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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Tech firms scrambled to keep dozens of copies of videos showing the New Zealand mosque shooting off their platforms. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter struggled to stop users ripping and uploading copies of the original video, and the distressing footage was easily discoverable the day after the incident. Facebook, facing huge criticism over live streaming, says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting in 24 ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, North Korea, Trends, Andreessen, New Zealand, Andreessen Horowitz, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Marc Andreessen, Kim Jong, Chris Cox


General Catalyst just carved out an aggressive new seed-stage program — here’s what to know

General Catalyst is diving more seriously into the business of funding seed-stage startups. To wit, the venture firm is announcing today that it plans to invest at least $25 million each year in nascent teams that “can’t be too early” for the firm to see, according to Katherine Boyle, an investor with the firm who will be spearheading the effort with two other colleagues: Niko Bonatsos and Peter Boyce, who cofounded and continues to help oversee Rough Draft Ventures, a student-focused program fu...
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, Greylock, Sequoia, Marc Andreessen, Bryan Schreier, Boyle, Boyce, Niko Bonatsos, Katherine Boyle


A Facebook board member denied claims he met the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower 2 years before the scandal exploded

Andreessen Horowitz investor and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen has denied claims he met the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie in 2016. The Observer reported that Andreessen hosted a meeting to determine how Cambridge Analytica might be misusing people's data. If true, the meeting suggests Facebook understood the extent of Cambridge Analytica's data harvesting almost two years before the scandal broke publicly. But Andreessen says he's never met Wylie, and Facebook said it h...
Tags: Facebook, Russia, Trends, Andreessen, Ted Cruz, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Donald Trump, Marc Andreessen, Business Insider, Wylie, Kogan, Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, Global Science Research


This red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook announced on Thursday that chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, are leaving the company. There was telling line in Cox's goodbye letter that suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprung a surprise on Thursday when Mark Zuckerberg announced that a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Times, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels


A red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook on Thursday announced that its chief product officer, Chris Cox, and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, were leaving the company. A telling line in Cox's goodbye letter suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprang a surprise Thursday when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that anothe...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Mark, Cox, Daniels


WWW at 30 : Democratization of Legal Publishing Made Possible

The World Wide Web is thirty years old today. The Internet may have existed for twenty years before the WWW, but it was not until English scientist Tim Berners-Lee brought us the Web So that documents and resources could be shared and linked to via Uniform Reosource Locators (URL’s). A year later, Berners-Lee brought us the first software to display web pages on terminals called the Line Mode Browser. It was not until 1993 when a Marc Andreessen led team at the University of Illinois...
Tags: Publishing, Law, Wordpress, Lexblog, Bell, Marc Andreessen, Matt Mullenweg, University Of Illinois, Berners Lee, Tim Berners Lee, Matt, Netscape, Cerf, Ed Walters, Vinton Cerf, Uniform Reosource Locators URL


Here’s how you can save $500 on Disrupt SF 2019

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 returns to the Moscone North Convention Center for three action-packed days devoted to early-stage startups. On October 2-4, more than 10,000 tech founders, investors, developers, engineers and startup fans from around the world will converge and create a veritable breeding ground of opportunity. And here’s the best part — you can save $500 on the price right now. It’s easy! All you need to do is sign up today for our mailing list, and when registration open...
Tags: TC, Pinterest, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce, Tracy Chou, Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC Top Picks, Startup Alley Disrupt, Moscone North, TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019


What Is the Clear Path to Law Firm Success? It’s Not Obvious

It doesn’t take too much reading to understand that technology is crucial to the success of any modern law firm. With the mergers and investments in LegalTech continuing to rise, law firms truly cannot invest too much in tech and innovation. I think we can expect to see the below example more often: A law firm that does everything starts from scratch with founders having both deep business and legal expertise. They commit to being early adopters of technology. It takes spent three years and $5M ...
Tags: Law, Legal Technology, Association of Corporate Counsel, Marc Andreessen, Richard Feynman, Richard Susskind, Bennett Jones, Clearspire, Paul Cravath, James Côté Legal Technology and Innovation


