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Google board sued for $90 million payout to Andy Rubin amid sexual abuse probe

“While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking -- paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.” The Board of Directors of Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, has been sued by shareholders for okaying that $90 million exit payment to Andy Rubin, the Android mobile software superstar developer, while actively covering up abuse committed by him and other executives. Rubin was credibly accused of violently se...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Alphabet

Shareholder suit alleges Google covered up its sexual harassment problems with big payouts

Months after an earth-shattering New York Times investigation exposed Google parent company Alphabet’s $90 million payout to Android co-founder Andy Rubin, despite the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, a Google shareholder is suing the company. James Martin filed suit in the  San Mateo Superior Court Thursday morning, alleging the company’s leaders deployed massive allowances to poor-behaving executives to cover up harassment scandals. Both Rubin and Google’s former head of s...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Lawsuit, Tech, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Sexual Harassment, James Martin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram

Google Board Sued for Hushing Claims of Executive Misconduct

The complaint targeted the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to one complaint filed Thursday in California state court.
Tags: Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond

Google Board Sued for Hushing Misconduct Claims About Rubin

The investor claims the Google parent’s board failed in its duties by allowing the harassment to occur and covering up Rubin’s behavior, as did the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sex...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond, Google Board

MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of Jeff Bezos' fortune because there would be no Amazon without her (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos created the world's most valuable company during the 25 years he was married to MacKenzie Bezos. The couple, who announced plans for divorce on Wednesday, apparently have no prenuptial agreement and live in a state where assets are split 50-50. MacKenzie was part of Amazon's early team, helping to come up with the name and serving as its first accountant. But there's another reason she deserves half of the $137 billion Amazon fortune. Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest p...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Texas, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Cbs, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Upper West Side, Princeton, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg

Alphabet spins off moonshot project Malta with backing from Gates’s BEV fund

Malta, the renewable energy storage project born in Alphabet’s moonshot factory X, is now on its own and flush with $26 million from a Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures . Concord New Energy Group and Alfa Laval also invested in the round. Project Malta launched last year in Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X) with an aim to build energy storage facilities that can support full-scale power grids. The independent company spun out of Alphabet is now called Malta Inc. Malt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Sap, Malta, John Doerr, Alphabet, Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Alfa Laval, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Top 5 Biz Books 2018; Fortune’s Top Books; Personal Development Book

"...insights for scaleups" HEADLINES: Fortune's Top Biz Books for 2018 -- here's a link to Fortune President Alan Murray's list of best books for 2018. I hear John Doerr's Measure What Matters is a good book but haven't read it (up next for me). BTW, Murray's "CEO Daily" blog is a must read for me - gives me a quick update on what is happening globally in the world of biz. I highly recommend you sign up for it - it's free - and it takes...
Tags: Leadership, Toronto, Harvard, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley, Fortune, John Doerr, Jim Collins, Murray, Lehman, Hansen, Stanley, Lovett, Alan Murray, Better Book Club

Remainders: From Parking Garages to Political Contributions

It’s been awhile since I did one of these Remainders posts so I figured I’d throw one together. In theory it’s all the other stuff I didn’t get a chance to blog about. In reality, it’s pretty much everything I’ve been reading that isn’t about mental models/frameworks (and even some of that). You can find previous versions filed under Remainders and, as always, if you enjoy this stuff please subscribe by email and pass around. Let’s start with some books. Here’s what I’ve read in the last three m...
Tags: Security, Uber, Books, Politics, Parenting, Microsoft, Bono, North Korea, China, Satya Nadella, Uncategorized, US, Seo, Physics, Terrorism, Complexity

Weekend Reading

I was really tired this weekend (from the week) and didn’t feel like doing anything other than laying on the couch near Amy and reading. She was also tired, as she spent the week in Wellesley at a board meeting and a bunch of other Wellesley related stuff, so even though the Boulder weather was magnificent, we stayed home other than a quick trip to Boulder to get our eyes checked and have sushi with some friends. Oh, and took really long naps both afternoons. By Sunday night I was tired of readi...
Tags: Trends, Boulder, Vermont, Sarah, John Doerr, Grey, Wellesley, Amy, Keith, Sarah Brown, Feld, Long Trail, OKR, Kauffman Foundation, Jeff Bussgang, Nikki Kimball

