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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…
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    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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    Startups Anonymous: What Every Founder Should Ask An Accelerator

    [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 lots of articles out…
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    Startups Anonymous: The startup world is one big hoax

    [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.] How often would you want to…
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    Back to school: Read an 8th grader’s perfect explanation for why laptops, not tablets, belong in the classroom

    (Editor’s note: This is a guest post by 13-year-old Aidan Chandra. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process.) My name is Aidan Chandra and I’m entering the 8th grade in a couple of days at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley, California. Kids around the country are beginning to go back to school and an increasing number of them are going to be getting school-issued iPads. More and more schools are getting on the iPad bandwagon and buying them to…
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    Startups Anonymous: Everything you need to know about being a non-technical founder

    [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.] I’m a technical founder with two…
  • Fog

    The four delusions that cost VCs money

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Rick Lewis, General Partner at USVP. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Lewis was not paid for this post. “Why would I ever pay $250 for a shirt?” A highly-respected fellow VC asked me this rhetorical question soon after my firm invested in Trunk Club’s Series A round and I joined the company’s board of directors. In the three years since, Trunk Club CEO Brian Spaly and his team…
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    Startups Anonymous: I didn’t have a contract with my friend and my business tore us apart

    [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.] The first year of my business…

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