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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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    Startups Anonymous: Failed Startups & Founders – The Silver Lining of Our Economy

    [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 don’t define success, we see…
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    Unlocking the power of high frequency-shopping: A lesson from India’s data marketers

    Editor’s note: This is an unpaid guest contribution by Tom Limongello, VP of Product Marketing at Crisp Media. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr. Limongello was not paid for his work Sometimes we’re on the wrong side of economics. Like when I’m running out of toothpaste from one of those unnecessarily small, over-priced, 0.8 oz travel tubes, I realize how little power I have to change the sizes of travel toothpaste sold on shelves. We all live in…
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    Startups Anonymous: Be Bold and Disruptive if you Want to Win

    [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.] About a month ago, a friend…
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    TJ Miller’s Crunchies disaster shouldn’t have surprised TechCrunch, or anyone else

    Attendees of this week’s Crunchies award ceremony were shocked at host T.J. Miller’s tone deafness on the matters of gender and race in Silicon Valley. After days of outrage, TechCrunch COO Ned Desmond’s finally sort-of apologized for Miller calling a female audience member a “bitch” and for saying “Asians aren’t supposed to be this entitled in the U.S.” Wrote Desmond: The use of derogatory slang to refer to women or minority groups is unacceptable at any event TechCrunch runs, period. And we know many…
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    Startups Anonymous: Get Off Your Ass and “Do Something”

    [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 is something magical about the…

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