August 2013

  1. Sexism and the single hacker: Where are the women at Def Con?

    At the latest Def Con, the annual hacker conference held in Las Vegas, there were presentations on hacking automotive network and control systems, remotely gaining control of consumer devices, and NSA snooping. But perhaps the most important discussion took place over a private email list, and it centered on unchecked sexism at the event. This is the second year in a row the "s" word has been thrown around, and I doubt it will be the last.

    By Elinor Mills , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Best way to deal with copycats? Don't

    Warby Parker has worked really hard to build up its brand. Like, really, really hard. A-B testing the difference between "collegiate" and "preppy" hard.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. PandoMonthly New York with Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal, the full interview

    Hipsters, raise your glasses: The full PandoMonthly interview with Warby Parker CEO and co-founder Neil Blumenthal is available for streaming below.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. How to find a doctor that doesn't suck? Spreemo has a new answer

    One of the biggest challenges in healthcare: how to find a doctor that doesn't suck? Various medtech startups have tackled this issue -- like Healthgrades and ZocDoc, which act like Yelp for doctors. Medtech is one of the less fun spaces in which to innovate, fraught with regulatory problems and complicated bureacracies. Startups have to start small, tackling one state and one problem at a time.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  5. More reasons why Portland may be the best city

    It's a beautiful afternoon in Brooklyn on the eve of Labor Day weekend and I'm sitting in my kitchen working on my computer. This can only mean that I'm pining for what I can't have. Today it is the land where rent is cheap and beer even cheaper: Portland.

    By Cale Guthrie Weissman , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Listen to our PandoWeekly interview with NYU professor Jay Rosen about the media in an NSA state

    Jay Rosen is a journalism professor at NYU (disclosure: he taught me). But it's the summertime, school's out, and so he's in full-on blogging mode over at his site PressThink, which just turned ten years old.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Big VC funding and new technology makes enterprise storage sexy. Really!

    It’s shocking, I know, but the storage industry has more juice than Ryan Braun leaving a Biogenesis clinic.

    By Fritz Nelson , written on

    From the News desk

  8. A rare defense of venture capital classic

    One of our most popular stories this week was about the future of venture capital. It traced the asset class's history from its boutique roots to the age of mega-brands to the rage around international expansion and into the last few years of microVCs, super angels, and accelerators. The article argued that "platforms" were the future of venture capital. Indeed, we've written before about efforts that Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital are undertaking to be more service oriented -- through armies of people or software, respectively.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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