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Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.<p>How on earth could a start-up compete with a goliath like Intel, which made the chips that ran more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers? Even in the areas where …

Startups

Why We Should Ignore Tech IPOs

Another January, another wave of predictions that <i>this</i> will be the year the tech IPO floodgates open.<p>Dropbox kicked off the latest cycle, filing …

Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO

Dropbox Inc., the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, people familiar …

Goldman Sachs

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Bitcoin

Don't Be Evil

A magazine about technology.<p>Current issue: 04 Scale<p>Next issue: 05 Play. <br>Call for Pitches.<p>Contact us:<p>Enter your email address to hear more:<p>Fred Turner …

After Dow 25,000, the Party Has to End. But When?

In the midst of a long-running bull market that is now reaching momentous proportions, most investors may well have forgotten that just two years ago, during the first five trading days of 2016, the market dropped 6 percent. It was the worst five-day start to a year ever and supposedly a harbinger …

Investing

The (Second) Ultimate Tech Fantasy Draft

Much has changed since September 2016, when I dreamed up a fantasy draft involving America’s most powerful tech companies. Those five firms are now …

The Other Tech Bubble

<b>In September,</b> I met with a prominent entrepreneur looking for positive press on his new project. Meetings like these are a common, usually formulaic, …

Y Combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stage program

Y Combinator famously funds a lot of companies, but there’s always more it could be doing, said its president, Sam Altman, in an interview with TechCrunch this fall. “I do think startups are a super important vehicle to make things happen in the world today and I think we are nowhere near the limit …

Announcing YC’s Growth Stage Program

<i>We sent the message below to all our YC founders yesterday. Today, we are excited to share the news of our Growth Program with our friends outside of</i> …

Startups

Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a recent morning driving his motorbike for one of Asia’s fastest-growing tech start-ups, Nasrun picked up and dropped off four schoolchildren, an office worker, medicine from a pharmacy, some dumplings with peanut sauce, a few documents and an order of Japanese food, the …

Asia

This Is How Steve Bannon And Breitbart Tried To Sabotage Twitter

For more than a year before he became Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon sought to wage war against Twitter, tasking Milo Yiannopoulos and other Breitbart News employees to look into editorial, financial, and legal ways they could harm the Jack Dorsey–led social network.<p><b>Steve Bannon and</b> …

Donald Trump

Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day

One of the very first lectures I give each year to new MBA students is about time management. By the time they arrive in my classroom, they are two days into the fall term, and I can already see that some of them are barely keeping their heads above water.<p>I see this lecture as both a reality check …

Inside Baidu’s Bid to Lead the AI Revolution

<b>Presumably, Robin Li wanted attention</b> last summer when he decided to launch Baidu’s bid for the future of self-driving cars from the front seat of a …

009: Tyler Cowen

Few authors have impacted my worldview more than Tyler Cowen. His latest book, <i>The Complacent Class</i>, fundamentally changed my understanding of what it …

Subscribers Say Sequoia, Benchmark Are Valley’s Top VC Firms

Sequoia Capital was overwhelmingly considered the top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley in The Information’s first subscriber survey on the …

Why China’s ‘Copycat’ Image Is Beginning to Fade

Neil Shen knows a thing or two about what makes a successful entrepreneur.<p>Shen, who started his career as an investment banker, co-founded Chinese …

Think Finance Bankruptcy Exposes Fallout with Victory Park Capital

Hedge fund linked to former Sen. Joe Lieberman backed alleged ‘rent-a-tribe’ scheme<p>The recent bankruptcy of Think Finance LLC, which says it is a financial technology provider but is accused in multiple federal lawsuits of being a predatory lender, is setting up an open-court clash with a longtime …

Joe Lieberman

Google Reckoning With History of Interoffice Romance by Top Execs

The romantic relationships within the walls of Google made ideal fodder for gossip columns and magazine profiles.<p>Co-founder Larry Page dated Google …

Exclusive: Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel blasts social media

The personalized newsfeed revolutionized the way people share and consume content. But let's be honest: this came at a huge cost to facts, our minds …

Machine Learning

McAfee acquires cloud security startup Skyhigh Networks, last valued at $400M

After spinning out as a standalone security business from Intel earlier this year, McAfee has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired Skyhigh Networks, a specialist in cloud security, the companies announced today.<p>The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but here are a …

The End of the End of History

The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is …

Meet The Tech Startup With A 'Crazy' Pitch To Retailers

Last September when Liz Cooke moved her gift shop onto Magazine Street, one of New Orleans’ most popular shopping destinations, it was a sign her business was experiencing the kind of growth most entrepreneurs dream about.<p>She’d started Lionheart Prints from her house five years earlier, and in …

eCommerce

Review: Getting in on the Ground Floor With Silicon Valley’s ‘Troublemakers’

Stress, sleep loss and operatic emotion: How the startup culture got going.<p>Roughly halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., a large Ampex logo is visible to commuters and to the Google and Facebook employees being shuttled by bus up and down Highway 101. The sign is all that is left of a …

Silicon Valley

Not in My Neighbor’s Backyard

Downtown Nashville is the kind of place where, when you climb to the top floor of the Florida Georgia Line bar (FGL House if we’re being specific), …

Bachelorette Party

This Robot Said to Sell Facebook. Next Time It May Be Right

On Oct. 6 a note from Wells Fargo & Co.’s equity research department downgraded Facebook Inc. to sell, making it one of only three brokerages with …

Machine Learning

Why China Is Emerging as a Tech Superpower to Rival the U.S.

A dogfight in the world of drones was about to begin. It was November 2016, and Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology, better known as DJI, was …

Steve Jurvetson was pushed out of his firm as the lines between personal and professional crossed

Jurvetson was asked to leave because DFJ caught him lying about what it considered serious allegations, a source said.<p>Steve Jurvetson, who started his career in Silicon Valley as a wunderkind founder of one of its marquee venture capital firms, has become one of its highest-profileinvestors, …

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

It's mid-afternoon on a Friday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and three of Elon Musk's children are gathered around him – one of …

The Doyenne of DNA Says: Just Chillax With Your Ex

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In 2007, Anne Wojcicki, then 33, lassoed the moon.<p>She was getting her new company, 23andMe, a mail-order genetics testing firm, off the ground with her “Party ’til you spit” celebrity get-togethers.<p>She married Sergey Brin, the cute co-founder of Google, also 33 and already …

Silicon Valley