Tips for Being a Startup Advisor by John Boitnott

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John Boitnott from CircleClick chats about being an advisor to a startup and how you can help emerging companies become successful.


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Exclusive Photos Of Facebook’s Sprawling New HQ, Designed Frank Gehry

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After Facebook assumed the former Sun Microsystems complex in Palo Alto in 2011, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set out to find an architect capable of handling a grand design for its main main headquarters building. [...] with the building slated for completion next year, Facebook provided these new, exclusive images to Business Insider of what the world can expect from Gehry’s latest design: At more than 435,000 square feet, spread across 22 acres, the new building dips and rises from 45 to 73 feet. Here’s Why Instagram’s Demographics Are So Attractive To BrandsWe Went To Twitter And Facebook And It’s Impossible To Decide Which Place We’d Rather WorkZuckerberg: I Just Called Obama To Say How Mad I Am About The NSAWhatsApp Says Android Malware Is To Blame For Exposing Your Private ChatsFacebook Video Ads Will Be Released TodaySEE ALSO: 


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Scientists Use Graphene to Make Bionic, Super-Powered Plants

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A team of chemical engineers and biochemists has managed to change how plants work. Well, to be exact, they’ve made plants work better by embedding carbon nanotubes into the plants’ leaves so that they absorb more light. Put simply, they’ve created bionic plants.


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2014: The Numbers Behind Social Media [infographic]

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Whether you use them for reaching potential customers, interact with people, or to generate content, Social Media is a power tool for businesses. Check out some of the most popular online networks and how much of an impact they each have.


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Pinterest, Palantir, Uber lead 5 biggest-funded companies

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2013 was a stellar year for Greater Bay Area companies attracting venture capital investments.

The 100 largest Bay Area VC recipients pulled in $5.7 billion in 2013, up from $5 billion in 2012. Even more notably, the top five companies grabbed a quarter of that money all on their own.


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Women Dominate Every Social Media Network — Except One (Infographic)

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Fewer men use fewer social media networks for fewer reasons, a new infographic shows.


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San Francisco Tech Workers, Housing Activists Clash at Happy Hour

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The 100 or so tech workers, packed into a Mission District bar with activists and politicians, expected a dialogue about San Francisco’s high-speed gentrification – and how to stop it.

15 minutes in, they had already been told by activist Alicia Garza that the people responsible for the “flavor” that draws people to the city are “the folks who were living here before.”

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, the next housing rights advocate at the mike, reminded the crowd that the people who give San Francisco its character – think murals, street festivals, and the city’s progressive roots – are being forced out due to the booming tech economy. Sherburn-Zimmer’s voice was shaky as she continued, but she found enough confidence to tell tech workers that they benefit from privilege when it comes to media coverage, since reporters dotted the room that night but are usually absent from activists’ protests.

The “Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour,” led by a union organizer and a tech worker, had advertised itself as a place where tech workers “sick of being blamed for SF’s housing crisis” could come together to find solutions.

Brian Hanlon, a 31-year-old Forest Service employee, told tech workers to leverage their companies’ resources and encourage employers to “do the right thing.” “If your firm is having trouble finding a great new acquisition target and they have tons of money sitting around, maybe you can encourage them to donate some of that to these (housing) nonprofits as well,” he said. Another man who didn’t want to give his name, but said he was from the dot-com boom and called himself “part of the new upper class of Silicon Valley,” encouraged tech employees to “acknowledge our privilege” and “listen to people’s stories of eviction instead of looking at our phones.”


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What Silicon Valley Might Look Like If All of Its Employees Actually Lived There

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The Bay Area’s housing shortage seems to be getting worse by the minute. But what if the tech companies could, in one sweeping move, take care of the whole problem?

In a series of new 3D visualizations, Berkeley designer Alfred Twu imagined what Silicon Valley would look like if tech giants replaced the parking around their headquarters with on-site housing. In order to accommodate all of the workers, Twu filled the campuses of Apple, Google, and Facebook with 20 to 50-floor towers, all filled with 800-square foot apartments.


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Google could be coming to the Mission

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Techies tired of making the daily pilgrimage by bus to Google’s Mountain View headquarters may soon have another option: the search giant has plans to rent or buy space in the Mission, according to…


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The 2,500-Person Tech Mixer That Was Not a Party

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The line between work and play is blurry in the tech world. And as more young people flood into the city for work and look for friends, networking events have become a new sort of party circuit, one that mixes the trending startup lingo (“iterate,” “game change,” ted talks) with more traditional fare (booze, games). The team behind the Startup and Tech Mixer events think the demand for raucous and potentially career-building events is huge, and they might be right: This was their biggest work-centric rave yet, by far.


John Boitnott‘s insight:

Interesting take on the tech party circuit.


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