The founding story of Patreon

It’s May 7, 2013 and Jack Conte is, in his own words, “totally exhausted, slash, totally wired, in that really weird in-between zone.” He has spent 18 hours per day for the last 50 days building a replica of the Millennium Falcon set from “Star Wars” and shooting a music video in it. When Conte has a vision for something he wants to create, he becomes obsessive. In fact, he maxed out his credit cards to see his vision through on this one. But this is the moment. He uploads his video to YouTub...
Tags: Google, TC, Youtube, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Kickstarter, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Jack Conte, Pomplamoose, Kevin Systrom, Sam, Mike Krieger, Patreon


How AR is Enhancing Retail

In a recent A16Z podcast, Marc Andreessen said he believes that VR will be “like 1000 times bigger” than AR. He also recognised that this is a very contrarian view to consensus in the Valley, which... This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the website and more!
Tags: Trends, Retail, Ar, Augmented Reality, Marc Andreessen, Valley, Retail Tech


Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

"Software is eating the world," venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as newer languages like Apple Swift or Google Go start to make a splash. Here are the programming languages you should learn if y...
Tags: Google, Stanford, Trends, Java, Oracle, Marc Andreessen


This VR startup impressed Andreessen Horowitz so much that the VC firm flew back from Vegas to hammer out a $68 million deal at In-N-Out

Sandbox VR makes virtual reality experiences which combine off-the-shelf hardware, green screens, and custom content. Now it's raising $68 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz to expand to New York, L.A., Austin, and Chicago.  In Sandbox VR founder Steve Zhao's thinking, his company goes against all of the major trends in technology and investing. But Sandbox VR is also a lot of fun when you experience it — which has helped the VR startup raise $68 million from top-tier invest...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Trends, Andreessen, Chicago, Austin, Kanye West, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Westfield, Andreessen Horowitz, Vegas, Marc Andreessen, Sand Hill Road


Lime hits million-ride milestone in NZ, boss open to e-scooter tax

Lime timeline • Jan 2017: Founded in San Francisco by Toby Sun and Brad Bao• March 2017: Sun & Bao raise US$12m from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen• June 2017: First service launched, in Greensboro, North Carolina,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, San Francisco, Nz, Marc Andreessen, Greensboro North Carolina, Netscape, Toby Sun, Brad Bao, Sun Bao


Audio Of The Week: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

I listened to this 40min interview of Marc and Ben earlier this week. I enjoyed it. Marc and Ben are smart and witty and know how to work off each other. I got a few really good laughs too, which is always a bonus with these things. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Tags: Trends, Ben Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Ben, Marc, VC & Technology


Are Teams Eating Real Estate?

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Medium] Some Questions Industry Leaders Might Consider In August, 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen coined the phrase “software is eating the world” in an iconic article published in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he put out a theory that we were in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies were poised to take over large swathes of the economy. Fast forward to November, 2018 when Alex Rampell, o...
Tags: Andreessen, Radio, Teams, Mls, Big Picture, Marc Andreessen, Alex Rampell, NAR, IDX, Rampell, Agents and Brokers


Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last night the company unveiled the RTX 2060, a $349 low-end version of its new Turing-based desktop graphics cards. The RTX 2060 will be available on Jan. 15. 2. Elon Musk’s vision of spaceflight ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Siri, Tech, Venture Capital, Nvidia


Marc Andreessen: audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR

In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV show recommendations to Horowitz’s secret to excellent barbecue. (It’s pretty much just “time,” as you might imagine.) More useful for our founder readers may be Andreessen’s predictions around tech and, because he’s asked about them specifically, his predictions when it comes to wearables, including that virtual reality will be “one thousand” times bigger than au...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Earth, Andreessen, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Magic Leap, Marc Andreessen, Valley, HOROWITZ, Joe Rogan, A16z


