• Sorry Idaho, Employee Noncompetes Are a Scourge July 21, 2017 2:06 pm
    “This is about companies protecting their assets in a competitive marketplace,” says the industry representative for the incumbents. NYTimes Conor Dougherty covers the use of employee noncompetes in Idaho as a weapon in the conflict between local existing companies and startups. Residing in a state (California) where noncompetes are toothless, I was surprised to read […]
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  • Three Questions Founders Should Ask Scouts Before Taking An Investment July 19, 2017 10:05 pm
    [Stefon voice] “The hottest club in Silicon Valley is ‘Scouts.'” Yup, after Sequoia and a few others funds debuted a ‘Scouts’ program several years back, many firms have lined up their version. The format differs but let’s generally describe Scouts as, individuals using money fully or partially fronted by another VC fund to make investments […]
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  • Podcasts Are Awesome But Are They A Business? Hot Pod’s Nick Quah Tells Me Some Stuff. July 14, 2017 1:21 pm
    I love podcasts. Not just as a consumer but from a societal perspective because there’s so much about the medium which reminds me of other formats (text, video, music) where technology has played a significant role in helping creators explore their talents, build audience and make money. Nick Quah is a smart dude when it […]
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  • “Their baseline knowledge of Silicon Valley probably comes from HBO’s Silicon Valley.” How Alyssa Bereznak Covers Tech for The Ringer. July 10, 2017 2:02 pm
    My undergrad degree was in history, but I always qualify it as “social history,” which to me means not just focusing on “names, dates, wars” (aka high school history) but understanding the past through stories. Alyssa Bereznak covers tech for The Ringer and her reporting appeals to me for the same reasons. Alyssa doesn’t write […]
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  • “A natural, & healthy, tension between myself & the people I write about.” How The Verge’s Casey Newton Handles ‘Tech Friends.’ July 7, 2017 2:13 pm
    My friendship with The Verge’s Casey Newton started where 90% of his relationships do: on Twitter. Casey’s coverage of tech is opinionated, but not cavalier, and even empathetic when appropriate. As a result I’m a “Casey Completist” – I try to read everything he writes because if it’s something that caught his eye, it’s likely […]
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  • “When there is pain in America, we see more volume.” Crisis Text Line, Tech & Trump. July 6, 2017 3:32 pm
    When and how did I first meet Nancy Lublin, CEO/Founder of Crisis Text Line? I don’t recall but I know that once I got introduced I held on and wouldn’t let go. Because Nancy is always moving in interesting directions with compelling missions and people around her. Some of this velocity can be attributed to […]
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  • Harassment in Tech: Getting Beyond Words & Committing to Action July 5, 2017 9:26 pm
    Brave women and tenacious reporters. Those are the people responsible for the escalating conversation about sexual harassment in the tech community. And while it might be satisfying to see a handful of perpetrators publicly identified, the New York Times’ Katie Benner rightfully points out that it’s not just a case of a few bad apples: […]
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  • Two Self-Promotional Things You Could Read July 4, 2017 11:31 pm
    Happy 4th of July. If you love me, you’ll read these. My Homebrew partner Satya Patel wrote about “no surprises” – how the best investor and founder relationships are built on trust and mutual problem-solving, not surprises. Tren Griffin was kind enough to include me in his “Things I’ve Learned” series, with “A Dozen Things […]
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  • Company as Iceberg: Why Casual Observers of theSkimm Don’t Realize What’s Below the Surface July 3, 2017 12:21 am
    Why are some companies judged primarily by the most visible portion and not what’s below the surface? Working with theSkimm for almost four years now, I’ve had the opportunity to see them consistently underestimated by many tech and media pundits. “But it’s just a newsletter,” is the summarily-passed judgment, and when the founders explain their […]
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  • How YouTube Ended Up On The First iPhone: A Tweet Thread June 30, 2017 2:18 pm
    I periodically delete my tweets so wanted to preserve this story from yesterday since people seemed to appreciate the historical context as the iPhone turns 10. I worked at Google from 2003-2013 and at YouTube 2007-2013. Apple approached YouTube abt being default app on 1st iPhone. Making it happen ensured the “YouTube of mobile” was […]
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