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Silver Lake has been plowing money into bets like Airbnb, Twitter, and Waymo. Here's a look inside why it's being called the Warren Buffett of tech.

Silver Lake Partners is a private-equity firm known for doing leveraged buyouts of tech giants like Dell Technologies and Skype. But this year, the firm has done at least seven deals in which it's taken a minority stake. Altogether it has invested in deals worth a combined $7.3 billion. The big question across Wall Street is whether the deals represent a change in strategy for the investment firm, or just a reflection of the environment in which it's operating.  Silver Lake is run by Egon Durb...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Hollywood, Stanford, India, Amc, US, Trends, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Dell, University Of Chicago, Jack Dorsey, Skype, Broadcom


Silver Lake has been plowing money into bets like Airbnb, Twitter, and Waymo. Here's a look inside what's driving its rapid-fire dealmaking.

Silver Lake Partners is a private-equity firm known for doing leveraged buyouts of tech giants like Dell Technologies and Skype. But this year, the firm has done at least seven deals in which it's taken a minority stake. Altogether it has invested in deals worth a combined $7.3 billion. The big question across Wall Street is whether the deals represent a change in strategy for the investment firm, or just a reflection of the environment in which it's operating.  Silver Lake is run by Egon Durb...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Hollywood, Stanford, India, Amc, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Dell, University Of Chicago, Jack Dorsey, Skype, Broadcom, Expedia


'The tech version of Warren Buffett': Inside Silver Lake's pandemic-era dealmaking machine, where big buyouts have given way to minority stakes

Silver Lake Partners is a private-equity firm known for doing leveraged buyouts of tech giants like Dell Technologies and Skype. But this year, the firm has done at least seven deals in which it's taken a minority stake. Altogether it has invested in deals worth a combined $7.3 billion. The big question across Wall Street is whether the deals represent a change in strategy for the investment firm, or just a reflection of the environment in which it's operating.  Silver Lake is run by Egon Durb...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Hollywood, Stanford, India, Amc, US, Trends, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Dell, University Of Chicago, Jack Dorsey, Skype, Broadcom


Coronavirus Unemployment: EDD Acknowledges Staff May Be Responsible For Costly Date Errors

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — CBS13 has heard from a growing number of people who say Employment Development Department phone representatives have been accusing them of making costly typos on their unemployment applications. Following a CBS13 investigation, EDD is now acknowledging its own staff may be responsible for some of those date errors. However, the agency stopped short of saying it would automatically correct the errors for those who may be impacted. As we first reported earlier this week,  many...
Tags: Facebook, News, Pua, Stanford, Local, Sacramento, Levy, Employment Development Department, Edd, Investigative Stories, Loree Levy, CBS13 Investigates: Coronavirus Unemployment, Jessica Stanford


As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests and scrublands are tested for susceptibility to wildfires is by manually collecting branches and foliage and testing their water c...
Tags: TC, Science, Stanford, Tech, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Wildfires, European Space Agency, Satellite Imagery, GreenTech, Stanford University, U S Forest Service, Alexandra Konings


Why Remote Work Is So Hard -- and How It Can Be Fixed

Cal Newport, writing at the New Yorker: Technological transitions often stumble when we expect them to sprint. In 1989, the Stanford economist Paul David wanted to understand why so many companies were so slow to adopt computer technology; for historical perspective, he turned to the history of the electric dynamo, which had been invented around a hundred years before, and which, before it transformed industrial production, had also been adopted slowly. In his paper "The Dynamo and the Computer:...
Tags: Stanford, Tech, Dynamo, Cal Newport, Paul David, Modern Productivity Paradox, American Economic Review David, Inertia David


WeWork is grappling with a fresh setback after the pandemic emptied offices. Here's the latest on job cuts, financials, and legal battles.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. Real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started as CEO in February, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. In April, investor SoftBank backed out of its plan to buy $3 billion worth of WeWork shares, including nearly $1 billion from Neumann. Two of WeWork's board members then sued the ...
Tags: Google, UK, Stanford, Wall Street, Softbank, New York City, US, America, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Brookfield, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork


