Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More


Book smarts vs. street smarts: Which makes the best startup entrepreneurs? (Infographic)

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start their respective companies, relying on their enormous intellect and technology experience to change the world. But Sergey Brin and Jerry Yang both received advanced degrees at Stanford, and things turned out pretty well for them. So, what’s an entrepreneur to do? Bypass the educational… Read More


Morning Radar: Paul Graham’s patent pledge; Super Mario in Seattle; etc.

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham asks companies to take the patent pledge. The concept? Big companies shouldn’t use patents to bully small startups. “The patent pledge is in effect a narrower but open source ‘Don’t be evil,” writes the venture capitalist. says it will open new distribution facilities and bring 7,000 jobs to California if the state… Read More


Wired goes inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s hottest tech incubator

I just finished reading Wired’s in-depth piece on Y Combinator, the 6-year-old Silicon Valley incubator which in the words of author Steven Levy offers an “unmatchable entrée into the otherwise closed world of high-stakes Internet entrepreneurship.” It’s a great piece, partly because it describes how Paul Graham is shaking up the venture capital landscape through… Read More