How Reddit’s fixed salary policy is diversifying its workforce

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Reddit is taking an unusual measure towards diversifying its workforce: It has stopped negotiating salaries with potential hires. “Women are one-quarter as likely to negotiate for salary as men are, and when they do, they’re penalized,” Reddit’s interim chief executive Ellen Pao said today at the Code Conference. Also, she […]

How Reddit’s fixed salary policy is diversifying its workforce

Senator Elizabeth Warren puts tech crowd to sleep with talk of infrastructure

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Senator Elizabeth Warren is on fire about infrastructure. Specifically, Warren says, America needs to resume investing in things like roads, bridges, power grids — as well as education and basic research — that enable future innovation. “We have all helped build the world in which others can build more,” the Massachusetts […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren puts tech crowd to sleep with talk of infrastructure

Wherever Satoshi Nakamoto is, he’s probably filthy rich by now

The mysterious creator of Bitcoin identified himself as “Satoshi Nakamoto” in the 2009 software release that kickstarted the cryptocurrency. After playing an active role in the Bitcoin community from 2009 to 2011 — only via email, never in person or by phone — Nakamoto disappeared, leaving many people dying to know who the real person […]

Wherever Satoshi Nakamoto is, he’s probably filthy rich by now

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

My lovely wife and I recently decided to back up all our family photos to a single online location, so we’d be less dependent on the Mac Mini they currently live on. That, in turn, would free the Mini up so that the 14-year-old could use it as a music-and-movie studio and (eventually, I hope) to get […]

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

There’s a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let’s call it the second Internet. Here’s what it looks like: That’s right — it’s Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, […]

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

Secrets of my inbox

Last summer, Ben Kaplan posted an interview with me about how PR folks can get my attention. I’ve been pointing people to this interview time and again, because it is a helpful summary of how my day really works. Here’s the start of the transcript. Read the whole thing, or give it a listen, on PRHacker.com. […]

Secrets of my inbox

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

OPINION:   Last week I wrote about the way specific technologies have lowered the barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide: Amazon Web Services, Google Drive (and Google Search), mobile devices combined with widespread wireless Internet service, and Facebook. Most of these tools are what author Jonathan Zittrain would call “generative,” in that they are technologies which engender further innovation, […]

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms