Is Bustle Really "Successful"?

Do you read Bustle, the website best known in "the culture" as the place whose founder, Bryan Goldberg, uses his female employees' legs as typing desks? No, me neither. Nonetheless, according to recent reporting by Amanda Hess at Slate, the thing is going gangbusters. It has 15 million unique visitors! It has over $11… » 8/22/14 5:25pm 10 minutes ago

Even a Cofounder of Y Combinator Doesn't Feel Comfortable Naming Names

Less than a month ago, Sam Altman, the new President of Y Combinator, officially declared that "Sexism in tech is real." That was the first sentence of his post on diversity. Sadly, there is now more proof of sexism in tech for those that still need convincing. Right before meeting a reporter from Re/code, Y… » 8/22/14 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

Gaming CEO Says Politics Is a Game He Can Fix With More Money

Dark money has been plaguing politics even since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The subsequent Super PACs, fueled by shadowy donations from millionaires and billionaires, have brought unwelcome influence into elections and made political parties more polarized. And Silicon Valley's elite know just how… » 8/22/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Credit Card Startup Screws Pre-Ordering Customers

Last year, we told you about Coin, a credit card gadget for people with so many credit cards, they need a fancier credit card to organize them all. If this sounded like a convoluted product idea, it turns out you're right—and everyone who pre-ordered is boned. » 8/22/14 2:12pm Today 2:12pm

Pandora Reveals Most Promising Diversity Numbers Yet

Pandora has become the latest Bay Area tech firm to disclose their diversity data. And of all the companies to release their numbers thus far, the pioneering music streaming and recommendation company is the first to reveal itself to be virtually equal parts male and female, the Wall Street Journal reports. » 8/21/14 1:15pm Yesterday 1:15pm

Rich Pricks Ruined Burning Man (Again)

OK, this headline is misleading because it implies Burning Man was ever not lame, but for old-timers who cherish the annual pyrotechnic MDMA and BO festival, the end has been nigh. Now the New York Times is here with more bad news. » 8/21/14 10:03am Yesterday 10:03am

Dumb Tech Conference Sues Pointless Tech Conference for Word "Summit"

When your tech conference is best known for paying $40 million to buy its own mountain, it's hard to stand on moral high ground. But Summit Series, the "hipper Davos" is suing Paddy Cosgrave, the creator of another vanity tech confab called F.ounders, aka "Davos for geeks," for damages of at least $2 million. » 8/20/14 3:10pm Wednesday 3:10pm

Secret's flimsy anti-bullying system wasn't adequate enough to keep the app from being banned in Brazil. A court ruled that Secret violated the country's constitutional ban on anonymity, and has ordered Google and Apple to remove the gossip platform from their app stores. » 8/20/14 2:40pm Wednesday 2:40pm

Top Tech Investor: "Michael Brown was an asshole"

Chris Sacca has almost 1.5 million Twitter followers. He's invested in Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Among venture capitalists, he's a hero. And he has some thoughts about Ferguson, MO. » 8/20/14 11:10am Wednesday 11:10am

Techie Apartment Complex Declares San Francisco the "Promised Land"

NEMA hadn't even opened before the luxury apartment complex became the recipient of San Francisco's collective scorn. The complex, which is conveniently nuzzled between the headquarters of Twitter, Square, and Uber, attempted to rename the poverty-stricken Mid-Market neighborhood "New Market"—ostensibly to help its… » 8/19/14 8:00pm Tuesday 8:00pm

Uber Launches Corner Store Delivery In D.C.'s Whitest Neighborhoods

It's been a busy day for Uber. In addition to adding a presidential mastermind to the payroll, the company also began an "experimental" delivery service called Corner Store "rolling out first to DC area customers." According to ThinkProgress, those customers all have something in common. (Spoiler: they're white.) » 8/19/14 7:03pm Tuesday 7:03pm

Legendary Investor Has No Idea If Delivery Apps Will Ever Be Profitable

Silicon Valley loves reviving the dead. Whether it's propping up publishing or resuscitating mobile app incubators, investors are hellbent pumping money into yesteryear's financial fiascos. And no where is that Culture of Resurrection quite as apparent as it is in the on-demand delivery market. » 8/19/14 6:35pm Tuesday 6:35pm

Obama Mastermind David Plouffe Is Now Uber's Machiavelli

In 2008, David Plouffe helped Barack Obama win one of the most pivotal elections in American history. Today, he just announced he's going full-time at Uber, helping the transit startup try to conquer the world. » 8/19/14 2:19pm Tuesday 2:19pm