Samsara banks $100M at a $3.6B valuation for its internet-connected sensors

Sensor data platform Samsara confirmed this morning that it had closed a new round of funding from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst that values the startup at $3.6 billion. The news was first reported by Cheddar, which spotted a filing with the state of Delaware on December 21 disclosing Samsara’s intent to raise a $100 million round at more than double the valuation it garnered upon its $50 million Series D this March. “Our growth comes from bringing transformation...
Tags: Startups, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, Cisco, Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, East Coast, Delaware, Marc Andreessen, Samsara, Hemant Taneja, Kiren Sekar Samsara, Sanjit Biswas, John Bicket


10 quotes to motivate you in 2019

Quotes can be good reminders that we're not alone in our struggles. The most powerful quotes remind us that while failure is not optional, how we treat it is. Fail well and learn from it, the most successful figures remind us again and again. None Good quotes are adrenaline shots, catalysts for perspective, reminders that as locked into our own thoughts as we sometimes become, others are walking the path right along with us. I like quotes that remind me that being uncomfortable is an indicator ...
Tags: Motivation, Learning, Failure, Mindfulness, Creativity, Innovation, Fear, Cooperation, Marc Andreessen, Tim Ferriss, Derek, Don, Cal Newport, Emily Esfahani Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Ray Dalio


Givers, Takers, and Equalizers

Nothing is more important to your ultimate success in life and your career as whether or not you are giver, taker, or equalizer. In fact, your happiness and success in life will largely be governed by one of the three types of personalities. Several years ago, when I was practicing law, there was an attorney who was up for partnership in the firm. This attorney was extraordinary; he was first in his class while attending a major law school and had formerly practiced for over eight years at the f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Featured, Relationships, India, Careers, Harvard, Life Lessons, Bmw, Wall Street Journal, Marc Andreessen, Robbins, Moore, Anthony Robbins, Barnes Noble


Airbnb’s Official Arrival as a Real Estate Company

[Note from editor: This is adapted from this week’s Weekly Radar for Geek Estate Mastermind members. Given it’s industry significance, I thought it worthwhile to publish publicly.] Airbnb will start designing and building housing prototypes in 2019 as part of Backyard, a new Samara project announced this week. Backyard is an initiative to prototype new ways that homes can be built and shared, guided by an ambition to realize more humanistic, future-oriented, and waste-conscious design. Accordin...
Tags: Radio, Architecture, Airbnb, Construction, Marc Andreessen, Samara, Real Estate Company, Joe Gebbia, Geek Estate Members, Built World, GE Mastermind Preview, Weekly Radar for Geek Estate Mastermind


Will Digital Turn Every Business Into a Service? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 235)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. As Marc Andreessen once said, software is eating the world. But what does that really mean for your business? Equally importantly, it begs the question, will digital turn every business into a service? The latest episode of Thinks Out Loud has some answers. Show notes as follows: Will Digital Turn Every Business Into a Service? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 235) – Headlines and Show Notes Wy Software is Eating the World Amazon ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, Seo, Expedia, Marc Andreessen, Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB, Tim Peter, Stephen Denny


Bill Gates says that HBO's 'Silicon Valley' is the best way to understand the real Silicon Valley: 'They don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve'

Bill Gates has a message for those in the tech industry who think that HBO's "Silicon Valley" is too critical: lighten up. "I always tell them: 'You really should watch it, because they don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve,'" writes Gates, who has consulted on the show. Gates says he identifies most with Richard Hendricks, the CEO of fictional startup Pied Piper, "who is a great programmer but has to learn some hard lessons about managing people."  His one gripe with the show is ...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Microsoft, Dick Costolo, Trends, David, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Paul Allen, Silicon Valley, New Mexico, Oracle, Gates, Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Allen


A San Francisco based company has made trading cards of Silicon Valley's top VCs because, well, it's Silicon Valley

