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Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism
When Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer decided to start their own online marketplace for weird art, they didn’t expect it to be easy. After all, the L.A.-based duo of artists were bootstrapping the project with a few thousand dollars of their own money and minimal tech skills. But it wasn’t just a tight budget that added friction to the slow crawl toward launching; the pair also faced their share of doubt from outsiders, spanning from the condescending to the outright sexist.
Marc Andreessen on Change, Constraints, and Curiosity (Stanford GSB)
In this 55 minute fireside chat, Andreessen Horowitz's Marc Andreessen touches on a lot of interesting topics:
The importance of books, of thinking from first principles, and problems with that, and why history of Hollywood is fascinating, and its parallels to the Silicon Valley. Also touches on importance of storytelling.
How Marc thinks about learning, and how history plays a role in understanding the future — for instance, with the advent of Self Driving Cars, it's instructive to look at early 1900s and look at rollout of cars in the first place, and how that affected various parts of economy.
Technological change and loss/creation of jobs.
Marc's heroes in the valley: Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Andy Grove among others, and how he thinks about learning about them.
Gimlet Media's flagship podcast is back for another season. In this season, they are covering a bunch of startup stories — starting with the Stuart Anders who invented Slap Bracelet, Jonathan Abrams who started Friendster, and more to come. Check it out below:
I Got Scammed By A Silicon Valley Startup – Startup Grind – Medium
Telling my story isn’t going to be easy. Oftentimes I feel embarrassed, enraged, and regretful when I have to relive it, but in the end it is a story and life lesson which should be shared so that others may know major red flags to look out for when choosing to work for a startup or new business. What you are about to read is true and happened within the last four months. The names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty.
Red flag #6: Your product isn’t ready if you can’t tell a compelling story.
This is a pretty crucial point: often times startups...
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NYTimes Profile on Medium and Ev Williams
A very well written profile on the evolution of Medium over the past 5 years, and Ev Williams' quest to make online publishing sustainable. One of the paragraphs that stood out for me:
Writers want readers and, usually, money. Readers want to be entertained, instructed or outraged. Publishers need revenues and profits. Yet no one has come up with a satisfactory and sustainable way of harnessing the internet to satisfy all these parties without descending into sleaze and clickbait.