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Unintended Consequences of Sexual Harassment Scandals
OCT. 9, 2017 | The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller @clairecm.

In Silicon Valley, some male investors have declined one-on-one meetings with women, or rescheduled them from restaurants to conference rooms. On Wall Street, certain senior men have tried to avoid closed-door meetings with junior women. And in TV news, some male executives have scrupulously minded their words in conversations with female talent.

An unintended consequence of a season of sex scandals, men describe a heightened caution because of recent sexual harassment cases, and they worry that one accusation, or misunderstood comment, could end their careers. But their actions affect women’s careers, too — potentially depriving them of the kind of relationships that lead to promotions or investments. This is because building genuine relationships with senior people is perhaps the most important contributor to career advancement. In some offices it’s known as having a rabbi; researchers call it sponsorship. Unlike mentors, who give advice and are often formally assigned, sponsors know and respect people enough that they are willing to find opportunities for them, and advocate and fight for them.....sponsors “have to spend some capital and take a risk on the up-and-coming person, and you simply don’t do that unless you know them and trust them.” But these relationships are crucial, she said, for “getting from the middle to the top.”
#MeToo  sponsorships  Claire_Cain_Miller  entertainment_industry  venture_capital  Silicon_Valley  Fox_News  mentoring  sexual_harassment  reputational_risk  workplaces  unintended_consequences  political_capital  gender_gap  personal_risk  relationships  women  deprivations 
october 2017 by jerryking
When Uber and Airbnb Meet the Real World -
OCT. 17, 2014 | NYT | Claire Cain Miller.

Why have these companies run into so many problems? Part of the reason is that they think of themselves as online companies — yet they mostly operate in the offline world.

They subscribe to three core business principles that have become a religion in Silicon Valley: Serve as a middleman, employ as few people as possible and automate everything. Those tenets have worked wonders on the web at companies like Google and Twitter. But as the new, on-demand companies are learning, they are not necessarily compatible with the real world....The belief that problems can be solved without involving people is probably why many of these companies did not meet with regulators and officials before starting services in new cities. And it has come back to haunt them. Luther Lowe, director of public policy at Yelp, had some basic advice for Uber that could apply to Airbnb, Lyft and others: Hire a lobbyist and meet with the mayor and the city council before setting up shop....DESPITE these three major differences between web companies and the ones that bridge the digital and physical worlds, they all share another guiding Silicon Valley principle: the belief that if enough people want to use a product, the company will succeed....Julie Samuels is the executive director of Engine, which advises start-ups on policy...another principle shared by both older and newer tech companies: Regulators are little more than roadblocks standing in the way of innovation.
meat_space  in_the_real_world  Uber  Airbnb  Claire_Cain_Miller  Silicon_Valley  on-demand  lobbyists  regulators  analog  physical_assets  physical_world  physical_economy  cyberphysical 
october 2014 by jerryking
Google Releases Employee Data, Illustrating Tech's Diversity Challenge
MAY 28, 2014 | - | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.

Silicon Valley remains a white man’s world.

Thirty percent of Google’s 46,170 employees worldwide are women, the company said, and 17 percent of its technical employees are women. Comparatively, 47 percent of the total workforce in the United States is women and 20 percent of software developers are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of its United States employees, 61 percent are white, 2 percent are black and 3 percent are Hispanic. About one-third are Asian — well above the national average — and 4 percent are of two or more races. Of Google’s technical staff, 60 percent are white, 1 percent are black, 2 percent are Hispanic, 34 percent are Asian and 3 percent are of two or more races.

In the United States workforce over all, 80 percent of employees are white, 12 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics....“Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts,” Laszlo Block, Google’s senior vice president for people operations, wrote in a blog post....Tech companies have often blamed the lack of diverse workforces on the pipeline — they can only hire the people who apply for jobs, and those tend to be white and Asian men, they say..
executive_management  Google  Claire_Cain_Miller  talent_pipelines  Silicon_Valley  African-Americans  women  diversity  Laszlo_Bock 
may 2014 by jerryking
A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It -
May 2, 2014 | NYT | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and CHI BIRMINGHAM. Claire Cain Miller writes about tech for The Upshot, a New York Times venture that presents news, analysis and graphics about politics and policy

“Start new businesses that create jobs and solve real problems. Also, someone could create a Khan Academy that focuses on professional and vocational skills.”

