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Invaluable adviсe from Dave McClure - How to pitch to Dave McClure by Dave McClure

Invaluable adviсe from Dave McClure - How to pitch to Dave McClure by Dave McClure | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Find out the answer on the eternal question “How to pitch to Dave McClure?” and even more from the super angel investor and founder of the business incubator 500 Startups.
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Is Moving to Silicon Valley Right For You?

So, you have a dream about doing a startup and the Valley is calling. Let's look at some pros and cons.
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In a Shift, Tech Titans Embrace the GOP

In a Shift, Tech Titans Embrace the GOP | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
A reliable supporter of Democratic candidates in recent years, the tech industry seems to be making a right turn.
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Twitter Interns Make the Equivalent of $81,000 a Year (Yikes!)

Interns in tech can start as early as high school--and become richer than their parents.
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Does being in Silicon Valley still matter in 2014?

Does being in Silicon Valley still matter in 2014? | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Despite the expensive cost of living, there’s just no where else in the world that can compete with the history and potential of Silicon Valley.
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The people running Silicon Valley are pretty much all white or Asian men

The people running Silicon Valley are pretty much all white or Asian men | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
It's not a surprise to anyone who has seen the numbers at other tech companies, but Facebook's release of employee demographic data has provided more stark evidence that Silicon Valley has a diversity problem. Tech companies are disproportionately made up of white or Asian men. Their senior leadership skews white—and again, male. And technology staffs are mostly men, almost exclusively white and Asian....
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Coworking Space in San Francisco

Coworking Space in San Francisco | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it

We have 10,000 square feet of prime co-working space in the heart of San Francisco’s startup district. We’re offering desks at only $299 per month for the entire summer (June, July & August).


Why so much less than other coworking spaces in San Francisco? Because our space is new and we want to fill it up. But come fast, as soon as it’s halfway full, the price will go up!

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I will be @FounderSpace this Summer. Come by and visit -- or sign up here! $299 for all 3 months

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Employee Perks in a Today’s Job Market

Employee Perks in a Today’s Job Market | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it

For the past few years, the unemployment rate in the US has been decreasing. Today’s unemployment rate of 6.5% is over 3.3% points lower than just four years ago. With this economic growth, businesses today must be strategic in how they retain and hire top talent.


Today employees are in the driver’s seat. As tech blogger, John Boitnott said in his recent SAP article, “2014 is well positioned to be the year the economy shifts away from an employer-driven market and starts conceding to the demands of a newly revitalized, employee-driven market.”


Employees are now looking for more than a salary — they are factoring in all of the employee perks associated with a position. To gain a better understanding of this current landscape, we took a moment with Mr. Boitnott to dive deeper:

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Enjoyed doing this interview with Concur on employee perks!

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Entrepreneurship is all over the world -- not just the U.S.

Entrepreneurship is all over the world -- not just the U.S. | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Entrepreneurship is not only thriving in the U.S. these days but in the rest of the world too.

From Kenya to the U.K., entrepreneurs are innovating. Every government in the world is hoping the next Facebook emanates from its shores. There are now at least 400 million entrepreneurs in 54 countries and those numbers are growing. Stats show 20 of the mature economies in the world experienced a nearly 22% "total early-stage activity" increase in recent years. Brazil, Chile and China are among the fastest growing.

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Surprise! Your Employees Are Now In The Driver’s Seat

Surprise! Your Employees Are Now In The Driver’s Seat | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it

Especially for the long-term unemployed, the painful wait appears to be over. The latest job numbers suggest the tide is turning. With hiring and job creation on the upswing, and the unemployment rate in decline, the pool of available qualified candidates is shrinking. 2014 is well positioned to be the year the economy shifts away from an employer-driven market and starts conceding to the demands of a newly revitalized, employee-driven market.


“A year ago, most of our job candidates were struggling just to land an opportunity for a phone interview,” says Sunil Sani, Founder of CareerGlider.com, a site that matches candidates with jobs. “In the last several months, we’ve seen professionals, especially those considered “top talent,” starting to solicit multiple offers. This was unheard of 16 months ago. Now it’s the candidate who’s becoming the more selective party. And we’re surprised to see how comfortable they’ve become at the art of waiting out a company for a better offer.”

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The tide has turned. Employees might be getting more leverage as they look for certain jobs...

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Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues

Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
The communal spirit of the 60’s has returned to SF, but with a modern twist. Software engineers, founders and tech workers alike are now flocking to giant, Victorian mansions that promise peace, love and open source API integration to help you live more collaboratively.I’m greeted with several long, loving hugs upon entering one such communal living space known as The Lair – a seven-bedroom mansion nestled just on the edge of San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. We then gather around an old dining room table, breathing out “Yummmmmmm” (instead of “Om”) before partaking in the shared nightly meal.
John Boitnott's insight:
Will this make a dent in the Bay Area housing crisis? Not right away of course. But in the future who knows?
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The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart

The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Walkable suburbs and center city companies are dominating the tech scene.
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Exclusive Photos Of Facebook's Sprawling New HQ, Designed Frank Gehry

