Study Says Venture Capitalists Are Nervous For the First Time in Years

There's a cool new trend sweeping Sand Hill Road and it's called self-doubt. Just look at your Tweetdeck. Everybody who's anybody is suddenly spazzing out. According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index, confidence levels have chilled for the first time since early 2012. » 10/23/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Judge Ruled Powerful VC Firm Can Keep Harassment Complaints Private

In 2012, Ellen Pao, a partner at the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, sued the venerated venture capital firm for sexual harassment and discrimination. It was a more cloistered time and the allegations were shocking, creating a fissure in Silicon Valley's self-image and spurring a wider discussion about sexism in the… » 10/22/14 8:15pm Wednesday 8:15pm

Marissa Mayer addressed her haters during Yahoo's earnings call. Tumblr, she claimed, will generate $100 million in revenue in 2015. As for profitability, Mayer said Tumblr will reach "positive Ebitda," which doesn't seem like enough return to shut down activist investors. » 10/21/14 7:15pm Tuesday 7:15pm

Google Invests $542 M in Bizarre Florida Man Promising Virtual Reality

Recode tried to warn you over and over that Silicon Valley found love in a hopeless place (Florida). Now it's official. Google announced that it led a $542 million round in Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup run by wackadoo supreme Rony Abovitz. » 10/21/14 4:30pm Tuesday 4:30pm

Hoarder House In Palo Alto Is On the Market for $1.8 Million

If a rising tide lifts all boats, then Google rising up as corporate landowner of Santa Clara County has lifted all housing prices. A tipster directed us to this cracked-on-the-outside, hoarder-on-the-inside home in Palo Alto going for $1.8 million. » 10/21/14 12:55pm Tuesday 12:55pm

Steve Ballmer defends Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: "Actually he allowed good karma to happen and good things happened to him and he was very fortunate, and that's his genuine belief in life." Yo Steve-o, no one doubted that Nadella was genuinely clueless. » 10/21/14 12:10pm Tuesday 12:10pm

Tinder Wants Users to Pay Up Before It Shows You Better Matches

During the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit—a gathering of "the world's brightest young game changers" and the middle-aged men who are obsessed with them—Tinder CEO Sean Rad announced that his dating app will start offering a paid premium option in early November. » 10/20/14 4:10pm Monday 4:10pm

Microsoft CEO Apology Less Convincing When He Stands to Make $18 M/Year

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is better prepared for his apology tour than he was for his panel at the Grace Hopper conference for women in computing. He gave CNBC and USA Today the same line explaining why he encouraged women to rely on "karma" and the "have faith in the system" rather than ask for a raise. » 10/20/14 1:45pm Monday 1:45pm

​Snapchat CEO Says Its New Ads Are Swell, Other Ads Are "Totally Rude"

Today Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel joins the grand tradition of tech CEOs who trashed talked ads in ways they later came to regret. In a blog post announcing new ads for American users, the company said it wants to harken back to the days before ads "got creepy and targeted." » 10/17/14 6:20pm 10/17/14 6:20pm

New York Hipster Can't Find Anyone To Buy Her Unwanted Soylent

Adrianne Jeffries had a simple dream: to "hack lunch" by ordering a week's supply of Soylent, the food of the future for people who have better things to do than eat. It took five months for her order to arrive and now Jeffries, managing editor for Motherboard, can't get rid of it. » 10/17/14 3:30pm 10/17/14 3:30pm

Buzzfeed "Temporarily" Breaks Whisper Deal Over Fears of User Tracking

Earlier today The Guardian reported that the secret-sharing app Whisper tracks the location of their anonymous users. The information came to light because the paper was in talks to partner with Whisper. Now Buzzfeed, Whisper's first major media partnership, has been "temporarily" suspended for privacy concerns,… » 10/16/14 2:11pm 10/16/14 2:11pm

CEO Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud for Spending Startup Funding on Parties

Former Motionloft CEO Jonathan Mills has pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud. The San Francisco entrepreneur, who raised funding from Mark Cuban, was arrested by the FBI in February. He admitted to spending "substantial amounts" of his victims' money on "vacations and other entertainment," like that time he… » 10/16/14 1:00pm 10/16/14 1:00pm

Mr. Buzzwords Goes To Washington

Silicon Valley regulars like Google, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Vinod Khosla, Eric Schmidt, Peter Thiel, and a gaggle of venture capital firms have tried to growth hack Ro Khanna into Congress. With polls in a "dead heat," Y Combinator partner Garry Tan decided to make the culture fit argument more explicit, calling » 10/15/14 5:40pm 10/15/14 5:40pm

Bow Down to Pinterest CEO: Lord of Ads, Future Ruler of All E-commerce

Cannes Lions—the Science and Technical Oscars of the French Riviera—can be an embarrassing trip for American tech executives trying to woo advertisers. Not so with Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, who managed to reverse "the roles of supplicant and master" because he always knew he wanted to run a profitable business. » 10/15/14 2:20pm 10/15/14 2:20pm

Facebook and Apple Offer Egg-Freezing Perk So Women Never Stop Working

Tech corporations have perfected the science of the employee perk: a lavish amenity designed to keep workers in the office and fixated on the job. The recent announcement that Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs is perhaps the most fascinating example of what's behind America's … » 10/14/14 12:15pm 10/14/14 12:15pm

Poster Girl From Airbnb Ads Got Evicted For Renting Hipster Barn

This is Shell. She's an Airbnb host. New Yorkers met Shell when her face appeared on "New Yorkers love us" subway ads. They saw her in this promotional Airbnb video about providing free housing for people who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy. » 10/10/14 2:40pm 10/10/14 2:40pm

Microsoft CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Raise at Women in Tech Event

Congratulations to new CEO Satya Nadella for making people give a fuck about Microsoft for the first time in years. Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most deplorable and incorrect advice to women in the workplace since Joan Holloway told Peggy Olson to wear something that showed off her… » 10/09/14 4:24pm 10/09/14 4:24pm