Pando

June 2013

  1. Southern exposure: Bourbon & Boots raises $270K and is my new favorite place to shop

    I've said it before: Southern culture is having a big cultural moment right now. Fancy fried chicken is at nearly every hip coastal restaurant I've gone to recently. Hipsters are raising chickens in their backyards for the fresh eggs. Country music has finally actually crossed into mainstream.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. The week Oracle suddenly became BFFs with everyone in enterprise software

    Things in Oracle-land got curiouser and curiouser this week. On Monday, Oracle announced a deal with Microsoft, on Tuesday with Salesforce, on Wednesday with NetSuite. On Thursday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hugged it out.

    By Fritz Nelson , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Anti-competitive bureaucracy isn’t new. But the Internet has changed everything

    Innovation is rarely welcomed by those whose business model is being disrupted. This is perhaps more so in the good ole boys clubs of the automobile and transportation industries as in any other. Without fail, as startups and technology companies have tried to disrupt these century-old industries they’ve time and time again run into aggressive cronyism and anticompetitive bureaucracy.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Foursquare Explore is amazing. But only for a very small group of people

    The other night something pretty awesome happened. It's been happening with increasing regularity. I used Foursquare Explore, and it was really, really great. Like, made-my-night great.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Bing me up, Ballmer: An also-ran search engine is changing the Xbox, Windows, and Microsoft

    There's a lot to like about Bing. Microsoft's search engine, which comScore reports as having 17.4 percent of the "explicit core search market," is visually pleasing, returns perfectly adequate results, and would probably be more popular if Google hadn't became a verb -- and created an entire ecosystem around the "core" search engine. Google is more than a search engine, it's an entire product suite against which Bing simply couldn't compete.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. First Round launches First Round Review, looks even less like a traditional VC firm

    Venture capitalists are frequently compared to lemmings, and you can see why. "Oh you funded an Instagram for video at a huge valuation? Sounds awesome! Let me go follow you off that cliff..."

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Needly debuts a WordPress plus Photoshop plus Google Reader hybrid too good not to try

    After debuting to a private audience at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) Los Angeles-based WYSIWYG social Web publishing platform Needly is pulling back the curtain and launching to the public today. The general idea is to allow anyone, regardless of technical ability to design any website from scratch using drag and drop tools. In addition to this design and publishing functionality, the platform also includes social following of other content creators – inside and outside the Needly network – and a RSS-baser reader solution. (Yes, another one!)

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Not hipster enough to know the bands at your local dive bar? Preamp might help

    Thanks to the decline of physical record sales and the concurrent gutting of the industry, we are now living in the golden age of live music. Indie shows in particular are abundant and affordable, provided you live somewhere near a bar with a halfway decent soundsystem. It just so happens that, even for the most scholastic Stereogummy hipsters, it’s almost impossible to recognize every band name on a bill.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

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