This Startup Office Is Cursed

The building at the corner of 23rd and Bryant in San Francisco is proving to be poison for tech companies. Its landlord originally displaced an arts collective to turn the space into startup offices. Bloodhound was was initially lured into the high-rent building, but was bled dry within fifteen months. Soldsie » 7/21/14 5:45pm Yesterday 5:45pm

Swag, Vapes, and Econ: My Day at the North American Bitcoin Conference

Bitcoin may have emerged from a shadowy corner of the internet, but soon, it'll have its own government affairs office in Washington. According to the crypto-currency's biggest advocates, who assembled at the second North American Bitcoin Conference this weekend in Chicago, Bitcoin is all grown up. In reality, it's… » 7/21/14 3:48pm Yesterday 3:48pm

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 Yesterday 3:43pm

Dem. Strategist Smacks "Six Californias" Over Alleged Voter Fraud

The campaign to split California into six smaller states in order to benefit Silicon Valley isn't just nuts—according to a California politico, it's illegal, too. » 7/21/14 2:56pm Yesterday 2:56pm

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 Yesterday 2:40pm

Banana Republic's Latest Fashion Line: 'The Startup Guy'

Despite their status as the new white collar villains of our day (or probably, because of it), startup founders have one more victory to tout: fashion icons. At least according to Banana Republic, which is now using a very warped notion of Silicon Valley chic to sell beige fabric. » 7/21/14 10:37am Yesterday 10:37am

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 Friday 7:15pm

Google Gives Executive $8 Million Bonus For Bailing on His Contract

It's become de rigueur in Silicon Valley to let departing executives keep their needlessly plump bonus packages—no matter what the circumstances. First, Yahoo's incompetent COO took home $58 million just for getting fired. Now Google's former Chief Business Officer is getting to keep an $8 million bonus he was… » 7/18/14 3:15pm Friday 3:15pm

SF Billboard Says Higher Minimum Wage Means iPads Will Replace Workers

When it comes to threatening workers into accepting poverty wages, a new billboard erected in San Francisco knows just how to do it. The advertisement, prominently displayed on a downtown building outside Pando's offices, warns workers that they'll be replaced by iPads if San Francisco's voters approve a $15 minimum… » 7/18/14 2:45pm Friday 2:45pm

Tech's Whitest White Man Still Thinks You Aren't Trying Hard Enough

About a year ago, millionaire tech investor and adult-sized baby Jason Calacanis proclaimed a simple message: if you're not successful in this country, you're not working hard enough. Every bias and bigot-ism is just an obstacle to hop over. This week he's at it again. Why is anyone still listening? » 7/18/14 2:18pm Friday 2:18pm

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 Friday 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 Friday 11:58am

Sirius Gave Randi Zuckerberg a Radio Show for Gadget Gossip

Randi Zuckerberg, the Roger Clinton of the tech world, is back to profiting off the success of her younger brother. Her latest exploit? Failing up from her miserable Dot Complicated newsletter to a weekly radio show on SiriusXM. » 7/17/14 8:00pm Thursday 8:00pm

Plan to Destroy California Is Even Crazier in Nutcase's Own Words

It's easy to dismiss wacky venture capitalist Tim Draper's "Six Californias" plan. After all, the notion of splitting America's third-largest state into six pieces just for the tax benefit of Silicon Valley is silly! But it sounds even sillier from someone taking it seriously. » 7/17/14 5:05pm Thursday 5:05pm

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 Thursday 4:00pm

Google Placates the Public with Their Own Luxury Buses

Google's glistening fleet of employee coaches will soon be tainted by the presence of Everyman. In an effort to get ahead of concerns that the search giant is growing too quickly for Mountain View, Google is funding a free shuttle network to appease their detractors. » 7/17/14 2:45pm Thursday 2:45pm