“There is a bow wave of uncounted billions of dollars of philanthropic contributions that will unfold over the next 10 to 20 years from Silicon Valley.”
bow_waves  Claire_Cain_Miller  technology  future  trends  Reid_Hoffman  Marc_Andreessen  Peter_Thiel  personalized_medicine  Silicon_Valley  disruption  drones  new_businesses  philanthropy 
may 2014 by jerryking
A Different Approach at Google Ventures -
June 25, 2013, 6:31 pmComment
A Different Approach at Google Ventures
Google  Google_Ventures  venture_capital  vc  organizational_culture  corporate_investors  Claire_Cain_Miller 
june 2013 by jerryking
Venture Capitalists Are Making Bigger Bets on Food Start-Ups -
Published: April 28, 2013

Yet some investors say the projects have a better chance of success if they steer clear of selling actual food. “The food category has been a hard nut to crack because it’s a perishable item,” said Mark Suster, an investor at GRP Partners. “The No. 1 thing V.C.’s are looking for are scalable and repeatable, high-margin businesses. You can create those in food, it’s just harder.”
Claire_Cain_Miller  venture_capital  vc  food  perishables  scaling  big_bets  repeatability  high-margin 
april 2013 by jerryking
Universities Offer Courses in a Hot New Field - Data Science
April 11, 2013 | | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.

Rachel Schutt, a senior research scientist at Johnson Research Labs, taught “Introduction to Data Science” last semester at Columbia (its first course with “data science” in the title). She described the data scientist this way: “a hybrid computer scientist software engineer statistician.” And added: “The best tend to be really curious people, thinkers who ask good questions and are O.K. dealing with unstructured situations and trying to find structure in them.”
data_scientists  Colleges_&_Universities  data  Claire_Cain_Miller  massive_data_sets  unstructured  Columbia 
april 2013 by jerryking
The Thiel Fellowship Aids Young Entrepreneurs with Grants -
July 19, 2012 | NYT | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.
What you believe that no one else believes? For Jason Isaacs.

Applying for the Uncollege

The Thiel Foundation will start accepting applications again in November for its $100,000 grant. This may be a techie’s alternative to college, but the process involves two familiar fears: SATs and essays. (Last year there were two: one on how you plan to change the world, another on what you believe that nobody else does.) Of 1,000 applicants for 2012, about 40 were flown to the Bay Area for follow-up interviews and to pitch to 100 mentors. All finalists got to meet industry insiders, but only 20 made the cut.
Peter_Thiel  Claire_Cain_Miller  Colleges_&_Universities 
july 2012 by jerryking
Investor Uses Rap to Teach Pithy Business Lessons -
Published: February 19, 2012

Ben Horowitz, a prominent venture capital investor here, says rap holds a trove of lessons for tech entrepreneurs. Throw business classes and books out the window, Mr. Horowitz says, and listen to rap lyrics instead.

He applies his theory on his blog, where he has attracted a following of tech readers and other executives by offering business lessons, almost all of them preceded by a rap lyric that summarizes a moral, and with recordings from Grooveshark, the music site.

In the process, he has linked two cultures in Silicon Valley, which is not exactly known for its racial or cultural diversity.
hip_hop  Silicon_Valley  Ben_Horowitz  Claire_Cain_Miller  Andreessen_Horowitz 
february 2012 by jerryking
Just Past the Ivied Halls, Endowments Suffer -
Published: November 25, 2008

help universities reduce their losses in secondary investments. Negotiate with six more major universities to handle the management, marketing and sales of their private equity portfolios.
Colleges_&_Universities  secondary_markets  endowments  foundations  Claire_Cain_Miller 
november 2011 by jerryking
YouTube Makes the Case That It Helps Build Brands -
October 14, 2011 | NYT | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.

To earn a larger share of television ad dollars, the biggest prize in advertising, YouTube has to recruit new kinds of advertisers, beyond the music, entertainment and technology companies that have flocked to the site, and convince them that YouTube is a fruitful place for brand building.

And Google, which got its start and still makes the vast majority of its money from search ads — a few lines of text that invite a direct response — has to learn how to work with advertisers who want to sear their brands into the minds of Internet users.

YouTube’s latest step in that direction is the hiring of Mr. Watson, Procter & Gamble’s former head of digital business strategy, who in June became YouTube’s first vice president of online video global sales.

By hiring Mr. Watson from Procter & Gamble, YouTube acquired expertise in consumer-packaged goods, a sector that has been slow to online video advertising. Video ads for one of Procter & Gamble’s brands, Old Spice, were a viral success online last year.

Mr. Watson said that all ads on YouTube would eventually be video ads for brands. Unlike television, YouTube incorporates social elements by inviting viewers to choose whether they watch, share or create their own videos about advertisers’ products. And YouTube, he said, had both global reach and the ability to target an ad to 20-something men who live near a pizza shop.

Still, YouTube has a small window of time to capitalize on that ability, because as Internet-connected televisions, including Google TV, become more popular, television will also be able to show personalized ads.
advertising  YouTube  branding  Claire_Cain_Miller  Google  Wieden_&_Kennedy  brands 
october 2011 by jerryking
Venture Capital Investors, Lesson Learned, Do More Homework -
August 9, 2011

the market for investing in tech start-ups remains white-hot. Still,
some investors are proceeding with extreme caution.

