October 2012

  1. As NY floods, "Robin Hood" Uber robs from the rich and... Nope, that's about it

    Last week, I wrote a few words on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, his love of Ayn Rand, and how Silicon Valley's growing Randian obsession risks turning "Disruptive" companies into raging assholes.

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Stay disorganized: How startups will keep your crap in order

    The Internet-enabled explosion of personal data has improved our lives in many ways, but it has also created an enduring headache: keeping our crap in order.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Re-thinking education for the Internet Age

    People talk now about the education system being "ripe for disruption." However, this has been true for hundreds of years, not just since the advent of the Internet Age. The current lecture model of teaching was developed before the printing press, where one person would read the only copy of a book, and the rest of the room would take notes. The invention of movable type enabled lower cost printing onto paper. And as the printing press spread throughout Europe, it facilitated the distribution of Bibles, pamphlets, and early academic work. These two modes of teaching were developed in the Middle Ages, and yet they still dominate today’s educational landscape.

    By Ariel Diaz , written on

    From the News desk

  4. One Laptop Per Child still not changing the world enough for Silicon Valley bloggers

    When Nicholas Negroponte first articulated the concept of One Laptop Per Child, there was almost nothing to hate about it. A bold vision of spreading computing to the farest corners of the world, while also making huge technological strides in creating cheap, rugged laptops.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Yotpo raises $1.5M to let you know which user reviews to trust

    Reviews are often one of the only ways to get a feel for a product's quality while shopping online. Though Amazon, Etsy, and other ecommerce sites sell a wide variety of products with varying degrees of quality, it's hard to judge a weed-whacker or a mug made out of a bear paw by its product photo. User reviews offer the context that can mean the difference between clicking "Buy" and moving on to the next page.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Tapshare turns Halloween photos into a contest where users can win equity

    Halloween. It's the one day a year where a person can dress as Captain America, a wizard, or the lamp from "A Christmas Story" and blend in. Children get candy and cavities; parents get to spend the night "inspecting" their kids' hauls; and young, childless adults like myself get to stay inside and hope that no one else pounds on the door demanding saccharine treats.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. PandoHouse Rock: Reddit, Explained


    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Foundry Group bets $8M that isocket is the "Admeld of premium advertising"

    From the outside, online advertising seems simple: Publishers sell ad space, advertisers buy ad space, consumers ignore ad space.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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