The founder of Silicon Valley startup Meta, Meron Gribetz, is less than impressed with today's gadgets.
"It's time to move on from boring, flat devices that haven't evolved," he recently told CNET.
Naturally, Gribetz has a suggestion for escaping our device doldrums: Spaceglasses, a wearable computing device in the form of beefy eyeglasses stuffed with sensors, projectors, voice recognition technology and more.
The high-tech specs immerse users in a mobile augmented reality experience. Maps can be manipulated with your hands. When playing a first-person shooter video game you can quite literally become the shooter. Or … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Soylent closes $1.5 Million in seed funding from Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz.
- A Web store that lets you buy leather from human skin, 'cause this here is real.
- An app that tracks the bathroom line at Madison Square Garden.
Nobody was quite expecting Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder and now clean-cut tech superstar at the helm of payments company Square, to pull up a slide showcasing the novel "The Art Spirit" by the American painter Robert Henri. Then he began reading from the book off his phone, and it only got weirder from there.
In a self-described first, Dorsey decided to forgo mentioning Twitter's upcoming IPO, or any of the gossip surrounding the founding of the social network. Instead, he waxed philosophical on the things that inspire and motivate him every day, including a longstanding experiment … Read more
CUPERTINO Calif. -- In the early days of Facebook, when schools with competing services would get the jump on the burgeoning social network with a unique feature or interesting addition, the company would go into what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called lockdown, where the team wouldn't leave the house until the problem was addressed. It still persists to this day, within reason.
Facebook doesn't lock people in the office, but it comes "as close to that as we can legally get," Zuckerberg said to an eruption from the crowd.
Zuckerberg spent his time with Y Combinator founder … Read more
CUPERTINO Calif. -- Balaji Srinivasan opened his Y Combinator startup school talk with a joke: Is the US the Microsoft of nations? The question was received warmly by the crowd of more than 1,700 and did in fact have a logical conclusion: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, were exactly what Bill Gates feared when he said in 1998 that two people in a garage working on something new was Microsoft's biggest threat.
What ties those two seams together? The idea of techno-utopian spaces -- new countries even -- that could operate beyond the bureaucracy and … Read more
CUPERTINO Calif. -- When Evernote CEO Phil Libin was faced with a cash reserve that would last only two weeks, and the US's record recession was unfolding before his eyes, he made what he refers to as one of the first difficult, truly adult decisions of his life: He decided to shut down the company. He simply couldn't pay the bills after Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing killed Evernote's first multimillion-dollar investment.
But one e-mail, from a soon-to-be investor, popped into his inbox at 3 a.m. It happened only moments after Libin came to the conclusion that … Read more
If you want to work at Homejoy, a rapidly growing tech startup that connects independent home cleaners to customers, you're going to have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. The company has every employee -- from customer service reps to engineers -- in its San Francisco headquarters clean a house at least once as part of their training. This includes the CEO and co-founder Adora Cheung, who cleaned houses alongside cleaners for the first few months after she and her brother Aaron started Homejoy in 2012.
Before that, she spent a month cleaning for a national cleaning … Read more
Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham rejected criticism of comments he made earlier in the week about the difficulty he sometimes had understanding entrepreneurs with strong foreign accents.
Graham, one of the better-known startup backers in the technology business, had told Inc. Magazine that having a "strong foreign accent" could be detrimental to a startup founder's success if the person has trouble communicating.
One quality that's a really bad indication is a CEO with a strong foreign accent. I'm not sure why. It could be that there are a bunch of subtle things entrepreneurs have to … Read more
Hopes, dreams, and buzzwords were in good supply Tuesday as startup incubator Y Combinator held its 17th Demo Day at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Featuring 49 newly minted and potentially lucrative companies and a roomful of hungry investors, the day-long affair granted young entrepreneurs a chance to secure the next startup stepping stone while also framing the current tech landscape over the course of roughly three hours of elevator pitches.
But what was once a springboard for major players in now-colossal markets like shared services and consumer cloud storage has of late been consumed by the … Read more