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    [Comic] Google’s Other Androids

    In 2013 Google went on a shopping spree. It snapped up eight robotics companies in six months, sparked a media firestorm, and inadvertently ended up as a contractor for the US Military. Editor’s Note: This original comics journalism first appeared in PandoQuarterly Issue Two. To subscribe to the print edition, and access the entire digital archive, go here. Editor’s Note: This original comics journalism first appeared in PandoQuarterly Issue Two. To subscribe to the print edition, and access…
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    Startups Anonymous: Founders confess the biggest mistakes they’ve made

    Starting up is hard and often riddled with mistakes and mishaps. Missed launch dates, bad hires, poor cofounder due diligence, etc. As an entrepreneur, you often feel alone in your mistakes, largely because nobody talks about them. Many times however, the mistakes you make are the same as everyone else and could have been avoided had you been able to learn from others.

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    With streaming music coming of age, it’s time for richer more interactive experiences

    We’re at an interesting time in the evolution of the digital music landscape: subscription streaming appears as if it’s finally about to come of age. We’ve spent over fifteen years getting fans used to access versus ownership; now that the audience is ready for it, how do the services stand out in an increasingly competitive crowd? While leaked pitches of lofty,unrealized growth projections make it a stretch to say the industry is right where it’d like to be, the long…
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    Startups Anonymous: “Younger founders can kiss my ass.”

    [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.]

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    Startup Rising: Iran

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Christopher M. Schroeder, an entrepreneur, investor, and author of the book "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East." The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process, and Mr. Schroeder was not paid for his work.] If you were a globally-minded venture capitalist looking for a potential exciting new market, how would this sound? A country has two-thirds of its population under the age of 35, with one of the…
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    Peter Thiel: The US as we know it depends on us rediscovering our innovation

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Niv Dror, analyst at DataFox. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr. Dror was not paid for his work.] If there’s one video everyone should watch but far too few people have, it’s Peter Thiel’s* talk at TEDx Stanford about the singularity, the concept of a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence – radically changing our civilization. When people…
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    Startups Anonymous: Thinking about leaving your job to start a company? Read this first.

    I started a passive income side project while I was an employee in 2011. It took six weeks from inception to launch and was profitable from month one, making something between $500-$2000/mo for the first 18 months before sales came to a halt because of competition. I recently decided to leave my company to restore my product’s profitability and work on new products. A couple of months later, and I am now happily profitable again,…

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    Alibaba’s pre-IPO S-1 filing reveals a dominant etailer with sexier numbers than Amazon

    Alibaba has taken the next step towards its long-awaited initial public offering with a preliminary S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing, which has the look and feel of an infographic-filled blog post, states that Alibaba hopes to raise at least $1 billion in the offering, although that’s almost certainly a placeholder figure. As is customary, the company has yet to fill in the blanks for the target price of such an offering. It’s also worth noting that Alibaba is rumored…
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    Hard Evidence: how does false information spread online?

    Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come from academia, industry, government, international organizations and wider civil society. The top three issues highlighted for 2014 concerned rising societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa; widening income disparities, and persistent structural unemployment. Perhaps…
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    The Disaster Mesh

    Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Tom Limongello, VP of Product Marketing at Crisp Media.  Usually when I meet someone who has just won a hackathon I’m intrigued more by their extra credit hack than I am by their day job. That was not the case when I ran into Christopher Guess just after he won the best Spotify hack at the recent Mobile Week in NYC. When he’s not reimagining music listening, Guess is focused on using technology to save lives.…

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