In the late 1990s , the Herman Miller Aeron chair (above) became the symbol of the startup boom because it seemed that every startup office had them. They weren’t cheap, around $900 each, but they were, and still are, very stylish.
Thanks Bill Sledzik! It’s interesting to see that others sometimes agree with me :)
It looks like Business Insider, the New York based news site is for sale as co-founder Henry Blodget does an extensive round of media interviews.
Blodget needs a high valuation so that he can discount the price against that, and please the buyer. It’s always good to leave some money on the table, as Twitter did in its IPO, it sweetens the deal.
But how do you value a private media company? It all depends on the story you tell.
An anonymous (cowardly) post on Valleywag pokes fun at Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, for talking about his philanthropic works at his annual Dreamforce conference.
He is called a “buffoon” because of his “phony philanthropy” and other terrible things, like “lip-service to women.”
Tech news site PandoDaily is merging with NSFW, a magazine based in Las Vegas, in a bid to “double down on investigative reporting.”
The financially troubled NSFW was founded by Paul Carr, a former columnist for The Guardian. Sarah Lacy, founder of PandoDaily, wrote: "We aren’t just getting Paul. I’m equally thrilled to announce that we’re also adding Mark Ames, Brad Jonas, Yasha Levine, and David Sirota as full-time staffers.”
Headlines like the one above from a Reuters story anger regular tax payers in the US, UK, France and frankly, everywhere. They use legal loopholes and international transactions to weave a complex web of tax avoidance.
John F. Kennedy was one of the country’s most literate and best educated presidents. He is also the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.
Here’s some extracts from the incredible speech above:
This is brilliant and it shows how easy it is to manipulate media to conform with current fashions in content creation. Upworthy. Created by Mike Lacher. The real Upworthy has raised $4m.
I’m looking forward to this evening’s launch party for the Trunx app, which I got a chance to preview recently, in a meeting with VP of Marketing Sandra Ponce de León (above).
Keach Hagey at the Wall Street Journal, reports that the AllThingsD editorial team may have found its first investor for their unnamed media startup: NBCUniversal.
It’s interesting that their employer has scooped the AllThingsD team, which are known for their industry scoops. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones is the owner of AllThingsD. It was the WSJ’s managing editor Gerry Baker who broke the news in September about the upcoming end-of-year split with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Here’s the scoop on the first investor:
Pearltrees (a former client) has added the ability to visually organize your computer-based files by uploading them to your account, and also share them with others.
Up till now it has been primarily used to create visual collections of web pages and any other online content. However, with the new feature your files will be visible to others unless you pay for a special private account so be careful what you upload to your Pearltree. The free version of a file sharing service like Dropbox keeps your files private unless you specifically authorize public access. More info here: Your Files Also Can Be Organized in Pearltrees!
Real or fake?
Hi Tom, I would love for you to do a story on me for Black Friday. I am a 20 year old entrepreneur leading one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. On Black Friday, with the facilitation of my Silicone Valley mobile application team, I am releasing the world's first leather wallet with GPS Technology and RFID Blocking Technology for better consumer protection.
Caleb Garling at SFgate.com is on the trail of stealth startup Zee.Aero, which is building a personal flying aircraft (above), that can park in a normal car parking space. He thinks it’s probably linked with Google:
Idle hands and idle brain cells make a John McAfee. Here’s a thankfully short documentary about a rich 67 year old bored man. He’s one of the reasons we have lots of serial entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. From Journeyman Pictures:
The above Mother Jones article is depressing but it reminded me of an idea I‘d been thinking about. As the US pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I have a proposal: Give every child pre-loaded tablets filled with apps and Western culture, so that they can see we’re not all bad.
That smog that hangs so heavily in the air in China, India, and other countries in Asia isn’t just bad for human lungs, it’s corroding server boards and connectors and creating a “surprising” amount of damage reports Intel.
Sulfur in air pollution from masses of coal-burning power plants is causing damage to server boards which are being returned to Intel. The irony is that the servers are being destroyed by the very same electricity they need to run their computing tasks. The more electric power they consume, the more the pollution gets worse.
Peter Delevett at the San Jose Mercury News reports that Tim Draper (above at a 2012 Golden State Warriors basketball game) and John Fisher from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, won’t be leaving the firm, contradicting a Fortune report. DFJ is one of the first Silicon Valley VC firms.
However, there are changes afoot:
Above, David Poisner, Intel senior principal engineer has 73 patents.
Smartphones put computing power in our pockets, but they can create a digital divide of sorts that the blind and dyslexic struggle to cross, according to an engineer who has invented technologies to help the visually impaired.
EBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar’s $250m investigative news media venture is shrouded in mystery. There is a nascent team recruited but nothing is known about the direction or philosophy that will guide it.
Above, there’s a video from 2006 of Omidyar being interviewed by Esther Dyson, at a conference. It’s a good summary to the values and ethics he considers important and that will undoubtably shape the new media venture.