Everything That's Wrong With Y Combinator's Sexism In Tech Post

Ever since Paul Graham stepped down from Y Combinator, the Stanford of startup accelerators has been trying to give off a more welcoming vibe. The attempts thus far have seemed awkward, half-hearted, and therefore insincere. As though Sam Altman got PR advice on crisis control from a YC bro-founder: Just tell 'em what… » 7/25/14 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Larry and Sergey Are Building Google Maps But For The Human Body

Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with… » 7/25/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Mozilla Founder Pens Heroic Facebook Post About a Bad Bachelor Party

I am willing to wager a few shillings that Mozilla founder and former Facebook director Blake Ross has been to a Renaissance fair or two. For he hath bourne, on Facebook, the kind of dramatic play best enacted in a town square—and cast himself as the hero struggling to keep his dark, murderous desires at bay. » 7/24/14 12:45pm Yesterday 12:45pm

Why Would Ashton Kutcher Photoshop a Tweet About a Startup?

Yesterday evening, Ashton Kutcher tweeted out a photo of a "brain sensing headband" called Muse, telling his 16.3 million followers that he was: " Excited to learn from this incredible technology." Kutcher didn't mention that he's an investor, or why his name appears to be photoshopped onto the product. » 7/23/14 2:45pm Wednesday 2:45pm

Airbnb Finally Gets In the Game and Starts Poaching Politicos

You wouldn't guess it from the ubiquitous subway ads or astroturfing campaigns, but Airbnb's legislative efforts are a little behind the times. For example, the company spent "tens of millions" on a New York "advertising blitz" after a judge first ruled on a subpoena from the state attorney general. » 7/22/14 6:04pm Tuesday 6:04pm

RadiumOne Issues Mealymouthed Apology to Avoid Gurbaksh Chahal Lawsuit

RadiumOne and Gurbaksh Chahal issued a joint statement today in order "to bring an end to all disputes they have had." RadiumOne fired Chahal as CEO after he pled guilty to domestic violence. Chahal threatened to sue his board for encouraging him to take a plea rather than fight the 45 felony counts he was facing in… » 7/21/14 3:43pm Monday 3:43pm

New York Has Its Own Loathsome App to Scalp Hot Restaurant Reservations

San Franciscans were aghast at the launch of ReservationHop, a service that scrapes plum restaurant reservations and sells them back to diners who can pay a premium. But the inspiration for inserting a middleman into fine dining may have arisen in New York, a city with more experience in separating the haves from… » 7/21/14 2:40pm Monday 2:40pm

Vinod Khosla Says It's "Blackmail" For Activists to Save Public Beach

Billionaire Vinod Khosla has dealt with actual extortion before. So he should know better than to throw around the word "blackmail." But the venture capitalist insists that he's the real victim in his fight to close off public access to Martins Beach. » 7/18/14 7:15pm 7/18/14 7:15pm

Product Hunt Founder Explains Why The Hell He Joined Y Combinator

Industry obsessives talk about Product Hunt—a leaderboard that lets members vote on new apps, devices, and other assorted technologies—with a sense of gratefulness. Venture capitalists use its hand-picked daily list to find a diamond in the deluge. Founders use Product Hunt as an alternative launching pad:… » 7/18/14 1:35pm 7/18/14 1:35pm

Even a $2,400 membership fee can't insulate The Battery, the private club founded by Michael and Xochi Birch, from the ubiquitous protests against Terra Nova Industries, a nonunion contractor. A tipster sent in this photo from last night. » 7/18/14 11:58am 7/18/14 11:58am

The best minds of our generation have graduated from "thinking about how to make people click ads" to thinking about how to make people click "the buy button." Facebook is letting small and mid-sized companies test it for free, but we know how that ends. » 7/17/14 4:00pm 7/17/14 4:00pm

Abusive CEO Announces Comeback with Inspirational Video

Gurbaksh Chahal, the RadiumOne CEO who was fired after pleading guilty to domestic violence, has launched his new startup with what appears to be a low-budget Nike ad. Ever the marketeer, Chahal added his own twist to the stock footage of men jumping off cliffs: a dramatic voiceover, written in the same kind of… » 7/17/14 2:15pm 7/17/14 2:15pm

Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sexual Harassment Files for Defamation

Maria Zhang, the Yahoo engineering executive sued for sexual harassment by one of her female employees, is striking back. Zhang, who helps lead Yahoo's crucial mobile efforts, filed a cross-complaint (embedded below) against her accuser, Nan Shi. It alleges defamation and claims Shi was trying to "extort" Yahoo. » 7/16/14 4:25pm 7/16/14 4:25pm

Janet Yellen's New Code Word for the Bubble: "Substantially Stretched"

Every economic cycle exhibiting unsubstantiated optimism deserves its own euphemism for calm the fuck down—a evocative, but subtle phrase implying that investors may want to check themselves before they wreck themselves. » 7/16/14 12:53am 7/16/14 12:53am