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The incredible life and career of Sean Parker, who got his start as a teenage hacker before cofounding Napster and becoming a Facebook billionaire

Sean Parker got his start as a teenage hacker before cofounding the file-sharing service Napster in 1999. Parker later joined Facebook in the company’s early days, becoming the founding president of the site at 24. These days, the 40-year-old billionaire is funding philanthropic programs in life sciences, global public health, […]
The incredible life and career of Sean Parker, who got his start as a teenage hacker before cofounding Napster and becoming a Facebook billionaire
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The ‘PayPal Mafia’ formed in the early 2000s, and includes everyone from Elon Musk to the Yelp founders. Here’s where the original members have ended up.

Since working at PayPal in the early 2000s, these 23 entrepreneurs have all gone on to impact Silicon Valley and the startup world by founding companies and backing new ventures. Known for their entrepreneurial mindset and anti-establishment attitude, this elite group is known as the “PayPal Mafia.” Some are household […]
The ‘PayPal Mafia’ formed in the early 2000s, and includes everyone from Elon Musk to the Yelp founders. Here’s where the original members have ended up.
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This autonomous trucking startup out of MIT wants computers to think like human drivers, and it just became the first self-driving truck investment for Founders Fund

isee, an autonomous driving startup for trucks, announced $US15 million in Series A funding from Founders Fund on Monday. Unlike other autonomous driving and logistics startups, isee uses proprietary deep learning and cognitive AI technology to try to give its trucks “common sense,” an area that other technologies struggle to […]
This autonomous trucking startup out of MIT wants computers to think like human drivers, and it just became the first self-driving truck investment for Founders Fund
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Peter Thiel’s venture fund just announced Hereticon, a conference for ‘troublemakers’ to discuss immortality, doomsday prepping, and UFOs

On Tuesday, Founders FundannouncedHereticon, a conference in New Orleans for “dissenting thinkers.” The conference will run for three days in May 2020, according to a blog post announcing the news. The conference will include discussions on topics that would be “banned from other conferences,” such as immortality, doomsday preparation, biological […]
Peter Thiel’s venture fund just announced Hereticon, a conference for ‘troublemakers’ to discuss immortality, doomsday prepping, and UFOs
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On-demand food delivery app Postmates is set to unveil its IPO filing in September

On-demand food delivery app Postmates plans to publicly reveal its IPO filing in September, TechCrunch reported Monday. One Postmates investor confirmed to Business Insider that the company is in a pre-IPO quiet period. Postmates confidentially filed for an IPO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February. The food […]
On-demand food delivery app Postmates is set to unveil its IPO filing in September
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I tried Barry’s Bootcamp, the intense fitness class that’s become a hub of VC networking and tech deals. I walked out with a lot of sweat but no funding.

Lee Edwards, a partner at early-stage venture firm Root Ventures, tweetedThursday “The 3 B’s of venture deals: Barry’s, The Battery, and Burning Man.” The first B is Barry’s Bootcamp, an intense bootcamp-style fitness program that is known for its pricey camouflage workout gear, club-like atmosphere, and intimidating instructors. I did […]
I tried Barry’s Bootcamp, the intense fitness class that’s become a hub of VC networking and tech deals. I walked out with a lot of sweat but no funding.
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These entrepreneurs invented a futuristic ‘magic mirror’ to take on the bathroom scale — and investors say its groundbreaking tech could transform the future of fitness

California-based startup Naked Labs just unveiled its flagship product: a high-tech mirror and scale that delivers precise information on your body including weight, height, BMI, and measurements. Naked Labs also closed a $US14 million funding round led by Founders Fund which included investments from NEA, Lumia, and early Uber and […]
These entrepreneurs invented a futuristic ‘magic mirror’ to take on the bathroom scale — and investors say its groundbreaking tech could transform the future of fitness
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Here are the top 3 qualities you need to succeed, according to a high school dropout who became a venture capitalist at one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent firms

Cyan Banister is a self-taught engineer, entrepreneur, and angel investor. Banister made early bets on companies like Uber, SpaceX, and Postmates. Now, she manages multi-millionaire dollar deals at Peter Thiel’s venture firm Founders Fund. But Banister didn’t have a traditional education: She dropped out of high school as a teenager […]
Here are the top 3 qualities you need to succeed, according to a high school dropout who became a venture capitalist at one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent firms
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Silicon Valley’s newest investor is a guy who raised $3 million to start ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Capital

Niv Dror, AngelList’s former head of marketing, has launched a $US3 million venture-capital fund called Shrug Capital, stylised as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Capital. The fund has received investments from influential Silicon Valley venture capitalists such as Founders Fund’s Cyan Banister and Andreessen Horowitz’s Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon. Dror told Business Insider […]
Silicon Valley’s newest investor is a guy who raised $3 million to start ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Capital