I have known Vinny Lingham for about 10 minutes when he tells me people want him dead. “I’ve had four death threats in my life,” he says. “And three of them have been in the last nine months.” It’s a few minutes past 7 a.m. on a recent weekday. We’re standing in the lobby of … Continue reading The Bitcoin Oracle Who Exited Bitcoin
A team led by a former Google staffer is taking aim at the online advertising giant. Called Atlas Protocol, the startup believes that the data accumulating on blockchains today can be used to better market to internet users tomorrow, an idea that has already received validation from some of the biggest names in Asian business. … Continue reading Softbank, Baidu Lead $3 Million Funding for Ex-Googler’s Crypto Startup
In an interview last month with Julie Bort from Business Insider, Parker Harris and Marc Benioff told the story of how when they first launched the company, they were trying to raise money and nobody would give them a dime. Benioff said he went to every venture capital in Silicon Valley — and was turned down … Continue reading Benioff: Every VC in Silicon Valley turned us down
Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two days. The house was packed at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum with wealthy investors forced to stand in the back or sit on the floor. Meanwhile, … Continue reading Here are 64 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day
Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west? by Philip Ball I first met Xiaogang Peng in the summer of 1992 at Jilin University in Changchun, in the remote north-east of China, where he was a postgraduate student in the department of chemistry. … Continue reading China’s great leap forward in science
Some of the biggest technology companies look like toys in the beginning.1 From a classical business building perspective, this shouldn’t happen. Toys are for fun. Businesses, especially huge ones, are for making money. Toys are small and of limited use. Large companies contain multitudes and perform a huge array of functions. This trend does not … Continue reading Why Toys?
After nearly 13 years at Google, I have finally left the nest! Never thought it would happen. I always thought I would die at Google — maybe choking to death on one of their free chocolate brownies, or maybe finally having a heart attack over YouTube’s increasingly bizarre policy enforcement. But regardless of how I envisioned the … Continue reading Why I left Google to join Grab