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@irobbin2 My mistake, you're right "Your Music" does some of the things described here (I use Spotify everyday and had no idea how it worked, which is partly my stupidity but also partly Spotify's UX which I personally don't like). I think though there's more that could be done there. In any case, I will update the post.

6 days, 2 hours ago on Apple needs to dramatically rethink streaming music. It should start by reinventing the “music library.”

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@Varun Mishra @davemholmes @screwyoupando Levine cited multiple factors. I was covering the event live and was transcribing as many quotes as I could, and only had an incomplete quote regarding the female VC angle. I just reviewed the footage and here's what he said:


"The audience for Pinterest at the time and even to this day is much more female-oriented than male-oriented. most investors in Silicon Valley are men and so the chances of them actually using it were small. Sarah [who I believe introduced Levine to Pinterest] was an amazing asset because here she was, a seasoned investor, and yet she wasn't a man."

1 week, 3 days ago on Jeremy Levine on why so many Silicon Valley investors passed on Pinterest

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@screwyoupando Hi Screw You Pando! Maybe I didn't make this clear enough in the post but the point about VCs missing Pinterest because the company is targeted toward women is a point that Levine made himself. I happen to agree with it, but it wasn't me who "injected sexism" into the discussion. It was a top investor who knows more about venture capital than either of us.

1 week, 3 days ago on Jeremy Levine on why so many Silicon Valley investors passed on Pinterest

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@LouWho I think you missed the point of the article. I'm not saying servers shouldn't be expected to do their job well. I'm saying there are some very specific things about being an Olive Garden server that make it a much harder and less lucrative serving gig than the average restaurant, and these people deserve better than to be called untrained and undisciplined.

1 week, 4 days ago on Olive Garden servers have one of the toughest jobs in the industry. Trust me — I used to be one.

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@TracyFitzgerald That's an interesting perspective. For a brand that offers fire fighting products I would argue that is serving the public, as opposed to say Doritos. Though it's hard to know where to draw the line.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on The slimy rise of the “brand journalist”

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@MichaelWolfe "I’m not unsympathetic to Uber’s difficulty in breaking down decades-old regulations that unfairly benefit incumbents in the urban transportation industry. And I respect what Uber DC General Manager Zuhairah Scott Washington calls the “burden of being an innovator” — where the flashy, fast-growing newcomer invites higher expectations for service and decency than the old guard." How is that "one-sided"?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Lawsuit claims Uber denied service to the blind, put a dog in the trunk

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@rbottoms I'm not sure where you're getting this notion that we don't care about what's going on in Ferguson.

1 month, 1 week ago on More journalists arrested in Ferguson last night. So much for freedom of the press.

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@rbottoms You're right, my experience with my FB feed is anecdotal. Each person's experience is different. That's why I posted these numbers (particularly the quote from the Chartbeat data guy) to show that it isn't just me -- Facebook, for many users (again many -- not all) may not the best way to follow this story.


Also, the argument isn't that "people aren't talking about it on Facebook." It's that (again, on average) Facebook's News Feed algorithm weights listicles (and of late, those ice water ALS videos) over breaking news.

1 month, 1 week ago on Over 7.8 million tweets have mentioned #Ferguson in the past 9 days

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@JohnDanaher Sorry John, just saw this. Updating the post now.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pew report: “Sex robots will become commonplace”

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@Syne Don't worry, we have no plans to stop publishing War Nerd pieces.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Pentagon disputes NY Times report that the US launched airstrikes in Iraq

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@KenG This is less about the ads and more about the very real possibility (and we already see some evidence of this) of Google downgrading or removing these sites from search results. I probably wouldn't have a problem with Google not accepting coal company ads either. But I would have a problem with Google removing the Koch Industries website from search results.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Even if you hate porn, Google’s ban on adult ads is nothing to celebrate

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@jfhiii The $500 million Spotify paid out is divided into two parts: Royalties from ad-supported listens and royalties from paid subscriber listens. The $229 million is the total amount paid by platforms for ad-supported listens. Part of Spotify's $500 million goes toward that. The $628 million is the total amount paid by platforms for subscription (paid) listeners. Part of Spotify's $500 million goes toward that too. And finally, as it says in the chart, those revenues are for US royalties only. In any case, I never said that Spotify only paid out $229 million. Got it?

