Eric Peckham

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Why venture capitalists are suddenly investing in news

Something curious is happening in the American news business.<p>Media organizations are hiring again. Promising young reporters are leaving stalwart publications for new newsrooms. And venture capitalists are pouring millions into nimble publishing startups. It’s a rare moment of optimism for an …

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Quit the whining: More gentrification is good for London’s startup district

Everybody seems to have it in for London. Writing in the New York Times last week, Ben Judah decried Britain’s capital as a ghost town of empty mansions owned by Russian oligarchs. Yesterday, Cory Doctorow of the blog Boing Boing has a separate but related complaint: Shoreditch, the part of London …

The rise of man-shopping in five studly charts

Men are spending more money on clothing than ever before.<p>The global apparel industry has managed to weather economic slowdowns in a number of key regions, including North America and Europe, but it’s menswear that’s leading that charge. Men’s clothing outperformed women’s in a number of key …

Maker Studios stakes its claim on new frontier of Hollywood

History is repeating itself in Hollywood. A century after hardy entrepreneurs from the east coast moved to southern California to build the first …

Xiaomi: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Xiaomi saw its smartphone sales sink in 2016 due in part to its ramped-up competition with Huawei and BBK. But the company has seen remarkable international growth—it sold 2 million devices in India in fall 2016—and hopes its sleek new Mi Mix and Mi Note 2 smartphones will reignite sales in China. …

The One Thing That The CEOs of T-Mobile, WME, Box, And Tesla All Have In Common

For brash underdogs, smack talk sparks better products that raise their fortunes and force their competitors to change<p>Sometimes innovation begins with a product breakthrough. And sometimes it begins with a slightly menacing 55-year-old man bellowing in a thick Boston accent, “Please! Stop the …

An Energy-Efficient Building That Lives Up To The Hype

Hooray, an energy-efficient building that lives up to its eco-dreams! In 2012, a federal warehouse was redeveloped into a district headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. As part of the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program, the designers, ZGF Architects, …

Three management mantras that Ben Horowitz says are stupid

Before becoming one of the founding partners of venture capital behemoth Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz co-founded and was CEO of Opsware, a software company. His recently published book, <i>The Hard Thing About Hard Things</i>, is a chronicle of the company’s series of near deaths, eventual sale to …