Work Your Plan And Plan Your Work

by Carrie Morgridge  author of “The Spirit of the Trail: A Journey to Fulfillment Along the Continental Divide“ Before I was 21 years old, I had written my first business plan, and began saving. I did this for two reasons; first, I never liked any boss I ever had. Maybe I was a difficult employee, but working for someone else did not appeal to me. By the time I was 26 I had over 100 employees and 6 retail stores. I realized there was a cap to the income I could make, and sold the stores and mo...
Tags: Startups, Cisco, Self Awareness, Self Improvement, Continental, Life Advice, John Doerr, Hgtv, Foundation, Carrie, Advice For The Young At Heart, Startup Advice, Entrepreneur Advice, Carrie Morgridge

The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #4: Seven lessons learned on the journey from founder to CEO

As I mentioned at the beginning of this series/ebook, over the years I’ve noticed that I tend to frequently share certain Lucky7 posts with entrepreneurs we’ve backed, team members at, or other startup investors I know. In totality, these posts are at least as long as most business books. So I’m packaging the best of them up for you here in a new series called The Entrepreneur’s Essentials. This series/ebook will be at least 20 posts long, and I’ll add some commentary on how I’ve pers...
Tags: Google, Startups, Leadership, Wisdom, Entrepreneurship, Israel, San Francisco, Startup, Austin, Culture, Usa Today, Intuit, Kleiner Perkins, John Doerr, First Round Capital, Marc Benioff

Artist As Hacker: Book Excerpt + 80% Off Discount Code

This excerpt from Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas delves into the concept of Artist as Hacker, which asks music artists to utilize a thought process and view of the music business that is radically different from that which they are accustomed to.   __________________________________ Guest post by Wade Sutton and John Pisciotta Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas was written by Wade Sutton (Rocket to the Stars Artist Services, The Six Minute Music Busines...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Pandora, Guest Post, David Bowie, Nashville, East Coast, Tim McGraw, Fortune, John Doerr, Music Business, Wade, Karl, United States Navy, Grace Hopper, Steve Thompson

Mary Meeker, author of the Internet Trends Report, is leaving Kleiner Perkins

Mary Meeker is leaving Kleiner Perkins to build a new fund and she’s taking the firm’s growth team with her. The news, first reported by Recode and confirmed to TechCrunch, is the latest high-level departure at one of the most prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Joining Meeker in her new fund are Kleiner Perkins GPs Mood Rowghani and Noah Knauf, as well as Juliet de Baubigny, a partner. According to the firm, this is less of a messy break-up and more of an amicable and intention...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, Mike Abbott, beth Seidenberg, John Doerr, Arielle Zuckerberg, Kleiner, Meeker, Knauf

Midwest rising

Emerging venture capital firms in smaller American cities from Indianapolis to Princeton, NJ are attracting increasingly larger funding as investors see opportunities for returns beyond the coastal confines of the nation’s largest cities and the innovation epicenter of Silicon Valley. For the last four years, AOL co-founder Steve Case has been criss-crossing the country preaching a gospel of economic renewal for American cities driven by startup investment and technology-based entrepreneurialism...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, New York, La, Boston, Groupon, Toronto, America, San Francisco, Tech, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, Aol

An Adobe executive once accidentally leaked plans to the press before discussing them with the CEO — and it was the best thing to happen to the company’s productivity

In 2012, Adobe was a decades-old company shifting its technology into the 21st century but having a tough time retaining employees.  The reason, VP of HR Donna Morris was sure, was an antiquated review process, and she had big plans to make the necessary changes — plans she shared with a reporter from the India Times. The story kicked the changes into high-gear — and that same year, Adobe welcomed a new process called Check-in that decreased the number of people quitting drastically. Sometim...
Tags: Adobe, India, America, Trends, John Doerr, Morris, India Times, Donna Morris, India Times Morris, Devina Sengupta

