Tag: Silicon Valley (Calif)

The Church of Techno-Optimism

What are Silicon Valley’s politics? It isn’t so easy to know. In 2016, Democrats and Big Tech were tight allies. Nearly all the money donated by tech employees to presidential candidates that year went to Hillary Clinton, who road-tested her economic message in speeches to crowds in Silicon Valley. Four years later, nearly all the […]

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Silicon Valley Goes to Therapy

SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley told itself a good story, the best one, really: It was saving the world. For nearly a decade, this gave the modern tech worker purpose, optimism and self-confidence. Then came the bad headlines, followed by worse headlines — about the industry, about the country, about the world. In search of […]

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Want to Do Business in Silicon Valley? Better Act Nice

The first rule of Silicon Valley venture capital is never insult a start-up. Founders are always killing it, disrupting the world or just plain 🙌🙌🙌. If a start-up is fizzling, shuttering or caught scamming? The socially acceptable response is total silence. Everyone knows that. Except Jason Palmer. The start-up in question was AltSchool, a Mark […]

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Why Uber Still Can’t Make a Profit

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Uber transformed American transportation and changed the United States economy. But a decade after its founding, the once-swaggering company is losing more money and growing more slowly than ever. What happened? [For an exclusive look at […]

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Former Star Google and Uber Engineer Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley’s foremost technologists on self-driving cars, was charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets from Google. The criminal charges from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of California open a new chapter in […]

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Letting the Internet Regulate Itself Was a Good Idea — in the 1990s

Tech regulation may be the only thing on which a polarized Capitol Hill can agree. “We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, and perhaps we will,” President Trump recently declared. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has made the breakup of tech companies a central plank of her campaign. Even Silicon […]

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A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel

Smiling cryptically, Ian Small, the chief executive of Evernote, handed me some socks. Nice ones: black in the calf, striped in the foot, with matching pops of sky blue at the toe, heel and welt. The knit was Japanese, dense and springy, and contained 1 percent polyurethane. Marketing language described them, insanely, as “smart covers […]

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Democrats Take Aim at Silicon Valley. They Take Its Cash, Too.

SAN FRANCISCO — Top Democrats in Washington and on the 2020 campaign trail are taking technology giants to task, calling them too big, too powerful and too careless about privacy. “The era of self-regulation is over,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared on Monday. But just as Ms. Pelosi was preparing to start an antitrust investigation, some […]

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Inside Apple’s Earthquake-Ready Headquarters

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The circular building housing Apple’s headquarters in Silicon Valley is so big, it’s nearly a mile in circumference. So it’s hard to fathom that it is not actually attached to the ground. The spaceship, as the building is often called, is a mammoth example of a technology that reduces earthquake shaking by […]

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Reid Hoffman: ‘You Can’t Just Sit on the Sidelines’

Reid Hoffman’s fingerprints are all over Silicon Valley. A Bay Area native, Mr. Hoffman was drawn to technology at an early age. After studying symbolic systems and philosophy in college and graduate school, he took a job at Apple in 1994. He went on to start one of the earliest social networks, SocialNet.com, in 1997, […]

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As China Takes Aim, Silicon Valley Braces for Pain

SAN FRANCISCO — When Silicon Valley looks west to China, it sees many things. More than a billion hungry consumers. A cheap source of labor. A competitor, partner, supplier and security risk. Now add this: A foe bent on retaliation. The Chinese government said Friday that it was putting together an “unreliable entities list,” a […]

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