Silicon Valley

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent

SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley’s start-ups have always had a recruiting advantage over the industry’s giants: Take a chance on us and we’ll give you an ownership stake that could make you rich if the company is successful.<p>Now the tech industry’s race to embrace artificial intelligence may render …

Artificial Intelligence

The most successful e-commerce brands build for mainstream America, not Silicon Valley

A venture-backed company not built for venture capitalists is on the verge of an IPO.<p>One knock on venture-backed, e-commerce startups over the years is that they are sometimes built around the tastes of venture capitalists and big-city entrepreneurs, and not the vast majority of average Americans …

Venture Capital

Head of Facebook’s secretive lab is leaving

The head of Facebook’s secretive cutting-edge hardware lab, Building 8, is exiting after only a year and a half.<p>In her announcement, Regina Dugan …

The Army of Silicon Valley Activists Trying to Elect Democrats

Ryan Ko spends his work days bouncing between conference calls and strategy meetings. But Ko—a 28-year-old MIT-trained McKinsey & Company consultant …

Elections

How human capital is tech’s most valuable resource

It’s ironic. In spite of Silicon Valley’s awesome technology, human capital remains its most valuable resource. That, at least, is the opinion of best selling writer and entrepreneur Dan Schawbel.<p>One of America’s leading authorities on the workplace, the New York City based Schawbel argues that …

Why the D.C. area’s tech incubators struggle

When the District’s financially troubled 1776 incubator merged with an out-of-town counterpart recently, it became the latest star of Washington’s tech scene to fade away after a few years in the limelight. The sort of permanence that helped make Silicon Valley a top technology hub has largely …

Innovation

The New Book That Puts Tech’s Sexism Scandals Into Perspective

Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs liked to hang out with an older generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs because, he claimed, “you can’t really …

Through Silicon Valley eyes: the Detroit difference

I countered that established players like General Motors, which operates its own ride-hailing and -sharing service Maven and invested $500 million in …

Design biases in Silicon Valley are making the tech we use toxic, expert says

Whether it is photo recognition software taking on a racist bent or wise-cracking AI phone assistants being hopeless on the topics of suicide or …

Australian News

Survivors of heart attack, stroke celebrate life in Heart Association walk

SAN JOSE — Grateful for second chances, survivors of stroke and heart disease led the celebratory annual Silicon Valley Heart and Stroke Walk on …

Medical Research

Here's how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan spend their $74 billion fortune

Mark Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old founder and CEO of Facebook, has a net worth of $74 billion and counting.<p>He's currently the fifth richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index, but it seems he doesn't have a taste for opulence. Especially when it comes to cars, clothes, …

Business

The 21 US cities with the highest startup growth

Startup growth is on the rise — and not just in San Francisco and New York.<p>That's according to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, a study that measures startup growth at the city, state, and national level.<p>The study focuses on metrics like the average employment growth at startups, …

Business

Tech companies have a Baby Boomer problem

All the recent focus on sexism and gender discrimination in Silicon Valley has obscured another long-festering diversity problem for the tech industry: ageism.<p>Now job hiring website Indeed is shining a spotlight on the issue. The company recently conducted a survey of 1,011 currently employed US …

Millennials

Bannon rips Bush, Silicon Valley 'lords of technology'

In a defiant speech to California Republicans, the Breitbart chief cast the state as a linchpin in the fight to halt the globalist agenda.<p>ANAHEIM, Calif. — Issuing a defiant call to arms to grassroots Republicans, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon railed Friday against dangerous …

Politics

She’s 26, and Brought Down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s Next?

SAN FRANCISCO — Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016. At 24, she had just snagged her dream job as a site reliability engineer at Uber, which had recruited her by telling her the ride-hailing company was a “super-women-friendly” place to work, boasting 25 percent female …

Technology

Silicon Valley is dividing society, and making everyone really angry | Opinion

Of all the fantasies about how the internet would improve our lives, the notion that connectivity automatically brings people together is the most …

Forget the “tech backlash”—Americans still like Facebook, Google, and Amazon

America is more divided than ever, except when it comes to the rumored tech backlash.<p>Let’s look at some recent headlines:<p>Bloomberg: A Major Backlash Is Brewing Against Big Tech. Reuters: Top Startup Investors See Mounting ‘Backlash’ Against Tech. Politico: Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against …

Which City Is L.A.'s True Rival?

It's official: The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. And they may well face the New York Yankees, …

Los Angeles

Week in Geek: Amazon’s HQ2 deadline arrives, renting sports jerseys, and new signs of a tech bubble

Cities around the continent submitted their bids for Amazon’s HQ2 this week, bringing the frenzy of speculation about the company’s second …

Amazon

Here are the benefits and challenges of working in China's growing tech scene

• <b>China's tech industry isn't as exclusive as Silicon Valley's, but it's still hard for expats to connect to the right person.</b>• <b><br>The work culture in Chinese tech is intense, reflected by slogans like “996,” which means “working from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week.”</b>• <b><br>The Chinese tech industry has the unique</b> …

China

New Program Brings Silicon Valley to Broadway

The next big thing from Silicon Valley might be a Broadway musical.<p>After working for years as both a software executive and a Broadway producer, entrepreneur Tim Kashani realized that the same code used to create successful Silicon Valley start-ups might also work for Broadway shows. Making a …

Entrepreneurship

Suspect in South San Jose homicide may be in Mexico

SAN JOSE — Police on Friday identified the victim of a fatal stabbing early Wednesday morning in South San Jose and revealed that his alleged killer …

San Jose

OpenTable CEO shares the unexpected way Silicon Valley is responding to the Google anti-diversity memo

In August, a leaked internal memo penned by former Google engineer James Damore criticizing the company's diversity efforts ignited a heated national …

Diversity

#MeToo sex harassment charges hit Silicon Valley; Robert Scoble says 'I feel ashamed'

News (U.S.)

Bay Area hammered by loss of 4,700 jobs

For the second straight month, the Bay Area lost thousands of jobs in September, making it the worst month for employment locally since February 2010.<p>…

San Francisco Bay Area

Is the Sun Really Setting on Silicon Valley?

After years of single-minded expansion, Big Tech is bracing for a backlash. “It feels like the storm has already been bearing down on Silicon Valley as we speak,” one investor said. “Mantras that once mattered like ‘Don't be Evil’ sound at best hollow or at worst hypocritical.”<p>If you just look at …

Where The Silicon Valley Elite Eat In San Francisco

Congratulations! You made a LinkedIn connection with a potential angel investor from Silicon Valley, and she’s eager to hear more about your startup. …

Travel

Regardless of What You May Think, Canada Has Always Been a Tech Hub

Oh, Canada! It's home to the 'Silicon Valley of the North,' and the reason for that has nothing to do with President Trump's immigration policies.<p>Recently, there’s been a lot of media buzz regarding the notion that Canada has secretly become the next new "tech hub." The buzz, of course, is due -- …

Innovation

Why Zuckerberg’s New Immigration Activism Rings Hollow

Facebook and Google are among a group of tech companies pushing to preserve DACA. They also worked with an anti-refugee group to spread hate in swing states.<p>It’s not enough for Silicon Valley to be among the most profitable corridors of the new American economy; it also wants to be loved. Social …

Mark Zuckerberg

Millennials outnumber baby boomers in tech — and it highlights Silicon Valley's ageism

• <b>Millennials are close to constituting a majority of the tech workforce while older industry vets struggle to find work.</b>• <b><br>The new study by job search website Indeed exposes ageism in Silicon Valley.</b><p>The tech industry’s prejudice against older folks is alive and well — though that doesn’t mean …

Business