Blue Bottle, Which Raised $45 M, Cut Health Benefits for Part-Timers

Nitasha Tiku · 11/25/14 07:19PM

Blue Bottle, the artisanal coffee retailer popular with hipsters from coast to coast, just informed employees that part-time workers will not receive health benefits, effective January 2015. A tipster reached out to Valleywag with the news and the company confirmed the change.

Kevin Rose Can't Help Himself From Relaunching Failed Startup Idea

Kevin Montgomery · 08/15/14 05:20PM

What happened to just letting a shitty idea die? For Kevin Rose, giving up the dream of owning a thriving app incubator is something he can't let go of. The former television personality's last company, Milk, released one app before the entire company shut down. Now after two years of investing, Rose is rehashing his old doomed business plan with a new company.

Kevin Rose Is Destroying His Historical Home, No Matter What [UPDATED]

Kevin Montgomery · 06/24/14 04:17PM

Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose is quickly racking up enemies in Portland. After infuriating thousands of residents over his planned demolition of a historic home, the Digg founder offered to sell the property back to the original owners for $1.375 million in cash. A group of neighbors scrounged together the funds and accepted Rose's offer, but he's leveling the landmark house anyway.

Nitasha Tiku · 06/11/14 04:20PM

If you float the theory that "younger users don't like the feeling of being alone. They want to be tethered to their friends constantly," important venture capitalists will invest in your app. It doesn't even need to solve that problem.

YouTube Cofounders Break Up the Band After Second Act Flops

Nitasha Tiku · 06/06/14 01:50PM

YouTube cofounders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are parting ways. The duo worked together for 15 years, starting at PayPal, then got $1.65 billion from Google. But faced a series of missteps at their incubator Avos Systems. Now Hurley is cutting his losses and focusing on just one Avos product, MixBit, and Chen is joining Google Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Uber Is Literally Delivering "On-Demand Kittens"

Nitasha Tiku · 10/29/13 09:45AM

Uber, the rebellious car hailing smartphone app, is a big fan of bribery as a sales tactic. To break into New York City's taxi market, they offered users free rides. At South by Southwest, they rode the digerati around Austin. For a couple years now, they've doubled as an ice cream truck for a day. But now the company is offering the closest thing to being a pampered, infantilized startup employee: on-demand kitten delivery, plus cupcakes.

Who Gave This Asshole $6.5 Million to Launch a Bro-Tastic Lady Site?

Sam Biddle · 08/14/13 10:20AM

Something beautiful happened yesterday: an otherwise fractious internet was drawn together in harmony, united in mutual contempt for a new website called Bustle. Bustle is the spawn of asinine media mastermind Bryan Goldberg—creator of the dudebro sports-spam boiler room Bleacher Report—who reached new depths explaining his amazing, unprecedented brainstorm: a website... for girls!

Google's MG Siegler: Apple Is "Boring"

Sam Biddle · 06/03/13 10:47AM

This is why stuff like this matters: less than a month after investor MG Siegler announced his move to Google, he's written a TechCrunch column pillorying Apple for looking dull. There's no mention—by Siegler or TechCrunch—of the fact that he works for Apple's rival.