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You Should Run Your Startup Like a Cult. Here’s How

You Should Run Your Startup Like a Cult. Here’s How

No company has a culture; every company is a culture. A startup is a team of people on a mission, and a good culture is just what that looks like on the inside. The first team that I built has become known in Silicon Valley as the “PayPal Mafia” because so many of my former colleagues, including Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and David Sacks, have gone on to help each other start and invest in successful tech companies.

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‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Doesn’t Care About Money—So It Won’t Work

‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Doesn’t Care About Money—So It Won’t Work

Ello’s founders, a group of designers and programmers led by artist Paul Budnitz, use the statement to criticize social networks for building businesses that track their members’ personal data and sell it to advertisers. “Your social network is owned by advertisers,” they write. “Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.”

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Drones Get OK from Feds to Shoot Movies in US Airspace

Drones Get OK from Feds to Shoot Movies in US Airspace

The federal government has taken a step toward opening US skies to commercial use of drones, allowing several movie production companies to use flying bots on their shoots. On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that six companies have been granted exemptions from current regulations that, the agency says, ban most commercial use of unmanned […]

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Alibaba’s CEO on Why His Company Is Killing It in China

Alibaba’s CEO on Why His Company Is Killing It in China

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma and the Notorious BIG may seem like two very different people—OK, fine, they’re polar opposites—but on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting in New York City on Wednesday, Ma made it clear that he shares at least one belief with the late rapper: mo’ money, mo’ problems.

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AT&T’s New Internet Plan Comes With Free Amazon Prime

AT&T’s New Internet Plan Comes With Free Amazon Prime

Amazon’s streaming video service began as an extra perk that could attract more people to Prime, the company’s unlimited two-day shipping program. Now, video is the main attraction and shipping the odd side benefit in a new subscription package from AT&T that bundles Amazon Prime with internet broadband access. The new offer also comes with […]

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In Open Letter on Apple’s Privacy Policy, Tim Cook Takes Swipe At Google

In Open Letter on Apple’s Privacy Policy, Tim Cook Takes Swipe At Google

Apple wants you to know that your data is safe in their hands, and on Thursday, the company launched a new website, complete with a letter from CEO Tim Cook, to explain just how your information is protected. With this new site, which Apple says will be updated at least once a year and whenever […]

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Even With Apple Pay Around, Credit Cards Are Still a Hotbed for Startups

Even With Apple Pay Around, Credit Cards Are Still a Hotbed for Startups

Today, just a week after Apple unveiled a mobile service that seeks to eliminate the credit card, Nitish Kannan will roll out a new payments technology that would be completely useless without that familiar piece of plastic we carry in our wallets. Kannan is the founder of a year-old startup called Circle Payments Plus that […]

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How to Make Your Business More Secure

How to Make Your Business More Secure

Every company needs electricity, but that doesn’t require building a power plant. Many organizations have reached the same conclusion about computing and storage needs. Why build out data centers if it’s not your core business? Plus it can be a costly proposition. That’s basically the premise of cloud computing: turn to trusted partners for your computing needs […]

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The Many Cultures of Innovation

The Many Cultures of Innovation

The word “innovation” buzzes around business today. Every startup professes to be innovative, and writers, academics and industry leaders stress the need for a “culture of innovation” in journals, news and inflight magazines. For those of us with a mandate to innovate — especially those with Innovation in our title — should we worry that […]

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