Pando

August 2014

  1. The bull case for Nordstrom's pricey Trunk Club acquisition

    In the days since Nordstrom officially confirmed its acquisition of Trunk Club, I’ve had a surprising number of people ask me if I think the deal “makes sense.” Many of them, even if willing to acknowledge the synergies between the two companies, balk at the reported $350 million price.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. OkCupid's human experiments weren't that bad -- but its cofounder's flippant attitude over user ethics is

    Last week, OkCupid published a blog post sensationally-titled, “We Experiment on Human Beings!” In the post, the company's cofounder Christian Rudder detailed a series of tests the site conducted on users, the most controversial of which involved telling prospective couples that they were 90 percent matches when in fact they were only 30 percent matches. This was done, Rudder writes, in order to test the efficacy of its matching algorithm and to measure the power of suggestion when it comes to attraction.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Now we've seen Secret's ugly soul, will investors act?

    When I wrote a post last week calling out otherwise good people for investing in Secret, I expected some strong reactions. What I didn’t expect was what happened over the past four days.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Secret accused of being “too busy raising money to care” about teen suicide warning

    "We solve complex issues with work, not talking." - David Byttow, Secret The story of anonymity app Secret just lurched from breathtaking to horrific.

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Secret's head of PR apologizes for "careless and flippant" response to teen suicide concerns

    Yesterday, I wrote about a bizarre Twitter exchange I had with Secret founder David Byttow where he suggested that he only needed to address concerns over his apps potential to cause teen suicides if the issue threatened to become a significant PR crisis.

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  6. The unscientific results are in! The most popular political affiliation in the tech industry is...

    Early last week, I invited Pando readers to take part in a wildly unscientific survey to determine how Pando readers define their political affiliation. In particular I wanted to understand whether my perception of the rise of libertarianism in tech is borne out in reality.

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

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    From the News desk

  8. Secret founder doesn't care if teenagers kill themselves, as long as they don't cause a PR headache

    Yesterday, Sarah Lacy wrote a blistering critique of anonymous gossip app, Secret, adding to a growing chorus of criticism of the service and its growing use as a tool for bullies and defamers. As the Economist put it: Once, bullies taunted their victims in the playground; today they use smartphones to do so from afar... If you are bullied via Facebook, Twitter or text, you can usually identify your attacker. As a victim of an anonymous messaging app you cannot: at best you can only guess which “friend” whispered to the online world that you might be pregnant. Sarah's criticism wasn't just aimed at the founders of the service, though, but also at those who funded it. As she wrote: If Secret continues to grow with everyone trying to profit off of its popularity willfully justifying and ignoring the social cost, there will be Secret suicides. As a community, we will regret this. It will make the Craigslist killer and the Airbnb meth head-gate scandals look like nothing. Apparently this hit a nerve with Secret founder, David Byttow who tweeted this morning in response the piece: @sarahcuda FWIW, the link in this article drove ~0.0013% of last 24 hour's overall traffic to our home page. Thanks. — David Byttow (@davidbyttow) August 1, 2014 In a separate Tweet he dismissed Pando as a"small echo chamber."

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

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