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Is HBO's Silicon Valley Funny? It Depends On Where You Sit

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 07.03.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

I've always wondered how cops felt about NYPD Blue, or how lawyers feel when they watch Law and Order. Now I know. I just watched the seasons finale of HBO's reality/sitcom Silicon Valley.

How Does Austin Compare to Silicon Valley For Startups?

Quora | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business

What is Austin like for startups and tech companies? How does it compare to Silicon Valley?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any ques...

Startup vs. Small Business: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business

Tom and Tara are neighbors in a hot tropical country. Both folks decided that they needed some shade in their backyard. Tom went ahead and bought a big umbrella. It was a bit expensive, but much less cumbersome.

Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.

Championing Change From Inside Silicon Valley

Jasmine Brett Stringer | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Jasmine Brett Stringer

Young girls who like to program and code as much as they like to play with dolls are pushing their way into computer and science labs, but they may not be receiving the same support or opportunities as their male counterparts. Why not?

5 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

As Product Managers, building roadmaps is a crucial part of our job. Yet most of us still use outdated tools for roadmapping -- Excel, PowerPoint, wikis, etc.-- to try and keep several teams on track toward the same goals. It's painful. The good news is that there's a better way.

What Did Steve Jobs Get Wrong in His Career?

Quora | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology

Every business leader should feel better after learning two things about Steve Jobs.

Marriage Equality and Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

It's worth noting that the decision to make same-sex marriage a nationwide right in America owes a big debt of gratitude to science. Without science, this Supreme Court decision might have been delayed another century until mere decency prevailed over the entrenched forces of American fundamentalism.

4 Wishes For The Class of 2015

Sheryl Sandberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Sheryl Sandberg

I believe your generation will do a better job than mine at fixing the problem of gender inequality. So we turn to you. You are the promise for a more equal world. Great leaders don't just develop people like them, they develop everyone. If you want to be a great leader, develop the women -- as well as the men -- at your companies.

Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

American ingenuity is alive and well. We've changed the rules of the game, invented new playing fields, and blazed new paths. Europeans would admit this reality as much as we do ourselves. The divide therefore comes when Europe thinks these services don't protect the individual.

Google's Self-Driving Car Almost Crashed Into Rival Car

Reuters | Paul Lienert | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close call...

The Next Silicon Valley Doesn't Exist

Ray Leach | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

Today we think of Silicon Valley as the land of venture capital, but the massive federal investments made by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in and around the semiconductor industry cannot be overstated.

Wildlife Within Silicon Valley: Coyote Valley Open Space

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Andrew Lam

In 2010 OSA purchased Coyote Valley Open Space for some $3,481,000. Once a village and ceremonial site for the Ohlone people, the preserve is dotted with archeological sites that have been inhabited for over 6,000 years.

Diversity Is a Business Crisis in Silicon Valley

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Granted, Silicon Valley is investing in programs to attract women and minorities to the technology field, engender good will, and increase workforce diversity through pipeline development. But there continues to be a lack of urgency to change.

Hey Product Managers -- Stop Pissing Off the Engineers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

So you are the product manager -- CEO of your domain -- and the go-to-guy for everything that matters. You help set the strategic framework for where your product and the business are headed and lead a cross-functional team to greatness.

Replacing a Heart Valve Without Opening the Heart

Barbara Dehn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

It's not sci-fi. It is one of many Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR) done every day around the country. I have watched this in person.

Is Google at Risk of Being Remembered for the Worst Innovation Record in History?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

In its relentless hunt for innovation, Google is a voracious acquirer of innovative companies. In the two years prior to 2014, it outspent its five closest rivals combined on acquisitions. Here, too, it has failed in dramatic ways.

Conan Proves What You Shouldn't Do In 'Halo 5: Guardians'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy

Conan O'Brien is known as the "Clueless Gamer," and on Monday he proved exactly why. In a first for his show, O'Brien, Andy Richter and Aaron Bleya...

Matthew Jacobs

Here's What This Year's Emmy Nominations Should Look Like | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment

And we're off, marching to the Emmy finish line so the Television Academy can inform us whether it thinks "Modern Family" is the best comedy for a...

How to Market Your Startup

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.11.2015 | 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.

Alexander Howard

Documentary Project On Black Women In Tech Smashes Kickstarter Goal | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology

"People do want to hear our story. It's given people something to believe, particularly women of color, who were starting to feel almost abused by the tech world."

5 Essential Habits of Highly Productive Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Great product managers are like many other high achievers. They seem to get more done in a month than most do in a year. When you find one you do everything you can to keep them, and you would gladly trade 10 good PMs for one that was great.

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Puts Positive Spin on Yet Another Failed Startup

Prabha Kannan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

Mark Cranslin, CEO and co-founder of several failed startups, announced to his friends today that his latest venture had also gone belly-up, but that he continues to be optimistic for the future.

Public Relations for Drones

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 06.10.2015 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

SkyFund, a new investment fund ostensibly created to kick start companies making software and add-on gadgets for drones, has been getting a lot of press lately, most notably in The New York Times.

Why You Shouldn't Emulate Silicon Valley Companies for Startup Success

Rahul Varshneya | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Rahul Varshneya

I'm a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), which is named as 'one of America's most successful communities for business professionals' by Entrepreneur magazine.