Gonzalo Nunez

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A look inside the insanely successful life of Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen

Today, a16z has $4.2 billion under management. Andreessen was an early investor in tech companies like Facebook and Twitter and has overseen its investments in hot billion-dollar startups like Airbnb.<p>Andreessen's net worth was an estimated $600 million in 2012 and has likely increased since — not …

Shit, I Killed My App.

Here’s the first thing I saw when I woke up on the morning of September 5th:<p>My app is currently dying a slow and painful death. After receiving this …

Time I

4 books every aspiring startup founder should read

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to juggle several hats at the same time. Identifying a problem and developing a scalable …

Startups

I spent 10 nights alone on a deserted island — here's how I survived

I still can't quite believe it happened.<p>I've been somewhat obsessed with islands and going 'back to basics' since I was kid.<p>"Shipwrecked" was key viewing, Ray Mears was my guy, and more recently, watching shows like 'The Island" and "Naked and Marooned" reinforced just how much I really wanted my …

$2 billion startup GitHub's next mission: Turn you into a programmer

To date, GitHub has racked up 11 million registered users, over 36 million unique visitors every month, $350 million in venture funding, and a $2 billion valuation.<p>With over 21.1 million code "repositories" at last count, GitHub hosts more software source code than any other single service in the …

Pairing vs. Code Review: Comparing Developer Cultures

Between last_job and current_job I transitioned from a dev culture of pair programming to one of peer code review. It’s been an interesting …

How Playing the Long Game Made Elizabeth Holmes a Billionaire

Inside the 31-year-old's fight to disrupt a $75 billion industry, and grow it by another $125 billion.<p>You'd have to look really hard not to see Steve Jobs in Elizabeth Holmes. Both Holmes and Jobs were loners as kids. As a teenager, Jobs discovered Plato; Holmes favored Roman emperor-philosopher …

Genetic Engineering

Computer Science Courses that Don't Exist, But Should

<b>CSCI 2100: Unlearning Object-Oriented Programming</b><br>Discover how to create and use variables that aren't inside of an object hierarchy. Learn about …

What You Don't Know About: Being a Striker

<i>Have you ever been cornered and asked, “So, what do you do?” Or maybe, “What’s your major?” Sometimes, it can be tough be explain. Everyone thinks</i> …

Soccer

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

Mathematics

Google's new animated logo is the future of mobile branding.

Google unveiled a new logo on Tuesday morning, and it’s already been the subject of a slew of aesthetic critiques, including a positive review by …

Graphic Design

Ten Dropbox Engineers Build BSD-licensed, Lossless 'Pied Piper' Compression Algorithm

An anonymous reader writes: <i>In Dropbox's "Hack Week" this year, a team of ten engineers built the fantasy Pied Piper algorithm from HBO's Silicon</i> …

Passing the Google Interview, Without a Computer Science Degree

<i>Parker Phinney founded Interview Cake, an interactive practice tool for preparing for coding interviews. He’s focused on shining a light on the black</i> …

Want to work for Google? What you search for could land you a job

Max Rosett says Google recruited him after he searched for a specific set of programming questions.<p>Rosett was a former data scientist with a huge online housing directory, but knew he wanted to become a computer engineer.<p>While working on a project to help develop skills he would need in an …

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Think of an educational tool and you might picture beloved standbys from our Tools of the Trade series, like the abacus and the wooden block. But educators are increasingly turning to software and websites like Khan Academy, Google Apps and Code.org to help them deliver lessons, manage …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Literature

The head of Silicon Valley's most intense startup factory shares how founders can double their chance of success

A lot of founders get so caught up in the startup lifestyle that they forget to build their product. It's a lesson that applies to all startups, Y Combinator or otherwise.<p>During the three months of the Y Combinator program, Altman writes, the companies grow nicely. Y Combinator has fostered …

Startups

Find Out What Colors Sound Like Through One Man’s Incredibly Rare Condition

The only time you’ve probably thought about the idea of “hearing colors” is when some medical expert talks about synesthesia or your friend regales you with their magical adventures on psychedelics. But one man’s story of his incredibly rare condition will open your eyes and ears to a new way of …

Antenna

This chart shows the hottest emerging tech of 2015

From the connected home and self-driving cars to virtual reality, there are tons of emerging technologies we hear about everyday.<p>But most of the time its hard to tell when, if ever, any of these things will become part of our daily life.<p>Fortunatley, research firm Gartner does its best to track the …

The software Stephen Hawking uses to talk to the world is now free

For almost 20 years, Intel has been building technology to help Stephen Hawking communicate with the world -- and now the company is making the same software the world renowned physicist uses to write books, give speeches and talk available to <i>everybody</i>. For free.<p>It's called the Assistive …

The surprising way to come up with your next business idea

Scott Cook, founder and CEO of Intuit (INTU), didn’t come up with his concept for the popular Quicken money management software sitting behind the …

You Should Be Coding in Your Physics Course

It's near the start of a new semester of physics. Many faculty are working on their plans for introductory physics courses. How many tests should …

How ViralNova Became a $100 Million Company Almost Overnight

The digital publisher went from a $1 million annual run rate in 2013 to a $100 million valuation. As it turns out, its strategy is widely applicable to many startups.<p>We all know that you don't necessarily build a startup with the exit in mind, but daydreams of spending your post-exit cash can …

Startups

The founder of Evernote made a great point about why AI (probably) won't kill us all

Over the past few years, Silicon Valley denizens have become worried they will invent an artificial intelligence so brilliant that it will quickly become too smart to control, and once it becomes too smart to control, it will make a simple, obvious decision: It's time to kill all the humans.<p>Phil …

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, <b>Pandora</b> employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the …

Product Management

Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. You can sign up to stay up to date with this series here. If you have any interesting stories, you can email us here.<p>---<p>When the 2008 financial …

Declassified photos show the US's final preparations for the only nuclear weapons attacks in history

A lot has been established about the immediate preparations for the dropping of the bombs, known as "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," which were loaded onto airplanes on the North Field airbase on Tinian Island, part of the Northern Mariana Islands to the south of Japan.<p>Until recently few photographs …

By Bill Gates: Why I’m investing $1 billion of my own money into clean energy research

Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments I am already making, and I am doing it because I believe that the next half-decade will bring many …

Natural Gas

Science And Intuition: How To Make Almost Anything Go Viral

There are two schools of thought regarding how to make anything go viral. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell emphasizes the importance of the messenger. In contrast, Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On proclaims that a properly structured message makes the messenger inconsequential. …

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