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13 HOURS AGO - Business Insider

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Why 'Arrogant Jerks' Become Rich And Successful In Silicon Valley

There's a notion that some people become successful company founders because they have the right "Startup DNA." The DNA is comprised of characteristics like "resilience" and "ability to accept risk." Another characteristic many top entrepreneurs share is arrogance. Or worse, just being a huge jerk.  While reporting a long profile of Travis Kalanick last winter, Business Insider found a lot ...

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NOV 18, 2014 - GeekWire

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WeMail raises $1M to make email happen at the speed of IM

WeMail, a Mercer Island-based startup, has raised $1 million in funding to change the way people use email on their mobile devices. The company’s app, which bears the same name, is designed to make it easier and faster to correspond over email, especially now that so many people have smartphones in their pocket at all times. It’s the brainchild of ...

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NOV 15, 2014 - Business Insider

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This Is The First Question The Godfather of Silicon Valley, Ron Conway, Asks Before Making An Investment

Y Combinator’s Sam Altman has been teaching a class called “How to Start a Startup” this fall at Stanford. The 20-session course has an amazing list of guest speakers, including early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (all lecture videos are available for free). One of the recent speakers was Ron Conway, ...

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NOV 14, 2014 - Fast Company

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Why Aston Motes, Dropbox's First Employee, Chose MIT Over Caltech

Aston Motes, currently chief software architect at Merchbar, on diversity in Silicon Valley: "the pipeline is kind of up to the gatekeepers"Aston Motes is probably best known for being Dropbox's first employee, helping founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi build the former Y Combinator startup into the highly popular file hosting site it is today.Read Full Story

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NOV 14, 2014 - TechCrunch

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Ex-Reddit CEO Wanted To Move The Company To Daly City Instead Of SF [Updated]

As we detailed this morning, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has resigned from the company after what Y Combinator President Sam Altman called a “disagreement with the board” about the location of Reddit’s new office. If that reasoning sounds a bit strange to you, you’re not alone. Folks around the Internet are asking why someone would up and leave an exec ...

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