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    EXCLUSIVE: Jailed hacker Guccifer boasts, “I used to read [Clinton’s] memos… and then do the gardening”

    Bam! [Colin] Powell, the nigger, fell for it!” – Guccifer December 2013 in the village of Sâmbăteni, Romania. The air is dull and frosty as Marcel Lazăr Lehel walks out of his mud-brick house, carrying a cheap brand laptop and a mobile phone, and goes to the back garden. Exhaling steam, he places the devices on the ground, picks up his axe and begins to chop with hard, steady blows. Thunk-crunch, thunk-crunch, thunk-crunch. Lehel gathers the shards of plastic and metal…
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    Startups Anonymous: The time a 14-year old invested in my startup

    [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.] Several years back, while raising money…
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    With Draft Kings and FanDuel chasing unicorn status, upstart Draft raises $3.5M to bring fantasy to the masses

    Industry leaders FanDuel and Draft Kings are currently engaged in a daily fantasy sports arms race that rivals that of their respective hometown baseball teams. While New York-based FanDuel and Boston’s Draft Kings don’t get to battle in the sports arena like the Yankees and Red Sox, they have been trying to outdo the other through acquisitions, skyrocketing investment funding numbers, and the amount of prize money offered to users for the better part of two years. FanDuel has more…
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    Slaughter on Eighth Avenue: A St. Patrick’s Day Commemoration

    St Patrick’s Day, a glum and murky occasion. The Irish are nothing in America now, which is why they’re fit to be patronized once a year. They’re not much, at the moment, on the home island either. I suppose you can’t blame the Dublin-suburb junior execs swarming over the planet; when Ireland joined the EU, the doomstruck islanders found themselves, for the first time in centuries, ruled by people who actually liked them, goofy but generous postwar Teutons. You can’t…
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    Announcing our newest hire: Dennis Keohane is joining Pando from the Boston Globe

    There’s a lot going on at Pando right now, all of it good, and we’ve been meaning to write another “state of Pando” post to share some of the headlines with readers. The full post will have to wait until we’re a bit less swamped with Pandoland preparation, PandoMonthly hosting and… well… breaking news. But there’s one company update that won’t keep. As I wrote last week, Q1 2015 is Pando’s first profitable quarter. We’ve had profitable months before, but this is the first…
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    A guide to the obstacle-filled road from Kickstarter to Best Buy shelf

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sean Lewin, sales director for Pressy. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr. Lewin was not paid for his work.] Crowdfunding may seem like an easy button for getting hardware projects off the ground, but the reality is, even a highly-successful campaign is only the beginning of a long road toward building a sustainable business. The good news is consumer hardware startups are in vogue. IoT is a major…
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    In Defense of “Chappie”

    By now it’s clear that a lot of people didn’t get what they wanted from the new Neill Blomkamp film, Chappie. I admit that I didn’t, myself. It’s an odd movie, all right. But still, it’s been distressing to witness the eager, gleeful writing-off of Neill Blomkamp by critics. You’d think he’d never been heralded as one of the few bright hopes of contemporary cinema. Critic after critic is trashing Chappie, and some, like A.A. Dowd of the AV Club,…
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    Want to Successfully Scale Your Startup? Master the Mundane.

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Michael Hershfield, COO at Kitchensurfing, and Ben Sesser, Director of Strategy and Development at Sailthru. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process. If you’ve ever joined a pickup basketball game at the local YMCA, you may have met a familiar face: the wily veteran. The wily veteran doesn’t run well, or jump high, or bend all that well. He (or she) might wear “rec specs” and sweatpants. But somehow the wily veteran…
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    Startups Anonymous: 38 Things Every Startup Founder Should Know

    [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.] At my age (I’m 38), I’m…
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    Pao v. Kleiner Perkins: Weeks v. Baker McKenzie revisited?

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by employment lawyer and Emtrain founder Janine Yancey. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process. Sitting in a San Francisco courtroom, listening to the opening statements in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, I had a strong sense of deja vu.  I experienced something similar to this in a SF courtroom back in 1994. I was a young lawyer and my boss wanted me to get some trial experience and what better way…

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