Pando

January 2013

  1. Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso: "Being an entrepreneur is lonely, but at least I get to play God"

    Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely experience, and as our own Francisco Dao has laid out, it can also be a draining one. But for Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, it has been a defining one.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Sophia Amoruso reflects on success: “I wouldn’t have done any of this"

    If you’re an entrepreneur, you have probably felt pangs of terror, dreading that your company was going to fail. But having reservations about success? Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso had them.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Sophia Amoruso: Celebrity endorsers aren't great for fashion, either

    Oh, sweet vindication. NastyGal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso, the first PandoMonthly Los Angeles guest of 2013, spoke out against celebrity endorsements and their role in e-commerce companies -- a happy coincidence, given my earlier argument that new products should be sold by geeks, not celebrities.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. "Yo, I did this" -- Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal answers the female entrepreneur question

    Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso is PandoMonthly's first female guest -- so we can't ignore the most obvious "woman in tech" question. We know fewer women raise VC money in Silicon Valley, and we know women are woefully under-represented in the tech world as both CEOs and engineers. Founding While Female was not a hindrance to Amoruso's fundraising efforts, though, she says.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Take it from BlackBerry, Nokia, and Apple: That post-event stock slump is unavoidable

    It's easy to beat up on BlackBerry, (née Research in Motion). Everything about the company, from its delayed re-entry into the smartphone market to its hair-cutting antics and celebrity schmoozing reads as a "kick me" sign to anyone paying attention. So it should come as no surprise that the company's stock has been falling since yesterday's event, despite a semi-favorable response to the company's new operating system and devices.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Networking is for losers, pt. II -- the problem with communities

    A couple of months ago I wrote a post called "Networking is for losers" in which I offer some ideas for building relationships. One of the points I brought up was that the people who you probably want to meet aren’t found at open networking events, but does this premise still hold true if there is a thriving local tech community? Unfortunately, the natural dynamics of community decay almost always outweigh the benefits of a strong local tech scene. The end result is only a marginal improvement in the average quality of the people you’re likely to meet at an open event.

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Andrew Sullivan and the new wisdom of the leaky meter

    On the surface, Andrew Sullivan’s bold move to sell subscriptions to a new, independent version of his blog, The Dish, seems to have paid off. In the four weeks since putting out a call for subscriptions to the site at a cost of $19.99 a year, Sullivan has brought in $489,000, which is just over half of what he estimates he needs to sustain the five-writer, two-intern company for its first year.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Will Netflix original programming threaten "linear TV"?

    On Feb 1, Netflix, the company that 15 years ago challenged the conventional wisdom in video market, is about to do it again.

    By Alex Iskold , written on

    From the News desk

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