I was incredibly taken with this story that broke mid-week about Juicero, a Silicon Valley startup that’s selling a $400 wifi-enabled juicer that squeezes juice from Juicero-branded bags of juice. Its ultimate effect, in other words, is that of a pointy straw. The reason you need the Juicero machine to open the…
Diversity in race and gender in Silicon Valley is abysmal, and the industry has tried to justify their numbers in all sorts of ways that don’t quite mesh with the lived experience of the minorities in tech. Since former Uber employee Susan Fowler’s essay on the harassment she received at that company went viral, more…
There is a long documented problem with diversity in the tech industry. The blame for that has frequently been put on the shoulders of women and minorities rather than CEOs and managers who won’t expand their circle of acceptable hires. The criticism and poor response to criticism have led to the strange and…
Housing in and around Silicon Valley has been an issue for anyone not making tech figure salaries for some time, with more and more people outside the industry being displaced by the needs of Facebook and Google workers.
On Sunday night, at least one person at the Critics’ Choice Awards decided that if reality no longer matters we might as well have some fun with it.
Mike Lanza, a dad and tech entrepreneur from Menlo Park, California, thinks we’re experiencing a crisis in child-rearing: Boys aren’t allowed to play rough or run free, and moms hover nervously at the margins of children’s social worlds, chirping reminders about sharing and playing nice. The result, he explains in a…
Blood testing startup Theranos announced Wednesday that it’s shutting down its blood testing facilities and laying off more than 40 percent of its staff, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes after reports that Theranos’ patenting blood-testing technology is, in fact, extremely inaccurate, and after the…
Overrun by wealthy tech bros, San Francisco’s city board is mulling over a tax on tech companies to aid the rising numbers of homeless pushed out by soaring housing costs, according to The Guardian.
Variety reports that Tyra Banks, former Top Model host and proud owner of one very exaggerated certificate from Harvard Business School, will star as a “mentor” to would-be entrepreneurs on Funded, NBC’s answer to Shark Tank. Hopefully this time nobody ends up addicted to meth or murdered in a triple-homicide!
Regulators have banned Elizabeth Holmes, founder of embattled blood testing startup Theranos, from owning or operating a laboratory for at two years.
The Reserve Apartments complex is located in an area of San Jose that is five miles from Apple headquarters, 14 miles from Google, and 20 miles from Facebook. The cost of the 216 units at Reserve is protected by rent control laws, but by this time next year everyone living there will still be gone.
Three years ago, Walgreens invested in Elizabeth Holmes’ medical technology startup, Theranos. The relationship between the drugstore retailer and Holmes—Theranos’ head, who, as a Stanford dropout, had an origin story worthy of Silicon Valley’s best—marked the public announcement of the company. The New York Times…
On May 1, Twitter will start offering both male and female employees 20 weeks paid parental leave. As with Etsy, Netflix and Facebook, the company seems to have realized that people who feel like their home life is in balance tend to do better at work.
At the end of Silicon Valley’s previous season, Richard was ousted as CEO of his company Pied Piper. The trailer for Season 3 shows him and his crew of lovable startup dweebs trying to get their baby back from a new CEO/nemesis, aka a “gray-haired fossil.”
During a panel at South by Southwest, Alec Berg—a producer on HBO’s Silicon Valley—defended his show’s oft-criticized lack of diversity by pointing out how the tech world that they’re satirizing is indeed very white and male. (Note: It’s not the first time they’ve used this line of defense.)
The unfortunate tech bro insurgency in San Francisco continues with a guy named Justin Keller, who has lived in the Bay Area for all of three years (that means we can still return him, right?) and recently felt entitled enough to write the mayor and police chief about his distaste for the homeless. Cool, cool.
The latest issue of Vogue includes a spread called “Here’s What Happens When Supermodels Kendall, Gigi, and Karlie Go to Silicon Valley.” As far as I can tell, nothing happens, except maybe Grace Coddington weeping a river of relief 5,000 miles away that she has finally washed her hands of this whole operation.
Women entrepreneurs who appear on ABC’s Shark Tank experience the same kind of unfair gender bias as they do in real-life Silicon Valley. Female contestants on the hit reality show receive fewer investments than male contestants do.
Cool, cool, cool, cool.