Startup Founder Hacks Investor’s Voicemail In Attempt to Get Funding

Nitasha Tiku · 10/27/14 12:20PM

It's hard to cast a better clusterfuck—or a worse caricature of Silicon Valley hustle—than what happened to tech investor Jason Calacanis. "Someone hacked my voicemail and changed my outgoing message to get me to invest," he wrote on Instagram yesterday, along with a recording of the new message.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/24/14 05:40PM

Google Street View car spotted in Greenwich Village subtly blocking everyone's view of a fire hydrant. Officers, just go ahead and add the ticket to Google's $7 million tab.

Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Stay Anti-Corporate

Kevin Montgomery · 10/23/14 03:06PM

When a small group of disgruntled Facebook users decamped to Ello four weeks ago, a million more people followed looking for The Next Big Thing in Social Networking. But Ello's newcomers didn't find much reason to stick around, and the anti-advertising "Facebook killer" is already fading away into the internet's collective memory.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/21/14 06:15PM

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.

Kevin Montgomery · 10/21/14 04:50PM is still fucked. The startup's co-founder Jason Goldberg told TechCrunch that Fab, which once raised $150 million and commanded a $1 billion valuation, was burning $14 million a month before layoffs. Now the decor startup is down to just 25 employees.

Handy's Nightmare Tryout Process Is a Startup Stereotype

Kevin Montgomery · 10/21/14 02:40PM

Before Handy, a house cleaning and odd jobs startup, became the darling of the New York startup scene and raised $30 million dollars, the company was called "Handybook." And according to a person who spent a day interviewing there, its office was a showcase of the worst tech worker stereotypes. Sexism, racism, privilege, and all-around juvenile antics were all on display.