As far as technophiles seeking political office go, Jack Dorsey is taking the opposite approach from Sheryl Sandberg.
Ms. Sandberg’s new book may read like the source material for a campaign platform, but on a recent 60 Minutes appearance, she evaded questions about leaning in to the White House. Mr. Dorsey, on Read More
“I want to be clear–I’m not trying to tell anyone what do to. And I’m not trying to prescribe goals for anyone,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg last night at Time Warner. She was patiently explaining yet again the purpose of Lean In: ”I’m trying to help women answer the question, ‘If I do want leadership, how do I get there?’”
“My book is not meant to be comprehensive. I don’t have parenting advice, it doesn’t go deeply into the public policy issues. It’s one piece of the puzzle.” Read More
Did you think you were going to be able to escape talking about Lean In if you just kept quiet for a few days? How wrong you were! Sheryl Sandberg’s kinda-sorta manifesto is everywhere this week: 60 Minutes, Cosmo, and Time have all run big, splashy features on the Facebook COO. The latest to join the love-fest: USA Today.
But in her interview with the USA Today, Ms. Sandberg took the time to push back on one common assumption about her plans for the next few years: Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with a group of high-profile investors, including Fred Wilson, Ron Conway and Paul Graham, to “push for smart immigration reform to attract and keep the best, the brightest and the hardest-working to fuel innovation and American jobs.” [March for Innovation]
It wasn’t so long ago that the Nook was the key to Barnes & Noble’s future. Now the bookseller is planning to back off of its efforts to sell its own e-reader, and is working on strengthening partnerships with tablet suppliers. [NYT]
It’s not that Julian Assange isn’t giving interviews—it’s just that he’s leading a busy life inside the Ecuadorian government’s London embassy, and it’s a question of fitting reporters in. [Ars Technica]
Kara Swisher leans into the backlash against Facebook COO’s Sheryl Sandberg’s new book. [AllThingsD]
In case you can’t wait for the competing biopics currently in production, here’s what it’s like to go on a double-date with John McAfee. [PandoDaily]
Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest were hacked this week, after a security breach at customer-service provider Zendesk allowed a hacker to access user email addresses at the three social media companies. [Wired]
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book marketing plans include “Lean in Circles,” in which women study Ms. Sandberg’s curriculum for career success. [NYT]
Twitter cofounder Ev Williams talks about when—and when not—to sell your company. [Medium]
Nevada became the first state to legalize online gambling. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may sign a law legalizing Internet gambling in his state as early as next week. [The Washington Post]
If you’re a “startup junky,” what are you really addicted to? [PandoDaily]
Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once asked Sheryl Sandberg if she was a “pom-pom girl.” If Mr. O’Neill were alive today, the Facebook COO would tell him she’s “a pom-pom girl for feminism,” she writes in her forthcoming book. [WSJ]
Talk about chutzpah. An Indian website plagiarized articles on medical research, then filed a DCMA request with WordPress to pull the originals down. [ArsTech nica]
Hewlett-Packard is planning on “taking full advantage” of Dell’s transition to a private company. [Deal Journal]
Somebody had to go and point out that zip, zero, not a single member of the billion-dollar startup club is based in New York. [Crain's New York Business]
Jon Stewart on Vine: “Every time there’s a human advancement, it is used almost immediately for porn.” [AllThingsD]
Doesn’t it seem the Facebook IPO was just yesterday? And yet here we are at the company’s third earnings release, which brings promising news. In fact, we’re a little surprised the Facebook execs on the earnings call didn’t punctuate their remarks with jazz hands.
That’s because, 23 percent of the company’s $1.33 billion in Q4 ad revenue came from mobile. That’s a jump from Q3, when it was about 14 percent. And it’s a big jump from last year, when it was basically zero. Overall ad revenue was also up 40 percent.
“Today there’s no argument — Facebook is a mobile company,” crowed Zuck in this afternoon’s earnings call. Read More
Facebook chief executive officer Sheryl Sandberg is often thought of as the grown-up around the social media giant, attending to such mundane details as growing revenue and selling the company’s IPO to investors, allowing Mark Zuckerberg to maintain his pose as the company’s hacker-in-chief. Read More
Back in April, we threw a question out to female readers: Are you a Sheryl or a Marissa? This was three months before Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo, proudly proclaiming her new employer’s “evolved” attitude towards to her pregnancy (she gave birth this week) even as she vowed to work through her maternity leave–already shortened to just a few weeks.
That kind of work-first decision was hardly a surprise to anyone familiar with the perky Type A executive, who “doesn’t believe in burnout.” But we’ve always been relieved there was another role model for a woman in tech–or any field, really–who wanted to ascend to leadership positions. That’s why we jumped on Sheryl Sandberg’s confession (that she leaves the office at 5.30 to have dinner with her kids) like it was a life raft, especially coming from the Facebook COO responsible for slowly transforming “Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture,” as chronicled by The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta last year. Read More