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First POST: Disclosures

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 17 2014

Rand Paul goes prospecting in Silicon Valley; techies opening their wallets for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu in New York; using Google Street View for local environmental monitoring; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Tipping Points

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 16 2014

Mike Bloomberg puts some more muscle into his gun control campaigning; Mark Zuckerberg now likes multiple identities; Airbnb wishes it could collect taxes in New York State; and much, much more. Read More

Airbnb Tries To Be a Model Corporate Citizen With Shared City

BY Sam Roudman | Thursday, March 27 2014

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in 2011 Photo credit: @Kmeron

Yesterday in a post on Medium, Brian Chesky, the CEO of short term rental platform Airbnb announced a new city based company initiative in Portland, Oregon called “Shared City.” The initiative is an an effort by Airbnb to become a model corporate citizen, and also to atone for subverting civic regulations which helped grow the company into the $10 billion goliath it is today. Read More

Immigration Debate Puts Silicon Valley on One Side, Labor on Another, and a Congressman in the Middle

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 27 2013

From right to left: Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham, Medisas founder Gautam Sivakumar (in Newcastle, UK), Double Robotics Founder David Cann and a Double Robotics employee.
Despite Northern California's historical significance as a bastion of the left, the immigration reform debate is showing just how far apart dot-com entrepreneurs and die-hard Democrats can be. Entrepreneurs are pushing for more H1-B visas; union leaders, part of the Democratic Party's core constituency, have objected to the visas as a form of low-paid indentured servitude, arguing that they fill jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. In the middle is Rep. Mike Honda, Democrat of California, whose district now encompasses Silicon Valley and whose core constituency has long included labor unions. Read More