As we speak, Ellen Pao is suing her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC (KPCB) for gender discrimination. Her claims, grounded in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), provide a powerful set of remedies for women who are subject to gender discrimination and retaliation, both of which Ms. Pao alleges in her […]Read more "Ellen Pao, Kleiner Perkins, and the Future of Venture Capital"
Capitalism and competition are not the same thing. Sound surprising, or perhaps slightly heretical? The conventional narrative is that capitalism is the only economic system that consistently encourages and nurtures competition. Peter Thiel thinks this is nonsense. According to Thiel’s new book Zero to One, we function in a highly regulated economy where the most […]Read more "Chasing Monopolies"
Have you heard of openFDA? Created in 2013, openFDA is a program designed to provide open source APIs for drug, device and food data. The policy objectives include: Giving scientists, developers and healthcare entrepreneurs access to data on a standardized basis; and Making a wide range of drug, device and food data accessible via public-access […]Read more "Building the Healthcare Highway of the Future"
I just read a very interesting piece on Snapchat’s next round. The gist is that Snapchat, like so many companies in Silicon Valley, has the power to command stratospheric valuations and onerous terms from its eager investors. The implication, of course, is that Snapchat isn’t worth whatever Silicon Valley says it is. This is all […]Read more "Frothy Valuations, Bubbles and the Role of Venture Capital"
You have probably heard a very powerful rumor: On the basis of reports that Google is developing a ride-sharing app, tech journalists have surmised that Google and Uber are now — as in, today — competitors in the global ride sharing market. What’s more, pundits have instantly concluded — without much reflection — that Google is going to be the clear winner due […]Read more "The Robocar Wars"
I am going to introduce a new way of thinking about public relations (PR). In doing so, I will also provide a fresh, useful approach to PR challenges. This new approach will be particularly useful for technology companies that are trying to grow quickly in highly contested, dynamic markets. What do people think PR is? […]Read more "What is Public Relations?"
Modern liberal education is predicated on a very simple notion: If you want a productive, innovative economy, citizens need access to a broad education in the sciences and the humanities. Unfortunately, that kind of education has become incredibly expensive. At a private 4 year university, the average tuition bill is $31,000 for the 2015 academic […]Read more "The Three Drivers of Our Education Bubble"