Richard Nieva

Richard Nieva

Richard Nieva is a staff writer for PandoDaily, covering startups and technology in Silicon Valley. He was previously a reporter for Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and on You can follow him on Twitter.

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    Yves Behar on design and the Internet of Things

    Yves Behar is the high-profile designer behind products like the Jawbone Jambox and the Ouya gaming console. Yesterday, he unveiled his new project, August, at the D11 conference to much fanfare – a “smart lock” that lets a you lock and unlock a door with your smartphone.  Like other Behar designs, the August is simple, effective, and easy-to-use. In addition to the lock not requiring keys, a user can control who can enter his home and keep a log of…
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    Digital loyalty startup FiveStars expands to Canada

    The road to possible world domination apparently runs through Canada. Toronto, to be precise. At least that’s how digital loyalty startup FiveStars sees it. Today the Y-Combinator alum is announcing its first attempts at international expansion with a partnership with Rogers Communications, the Toronto-based telecom giant. FiveStars is a loyalty program for small and medium-sized businesses that gives customers one consolidated plastic rewards card for several businesses, so they can get rid of individual stores’ rewards or…
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    Can everything be considered a data company now?

    Last Friday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) deemed the ride-sharing service SideCar legal to operate in California. It was an anticlimactic reveal, because the company had been operating despite a cease and desist letter from the state. The reason the clearance took so long, CEO Sunil Paul told AllThingsD, is because the company was in negotiations with the CPUC over two particular points: The commission cannot obtain driver and rider information without a subpoena, and SideCar will be…
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    Boisterous developers are good for Google Glass

    For Google Glass in the early goings, people have been reacting in phases. First, it was awe over how impressive and futuristic the technology is. Then, worry and mockery. If Google is lucky, the desired next step is mainstream adoption, and the nirvana of ubiquity. Assuming we get past the mockery – and really, that’s a big assumption – adoption and ubiquity are hinged on third party developers. If Apple has taught us anything with iOS, it’s…
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    Kickstarter and the view from the trenches of TechShop

    Blaine Dehmlow, the general manager of the TechShop in San Francisco, describes what has become a tradition of sorts at the well-known building place that provides members access to tools and software: An entrepreneur sits down at a computer in the center of the second floor studio with a bottle of champagne in hand. She clicks a button, and launches a Kickstarter campaign for the project she’s been working on at the workshop. Everyone crowds around her and cheers.…
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    John Doerr doesn’t think Google Glass is like the Segway

    Once upon a time, John Doerr made a big bet on the Segway. And we all know how that worked out. There’s a reason it feels like the only person still using one is Gob Bluth. “The Segway as an investment was a failure. No questions about it,” said Doerr during PandoMonthly in San Francisco. “I made some pretty bold predictions about Segway that are wrong.” Doerr has been equally bullish about Google Glass. Still, Glass is fast developing…
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    John Doerr: Microsoft might be the “fifth horseman”

    Microsoft is everyone’s favorite punching bag these days. But there’s at least one person who doesn’t think the once-seemingly invincible tech giant is done: John Doerr. Google chairman Eric Schmidt famously listed “the four horsemen” of the technology industry: Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. But Doerr says there could easily be a fifth or sixth, and one candidate is Microsoft. The company’s saving grace won’t necessarily be Windows 8, though Doerr is not counting it out. (For the record, he…
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    YC alum’s new service Loom aims to be photo management for the mobile world

    It’s become a bit of a tradition for developers to try and remake Apple’s core apps. The mail inbox and maps have seen innovation from outside developers. On desktop, Collections has tried to reinvent the Finder, proving that nothing is sacred. Here’s one more: One Y-Combinator alum is gunning for both iPhoto and iCloud with Loom, a photo and video storage management system built specifically for mobile. The service is invite only for now but will be launching…
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    Reid Hoffman and Joi Ito’s H2 comes out of stealth

    There are certainly many reflective points we can take from Facebook’s one-year anniversary as a public company this past weekend. But one of the chief among them is the reminder that today Web 2.0 companies are large, global companies. Trying to take a company from promising startup to large-scale international operation is one of the core goals of H2, a professional network for C-suite executives in the technology industry spread out across eight countries, including the United States, Japan…
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    Eat Club hits the road to feed hungry office workers

    There’s a new technology-driven (and actually driven) food service coming to San Francisco. It’s the Eat Bus, the newest launch from the Palo Alto-based food delivery startup Eat Club. The company announced the new service today, wherein the bus parks at a different San Francisco location every day, filled with food from a different restaurant handpicked daily, like Bar Tartine in the Mission or Nopalito in the Lower Haight. Customers (namely hungry office workers on their lunch break) order…

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