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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
You said it, man. And as the article points out, trans people face extreme discrimination. I don't believe a lot of people are playing make believe in the hopes of dealing with that.

Good on Seattle. To each their own.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Jeez, how insensitive and I-G-N-O-R-A-N-T.

"Huckabee also reminds viewers that trans people are just doing it for attention and to get access to the opposite sex because there’s really no such thing as “feeling like a woman” if you’re a man. In fact, Huckabee says, if trans people were around when he was in high school, he would have totally pretended to be transgender in order to shower with the girls."

One of the many reasons for why I love Seattle is the general acceptance for all that is "weird", different or taboo.
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Yes, I am aware of the history and it was relived in this article. Whether it fits in your definition of start-up or not (I believe it does) isn't really the point so my fault on making that an emphasis.

They were generating significant revenue, still had 25% of their investment in the bank and had investors willing to put in more money; all according to sources, of course.

The point I failed to convey is that this appears more strategic than it did at first glance.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
It's not really an 18 month old startup. Most of the revs come from their conference, which they have been running since 2007. When they left the Wall Street Journal umbrella (AllThingsD) they kept the conference.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Interesting perspective on the Re/code sale. Two things stand out to me:

"A source who has viewed the startup's financials says Re/code was projected to generate $12 million this year, up from $10 million last year."

Not bad for an 18 month old media start-up. And a quote from Swisher.

"We had no intention of selling initially but in 2014, with all of these [competitor] fundraises, things changed really quickly for us," Swisher told Business Insider."

At the end of the day, they are journalists and likely didn't enjoy the running of the business aspects as much. This is also alluded to in the article.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
While this trial provided mainstream publicity to the lack of diversity in tech, it also set back the gender rights movement by inserting "boy who cried wolf" syndrome when it was clearly shown that performance was the key issue for her lack of advancement and eventual dismissal. As a result more women will be taken less seriously in the future.

In addition, she has proven herself to be alarmingly tone deaf to the issue. The no negotiating salaries policy is a complete affront to gender equality. Women don't need to be protected from negotiating, they need to be encouraged to negotiate.

Ellen Pao needs to give up this fight, move on and let someone else take up the mantle for gender rights.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Pinterest is the perfect channel for this sort of integration. I think it would be a bit user friendly if they hosted the entire experience themselves, but as long as the links are extremely deep (such as the recipe example) it would be very slick.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Native ads on Imgur? I hear boos from the peanut gallery.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Reminds me of East Coast vs West Coast rap feuds of the the 90s *rolling eyes*

Fred Wilson is my favorite VC blogger. I admire how he views the tech landscape (independent thinker) and his ability to succinctly/effectively communicate his thoughts. I suspect that he is a huge value add to any company that he advises/invests in. Would absolutely love to have him on the TT team.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Good stuff. Digging this rev channel.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Late stage round, common stock and hedge funds. It appears people think their IPO will be really something.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Google made a 100MM offer for Path three months after launch? Gee whiz.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
“she knows she could get the attention of law enforcement should she ever feel truly threatened. Her efforts are all about making sure you don’t have to be a Congresswoman to get that kind of protection.”

Well said.
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I imagine complaints by the attorneys representing the people he said these things to are what resulted in his being investigated. Hard to believe he wouldn't be removed from the bench.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Oh wow. A whole bunch of crazy talk from this man.

'In a sentencing hearing, Dooley said: "Has anything good ever come out of drinking other than sex with a pretty girl?"' -- Um, conjecture? Is such a statement even legal (never mind appropriate or admissible) for a judge to state on record?

I just re-read the article and his myriad of statements - the man is clearly not fit for this esteemed position.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
I'm not anti-trust attorney but I don't see how these companies can continue to claim that ad blocking is not legal. While their Acceptable Ads Policy is a bit slick, customers are installing the software of their own volition.

On the flip-side, I suppose publishers have no choice to contest this software but it appears they are facing an uphill battle.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A good read: Kara Swisher Has Lost
pando.com/2015/05/27/kara-swisher-has-lost/
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
When will these teams learn to put humanity before greed? The Bears did not do their due diligence, they dismissed past discretions and now have egg on their face.

Good riddance.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Ha! Yea, that jumped out at me too. Head scratcher.

Kara Swisher was at last year's GeekWire conference here in Seattle and at the time said that Recode was not (yet) profitable. Can't help but to view the acquisition as a quasi fire-sale.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
44 employees?!
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