3 months, 1 week ago on ScrewYouTube: People are finally realizing that YouTube screws musicians worse than anybody

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@NickC1188 @SkinCEO "Menubars" aside, the app angle is interesting, though between an unavailability of outlets and poor cell reception (I have Sprint. Internet was nonexistent, texting barely worked) a lot of people were walking around with dead or otherwise useless phones. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The kids are alright: Bonnaroo, youth culture, and the “New New Sincerity”

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@JacobGoodman  I mentioned that in the article, that "being poor in San Francisco is not the same as being poor in Rwanda." And I don't think wealth disparity is a non-issue in SF when homelessness rates have stayed the same even as more and more wealth has been poured into the city.

4 months, 1 week ago on Report: San Francisco has worse income inequality than Rwanda

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@WillBrown1  My bad! Thanks for pointing out. Fixed.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The art of being an asshole: Our recap of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Episode 2

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@JRHalloran  For better or worse, the reality is news orgs are now competing with Netflix and YouTube for people's time. That doesn't mean we should value "entertainment" over "information." But it does mean it's essential for news sites to suck people in, and we think long form (both in writing and in video) is a good way to do that.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Chasing quality over clicks: An optimistic look at the future of journalism

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@GaryYauChan  Ideally the extra contextual parts of an article would only be written once. Hopefully that saves time for the writer in the long-run: It's sort of tiresome to have to reintroduce the context surrounding an issue every time I write a new article about it, but for now I have no choice.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Project X revealed: Vox.com’s got some explaining to do

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@coreycrossfield  Fixed the typo, thanks for pointing this out.


I don't think 500 Startups wants to "segregate" or divide people. They just want to highlight strong entrepreneurial role models from all backgrounds.

7 months ago on 500 Startups launches LGBT tech event series

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@HunterWalk  My apologies, Looking back I think I misread your post. I'll switch out the link.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 500 Startups launches AngelList Syndicate for female entrepreneurs

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@Nunyabiz  Thanks! Though watch out: I do occasionally take stances : )

7 months, 3 weeks ago on How high will San Francisco rent go? These data analysts may have the answer

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@Joe Taylor that's a very important distinction. Judging by what they say it's by artist not song and I haven't heard anything to the contrary. I'll reach out to them.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on What Spotify’s royalty numbers don’t tell us

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@bgoldberg You raise some good points, however I do think cities should care about providing affordable housing. And San Francisco does! (as I noted in the song). Fair or not, I think it's instructive to think about why evictions under the Ellis Act are up, particularly at a time of huge prosperity for the city, and ask questions like, "Is all the wealth being created in San Francisco right now making life better for all its citizens? Is it making life worse for some of them?"

10 months ago on Pandohouse Rock: Income inequality in San Francisco

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@knowledgenotebk My apologies, fixed. Thanks for pointing that out!

12 months ago on The Netscape Story: A PandoDaily mini-documentary

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@KenG Thanks for your comment. Tomorrow we're putting out a much longer, more detailed piece that covers some of what you mention here. Stay tuned!

1 year ago on Why is college so expensive?

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@Platonic Solids is that meant to be an insult?

1 year ago on Your Venn Diagram guide to tech bro misogyny

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@ElPirata you're right that this issue merits a longer look at the pressures causing this statistic. But between the numerous reports of sexism/harassment within tech and such a low percentage of female founders, how is sexism not a factor?

1 year ago on Your Venn Diagram guide to tech bro misogyny

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@neoganda Sometimes it takes a few moments to load. You should see a scroller and some nodes and branches with company names and founder names. So we can do some testing, what browser and device are you using?

1 year, 1 month ago on Introducing PandoMaps: A new interactive tool for mapping startup ecosystems

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@adders We're working on rectifying the situation. Please see the email I just sent you. Thanks!

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

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@adders Hello Adam, this is David Holmes, Pando's head of social. I sincerely apologize about this oversight. I've sent you an email about this and taken down your photo. Please feel free to email me back at david@pandodaily.com

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

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@AbhiroopBasu ha you got me. I'm not an audiophile so I didn't know. At least I didn't say Beats by Dre.

