• Old English Sheepdog with humble look in his face

    Startups Anonymous: An important message to founders about humility

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] We are all a bunch of…
  • Alice in Wonderland

    Why I don’t believe in “cinematic” VR

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Kirwin was not paid for this post.] I’m not an expert on cinema. I helped make about a dozen Hollywood films, worked with a VP at Paramount Pictures, and eventually joined Chad Hurley (founder of YouTube) at MixBit. Lately lots of people are talking about virtual reality being the future of cinema,…
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    Startups Anonymous: Student entrepreneurship seems rigged…

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] This is for those whose family…
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    Startups Anonymous: “The Rise of the Rest,” and why Steve Case may owe Minnesota startups an apology

    Steve Case, billionaire former chair of AOL, is undertaking a theoretically noble endeavor with his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour [Editor's note: Carmel DeAmicis rode along with the tour for a few days and reported on it for Pando]. He’s driving across America on a bus to prove to the world that great business ideas are not exclusively born in Silicon Valley or New York City. How’s that going? Well, he just finished up…

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    Wikileaks meets Surveillance Valley: An interview with Julian Assange

    “The problem,” says Julian Assange, is that “a lot of groups that would normally criticize Google, the nonprofits that are involved in the tech sector, are funded directly or indirectly by Google. Or by USAID. Or by Freedom House. Google and its extended network have significant patronage in the very groups that would normally be criticizing it.” Assange is speaking to me over the telephone from his exile in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. I’m 3,700 miles away in the…
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    Startups Anonymous: A misfit, celebrity or naivete — Which one are you?

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] There are three types of entrepreneurs…
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    Startups Anonymous: A Letter to Serial Entrepreneurs

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] Dear Super-gassed up entrepreneur that has…
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    How Twitter became the LinkedIn of the adult industry

    Daisy Ducati tweets selfies — of her skintight red latex dress, stockinged feet and naked body. It’s the sort of thing that could get most people fired, but in Ducati’s case, it’s actually gotten her hired. That’s because Ducati works in the adult industry, which increasingly treats 140-character missives and follower counts like cover letters and resumes. It’s how San Francisco-based porn director Courtney Trouble discovered her — and how could she not with tweets like, “‘How was your…
  • Bitcoin People

    The “Bit” and the “Coin”: The two huge opportunities hidden inside bitcoin

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Santi Subotovsky, partner at Emergence Capital. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Subotovsky was not paid for this post.] Most people think of bitcoin as a mere replacement for fiat money, or what we think of as “cash.” While currency is the best-known application of the bitcoin protocol, there are even more compelling disruption opportunities outside the finance world that we’ve barely even begun to tap into. So, when people ask…
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    Startups Anonymous: Co-founder horror stories

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] When you first start your company,…

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