Chargers hire Pep Hamilton to groom Justin Herbert, but no pressure

Pep Hamilton hasn’t wasted any time getting to know the Chargers’ next face of the franchise and eventual successor to Philip Rivers. This, of course, is Justin Herbert, whom the Chargers drafted with the sixth overall pick in last month’s NFL draft. Perhaps it’s not fair to label a rookie quarterback as a “face of a franchise,” but that’s what many expect from him in the years to come, and Hamilton was hired to guide Herbert to that esteemed status. There’s plenty of pressure on the Chargers’ n...
Tags: Florida, Oregon, Stanford, Sports, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Chargers, Michigan, Philip Rivers, Taylor, Denver, King


Long-term Perspectives During a Pandemic

Long Conversation speakers (from top left): Stewart Brand, Esther Dyson, David Eagleman, Ping fu, Katherine Fulton, Danny Hillis, Kevin Kelly, Ramez Naam, Alexander Rose, Paul Saffo, Peter Schwartz, Tiffany Shlain, Bina Venkataraman, and Geoffrey West. On April 14th, 02020, The Long Now Foundation convened a Long Conversation¹ featuring members of our board and invited speakers. Over almost five hours of spirited discussion, participants reflected on the current moment, how it fits into ou...
Tags: London, Microsoft, Stanford, India, Future, San Francisco, Cnn, Netflix, Harvard, Long-term Thinking, Vodafone, Donald Trump, New Delhi, Trump, David Eagleman, Peter


Daily Crunch: SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is a ‘go’

SpaceX is giving astronauts a lift to the International Space Station, a new jailbreak can unlock any iPhone and a startup raises $250 million to reduce food waste. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 26, 2020. 1. NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX’s first ever astronaut launch is a ‘go’ SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station. Both the agency and SpaceX announced yest...
Tags: Apple, TC, Space, Spacex, Stanford, China, Singapore, Tech, Nasa, Netflix, Katy Perry, Aol, Silicon Valley, Oprah, Gates Foundation, Falcon


LA County daily coronavirus death toll drops to 14, with 940 more cases

As Memorial Day weekend drew Southern Californians anew to beaches and other outdoor public spaces, Los Angeles County health officials reported 14 additional deaths of people who tested positive for COVID-19, and said the number of cases has climbed by 940 cases, to 44,988, on Sunday, May 24. With the latest reported deaths, 2,104 people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. “For the people who are mourning a loved one who has passed away from CO...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, La, Stanford, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, John, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Ventura, Los Angeles County, Vernon, Ferrer


Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically-motivated scientists hype their speedy study?

In the race to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s scientists have embraced a radically new method of disseminating information about their research, offering it quickly and without filters in the effort to understand and control this deadly disease. But their new communication model is striking at the heart of scientific integrity, publicizing research that has been corrupted by speed, sloppiness and opacity. And now the academic world is being roiled by a question for which millions of l...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Medicine, La, Stanford, California News, Sport, Palo Alto, Soccer, New York Times, Npr, John, Donald Trump, UC Berkeley, Wall Street Journal


Coronavirus Unemployment: EDD Date Errors Keeping Self-Employed Filers From Their Back-Pay

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As businesses begin to reopen, many people are still waiting for the unemployment payments they are owed from the months they have been out of work. Now a growing number of people tell CBS13 that an Employment Development Department (EDD) date error is keeping them from the back-pay they were promised and they say EDD representatives are refusing to correct those errors. Self-employed Californians had to wait seven weeks for the EDD to program its computers before they could...
Tags: Facebook, News, Pua, Stanford, Local, Seen On, Sacramento, Berry, Edd, DeMello, Employment Development Department EDD, Investigations (section page, Coronavirus, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, CBS13 Investigates: Coronavirus Unemployment, Coronavirus Unemployment


