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Faces of Silicon Valley

Exactly eight years ago - 19th October 2009 - I quit drinking, for good. My reasons for getting sober will be obvious to anyone who knew me in my 20s, and familiar to anyone who has ever known a self-destructive alcoholic.

Erin Levine’s five empowering little words: “I’ll see you in court”

Recently, I came across a startup that’s focused on a yet-undisrupted opportunity: Divorce. Hello Divorce-- started by family law attorney Erin Levine-- doesn’t go as far as just throwing forms up online, nor does it pair you with a high priced attorney and mediation team.

Goodbye rich powerful old gatekeepers, hello richer powerful new ones

Earlier this week, Stratechery’s Ben Thompson argued that the era of powerful men like Harvey Weinstein being able to harass and assault in silence may soon be over.

The Four-Day Twitter Week

In my introduction to today's Mama Bear newsletter (subscribe!), I wrote about my new strategy of managing Twitter.

Jack and Biz don't want to fix Twitter

Today, at the urging on software engineer Kelly Ellis, thousands of women are boycotting Twitter to protest the company’s lack of action on bullying, threats and harassment.

Another VC quarter that makes no economic sense thanks to robots, Softbank, and the pursuit of masculinity through valuation

“2017 is on pace to see the highest number of $100 million+ VC rounds in the past decade…” AYFKM? Still?

Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Washington DC: With great power comes great toxicity

I’ve been thinking most of the morning about the relationship between the three centers of power in American life: Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Washington DC.

You don’t get to be "shocked"

It pales compared to all the other atrocities, but 2017 has been the year of the “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

Beyond the Series B, Episode Three: The Great Rivalries of Silicon Valley


You want to build a billion dollar company? Don’t even roll up in here saying you don’t have any real competition.

The tech IPO market just may have found the spark it was looking for: Roku

Tech startups have been avoiding the public markets for a few years. Only 19 have gone public in 2017, higher than the number last year but well below average.  Roku went public a week ago with an offering price of $14 a share, the top end of its proposed $12 a share to $14 a share range.

Beyond the Series B, Episode Three: The Great Rivalries of Silicon Valley


You want to build a billion dollar company? Don’t even roll up in here saying you don’t have any real competition.

Facebook's silver lining: Unlike Uber the founder has some level of board accountability

2017 isn’t a good look for Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s “tour America” routine has drawn mocking, eye-rolling, and speculation he’s making a run for President.

As 2017 gets ever more horrific, Silicon Valley is now at war with itself

Tech hasn’t just lost soft power the world over, having put itself at new risk of global regulation, it’s increasingly becoming embattled within its own ranks.

Lyft suddenly snaps to life at exactly the right moment

For at least a year, I’ve had an ongoing debate with folks in the Valley about why Lyft doesn’t just go public already.

Jack Dorsey's character limit

The cult of disruption has given us ridesharing apps that target rape victims and social networks that enable treason.

When tech CEOs are calling for more regulation, you know disruption has gone too far

“Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that's a danger to the public is regulated.

London regulators find Uber "not fit and proper": A most damningly British indictment

On three occasions in the past twelve months, I’ve been woken up by a flurry of early morning text messages from friends in London.

London regulators find Uber "not fit and proper": A most damningly British indictment

On three occasions in the past twelve months, I’ve been woken up by a flurry of early morning text messages from friends in London.

It’s called “Fuck You Money” for a reason

Back in 2015, I wrote a story about a trio of tech moguls who had turned their sights (and sites) on fixing journalism.

Breaking news from (maybe) 2020: It was so, so much worse than we thought

About a year ago I wrote a proposal for a non-fiction book about what I termed the Silicon Valley swamp.


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