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1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages
Overall this is a great piece and the depth of analysis is excellent. Though I'm a former lawyer (with a side specialty in employment issues), I appreciate not having to read court docs to get the essence of the case.
Now for my problem with your piece. You keep using the term "wage-theft." If I could do a search and replace, I'd take that out altogether to test how the article reads. My gut is the perspective would still be very clear but would actually be stronger. In this context, repeatedly using wage-theft feels a bit like the proverbial boy who cried wolf.
In other words, you have a great story that hasn't been getting enough coverage in the tech press. Judicious can be very impactful.
Would have been helpful to cite which appellate court. It's the D.C. circuit, notoriously conservative on this stuff. Hopefully other circuits will rule differently and set us up for a higher level resolution.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The free and open Internet was dealt a huge blow today
Another great piece on the subject Yasha.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on What Surveillance Valley knows about you
@pemullenCall to action. Let's see innovation on the other side of this.
I read this for the content. I care deeply about the issue and do feel it has great relevance to the Valley. But am commenting only to say beautifully crafted!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Labor and the Information Economy: Which side are you on, Ed?
Kudos for writing this but honestly, how could it be a surprise that corporate interests in tracking and data gathering can be creepy? I was struck by a piece in SJ Mercury yesterday, linked at the end. The headline was great "Tech's NSA fight is battle for profits from users' data" but the context only lightly touched on the matter of tech company motives. This isn't to say that such activities to drive sales and margins are ipso facto bad, just worthy of more discussion. There are working groups and conferences addressing this stuff on a regular basis. E.g., the San Francisco privacy engineering group. In any event, hope you keep delving into this stuff. And here's the link. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24694395/techs-nsa-fight-is-battle-profits-from-users?source=pkg
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Remember when we said the NSA’s and Internet companies’ data collection weren’t the same thing? Yeah, never mind
That must have been some amazing coffee! One on the most insightful observations on a trend I've seen in a while.
3 months ago on Tech heavyweights attempt to justify Snapchat’s hype and valuation
As a native of Oregon who loves how Bend has evolved, I will definitely follow up but I'm recalling a meeting we had in your office in Menlo Park chatting about sailing. Not so much in Bend!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A VC wants startups to move to Bend, Oregon so he can incubate them
I loved the whole post. Especially this: "Part of the reason we get seduced by hustle is, in the absence of actual flow, activity feels good." That's just plain wise.
4 months, 1 week ago on Hustle and flow
Hayden, I am thoroughly enjoying your series!
4 months, 1 week ago on Don’t call me Mr. Nice Guy (even if I am)
"Google, Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, and friends are building the
future. These companies control and deploy the world’s most powerful Big
Data tools, as well as the data itself, being able to see, and benefit
from that seeing, connections and trends otherwise visible only to
governments." Can we please discuss this as well? I am alarmed at the reach of the NSA. I'm relieved it is on the table now so we can talk about it. But in many ways I fear the government less than corporations that answer only to their shareholders.
4 months, 1 week ago on It’s time for Silicon Valley to ask: Is it worth it?
While it's obviously a paid piece, there is useful content in it, especially to the language of small businesses. Not dumb, just very, very close to the product and service they offer with little time to learn the buzz words of business school grads. But I'm perplexed that this is the conclusion of a series on "micro-business." I searched the site using a number of small business oriented terms and could not find any pattern of coverage at all much less the past 30 days.
4 months, 1 week ago on SageOne: When micro-businesses can’t use your software, maybe you need to build new software
Good piece and an essential reminder. Thanks.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How Silicon Valley limits your thinking
Sometimes an issue really does need a screed-like post to take the dialog to a new level. Alas I don't feel this particular post does that. I'm struggling to say why. I was the CEO of a venture-backed company back when Springboard Enterprises hosted the first-ever pitch fest for women-led/women-founded startups. I remember being rather disdainful of the whole thing even as I took advantage of the opportunity. I'm sure I said a lot of what you wrote when I was interviewed by various reporters that day. That whole who cares about my gender, I earned this position and raised that money because I worked my butt off. I was much closer to your age at the time. Now it seems much more complicated to me, this whole thing of where women fit in technology and venture capital.
5 months ago on Twitter’s female “problem” — This is why mobs don’t appoint public company boards
@JonathanTapson @LaVonneReimer Thanks for the interest! Alas everything is archived now. We were up and running between 98 and 04. Our model was partner with accredited grad schools to deliver great online experiences to working adults. We had a mix of pure online delivery and hybrid, for credit and not, full term and short ed sprints. The story of why we were unable to sustain operations is too complicated for a comment but given accreditation, we generated phenomenal metrics on retention and performance across the various delivery models. We also had an incredible course "conversion" platform that allowed us to get hundreds of high-quality media-rich courses (+ collaboration) out on time and on budget every time (in spite of, ahem, professor tendencies to procrastinate on course prep). My take on the timing issue for our first wave experience was the ecosystem for online education was more immature than the technology. That means we weren't the proverbial giants on whose shoulders this current wave of entrepreneurs might stand but I occasional ponder whether the new wave might make fewer mistakes and/or benefit from our learning to leapfrog some of the more extreme aspects of a new hype cycle.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami
This is a great analysis. I've commented before on the topic, having founded and run a start-up in that first e-learning wave of the late 90s (University of Adelaide was one of our partners via a UT Austin deal). We were the tech backbone for accredited programs but also had the rights to sell non-accredited versions that were precursors of the MOOC model. I have wondered if the current spate of deals might not have made better progress by studying our efforts. Like maybe they'd start on the Slope of Enlightenment?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami
Hard to tell if any comments came from other women. Loved the diagram!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Venn Diagram guide to tech bro misogyny
@Platonic SolidsThat is one of the most artfully crafted comments I've seen yet. I'd like it but I'm not into abstract, meaningless kinds of non-interaction!
6 months ago on For most of human history everyone was an entrepreneur