Saying they learned their lesson in the dot-com boom and bust, and the
2008 recession, the institutional investors — pension funds, university
endowments and foundations — that put money in venture capital funds are
more selectively choosing the firms in which they invest, doing
exhaustive research before handing over money, and in some cases driving
hard bargains for more favorable management fees and shares of profits.
cautionary_tales  venture_capital  vc  limited_partnerships  due_diligence  investment_research  Claire_Cain_Miller  institutional_investors  selectivity  pension_funds  endowments  foundations  lessons_learned  bubbles  economic_downturn 
august 2011 by jerryking
Google Spending Millions to Find the Next Google -
July 19, 2011 | NYT | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. Google Ventures
invests in various areas — the Web, biotechnology & clean tech.. It
puts large amounts of $ into mature companies, but it's also investing
small amounts in 100 new companies this yr..To make its picks, the
company has built computer algorithms using data from past venture
investments & academic literature. E.g., for individual companies,
Google enters data about how long the founders worked on start-ups
before raising $ & whether the founders successfully started
companies in the past.

It runs similar info. about potential investments through the algorithms
to get a red, yellow or green light. Google says the algorithms
provide valuable lessons, from obvious ones (entrepreneurs who have
started successful companies are more likely to do it again) to less
obvious ones (start-ups located far from the vc’s office are more likely
to be successful, probably because the firm has to go out of its way to
finance the start-up.)
google  venture_capital  start_ups  Claire_Cain_Miller  corporate_investors  vc  Google_Ventures  algorithms  investors  data_driven  non-obvious 
july 2011 by jerryking
Want Success in Silicon Valley? Drop Out of School -
May 25, 2011, 12:01 AM
Want Success in Silicon Valley? Drop Out of School
Claire_Cain_Miller  innovation  ideas  silicon_valley  start_ups  bubbles  Peter_Thiel  education 
may 2011 by jerryking
Why Evan Williams of Twitter Demoted Himself -
October 30, 2010 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.
Evan Williams may embody a classic Silicon Valley type: the entrepreneur
with good ideas, but not the leader to execute a sophisticated business
Twitter  Claire_Cain_Miller  Evan_Williams  silicon_valley  self-awareness 
october 2010 by jerryking
Cellphone Payments Offer Alternative to Cash -
April 28, 2010 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and NICK BILTON
mobile_phones  payments  Claire_Cain_Miller 
april 2010 by jerryking
6 Months, $90,000 and a Great Idea - DealBook Blog -
March 1, 2010, |New York Times | by Ashlee Vance and Claire Cain Miller. About “entrepreneur in residence” positions.
Claire_Cain_Miller  venture_capital  entrepreneur 
march 2010 by jerryking
On Web, Workshops to Create One-of-a-Kind Gifts
December 22, 2009 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. A
host of Web sites with names like Zazzle, Blurb and TasteBook are
helping people quickly create one-of-a-kind products like clothing,
books and jewelry. Customers love it, and the customization sites are
reporting sizzling sales growth.
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  DIY  bespoke  Claire_Cain_Miller  one-of-a-kind 
december 2009 by jerryking
Angels Flee From Tech Start-Ups
February 2, 2009 NYT article By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRAD
STONE detailing how many angels have suffered deep losses when the
market plunged last fall. This has left them skittish, investing in
fewer technology start-ups and demanding more of those they do consider,
leaving founders struggling to find money at the stage they need it
investors  investing  high_technology  start_ups  Claire_Cain_Miller  angels 
october 2009 by jerryking
Venture Capital’s Elders Say Think Small - Bits Blog -
June 5, 2009 | New York Times | by Claire Cain Miller. Whether
funds need to be bigger or smaller may depend on the type of
investments they choose to make. If my portfolio was going to consist of
software companies, internet 2.0 start-ups, etc., I wouldn’t need and
wouldn’t want much more than $100M, and could probably make do with
less. But if I was pursuing a model that focused on late-stage, more
mature companies, or on clean-tech or energy companies requiring larger
capital investment, I’d probably want considerably more, perhaps up to
venture_capital  size  Claire_Cain_Miller  vc  competitive_landscape  late-stage  investors 
june 2009 by jerryking
Sales of Start-Ups Plummet, Along With Prices - Bits Blog -
April 1, 2009 || blog post By Claire Cain Miller

Corporate acquirers are becoming more selective, waiting to get the best price possible.
Claire_Cain_Miller  corporate_investors  economic_downturn  exits  investors  price-cutting  recessions  selectivity  start_ups  strategic_buyers  valuations  vc  venture_capital 
april 2009 by jerryking
Angels Flee From Tech Start-Ups
February 2, 2009 NYT article By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRAD
STONE detailing how many angels have suffered deep losses when the
market plunged last fall. This has left them skittish, investing in
fewer technology start-ups and demanding more of those they do consider,
leaving founders struggling to find money at the stage they need it
investors  investing  high_technology  start_ups  Claire_Cain_Miller  angels 
february 2009 by jerryking

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