College Sports & Students- Why Athletes Fare Better

Sports are an integral part of college life and if you are lucky and talented enough, you can even make it into your favorite sports team. Although it takes a lot of hard work to excel in academics and sports together, the exhilaration that comes with the experience makes all the effort worthwhile. However, there is a lot more you get than the thrill and excitement of being able to play for the team if you think about the real benefits of college sports. Many of these young prodigies do well i...
Tags: Stanford, Jazz, All Sports Talk, Fred Buckley


Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL turned VC, and Clara Sieg, a Stanford-educated VC heading up Revolution’s Silicon Valley office. Together,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Stanford, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Monsanto, Silicon Valley, Steve Case, ECL, Market Analysis, Sieg, Clara Sieg, Verizon Media, Extra Crunch


Stanford uses AI scans of satellite images to track poverty levels over time

A new AI tool can track poverty levels in African villages over time by scanning satellite images for signs of economic well-being. The tool searches the images for indicators of development, such as roads, agriculture, housing, and lights turned on at night. Deep learning algorithms find patterns in this data to measure the villages’ wealth. Researchers from Stanford University tested the tool on about 20,000 villages across 23 countries in Africa that had existing wealth data. They say that it...
Tags: Startups, Stanford, Africa, Stanford University, Insider, Neural


Tracking the tinderbox: Stanford scientists map wildfire fuel moisture across western US

Researchers have developed a deep-learning model that maps fuel moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states, opening a door for better fire predictions.
Tags: Science, Stanford, US


Wilner: Time for USC and UCLA to step up and save the Pac-12

At precisely 2 p.m. Tuesday, the UCLA athletic department’s Twitter account made the hiring official, welcoming Martin Jarmond as the Bruins’ ninth athletic director. Later that afternoon, at 4:23 p.m., Jarmond’s crosstown counterpart, Mike Bohn, did the same: “Welcome @MartinJarmond to the Pac-12 and LA, the nation’s number one sports city!!” Bohn and Jarmond need to be more than just Twitter pals. Finally, after so many missteps and controversies, after all the opportunities missed and losses ...
Tags: Oregon, Stanford, Time, Sports, NFL, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Kansas, College sports, Ncaa, Ohio, Espn, Meyer, Ohio State, Usc


Some companies may stall their startup investing in the recession, but insiders say separate corporate venture arms will still deploy their cash troves to back hot prospects

Corporations usually invest in startups through one of two ways: They create a separate corporate venture capital arm, and raise funds earmarked for investment. Or, the corporation invests directly from its own accounts. Insiders expect a drop-off in investing from the second type of corporate venture capital, because those companies will wait to see how their core businesses fare in the current downturn.  "In difficult times, corporate VCs, I think, often look at it as if it was a discretiona...
Tags: Stanford, Trends, Tech, Intel, TOMS, Intel Capital, National Venture Capital Association, Brooks, Google Amazon, PitchBook, Fast, Wendell Brooks, Intel Capital Visit Business Insider, Kyle Stanford


The 8 Myths of the Remote Workplace. Myth Two – Employee Disengagement Will Increase

The 8 Myths of the Virtual Workforce. Myth #2: Employee Disengagement Will Increase. If you’re concerned about attrition or rising disengagement, 76% of respondents said they’d be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. (HBR) To further refute this myth, companies that allow remote work experience 25% less employee turnover than companies that do not allow remote work. (Owl Labs) The truth is, remote workers say they’re 35% happier in their jobs than on-site work...
Tags: Stanford, Sales, Gallup, Keith Rosen, Nicholas Bloom


SPC MD 641

MD 0641 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 194... FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL MONTANA Mesoscale Discussion 0641 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0610 PM CDT Tue May 19 2020 Areas affected...western and central Montana Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 194... Valid 192310Z - 200115Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 194 continues. SUMMARY...Threat for isolated large hail, locally strong wind gusts and a brief tornado will persist into mid evening. DIS...
Tags: Weather, Montana, Stanford, Norman, Deer Lodge


