Profiles

Hatched: Anastasia Leng on Leaving Google to Start a Million-Dollar Company

Ms. Leng (second from left) and the Hatch team. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

If you’d looked for Anastasia Leng five years ago, you’d find her on Google’s New Business Development team in London, working on products like Google Wallet and Google Chrome years before they were released to the public.

But when we found Ms. Leng, it was in the tiny Manhattan office of Hatch, the ecommerce company she founded with fellow ex-Googler Ryan Hayward. Ms. Leng is also Hatch’s chief business officer. Launched in November 2012 — just a few months after Ms. Leng quit her job at Google — the site lets users commission personalized gifts from vetted makers, artists and designers. Read More

Sex Drugs and Code

Traders and Techies Still Using Provigil, the ‘Viagra for the Brain’

This man has no limits. (Photo: Think of a blue egg)

Provigil, the Adderall-like drug used to combat sleepiness, is experiencing a resurrgence fit for our maximum-efficiency lifestyle. Back in 2008, TechCrunch cofounder Michael Arrington penned a post about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were increasingly using the prescription pill to stay awake for long periods at a time and focus better. Now, New York Magazine reports Provigil is making a comeback among traders and entrepreneurs, some of whom affectionately refer to it as “Viagra for the Brain.” Read More

Law and Order

Senators Propose Visa Just For Entrepreneurs. Good Luck With That.

Senator Mark Warner, one of the bill's sponsors.

It might be election season, but whatevs, why not go ahead and flirt with a third rail? The Wall Street Journal reports that several senators are introducing legislation that would create a visa strictly for entrepreneurs, as well as making it easier for those with post-grad STEM degrees to stay in the U.S. Hey, it is going to take some time to get CornellNYC Tech up and running, even if Google is loaning them space. And if the developer perk wars are any indication, every engineer helps.  Read More