Look, we get who pays your bills, but until the taxi industry ACTUALLY gives us what we want (not WANTS to give us what we want), people will use these other services. 

And guess what? If people use (i.e., pay money for) these services, then VCs will fund them. Plain and simple. Please take your company fluff piece elsewhere.

1 year, 8 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps

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 @merusdraconis Umm, you seem to be misinformed about who toggles surge pricing: it's the company, Uber, not the individual drivers. All that the "demand" (i.e., the passengers) need to be informed about is the binary question of whether the current situation reasonably warrants surge pricing? Hmm, is it New Year's? Halloween? Ah yes, makes sense that there'd be a huge surge in demand.

 

Oh, and in even the most efficient markets that exist "in the wild", there will be some (slight) degree of imperfect information. Uber is doing a damn good job keeping these two forces in check; long live supply and demand.

 

And terrible analogy on being ripped off by a third-world cab. In this case, unless you see a huge dearth of cabs, you're not happy that you paid more than normal. But in cases where surge pricing is in effect and people are hurling themselves into the street to get the occasional cab (that usually just forgot to turn their light off/meter on), I'm DAMN HAPPY to be paying whatever markup is required to ensure that I'm in a cab and you're not.

1 year, 8 months ago on Who’s the real bully, Uber or New York?

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TL\DR: partying/drinking in center of scene = bad, being on fringle/doing not drinking = good.

1 year, 8 months ago on Sure, being in a tech hub matters, but there’s scant benefit to being the poster-child

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Kudos to the former CTO for taking a stand; this day and age it's rare to find an executive willing to defend his/her position publicly. (At first glance, I thought he was the current CTO -- which would have been even more ballsy.)

 

There's so much money in textbooks that someone should (eventually) be able to crack the nut, if for no other selfish reason than to crush the greedy incumbents who version bump annually just to obsolete perfectly good material! Can't stand the waste that printing all that additional treeware generates, not to mention their oligopolistic attempt to eliminate a perfectly legitimate secondhand market.

 

@Erin: a couple questions/comments: 1. What's wrong with "MOOC" as an acronym? 2. "Flat World’s business model was is likely to blame" -- was or is? Pick one please. Otherwise, great overview of the startups focused on the space. 

1 year, 8 months ago on A revolution deflated? Open source book company Flat World Knowledge starts charging

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 @JeniecePrimus Would you prefer to not be able to get an Uber ride at all during those peak periods? Price increases to decrease demand so it's roughly in line with supply. #econ101 and it works!

1 year, 9 months ago on Who’s the real bully, Uber or New York?

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@true62 Can you elaborate on what you mean by "canceled the contracts"? People bought something they (ultimately) couldn't afford or something else? And why can't those "who wanted to live in the area cannot"? What is stopping them?

1 year, 10 months ago on Delivering Reality: To Succeed, Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project Can’t Please Everybody

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I flew from JFK to SFO last night and the speed was unbearably slow. It's almost not even worth getting a pass at this point (though I'm currently subscribed to the monthly plan given how frequent I travel). Any word on whether the mobile device Gogo plans (i.e., the ones that pop up when you try to browse the Internet with an iPhone or iPad) were increased as well? That can be a more price effective option if you are technically adept enough to use your phone as a gateway for your laptop.

1 year, 10 months ago on Gogo Triples the Cost of In-Flight Wifi, Doesn’t Bother To Tell Airlines, Customers

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Stream live security video to each other's smartphones? Jack Bauer approves.

1 year, 10 months ago on What Does $50M Get You? DNC Security So Advanced You Can’t Even See It

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While the functionality is nice, it's unbelievably annoying how often they make you refresh Gmail for "updates". I finally decided to just uninstall it. For the sake of growth, I hope they've fixed that problem.

1 year, 11 months ago on Email Attachment Solution Attachments.me Passes 60K Users

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"I really hope Big Textbook (ha) doesn’t find a way to kill this thing" -- is your parenthetical note a cue to the reader to laugh at something that isn't remotely funny?

2 years ago on Boundless Learning Raises $8 Million to Make Expensive College Textbooks Free

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 @MattCoddington Hmm, work we've had commissioned on 99designs.com that is far better designed than what you're "featuring" on plutoh.com. And how do you define a "shitty client"? One that wants good value for their money?

2 years, 1 month ago on Is the Crowdsourcing Debate Finally Over?

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