Susan Wojcicki convinced Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and the Google board to buy YouTube, and it all started with 'a purple Muppet singing a nonsense song'

Google's 16th employee and current YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki played a huge role in solidifying the Google-YouTube relationship back in 2006.  Wojcicki saw how user-generated videos could spark emotions after launching Google Videos, Google's own free video-sharing website, and hearing her kids' reactions. YouTube quickly took over a significant portion of the market but it needed a buyer, and Wojcicki took it upon herself to break down the figures to prove it was worth Google paying the $1.65...
Tags: Google, Youtube, America, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Morgan Stanley, John Doerr, Google YouTube, Larry, Sergey, Wojcicki, Larry Page Sergey Brin, Sergey -LSB- Brin, Google Videos Google, Google Videos, Wojcicki Google

Larry Page has a reputation for pushing people at Google. Here’s how he pushed a young Sundar Pichai to make Google Chrome the top web browser in the world

Larry Page is known for being an ambitious goal-setter — he pushed this mindset on executives throughout his time at Google. Before becoming CEO, he was the president of the products team working closely with then-VP of products management Sundar Pichai, who was overseeing the launch of the Chrome browser.  Pichai himself had set very ambitious goals for the launch, having learned the importance of "stretch" goals at the company, but Page stepped in to push the "aggressive goal" even further. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Pichai, Page, Larry Page When Chrome

How employee goals at Google changed after Sundar Pichai took over as CEO after Larry Page

Google is a slightly different company now than it was in 2015, before Sundar Pichai took over from Larry Page to be the company's new CEO. One of the changes Pichai implemented was a simplification to the goal-setting process, known as Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Under Page, Google was a startup with employees who wore many hats, but for Pichai, who took over one of the largest companies in the world, employees are probably more valuable when their mission is focused.  Since the begi...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Pichai, Doerr

Google's Larry Page 'floored' an early investor when he predicted it could be twice as big as Yahoo before it even had a business model (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 1999, before Google was a well-known (or well-funded) company, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were discussing their company with a new board member. The venture capitalist asked Page and Brin how big they expected their company could be, and Page shot back a with a number that few companies had reached at the time, far exceeding the VC's projection.  He predicted the company would make $10 billion in revenue, which Doerr calculated to be equivalent to $100 billion in market capitalizat...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Samsung, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, John Doerr, Page, Brin, Doerr

Google's Larry Page 'floored' an early investor with an ambitious prediction that sounded impossible but turned out to be spot on (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 1999, before Google was a well-known (or well-funded) company, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were discussing their company with a new board member. The venture capitalist asked Page and Brin how big they expected their company could be, and Page shot back a with a number that few companies had reached at the time, far exceeding the VC's projection.  He predicted the company would generate $10 billion in revenue, which Doerr calculated to be equivalent to $100 billion in market capital...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, John Doerr, Page, Brin, Doerr

Here’s the management theory that John Doerr regards as one of the most tested and proven in the last 50 years

In the book "Measure What Matters," renowned venture capitalist John Doerr cites a theory that he says has been confirmed as "one of the most tested and proven ideas" in management theory. It says that hard goals drive more productivity than easy goals — and that the more specific the wording of the hard goal, the higher the level of output.  The theory influenced the "Objectives and Key Results" goal-setting process used by some of the most successful technology companies, and was part of the...
Tags: Google, Trends, Intel, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Deloitte, University Of Maryland, Andy Grove, John Doerr, Locke, OKR, Doerr, Edwin Locke

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs -- a goal-setting system that's been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean...
Tags: Bono, Higher Education, John Doerr, Speaking, Doerr, Google Intel

