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Uber Ruling Is A Harbinger Of The Need For Employment Law Change

The recent ruling by a hearing officer with the California Labor Commission in a case involving an Uber driver is bad public policy. The issue this ruling addresses — whether the driver should be classified as an “employee” or “contractor” — is of crucial importance to Uber and all the on-demand companies that use a similar business model. Having a fleet of ...

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From Social Networks To Market Networks

James Currier is a cofounder and partner of NFX Guild, an early-stage fund with a three-month program for marketplace and network businesses. How to join the network Most people didn’t notice last month when a 35-person company in San Francisco called HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B*. What was ...

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PayNearMe Lays Off Employees as It Forges Into New Territory

PayNearMe is a financial services startup that has managed to fly under the radar of the tech savvy. That’s largely because the six-year-old, Sunnyvale, Ca.-based company is focused on the roughly 25 percent of people in the U.S. who don’t have bank accounts to pay for things like rent and utilities and ...

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Manus Machina Is Building Gaming Gloves For VR

Immersive headsets continue to lift off company drawing boards, in the hopes of powering a new wave of virtual reality in the consumer space — whether it’s the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Microsoft’s Hololens or HTC-Valve’s Vive, to name a few VR devices in the works (some others: FOVE, Razer… the list goes on). Big bets are undoubtedly being made that ...

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Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake

Many first-time founders underestimate the value of junior VCs, which can be a costly mistake. Investors look for hungry founders because they have the grit to fight through sleepless nights, setbacks and roadblocks. Similarly, founders should be looking for hungry venture capitalists; they will find none hungrier than the junior ...

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Here Come The Dannies

Take a quick look, a sneak peek, into our not-so-distant future, courtesy of the great science-fiction writer Peter Watts(1), who writes in Aeon magazine: “You already know that we can run machines with our brainwaves. That’s been old news for almost a decade… But we’ve moved beyond merely thinking orders ...

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