The Week in Tech: It’s Not Easy Being a Unicorn

Each week, technology reporters and columnists from The New York Times review the week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Hello, It’s Erin Griffith, reporting, happily, from my home base in San Francisco and not the carnival of virtual […]

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The 2018 Good Tech Awards

The words “2018,” “good” and “tech” probably don’t seem like they belong in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence. But stay with me here. It’s true that this was a horrible year for many of the tech industry’s biggest companies. Amazon held a nationwide beauty pageant for its new headquarters, raising hopes that the company would help transform […]

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Start-Ups Ask, ‘Are We Making Money for Saudi Arabia?’

SAN FRANCISCO — When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon Valley. “People would say, ‘It’s really […]

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