Exclusive Photos Of Facebook's Sprawling New HQ, Designed Frank Gehry | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
After Facebook assumed the former Sun Microsystems complex in Palo Alto in 2011, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set out to find an architect capable of handling a grand design for its main main headquarters building. [...] with the building slated for completion next year, Facebook provided these new, exclusive images to Business Insider of what the world can expect from Gehry's latest design: At more than 435,000 square feet, spread across 22 acres, the new building dips and rises from 45 to 73 feet. Here's Why Instagram's Demographics Are So Attractive To BrandsWe Went To Twitter And Facebook And It's Impossible To Decide Which Place We'd Rather WorkZuckerberg: I Just Called Obama To Say How Mad I Am About The NSAWhatsApp Says Android Malware Is To Blame For Exposing Your Private ChatsFacebook Video Ads Will Be Released TodaySEE ALSO: 
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Harvard Business School Graduates Are Flocking To Silicon Valley

Harvard Business School Graduates Are Flocking To Silicon Valley | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Half of HBS's class of 2014 flocked to one of two cities.
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How tech shuttles have shifted San Francisco's market

How tech shuttles have shifted San Francisco's market | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Location is usually the defining factor in pricing a home. Being close to shops, restaurants, nightlife and public transit all add value. San Francisco sellers can now add proximity to a tech shutt...
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Silicon Valley’s Real Estate Crunch Is A Golden Opportunity For Other American Cities | TechCrunch

Silicon Valley’s Real Estate Crunch Is A Golden Opportunity For Other American Cities | TechCrunch | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
When Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot told his employees last year that he was moving the company's San Francisco headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama last year, they..
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When Entrepreneurs Micromanage: A Startup Sickness

The first step is knowing you have a problem. Even if you think you don't, it could come back to haunt you.

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Your startup is your baby, so it makes sense that you "baby" it--but often when you do that in business, it becomes micromanaging. Even experienced managers can suffer from this tendency, so don't beat yourself up if this is your first time managing people and you find yourself slipping into these bad habits. Just like anything else, the first step is recognizing that you have a problem. The good news is that being a good manager can't be "mastered" and it's a lifelong learning process you can begin at any time.

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The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture

The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
There's a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It's a design bug woven into people's identities and sense of self-worth. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it does and should be fixed before it gets any worse. Since...
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These 3 Tips Will Help You Perfect Your Pitch To Investors

These 3 Tips Will Help You Perfect Your Pitch To Investors | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Follow these three tips to dial in your startup’s pitch and help grow your business into the next billion-dollar enterprise.
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Uber, Lyft and Sidecar ask SF Mayor Lee to intervene in dispute with SFO Airport

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar ask SF Mayor Lee to intervene in dispute with SFO Airport | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it

Uber Technologies, Lyft and Sidecar have collectively sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, asking him to intervene in a standoff between the companies and San Francisco International Airport Director John Martin.

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I think it's time the old style taxi companies learn some customer service, slash prices or just get out of the game entirely. I've never met an Uber driver who left taxi driving and was unhappy with the choice. Uber drivers make more, have less stress and are treated better.

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Silicon Valley's new middle class: Income of $94,077, home worth $484,000

Silicon Valley's new middle class: Income of $94,077, home worth $484,000 | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Amid a change in what it means to be middle class in Silicon Valley, the region has been named the seventh least-affordable residential real estate market in the country for middle-income residents.
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$10 Billion Is the New $1 Billion

$10 Billion Is the New $1 Billion | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Remember The Unicorn Club of startups that secured an esteemed $1 billion valuation? Might as well be The Garbage Club now, full of trifling companies with worth the kind of coin one chucks out the window from the backseat of an Uber. Why, in the past 24 hours alone, Pinterest and Uber reportedly increased their valuations by a collective $8.7 billion.
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Tom Preston-Werner Out in Wake of GitHub Investigation

Tom Preston-Werner Out in Wake of GitHub Investigation | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner. We took these claims seriously and launched a full, independent, third-party investigation.

The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment. However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment. In light of these findings, Tom has submitted his resignation, which the company has accepted. Tom has been a huge part of this company from the very beginning and we appreciate all that he has done for GitHub. We wish him the best in his next endeavour.

As to the remaining allegations, the investigation found no evidence of gender-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or abuse.

We want to create a great place to work for all our employees and we can’t do that without acknowledging the challenges that exist in providing an inclusive work environment. We are implementing a number of new HR and employee-led initiatives as well as training opportunities to make sure employee concerns and conflicts are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately. We know we still have work to do.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder
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San Francisco Protesters Wasted Their Time by Targeting Kevin Rose

San Francisco Protesters Wasted Their Time by Targeting Kevin Rose | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it

The thousands of tech workers flooding into SF and the effect their money has had on the cost of living here has been an increasingly explosive issue. There have been protests from local activists and even a weird bar fight involving Google Glass. Journalists from the East Coast like to come out here now and opine about how the city itself is being changed irrevocably; that it "doesn't know what to do with" its newfound cash. Over the weekend, Kevin Rose was the latest object of ridicule. That kind of came out of nowhere for me, and didn't seem quite appropriate.

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The protesters' tactics are setting their causes back, plain and simple.

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Tips for Being a Startup Advisor by John Boitnott

Tips for Being a Startup Advisor by John Boitnott | Startup & Silicon Valley News, Culture | Scoop.it
John Boitnott from CircleClick chats about being an advisor to a startup and how you can help emerging companies become successful.
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