1 year, 1 month ago on Why Silicon Valley should save drive-in movies

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@123gregor That's an interesting point about the Weinsteins. I remember hearing a great spot on NPR about the box office success of Moonrise Kingdom, suggesting that studios should start placing lots of small bets on cheap independent films instead of a few huge bets on big budget action flicks. Adam Penenberg also has a good piece today about "the end of the blockbuster": http://pandodaily.com/2013/07/22/the-end-of-the-hollywood-blockbuster/

1 year, 2 months ago on Can MouseTrap Films save independent movies?

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@Nina Curley @DaveMcClure "For this round of companies, 500 Startups is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East, and to focus more on female founders." That's according to partner Christine Tsai

1 year, 2 months ago on Are you a female founder from the Middle East? 500 Startups wants to hear from you

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@ktabors ah so sorry about the typo, that's been fixed.

1 year, 3 months ago on Billions of waves: The evolution of wireless communication in 3 graphics

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@jebbdykstra99 That is a very interesting observation. Glad that the ACLU and Scalia can agree on something!

1 year, 3 months ago on The Supreme Court invalidated human gene patents. What does that mean for GMOs?

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@jholyhead Thanks for your comment. The bulk of the article discusses how useful this data could potentially be, as well as the limitations on collecting/processing large amounts of it. The point is, the amount of data may not matter as much as the computing techniques used to process it. Also, my mistake on the utah data center link. It's now replaced with a legit one.

1 year, 3 months ago on What, me worry? The NSA is working on powerful quantum computing technology

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@KenG Maybe it won't be Twitter or Facebook, but I do think real-time communication between people and machines is going to continue to be a big deal, and platforms like Twitter/FB allow for that.

1 year, 4 months ago on The future according to John Doerr (Or: How Twitter can become the fifth big company in tech)

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@KenG Thanks for your comment.

The "four horsemen" referred to were the ones Google's Eric Schmidt singled out in a much-discussed 2011 statement: http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/31/schmidt-gang-four-google-apple-amazon-facebook/ Sarah mentioned them, I think, not to suggest that these tech companies are the only ones that matter or that they more than the rest. She was merely using this meme as a way to discuss the tech landscape in 2013.

You make some really good points, and I think it's important to talk about what we mean when we say a company "matters." Are we talking about who's the most innovative? Who makes the most money?

That said, I do think Twitter, whether you call it a tech company or a website or a tool, will continue to be a really important platform for communication. Sure, most of what goes on the network is trivial, or only matters to a small group of people. But can't you say the same thing about the telephone? And that was a pretty big deal for a while...

1 year, 4 months ago on The future according to John Doerr (Or: How Twitter can become the fifth big company in tech)

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@bgoldberg My mistake. Now corrected. The link I followed to the commercial said "Japanese," but the YouTube comments confirm it's Korean.

1 year, 4 months ago on Audi’s new “Star Trek” ad and 6 other sci-fi commercials

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@clairedwillett I think "broadcasting" had more value a few years ago when you had to really do some digging to find social media reports about breaking news events. Now we're awash in this stuff and merely broadcasting just doesn't cut it.

1 year, 5 months ago on What is a social media editor?

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@Clynton Caines thanks for commenting! We try our best to respond to as many comments and tweets as we can, but unfortunately we miss some (or in this case, we don't see them in a timely manner). That said, no amount of engagement is enough and we're always trying to do better! Thanks for joining the conversation.

@DouglasCrets that's a good question. I'd prefer it to tweet the comment too (or at least as much as will fit) with the link to the story. I believe this is what livefyre does by default (livefyre is the commenting system we use) but I'm going to look into whether this setting can be changed. Thanks!

1 year, 6 months ago on “Follow us on Twitter”

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@adomanico01 Thanks for your comment. I said "African Americans and Latinos" because those are the minorities Jamelle Bouie identified as being under-represented in his original post, which started this whole discussion. http://jamellebouie.net/blog/2013/2/3/and-read-all-over That's not to say other minorities aren't under-represented, it's just that Bouie's analysis focused on data surrounding these groups in particular.

1 year, 7 months ago on Do we need to talk about race?

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