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    October 9, 2012

    Hepcat Michael Wolff: Facebook is 'Square'

    When you're trying to decide what's hip and what's square, there's really only one place to look: Michael Wolff writing in USA Today. Wolff is a serial Internet failure who is nevertheless a highly successful self-promoter. The two don't go together at all, especially considering that he promotes h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Yes, We Can Blame Facebook and its CFO for Stock Debacle

    It's easy, and to a large degree proper, to blame the people who bought into Facebook's dog of an IPO for their own losses. It was no secret that the company's prospects were highly uncertain. But that doesn't mean that others can't be blamed as well, or that investors are the only ones hurt by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Investing in Buzz Is a Loser's Game

    There will likely never again be anything quite like the dotcom boom-and-bust of the late '90s. But that doesn't mean that everybody learned their lesson about investing in companies with questionable business models -- or at least in those with outsized expectations for growth. It only means that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Facebook's Swoon a Symptom of Wall Street's Sickness

    Facebook's newly issued shares lost 11 percent of their value on Monday, their first full day of public trading after Friday's snafu-filled IPO. That's a loss of $11.5 billion. Tuesday, the fall continued, taking the stock down another 3 percent. Too many shares were issued at too high a price by an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Sorry, Twitter, if You're in the Media Business, You're a Media Company

    ​Given how Silicon Valley moguls flee from the term "media company," you'd almost think it was as bad as "child-porn merchant." But whether they like it or not, companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter are media companies. They don't have precisely the same business models as News Corp., Disne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    GoDaddy's Wall-to-Wall Awfulness

    ​Every time GoDaddy makes the news, as it has over the past week by supporting the widely reviled Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), the question naturally arises: Waitaminute, this is a domain registrar, right? Right. GoDaddy is in perhaps the dullest business this side of term life insurance, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Zynga Pressures Employees to Give Back Stock Ahead of IPO

    Mark Pincus​Social-gaming company Zynga, along with a handful of other large tech businesses, was successful earlier this year in getting the city of San Francisco to forgo its share of tax revenue on the firm's stock options. Now it appears that wasn't enough: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has reportedly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Groupon's Big Bowl of Problems

    ​Groupon, it appears, means to get rich or die tryin'. On Friday, it updated a regulatory filing indicating that it is scaling back its IPO plans. Less than five months ago, when it first filed, the company said it planned to raise about $750 million. Now that's been reduced to $540 million. The e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    How Google Ended the 'Browser Wars'

    ​Today is the 16th anniversary of Netscape's initial public offering. It occurs to me that many of you might be only vaguely aware of Netscape, and of what it meant to us in the mid-'90s. That's because many of you were toddlers, or perhaps not even born yet. That's depressing and mindblowing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Pandora Goes Public for $3 Billion. Happy Face?

    Ninety million users, zero profits.​First, a word of congratulations to Pandora, the Oakland-based Internet radio service whose initial public stock offering today resulted in a nearly $235 million windfall to its investors. The company is now valued at $3 billion. You can buy its stock on the New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Unpacking Pandora's 'Risk Factors'

    ​Every time a company offers stock to the public, it must submit a form called an S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The form must provide a prospectus, which includes financial information as well as the risks potential investors would face in buying shares. Because lawyers and accoun ... More >>

  • News

    September 8, 2010


    Steal someone else's game. Change its name. Make millions. Repeat.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Tesla Motors IPO (TSLA) Trading Above Expectations at $18.13

    ​Tesla Motors Inc.'s initial public offering of shares was trading at Tuesday at $18.13, above market expectations  of $14 to $16 each, according to NASDAQ.The Bay Area-based electric automaker had hoped to earn $209.7 million if shares sold at $15, with every extra dollar per share worth $11 ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008
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    October 22, 2003

    Rolling in War Bucks

    How the state public employees' retirement system and the politically connected Carlyle Group profit from defense

  • News

    May 31, 2000

    Coulda Been a Contender

    Scrounging for cash in the strangest places, the creators of the karate-themed Adventures With Kanga Roddy children's TV series infuriate investors

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 17, 2000
  • News

    May 10, 2000

    Bitter Medicine

    How Naiveté, greed, and the new new thing brought Brown & Toland, San Francisco's largest doctors' group, to the verge of bankruptcy

  • News

    January 5, 2000

    Charity Begins @ Home

    A young software engineer has a plan to teach Silicon Valley to change its tightfisted ways

  • News

    May 5, 1999


    The fanciful stylings of an Internet stock offering

  • News

    February 11, 1998
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    November 19, 1997

    Wired Frays

    An editor is not hired; three key players flit away; layoffs begin

  • News

    July 17, 1996
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    July 17, 1996
  • News

    July 10, 1996

    System Crashing

    Buying Wired magazine may align you with the digerati, but buying its stock might sink you into poverty

  • News

    April 10, 1996

    Fish Story

    Red Herring Editor Tony Perkins is a self-described maverick, a stylish fast-talker with a knack for making friends and influencing people in the high-tech world. Not bad traits for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, but are they what it takes to publish a "m

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