November 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Ray McClure was lucky enough not only to get hired as one of Twitter's first employees but to get some stock. When he left Twitter in 2007 after one year, McClure cashed out a bit at a time by selling his shares privately. He opened an art gallery with his wife. He bought a house in San Francisco, sold it several years later for a tidy profit, then bought another. And he hasn't had to work, spending the last year at home caring for his 18-month-old daughter. "It changed my life in a very positive way," McClure, 35, said.
November 10, 2013 |
John R. "Trip" Adler III The gig: Adler, 29, is a founder and chief executive of Scribd, a YouTube for publishing in which anyone can upload documents and let others read and share them. With 80 million visitors a month, it's a popular destination. And at 6½ years of age, it turns a profit from displaying ads and taking a cut of sales and subscriptions. Book deal: Last month Scribd struck a deal with publisher HarperCollins to make thousands of book titles available by subscription on its service.
November 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Dick Costolo doesn't fit the profile of a typical tech start-up chief executive. He's not a twentysomething college dropout. He didn't start Twitter Inc. in his dorm room. And he doesn't wear a hoodie. At 50, with a balding head and square-rimmed glasses, he's a seasoned executive with a substantial corporate track record - much like Eric Schmidt, the "adult supervision" who helped Google Inc. co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin turn their search start-up into an Internet moneymaker.
November 5, 2013 |
On Monday I wrote about my amateur sleuthing attempts to uncover the truth behind the Google Mystery Barge . (Spoiler alert: I failed. But did find some interesting clues.) But one of the fun things about this story is pondering just what the heck Google is doing. Because with Google, there's the feeling that it could be anything. WATCH: Unboxing the Google Nexus 5 smartphone [Video chat] Before I get to guesses that readers made, there's one aspect that came up in the reporting, but that I didn't discuss in the story.
October 27, 2013 |
"Valley of the Heart" is a quintessentially California play, written by a master of the genre. It is a history lesson wrapped in a love story, with themes that could not be more contemporary: struggling immigrants, xenophobia and racism, cultural confusion and identity. Luis Valdez has drawn on his own childhood to craft what he calls a "memory play": A Mexican American sharecropper family takes over a ranch whose Japanese American owners are interned in 1942, just as Valdez's parents took over a Japanese grower's farm when he was 2 years old. The play showcases Valdez's gift for making people care about experiences far outside their own ambit.
October 25, 2013 |
If you wait until December, you can get the new Mac Pro for just under $3,000. But why wait to a buy a machine that any chump can get their hands on? Instead, head over to Sotheby's, which is having a special Product (RED) fundraiser co-hosted by some guy named Bono who is in some band that used to be popular, designer Marc Newson and Apple's Jony Ive. Yep, THAT Jony Ive. Apple's design demigod. The three of them have selected a number of objects to be auctioned off, including solid gold Apple earbuds . But at an estimated $ 20,000 to $ 25,000, such trifles are for mere peasants. No, what you really want to impress is the special Red Mac Pro, which is predicted to go for $40,000 to $60,000.