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Silicon Valley Startups

The Displacement of Tom Perkins With The Greater Fool Theory

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business
Sherwin Sheik

I was deeply saddened by the news that Tom Perkins died last week. Though I never had the opportunity to meet him, I greatly admired his business acumen and appreciated his overall positive impact on Silicon Valley, where I have lived virtually my entire life.

Are You Ready for "Cognified" Laundry? You'd Better Be

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.09.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

This review of Kevin Kelly's "The Inevitable" first appeared in my book review column in The New York Journal of Books. As founding executive editor ...

How LendUp is working to dismantle Payday Lending

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 05.21.2017 | Technology
Jotaka L. Eaddy

A few months ago, I decided to join LendUp, a Silicon Valley-based financial technology company, as its Head of Government Affairs. As a long-time pr...

How Crowdfunding Can Help Save Silicon Valley From its Harebrained Investors

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.14.2017 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

There are fears that another Ice Age is about to hit Silicon Valley because of the implosion of its unicorns -- start-ups valued at more than one billion dollars. By one estimate there were 229 such companies in January of this year. Their valuations are dropping precipitously because they were overpriced and overhyped. The fear is that venture capital will dry up and hurt the innovation ecosystem.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Achieve The American Dream

HooplaHa | Posted 05.04.2017 | Good News
HooplaHa

The American Dream is chased by everyone! These Immigrant Entrepreneurs achieved their dreams and share the stories on an inspirational podcast. Kent...

Technology and Underrepresented Minority Groups: The Great Equalizer (Part 3 of 3)

Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle | Posted 03.19.2017 | Black Voices
Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle

The more I thought about it, the more learning to code made sense. No one knows the product better than me, why not learn how to go from wireframes to the App store? Why didn't I think of this sooner?

Technology and Underrepresented Minority Groups: The Great Equalizer (Part 2 of 3)

Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle | Posted 03.16.2017 | Black Voices
Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle

Let's face it, coding isn't "cool" to most everyday people. In fact, I dare you to go tell one of your friends you're going to start learning how to code. Chances are most of them will laugh at your efforts. They'll tell you not to do it; that you can't do it; that it's a waste of time. People will make fun of you before they offer a helping hand.

Technology and Underrepresented Minority Groups: The Great Equalizer (Part 1 of 3)

Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle | Posted 03.12.2017 | Black Voices
Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle

The Silicon Valley Black Youth Hackathon was uniquely structured over two weekends. On the first weekend, over 150 high school, college, and young professional adults ages 16-24 from all over the San Francisco Bay Area came together to form teams.

How a Silicon Valley/YCombinator Company Inexpensively Sources Thousands of Sales Leads

Ricardo Garcia-Amaya | Posted 02.18.2017 | Technology
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

At the very early stages of growth, startups should be emailing and/or calling thousands of prospects per week. As a startup identifies leads, they ca...

Successful Entrepreneurs Don't Just Start Businesses, They Solve Problems

Samantha Parent | Posted 11.20.2016 | Technology
Samantha Parent

Many entrepreneurs will agree, the best products get made when the founders come upon a problem in their own lives that needs to be solved. By addressing a pain point, they become deeply connected to their mission, and, in essence, become their own first customer.

6 Startups That (Actually) Make the World a Better Place

Jason Choi | Posted 10.16.2016 | Impact
Jason Choi

Entrepreneurs' braggadocio has long been an item of parody, but their claims to "make the world a better place by disrupting (insert jargon)" highlight a deep-rooted problem in the world of innovation.

Decoding the Future: ELLE Women in Tech

Emillio Mesa | Posted 07.06.2016 | San Francisco
Emillio Mesa

It's no secret that the tech industry has been dominated by men. But did you know a woman is responsible for some of the core innovations that drive the internet today? In 1843, Ada Lovelace published instructions for the world's first computer program.

The A's -- 4 Reasons Why Oakland Is a Great Place to Start-up

Lisa Curtis | Posted 06.18.2016 | San Francisco
Lisa Curtis

When I set out to start my social enterprise in 2011, I chose to base it in Oakland. Oakland is quickly becoming a hub for startups, ranking eighth in the nation for food manufacturing companies and eleventh for tech startups.

How to Market Your Startup

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.11.2016 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Marketing a startup is very tricky. Chances are you have very little money and no marketing team. It's like you're Gordon Bombay and trying to lead a bunch of rag-tag kids to the District 5 PeeWee Hockey Championship.

7 Signals of Turnover in Silicon Valley

Richard Moran | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Richard Moran

Great employees fuel the Silicon Valley engine. But keeping them can be a challenge. Like a card player who broadcasts the next move, maybe we can read the turnover signals in advance.

The Recipe for Creating a Silicon Valley

Richard Moran | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Richard Moran

Every region wants to create another Silicon Valley. It's not only the prestige -- it's the jobs, the wealth creation, the excitement of innovation, the ripple effect on businesses nearby and most importantly, the future.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

Snapchat's New Round Of Funding Puts The Mobile Messaging App At $19 Billion Valuation

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Snapchat is looking to raise as much as $500 million in a new funding round that would value the mobile messaging company at up to ...

Going Against the Flow: Michelle Zatlyn, Cofounder of CloudFlare

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.11.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Michelle Zatlyn is Cofounder and Head of User Experience at CloudFlare, a web performance and security company that provides online services to protect and accelerate websites online.

The Uber For Gentleman Companions

Julieanne Smolinski | Posted 12.30.2014 | Technology
Julieanne Smolinski

The start-up, which is currently available only in San Francisco, feels equally motivated by the wedding industrial complex and a long night of flavored vodka: At its core, it's Uber for good-looking men you can order around.

Cities and the Cult of the Entrepreneur

Ida Hempel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Ida Hempel

Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.

Top 10 U.S.-Based Venture Capital Funds

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Lili Balfour

The first quarter of 2014 was a record-breaking quarter and serves as promise that venture capital, as an asset class, is on the ascend.

An Unlikely Pair: Silicon Valley and Tofurkey

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green

Even though meat production is expected to double by 2050, an unlikely bunch is now investing in the tofurkeys, tofus and other meat substitutes of th...

Silicon Valley's Brain Drain

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Lili Balfour

HBO's comedic take on Silicon Valley is the wake up call this region needs. We will laugh. We will reflect. And hopefully we will grow.

The One Thing That Separates Silicon Valley From Everywhere Else

Mark Cuban | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Mark Cuban

Like Hollywood, today's nouveau entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are looking past the pitch right in front of them to the next source of capital who will pay a higher valuation.