Michael Thomas picks off Tom Brady to lock himself into Miami Dolphins lore - An underdog story

Coming out of Stanford in 2012, defensive back Michael Thomas went undrafted before signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He was seen as a developmental safety for the team, someone who they liked and wanted to keep, but was not
Tags: News, Stanford, San Francisco, Tom Brady, Miami Dolphins, Michael Thomas


Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha is coming to Disrupt this fall

Roelof Botha’s career is the stuff dreams are made of — that is, if the dream is to become one of the topmost investors in the U.S. venture capital industry. Not only has Botha had tremendous success in his investing career, including an early bet on the mobile payments company Square (on whose board he still sits five years after its IPO), but in 2017, Botha was made the U.S. head of the venture firm he first joined 17 years ago, Sequoia Capital. Considering that Sequoia is widely considered th...
Tags: Google, TC, Youtube, Stanford, Tech, Paypal, South Africa, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, Roelof Botha, Forbes, Mckinsey, Botha, Neil Shen, Digital Pass, Sequoia Capital Considering


Stanford researcher envisions energy and environment landscape after COVID-19

Global carbon dioxide emissions are down dramatically in the wake of COVID-19. A new study pinpoints where energy demand has dropped the most, estimates the impact on annual emissions and points the way to a less polluted future.
Tags: Science, Stanford


How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech (TSLA)

Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, urging businesses...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, Stanford, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla


Suffolk’s Legal Innovation Certificate Program Gets New Faculty Member – Me

I wrote previously about the online legal innovation and technology certificate program run by Suffolk University Law School — a series of six courses, delivered online, that teach lawyers and other legal professionals how to deliver their services more effectively and efficiently in a rapidly changing marketplace. The program’s summer session starts May 26, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be helping teach one of the summer-session courses, 21st Century Legal Services, along with Jordan F...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Stanford, Uncategorized, Jordan, Suffolk, Suffolk University Law School, Jordan Furlong, Margaret Hagan, Lucy Bassli, Mary E Juetten, 21st Century Legal Services, Erika Rickard, InnoLegal Services Fall, Catherine Alman MacDonagh, Legal Lean Sigma Institute Spring


Reopen the nation, protect the vulnerable

On May 6, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy” and heard testimony from six experts. They didn’t all agree that it was necessary to conduct millions of tests and widespread contact tracing on everyone who tests positive. There was encouraging news about treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. And there were hints of how the practical requirements of implementing a chosen policy can caus...
Tags: Sweden, California, Opinion, Stanford, Senate, Sport, David, Soccer, United States, Doug Mcintyre, Governmental Affairs, Katz, American Enterprise Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Newsom, Stanford University Medical Center


The Atlantic Warns About 2020 Election Security Holes and Possible Russian Interference

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: A staff writer at The Atlantic published a 7,800-word warning about election security considering the possibility of everything from ransomware to meddling with voter-registration databases — and of course, online disinformation. But it starts with Jack Cable, a Stanford student who discovered security holes in Chicago's Board of Elections website — then spent months trying to find an official who'd fix them. The Atlantic describes the holes as "the most basic ...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Stanford, Russia, Tech, Fbi, Chicago, Atlantic, Gru, Department Of Homeland Security, The Hague, Internet Research Agency, Mueller, John Podesta, Rio de Janeiro Kuala Lumpur, Atlantic Warns About 2020 Election Security Holes


Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26

Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, has died at age 26. The University of Northern Colorado, where Hoffpauir was hired in February as an assistant football coach in charge of the safeties, said Hoffpauir died in his sleep Thursday.
Tags: News, Stanford, Sports, Arizona Diamondbacks, University of Northern Colorado, Zach Hoffpauir, Hoffpauir