Why Restaurants Want to Sell You Online Tickets to Dinner

So you want a table for two at Per Se, one of New York City's toughest reservations. You play phone tag with the reservationist for a week, only to find the date you want is no longer available (in fact, nothing seems to be). But soon, thanks to a new startup, you'll be able to go online, pick your date, and buy… » 12/02/14 2:20pm 12/02/14 2:20pm

Yelp's Original Business Model Was to Just Berate People Over Email

In honor of Yelp's 10th anniversary, Eater has published a fairly comprehensive history of its journey from startup to revenge vessel. The best part, though, comes at the very beginning of the journey, when Yelp's entire business model consisted of sending out what were essentially chain letters. And then badgering… » 8/05/14 4:16pm 8/05/14 4:16pm

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

Is L.A. Too Spread Out to Be a Tech Center?

New York Times tech writer Eilene Zimmerman did not come to Los Angeles to make friends, you guys. In her story and blog post about L.A.'s startup culture, Zimmerman manages to cram as many tired stereotypes as she can into a single sentence: "As a city, Los Angeles has been better known more for sprawl, gang violence… » 9/09/13 3:40pm 9/09/13 3:40pm

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 a… » 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