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The Best Articles of the Year: Startups
The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup
Stewart is hungry. He’s munching on potatoes smothered in chicken fat drippings, sitting by a long metal table that once served as a gurney in the morgue at the Treasure Island Naval Base. It’s a prominent piece of furniture in what will be the kitchen area for Stewart’s new startup.
Creating a business
“WE EVEN HAD to host the servers in our own office.” Naval Ravikant laughs as he describes how in 1999 he and some friends founded his first startup, Epinions, a website for consumer reviews.
Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture
“God, body and mind, food for the soul When you feeding on hate, you empty, my n!*$a, it shows.” — Rick Ross “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush
Business One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush Richard Barnes It was an unseasonably warm December, and somewhere nearby a rising tide in the San Francisco Bay was lifting all kite-surfers, but Nick Edwards and Chris Monberg were crouched at oppo
Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem
The Cisco Meraki office in Mission Bay, San Francisco, is 40 paces from the water, and just as nice as Google’s.
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago
Google's email breakthrough was almost three years in the making.
I was accused recently of believing things I don't believe about women as programmers and startup founders. So I thought I'd explain what I actually do believe. Some accused me of being sexist—of being biased against female founders.
Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today.
The Disruption Machine
In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d laid off.
Back To Square One
Jack Dorsey doesn't know how to grade his performance. It's early May, and Dorsey has just finished his annual reviews of Square's 800 employees. He now needs to complete his own.
Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem?
Diane Hohen, with TaskRabbit, delivers a bouquet of flowers in Boston on March 29, 2012. TaskRabbit is a task and errand service that allows people to hire others to do small jobs. Earlier this year, I hired a house cleaner.
Before the Startup
One of the advantages of having kids is that when you have to give advice, you can ask yourself "what would I tell my own kids?" My kids are little, but I can imagine what I'd tell them about startups if they were in college, and that's what I'm going to tell you.
We Don’t Sell Saddles Here
We know that we have built something which is genuinely useful: almost any team which adopts Slack as their central application for communication would be significantly better off than they were before. That means we have something people want.
The Brutal Ageism of Tech Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete [:PHANDOC_SOURCE:]
“I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February. He is a reality-show producer’s idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous.
How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up — Entrepreneurship, Startups & Life Hacking — Medium
An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to decide my destination and client for the coming week. After few hours of sleep, the private driver was taking me to the Rome Fiumicino airport so I could take my fancy business-class flight to NYC.
A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World
The silver Renault sedan has four doors, five seats, and a body design that makes it look a bit like a fat Honda Civic. Under the hood, though, the normal 1.
Don’t Fuck Up the Culture
On Monday, October 21, 2013, I sent this letter to our entire team at Airbnb. I have decided to publish this in the event it is helpful to entrepreneurs building their cultures. Our next team meeting is dedicated to Core Values, which are essential to building our culture.
The Complete Quantitative Guide To Judging Your Startup
Raising capital from investors is often a frustrating experience. While part of that frustration will always be present when working on high-risk projects, a lot of the aggravation comes from the lack of clear signposts that allow founders to judge their company’s performance.
Mistakes You Should Never Make
I was walking to a team meeting where I was going to announce that we would likely have to lay off nearly all of our employees because we unexpectedly had almost no money left, and that it was all my fault. On the way, my co-founder and our CTO stopped me and said “I’m resigning.
The Problem With Profitless Start-ups
Yesterday, I ordered lunch from a gourmet meal-delivery start-up called SpoonRocket – a takeout container of sirloin au poivre and roasted cauliflower that was shuttled to my door in exactly 11 minutes, costing me $8.
Here’s a look inside a typical VC’s pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)
How many deals do we see? How many meetings? How often do we conduct due diligence? How many of those companies do we invest in? In order to make 10 investments, the average venture capital firm reviews approximately 1,200 companies.
How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley
Just over the crest of the highest point on Sand Hill Road, amid a cluster of relaxed buildings that could easily pass as residential units, sit the offices of Andreessen Horowitz (A.H.).
A Dozen Things I’ve Learned From Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen is able to explain himself so well that I should have less commentary to add to the quotations in this post than usual.
This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft
Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.