This Movie About Hackers Is Free for 24 Hours Before It Disappears

The new film Algorithm tracks the travails of Will, a freelance computer hacker who "breaks into a top-secret government contractor and downloads all their recently developed programs." Like the subjects it tackles, the film has a tech-forward business model that make it more like a startup than a cinematic feature:… » 7/14/14 5:26pm 7/14/14 5:26pm

A Walking Tour with VegasTechFund of the Downtown Vegas Startup Scene

If you've been to downtown Las Vegas in the last few years, you've likely been to Fremont Street, specifically the caged section near several historic casinos that hosts a nightly laser light show. But, thanks to the Downtown Project, the neighborhood is now home to a large and diverse concentration of startups, each… » 1/07/14 8:28pm 1/07/14 8:28pm

Adorable Daughter Bills Dad for Home Tech Support

Oh, your parents: Teh Olds. They're always needing technical assistance with the most rudimentary computer tasks. Worse, you can't begrudge them the tech support since they're always helping you out with rides to the movie theater and money for ice cream. You can't deny them service, but goshdarnit, you should demand… » 6/25/13 5:03pm 6/25/13 5:03pm

How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet

Web startups are made out of two things: people and code. The people make the code, and the code makes the people rich. Code is like a poem; it has to follow certain structural requirements, and yet out of that structure can come art. But code is art that does something. It is the assembly of something brand new from… » 5/20/13 9:14am 5/20/13 9:14am

The Tragic, Crazed Emails of a Startup Cheerleader

You don't know Roger Dickey's name, but you know his creation: Mafia Wars, that incredibly popular, spammy hybrid of virus and videogame once played by millions, that polluted your Facebook feed some years back. Now, he's got a new project on the way—a vague "dating coach" service—and it's already annoying people: its… » 5/13/13 8:54pm 5/13/13 8:54pm

This Floating Barge City Is the Most Far-Flung Immigration Solution Yet

Immigration reform is a huge issue in Silicon Valley (and the rest of the country) right now, and we've seen a bevy of realistic proposals for dealing with a system that many describe as "broken." But Blueseed, a group of entrepreneurs aiming to build a floating city off the coast of San Francisco to house foreign… » 4/18/13 3:20pm 4/18/13 3:20pm

Wonderful Footage of an 11-Year-Old Touring the Google Office of 1999

Once upon a 1999, two young boys document a visit to their father at the Google offices in its early stages. The result: a cinematic masterpiece of a time capsule. Granted, the whole video is a bit long and tends to drag near the end (unless you have a passion for watching tweens eating fritos), so we've picked out… » 3/07/13 5:45pm 3/07/13 5:45pm

PBS's Silicon Valley Gives You an Inside Look At the Startup World…

Silicon Valley wasn't always the buzzword-flinging, startup-sprouting tech Mecca it is today. And PBS's latest installment of the "American Experience" series looks back 10 years before the phrase "Silicon Valley" had even been coined, when eight young physicists decided to shed their corporate shackles and found the… » 2/05/13 2:40pm 2/05/13 2:40pm

There's a Cookbook Starring Tech Startup Weirdos Because Not Even Food…

Hey kids! Get down here. We made Mrs. Zuckerberg's famous eggnog cinnamon chip scones! That's an example of something you could say in your own home but never will. Because you're never going to buy The Startup Chef, a collection of beloved recipes from tech entrepreneurs and their families. Just in time for the… » 12/07/12 10:26am 12/07/12 10:26am

Watch Bravo's Horrible New Tech Startup Reality Show with Us

At 10pm EST, Bravo's awful and totally hilarious self-parody of a Silicon Valley reality TV show, Real Startups of Atlanta, or some bullshit, premieres. We will be watching and liveblogging in Kinja. Related, we're also trying to fend off the impending apocalypse that this show is trying to usher in. » 11/05/12 9:56pm 11/05/12 9:56pm

The Best/Worst Parts of the First Clip from That Awful Silicon Valley…

Bravo has released the first clip from Start-Ups, its parody-rife reality show about Silicon Valley. Here is the rundown of the short scene in which angel investor Dave McClure looks over a pitch from brother-sister disruptin' duo Ben and Hermione (Hermione!) Way's rip-roarin' vaguely-purposed company, Ignite. It… » 10/25/12 12:15pm 10/25/12 12:15pm

Oh God, Bravo's Silicon Valley Show Looks Even Worse Than We Thought…

If you watch the latest promo for Bravo's Silicon Valley reality show and think, hey these entrepreneurs failed actors are just stringing together tech buzzwords, it's because that's exactly what they're doing. The video is below, for those who have been sapped of any hope at a fruitful life. » 10/08/12 3:21pm 10/08/12 3:21pm

Airtime Is Just Chatroulette Without the Dicks

Airtime is a new startup by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning (of Napster fame) that recycles an old idea: Chatroulette. Yep, that random video chatting dickfest invented by some Russian teenager has seemingly been redressed in tailored suits and landscaped beards and is totally going to change the world. Joke. It's… » 6/05/12 12:56pm 6/05/12 12:56pm

What It's Like Inside the Bullshit of a Tech Conference

TechCrunch Disrupt is a tech conference that makes a lot of money for TechCrunch and gives a little bit of attention to tech startups. It's a place where people are overly optimistic, eye-buggingly enthusiastic and entirely removed from reality. A conference for buzzwords that don't mean anything, hollow phrases that… » 5/31/12 3:20pm 5/31/12 3:20pm