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A prominent Silicon Valley investor says entrepreneurs need to stop copying Mark Zuckerberg and quit talking about ‘breaking things,' 'disruption,' and 'robots eating the jobs'

A prominent Silicon Valley investor says entrepreneurs need to stop copying Mark Zuckerberg and quit talking about ‘breaking things,' 'disruption,' and 'robots eating the jobs'

Mike Maples, founder of Silicon Valley-based venture firm Floodgate Fund, says that people in the tech industry need to reconsider the language they use to describe their ambitions. Maples says that phrases like “Move fast and break things,” “Robots are eating the jobs,” and “Software is eating the world” are problematic and pervasive. Maples says that as tech has grown in to the mainstream culture, it needs to use more responsible language.  When Mark Zuckerberg first coined Facebook’s early company motto, “Move fast and break things” in […]

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This woman coaches tech entrepreneurs — here's the lesson for getting funded she thinks everyone should learn

This woman coaches tech entrepreneurs — here's the lesson for getting funded she thinks everyone should learn

Mandela Dixon, a longtime mentor of entrepreneurs, has a new startup that trains non-traditional tech founders on how to succeed in the industry. One of the most important lessons she teaches is a concept she calls the “cosign,” which is related to networking. With her own startup, Dixon was fortunate when it came to getting a cosign, but many other non-traditional founders have a tougher time with it. It’s a cliché that whom you know is more important than what you know — but that doesn’t make […]

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This biracial woman knew nothing about Silicon Valley before she founded a startup — now she's trying to help other non-traditional entrepreneurs succeed in tech

This biracial woman knew nothing about Silicon Valley before she founded a startup — now she's trying to help other non-traditional entrepreneurs succeed in tech

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon succeeded in Silicon Valley despite not knowing anything about the tech industry before she moved to the area — and despite being a biracial woman. But Dixon recognizes she was lucky; entrepreneurs who are women or people of color have struggled to gain a footing in the valley. Hoping to use the lessons she’s learned and pass them on, Dixon’s founded a new startup that offers training courses designed for non-traditional entrepreneurs like herself. When Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon launched her first startup, DemoLesson, seven […]

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