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The 60 dumbest moments in tech 2018

3 Jan , 2019  

Let’s just say it: When compiling a record of the tech industry’s blunders this year, it’s tempting to zoom in on Facebook and leave it at that. The company had an annus horribilis so rich in scandal, embarrassment, and turmoil that it’s tough to keep track of them without a scorecard. Read more

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AWS isn’t just the Future of the Cloud

30 Dec , 2018  

I could make a career just of writing about Amazon. I’m impressed how it’s gotten into AI chips recently, that it will open more AmazonGo stores (finally) and that its evolution into healthcare, advertising and banking is more serious than most people can imagine. Read more

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eMoov learned the hard way what it costs to win

30 Dec , 2018  

Emoov has gone into administration and the assets may be sold by the administrator soon so that existing property vendors and the staff may be ok – time will tell. Shareholders like Episode 1 have lost 100% of the money invested. Read more

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Unicorn IPOs Said To Accelerate As Public Markets Scare Everyone

30 Dec , 2018  

Morning Markets: Next year’s unicorn IPOs are accelerating. That’s not surprising. Many famous technology unicorns—growth companies valued at over $1 billion—that have remained private longer than historical norms are looking to go public next year. Their calendar, however, just shrank. Read more

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In 2019, More Heavily-Funded Startups Will Succumb To Premature Scaling

30 Dec , 2018  

More than seven years ago, a research outfit called the Startup Genome Project set out to determine the top reasons why funded startups fail. Are they crushed by larger rivals? Doomed by incompetent founders? Hounded to collapse by regulators? Read more

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The Fate of Self-Driving Cars Hangs on a $7 Trillion Design Problem

28 Dec , 2018  

The Fate of Self-Driving Cars Hangs on a $7 Trillion Design Problem. Waymo One is the world’s first self-driving taxi service. Just two rides in, and we’re already bored of the future. Read more

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How To Recruit Talent—When You’re Competing With Giants

28 Dec , 2018  

For a top candidates to join your startup, they have to believe two things: Your startup can give them the return they’re looking for—be it in their bank account, career, or personal life. Your startup will survive long enough for them to realize that return. Read more

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Getting Compensation Right in Startups

26 Dec , 2018  

Setting salaries, bonus levels and equity grants can be a hard task. Getting it right, avoiding misperceptions and keeping motivation and retention where they need to be, are the art and science of good HR. Read more

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What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

25 Dec , 2018  

[Dear readers, this essay is on the future of marketplaces. Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? We answer, emphatically, yes! Am excited to share a vision on the past and future of the service economy, in a collaboration by my a16z colleague Li Jin. Read more

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Mastering Launch PR: Dos & Don’ts

8 Nov , 2018  

When talking to startup founders about launch PR, I’m frequently presented with similar concerns and queries – I thought it would make sense to lay down my thoughts here on recommended dos and don’ts. Read more