TouchBase has released collectible trading cards featuring Silicon Valley's top investors and advisors.  Cards include notable investors like Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham and Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen.  The cards include stats for each investor, like their total number of investments and number of exits. A pack of five cards goes for $59.99.  Ever think you'd hear someone say: "I'll trade you a Paul Graham for a Marc Andreessen?"  A San Francisco company i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Trends, Harvard, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Andreessen Horowitz, Mary Meeker, Marc Andreessen, Bill Gurley, Paul Graham, Don Valentine Sequoia, Jenny Lee GGV


All I want for Christmas are these kitschy VC trading cards

Just kidding. Please don’t buy me these collectible trading cards featuring Silicon Valley venture capitalists for Christmas. But if you are in the market for a gift for a VC — or aspiring VC — they’d probably appreciate a set. [gallery ids="1744120,1744121,1744122"] Yes, they really exist! TouchBase is selling a line of the VC trading cards, featuring Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker and Benchmark gene...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, Marc Andreessen, Bill Gurley, Paul Graham, Kleiner, Meeker, TouchBase, Paul Graham Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen Kleiner Perkins


Collect them all: Venture capitalist trading cards

Who's the VC you most admire? Is it "super angel" investor Marc Andreessen, the 47-year-old billionaire behind over 40 successful startups? Or maybe it's Mary Meeker, the legendary VC who Forbes listed as the 77th most powerful woman in the world in 2014. Whoever it is, TouchBase has got your investor worship covered with their new line of VC trading cards. They look like baseball cards -- stats and all -- but are much, much better. VCtradingcards.com is the leading online seller of TouchBase ...
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Mary Meeker, Venture Capitalists, Marc Andreessen, Forbes, Trading Cards, Collect Them All, VC trading cards, TouchBase, Don Valentine Sequoia, Atari Mike Markkula Angel, Jenny Lee GGV


Predictions 2019: The Ebb And Flow Of VC Dough

Marc Andreessen once said, “Raising venture capital is the easiest thing a startup founder is ever going to do.” That’s a bit of hyperbole from Mark, but there’s a lot of truth to it if one’s timing is right. Technology startup markets can go through periods of irrational exuberance in which money seems to grow on trees. Those […]
Tags: Ecommerce, Emerging Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Marc Andreessen, Mark, Marketing Technology, Predictions 2019


Where to Go After Product-Market Fit: An Interview with Marc Andreessen

I think there are three big categories. Once there’s product/market fit, then the main thing becomes taking the market — which is to say, figuring out how to get the product to the entire market, how to get dominant market share; because most tech markets tend to end up with one company with most of the market share. And that company tends to be all the value that gets created in that sector, from a return standpoint. That company also tends to have all the resources to do everything else that t...
Tags: Business, Marc Andreessen, Product Management


All About Talent: Takeaways From MIT’s $1B Plan to Lead Way in A.I.

In 2011, Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen penned a widely read essay declaring that “software is eating the world.” If he were to write an updated version today, it might proclaim that machine learning is eating the world.Advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies are starting to impact virtually every industry. In the coming years, A.I. could transform society in ways we don’t yet fully understand. Companies are investing heavily in A.I. to try and stay ahead of...
Tags: Startups, Education, Boston, Trends, Tech, Mit, Vc, Tencent, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Blackstone, Affectiva, Marc Andreessen, Csail, Stephen Schwarzman, MIT Media Lab


A Google linked exec and a former US politician have dropped out of a Saudi project after journalist's disappearance

Members of an advisory board for a $500 billion Saudi megacity project are distancing themselves from the organisation after the reported murder of a dissident Saudi journalist. Google-linked executive Dan Doctoroff and ex-US secretary of energy Ernest Moriz have now dropped out of the project. Apple's Jony Ive was initially on the list, but Apple says his inclusion was a mistake and he has nothing to do with the project. The other 16 members of the board did not respond to Business Insider's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, US, Trends, New York Times, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Oceana, Travis Kalanick, Andreessen Horowitz, Tim Brown