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 · 05/09/14 04:44PM

Y Combinator, which has been going through an identity crisis, just welcomed Quora (a $900 million, 7-year-old company) into its summer batch of early-stage startups. The accelerator will also invest in Quora's latest round, which happened one minute ago and was supposed to keep the Q&A site independent "forever and ever."

Nitasha Tiku · 04/21/14 02:53PM

Y Combinator is hosting a fundraiser for the DNC with President Obama. Hacker News commenters are mad as heck. The only reassuring part is seeing Marissa Mayer and Sam Altman's under "Change That Matters."

Silicon Valley's Ultimate Exit Is a Fantasy of Seceding from the U.S.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/21/13 01:29PM

What if the perfect liquidity event for Silicon Valley was not a blockbuster IPO, or an acquisition that paid out at some insane multiple, but a literal exit from the United States of America? No more lumbering bureaucracies, no lobbying incumbents, no "petty" laws, no obstructionist unions. That's what a Stanford lecturer and genetics startup cofounder Balaji Srinivasan proposed at Y Combinator's annual startup school this weekend.