"Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG
," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Aug 27, 2014 -
FiveThirtyEight's Ben Casselman has crunched the economic numbers and determined: Corporate America Has NOT Been Disrupted
. "By a wide range of measures, the advantages of incumbency in corporate America have never been greater." There are fewer startups hiring fewer people and failing more often. Considering that "entrepreneurship is a critical source of jobs in the economy (and) a major driver of productivity growth", a more accurate 'd-word' may be Derangement.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 8, 2014 -
The devaluation also stems from the underlying belief that HR is NOT a specialized function requiring domain knowledge and experience, but rather a "supplemental" part or outgrowth of other jobs. That HR serves merely to save the company from extreme situations or intervene when employee relations have broken down in a catastrophic way. That HR is a matter of filling in a checkbox, rather than worthy of the same care and nurturing as the technical areas of the business. That HR is just another "soft skill" largely irrelevant to the founding and building of technology. That "anyone can do it" and that the roles and responsibilities typically taken on by HR - and the problems it addresses - will magically be taken care of by the startup's "meritocratic" culture.
Shanley Kane talks about the lack of proper HR at many startups and why this is a problem
posted by MartinWisse
on Jul 9, 2014 -
"At one point, Whitney Wolfe was promoted as Tinder’s “inventor” and co-founder in fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar. She named the app, and her marketing savvy was often cited as the reason it found an audience among young women. Her role in the company was widely touted as an exception to male-dominated startup culture.
According to the lawsuit, [Justin] Mateen told Wolfe, who was 24 years old at the time, that “he was taking away her ‘Co-Founder’ title because having a young female co-founder ‘makes the company seem like a joke’ and ‘devalues’ the company.” Mateen had also been designated a co-founder of the company despite joining after the fact, and argued that Wolfe’s title undermined him." Tinder Co-founder files sexual harassment lawsuit. [more inside]
posted by emptythought
on Jul 3, 2014 -
The internet is full of mediocre, self-aggrandizing
, or plain bad
advice about how to found and manage a startup, but there some really useful collections out there. The annual collection of best links
by Tom Eisenmann of Harvard (also: 2012
) is very good, as is the 30 best posts by First Round Capital
, and the many readings available in Stanford's E145 class
. On an ongoing basis, the Startup Management blog
is a good place to look, plus, inside, there are... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah
on Jan 6, 2014 -
A catalogue of startups announcing their sale to bigger fish, and their eventual and/or immediate dissolution.
Site creator Phil Gyford explains
its purpose: But I’m also trying to raise bigger questions. Is this the best way to structure and grow new businesses? Is this the best long-term model for keeping people interested in making and doing amazing things on the internet? Why do almost no websites or online services (my own included) have plans for what happens to their users’ content over the long term? If we should accept that no website or online service, particularly “free” ones, will last a lifetime or longer, what can we do about managing peoples’ expectations better?
posted by Cash4Lead
on Mar 26, 2013 -
More and more companies residing (typically) in Silicon Valley are getting $1 billion+ valuations. Are we in the midst of another bubble?
Link to the NYT graphic
describing some of these companies.
According to the article, a bubble doesn't exist, as the previous internet bubble is still fresh in people's minds.
are trying to copy this Silicon Valley phenomenon, but is it worth it / sustainable?
posted by JiffyQ
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Timely not real-time.
Rhythm not random.
Moderation not excess.
Knowledge not information.
These are a few of the many characteristics of The Slow Web
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Sep 6, 2012 -
Yesterday, I went to the American Idol for startups. It made me want to die.
"But, oh, my God, the terrible things these people do to words. It’s like watching some sadist work over a baby lamb with a rusty crowbar and a broken gin bottle. The names of these startups sound like the products of an aggressive brain tumor on the frontal lobe. Crowdegy, Placeling, Kouply, QuoteRobot, Appthwack, Makegood, Onthego, Nickler, Kahal, Tanzio, Taskk. They’re all whimsical and unique in exactly the same way
posted by Rory Marinich
on Aug 9, 2012 -
The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future
- After five years pursuing the social-local-mobile dream, we need a fresh paradigm for technology startups.
"This isn't about startup incubators or policy positions. It's not about "innovation in America" or which tech blog loves startups the most. This is about how Internet technology used to feel like it was really going to change so many things about our lives. Now it has and we're all too stunned to figure out what's next. So we watch Lana Del Ray turn circles in a thousand animated gifs."
posted by flex
on Apr 19, 2012 -
How Three Germans Are Cloning the Web
"Launched out of a loft in New York City’s Garment District last June, Fab had sales of $20 million in its first six months and is on track to earn $100 million in 2012....Six months after Fab launched, it was knocked off. An e-commerce design site called Bamarang opened for business in Germany, the U.K., France, Australia, and Brazil...
Bamarang is the creation of Oliver, Marc, and Alexander Samwer, a trio of German brothers who have a wildly successful business model: Find a promising Internet business, in the U.S., and clone it internationally. Since starting their first dot-clone in 1999, a German version of EBay, they’ve duplicated Airbnb, eHarmony, Pinterest, and other high-profile businesses. In total, they’ve launched more than 100 companies."
posted by FirstMateKate
on Mar 16, 2012 -
Adolf Finds Out Bin 38 AngelGate.
Originally used as a term to describe wealthy individuals who funded theater productions in great Britain, angel investors
have become the go-to people when your start-up needs seed money, but not enough warrant a full fledged venture capitalist firm. Acquiring an angel investor can involve everything from full on formal proposals to an individual visiting your dorm room and writing a check... [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar
on Sep 24, 2010 -
Is Silicon Valley coming back?
Newsweek's cover story this week is the return of Silicon Valley after the Bust of 2000, start-ups and all. Does this new round of hype have any morsels of truth to it?
posted by costas
on Mar 19, 2002 -
Keeping up with the breakneck pace of life at a San Francisco startup isn't as easy as it looks
posted by jjg
on Apr 3, 2000 -