May 16, 2012 |
Quit your technology job. Get a PhD in the humanities. That's the way to get ahead in the technology sector. That, at least, is what philosopher Damon Horowitz told a crowd of attendees at the BiblioTech Conference at Stanford University in 2011. Horowitz is also a serial entrepreneur who co-founded a company, Aardvark, which sold to Google for $50 million. He is presently the In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering at Google . Wait , you say, that's insane . At a time when record numbers of people, among them...
August 9, 2012 |
This column has been updated. In 2003, Freada and Mitch Kapor attended a fundraiser at the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, for (MS)2 , a program that brought 100 disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American students from select public schools across the U.S. to the highly elite prep school for the summer. The program, which had changed the lives of hundreds of children, showed the students what they could achieve if they worked hard. Given the program's results, the Kapors didn't hesitate to make a...
November 8, 2012 |
Silicon Valley contributed more to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign than Wall Street and Hollywood, according to a Nov. 3 San Francisco Chronicle report . The Valley contributed $14.7 million compared to $14.5 million from New York City and $6.3 million from the Beverly Hills crowd. The data were compiled for the Chronicle by the nonpartisan organization MapLight.org . During his many trips to Silicon Valley, the President made a number of promises. Now that he has won , the Valley expects him to...
November 14, 2008 |
The San Jose Mercury News reports that a 47 year old man named Jing Hua Wu, after being laid off from his job at a fabless digital radio semiconductor startup in Santa Clara called SiPort , came back to the office on Friday afternoon with a gun and killed three people. Sid Agrawal, the company's CEO, and Brian Pugh, VP Operations, were killed along with one other as yet unidentified woman. Wu is still at large according to the latest reports. This is obviously a very sad day in Silicon Valley, and our heart goes out to the...
January 31, 2010 |
The Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (aka SVASE ) has set up a new seed funding program for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in conjunction with newly established early-stage investment firm Cambridge West Ventures . On the East Coast, meanwhile, things are in motion too, with the introduction of a new seed startup fund dubbed IA Venture Strategies that was founded by New York angel investor Roger Ehrenberg ...
March 11, 2008
In the way that really only an online discussion can, the debate over which place is better, Seattle or Silicon Valley, has spun into a gloves-are-off, let's-take-this-outside kind of brawl. It got kicked off with a brief New York Timesarticleabout Seattle becoming the next Silicon Valley. Shortly after, Seattle-based Redfin's CEO Glenn Kelman wrote a blogpostabout his experiences with startups in both locations. It was met with a harshresponsefrom Michael Arrington, who has worked at a number of startups, on TechCrunch.