Venture capitalist John Doerr on the virtues and perils of setting goals

The legendary venture capitalist talks about his new book on measuring the right goals.
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When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders

In an excerpt from his book, "Measure What Matters," venture capitalist John Doerr describes introducing "Objectives and Key Results" to Larry Page and Sergey Brin in Google's early days.
Tags: Google, Business, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr

Beyond Black Box Management

An Exciting Way to Make a Living Alex Honnold is an adventure climber. He specializes in free solo ascents, which means he climbs tall things with no ropes. If he falls, he dies. He’s perhaps most famous for being the first person to free solo Yosemite’s 3000-foot El Capitan wall (see above). Not long ago, at a live event at the USC Performance Science Institute, Honnold described an interesting technique he used to help prepare for his El Capitan ascent: “For the full month before I soloed El ...
Tags: College, Uncategorized, Ford, Taylor, John Doerr, Henry Ford, Alex Honnold, El Capitan, Peter Drucker, MBO, Drucker, Tammy Strobel, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Honnold, USC Performance Science Institute

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this year.   The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last by Thomas J. Peters   On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis   New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World--and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans   The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea by Bob Burg and John Davi...
Tags: Books, Leadership, Bono, John Doerr, John David Mann, Don, Bob Burg, Thomas J Peters, John Lewis Gaddis, Jeremy Heimans, Gates Foundation Rock the World

This $63mn funded startup has shut down; Here is what you can learn

SHYP Shyp, which was one of the major disruptor in package shipping space (Uber of courier) is shutting down. The company raised $63mn (including $50mn from KPCB) and even had legendary John Doerr as a board member. Shyp is the first to make it effortless and friction-free to ship your goods, in a way that’s almost magical [John Doer] What really happened? From a focus point of view, the company was stuck between B2B and B2C play and by the time it realised its mojo, they ran out of money. ...
Tags: Business, India, Kpcb, Shyp, John Doerr, Product Management, Gibbon, Productmarketfit, John Doer

The startup that wanted to kill the post office is shutting down after raising $62 million

Shyp, a startup that let users ship packages with a few taps on a smartphone, has shut down. CEO Kevin Gibbon personally apologized in a blog post, expressing regret for embracing a "growth at all costs" strategy. The company raised $62 million, including a series B round led by John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins. Shyp, an on-demand shipping startup once compared to Uber, has shut down after five years in business and $62 million in venture funding. The news was announced via Twitter, as well as ...
Tags: Microsoft, Ebay, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins, Shyp, Kevin Gibbon, John Doerr, Gibbon, Kleiner Perkins Shyp

On-demand shipping startup Shyp is shutting down

After rocketing to a $250 million valuation in 2015 amid a massive hype cycle for on-demand companies, on-demand startup Shyp is shutting down today. CEO Kevin Gibbon announced that the company would be shutting down in a blog post this afternoon. The company is ending operations immediately after, like many on-demand companies, struggling to find a scalable model beyond its launching point in San Francisco. Shyp missed targets for expanding to cities beyond its core base as well as pulled...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Mobile, Enterprise, Ebay, San Francisco, Tech, Miami, Philadelphia, Instacart, Postmates, On-demand, Kleiner Perkins, Shyp, Kevin Gibbon, John Doerr

BetterWorks lost employees and customers to a sexual harassment scandal — here's how its new CEO plans to win them back

Doug Dennerline, a veteran of Cisco and Salesforce and an experienced CEO, recently took the chief executive role at BetterWorks. BetterWorks, a human resources software company, replaced founding CEO Kris Duggan after a lawsuit from June alleged that he sexually harassed an employee and fostered an inhospitable culture. Now Dennerline is tasked with moving the company forward, and convincing employees and customers alike that he can correct the course of the troubled startup.  To start, Bette...
Tags: Google, Amazon, South Korea, Samsung, Trends, Cisco, Silicon Valley, John, Kleiner Perkins, Andy Grove, John Doerr, Peterson, Kris, Duggan, WebEx, Kris Duggan