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Los Angeles TimesĀ (November 2012-September 2014)

The San Jose Mercury News (July 1999-November 2012)

COLUMNS

> HP begins to reckon with its own lost decade: What was it all for? The churning of bodies, the huge fees to bankers to facilitate mergers, the lack of a clear identity, the low morale, the absence of leadership or strategy. Aug. 18, 2011
> New Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos marks a new company town: As Netflix plans for a larger headquarters in its historic home, Los Gatos joins the growing ranks of company towns in Silicon Valley. July 16, 2011
> Google+ becomes new playground for valley insiders: Part of the appeal of Google+ is its exclusivity, something that’s pure catnip to early-adopter types and a bit of genius marketing by Google. July 8, 2011
> Was HP’s board overconfident about cutting ties with Mark Hurd? What’s astonishing to me is how much HP’s board underestimated the impact of changing CEOs. June 26, 2011
> Why does Wall Street hate Silicon Valley? By one of the most fundamental methods investors use to value stocks, Wall Street thinks more highly of dowdy PG&E than it does of mighty Apple. June 16, 2011
> Apple’s path to the app store wasn’t a straight road: The App Store we know today wasn’t the one Apple originally planned. June 3, 2011
> Time for reality check on the return of IPOs: Outside Silicon Valley, IPO experts have a sobering message: The IPO drought is far from over. In fact, it may never end. May 13, 2011
> San Francisco’s deal with Twitter sends city down slippery slope of tax breaks: The city offers a cautionary tale to any other cities considering the wisdom of such incentives. May 9, 2011
> In an era of cheap startups, Color is thinking big: By raising so much money so early, Color seemed to be challenging the conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley, which emerged following the dot-com bust, that companies are supposed to start cheap and keep costs low. March 31, 2011
> Search undergoing biggest disruption since the dawn of Google: The accelerated pace of these changes to search is a reason that companies like Microsoft are pouring millions into their own search engines, and that venture capitalists are funding dozens of search-related startups. March 13, 2011
> Apple’s selling gadgets like the iPad on price as much as on features: The company known for premium prices has very quietly been driving down the price of its products. March 1, 2011
> How state and local government layoffs threaten the economy: The largest source of job loss continues to be city, county and state government. And there’s no end to the cuts in sight. Nov. 21, 2010
> Get ready for the decade of gamification: The popularity of video games and the explosion of social networking are intersecting to redefine how we will experience the Web over the next decade. Oct. 24, 2010
> Why cell phones may be more dangerous than we think: Nobody knows for sure whether cell phones are a health hazard. And that has surprised me. Oct. 9, 2010
> Looking past the Texas oil company stereotype in Prop 23 fight: Just who are the “evil oil companies” invading California? Oct. 3, 2010
> The mysterious circumstances of Hurd’s departure: After listening to the vague explanations of why Mark Hurd resigned, I’m still left wondering: Did he really have to go? Or did Hewlett-Packard’s board panic? Aug. 6, 2010
> Start-ups still don’t know the way to San Jose: San Jose may call itself the Capital of Silicon Valley, but that’s not the case when it comes to attracting startups. May 21, 2010
> How Ron Conway became the valley’s most influential start-up investor: That he has reached this rarefied position is even more amazing considering how far he fell after the dot-com bust left his investments and reputation in tatters. April 24, 2010
> Lessons from Hewlett-Packard’s massive job cuts: This column began when I tried to find the answer to what I thought would be a simple question: How many job cuts has Hewlett-Packard had over the past decade? The answer shocked me: 75,505. Feb. 13, 2010

ARTICLES

>SERIES: Rich Man, Poor Company: Which executives made the most money running the worst companies? Dec. 8-10, 2002
>SERIES: Five Years After the Dot-Com Bubble: How as the Valley changed since the mania ended? March 6, 2005
>A Tale Of Two Valley: The growing economic gap in Silicon Valley. Jan. 30, 2005
>More Mergers Ahead: Why acquisitions are the new IPO. Nov. 14, 2005
>State Controller Steve Westly Defends IPO Profits As eBay Executive: An investigation of the gubernatorial candidates trading records indicates he made millions from practice since banned. October 25, 2005.
>A Company Flops, An Idea Lives On: What the failure of chip-maker Transmeta says about innovation in Silicon Valley. Jan. 16, 2005.
>Firms Saving Instead Of Hiring: Why an economic rebound had not translated into more jobs. April 11, 2005
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