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  • CEO Supper Club: “If Travis stops acting like a prick, I’ll stop calling him a prick”

    Regular readers know that Paul Carr is no fan of Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick. Here’s what happens when he has dinner with one of Kalanick’s investors. Warning: Very coarse language. (But you didn’t really need to be told that did you?)
  • CEO Supper Club: “An airplane can double its speed by pointing its nose at the ground”

    Here’s the thing about media people. We all want there to be new models for journalism. Indeed, in this segment of our CEO Supper Club we all agree there’s a comeback coming for content companies. But we’re all such miserable SOBs that we pretty much hate anyone who attempts to do things differently. In this post Jason Calacanis trashes Bleacher...
  • Sophia Amoruso, Brian Lee, and others explain the LA startup ecosystem

    Elon Musk, Chris Sacca, Sophia Amoruso, and Brian Lee are brilliant entrepreneurs who could probably succeed no matter where they lived. So why set up shop in Los Angeles? As our month-long feature on LA startups sponsored by Cornerstone draws to a close, we edited together clips from our four Los Angeles PandoMonthly events to get to...
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    In LA entrepreneurship is everywhere, including on the street

    The current of entrepreneurship in LA runs deep. Far beyond the walls of the converted lofts and retail spaces that house the city’s venture-backed startups, there’s an entirely different class of innovators and hustlers that make the city tick. From those who dropped everything and moved here hoping to “make it” in Hollywood, to the immigrant small business owners, to...
  • Peter Pham answers the big question: WTF was up with Color?

    Ok, no more Mrs. Nice Moderator. It’s the point in our LA Loudmouth dinner where the question had to be asked: Peter Pham: What on earth were you thinking co-founding Color and then leaving nine months later?  Peter comes clean in the clip above, talking about it on camera for the first time ever. He says of co-founder Bill Nguyen:...
  • CEO Supper Club: “I never thought Netflix should have been in a shit storm to begin with”

    In addition to writing the best email newsletter in the business, Jason Hirschhorn is also on the board of MGM. That makes him the closest thing to an old school media mogul that we had at our LA dinner of new media moguls. In this segment we talk about two companies that vacillate between threatening media and enabling it...
  • CEO Supper Club: “Can we just talk millennials over soup?”

    Sure we got into meaty industry issues during our LA CEO Supper Club. But with a table filled with some of the industry’s most opinionated loudmouths, the conversation also….let’s just say…veered from time-to-time. For instance, during the soup course when we strayed into an odd conversation about generations. We make some good points… but also sound old. Kudos...
  • Life with Google: “You’re gonna get your ass kicked at some point”

    Honestly, we should have just rolled out therapist couches at this CEO Supper Club. I had no idea how much Google angst our LA Loudmouths were carrying. We’ve already brought you Jason Calacanis on why he decided not to take more money from YouTube, but the conversation about Google went on much longer and was more nuanced. First,...
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    Welcome to LA: Your video guide to Los Angeles startup culture

    [Video produced by Kym McNicholas and Michael Carney, filmed by Billy Ferguson, edited/scored by David Holmes] Palm trees, beaches, Hollywood, and traffic. These are the things most people think of when they hear the letters “L-A.” But it’s not all glamour and gridlock. Los Angeles is home to hundreds of hardworking startups, with more companies and accelerators popping up all...
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    Lessons from a rare $2 billion LA tech win: “I was competing with both hands tied behind my back”

    You hear it over and over again: What the LA ecosystem needs is a big, publicly-traded, home-grown, multi-billion dollar company. Well, there actually is one in LA that almost no one talks about: Cornerstone OnDemand, an enterprise software company that focuses on HR software. And it’s a real enterprise software company, not a consumer company with a  freemium model that’s...
  • When everything rides on a single cold call

    Our sit down with Brian Lee last week captured everything I love about the PandoMonthly series. It was an inside look at the challenges and successes of one of the most important LA entrepreneurs to watch. And fortunately for any story-teller, Lee’s career makes for a lot of dramatic ups and downs. My favorite moment of the entire talk was...
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    Melon turns to Kickstarter for its mental performance measuring EEG headband

    The quantified self movement and the wearable computing devices that make this type self-measurement possible have reached full blown fad status. Dozens upon dozens of companies have introduced hardware and software solutions to measure the quantity of our movement and the quality of our sleep. What we have yet to see from a mass-market consumer product is anything that measures...
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    Video games, role-playing, and Rube Goldberg machines: Is this the future of education?

    If anyone tells you they’re satisfied with the education situation in the United States, they’re either lying or part of the problem. Despite federal initiatives to promote STEM education, US students still lag behind many countries in math and science. Meanwhile, the US spends as much per student as any country in the world, according...
  • PandoMonthly Los Angeles with Brian Lee, the full interview

    Brian Lee, who co-founded LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle, and The Honest Co., took the stage with our own Sarah Lacy on Thursday to discuss his experience building those companies, the Los Angeles startup ecosystem, and how a former lawyer came to sell diapers and women’s shoes. Lee talked about his commitment to running both ShoeDazzle and The...
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    When massive growth can be hazardous to founders

    As a startup founder, even seemingly positive things like massive growth can be a curse. Or at least it seems that was the case for the co-founders of activewear ecommerce startup Ellie. CEO Marcus Greinke and Chief Creative Office Lindsay Daniels were removed from the company by its board of directors in April. Greg Wimmer, who was originally...
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    Brian Lee: Running two companies? Sure, why not

    It’s rare for an interviewer to plant a potential landmine months before actually, you know, interviewing someone, but that’s exactly what happened during tonight’s PandoMonthly event with Brian Lee. PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy wrote last October that “anyone saying he can run two companies is lying to you or himself” and wrote specifically about Lee’s attempts to act as chief...

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