IBS in the Workplace: Bad Fit for Startups

The challenges of working at a start-up are myriad:  crazy founders, long hours, and uncertain payout.  But for employees suffering from a certain gastro-intestinal condition, these challenges are that much greater. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is nowhere near as funny as it sounds.  Symptoms include chronic diarrhea, bloating, cramps and lots of gas. Practically speaking, […]

Online Courses Slow Campus Spread of STDs

“I wish I had started using Khan Academy earlier. I would have saved thousands of dollars on tuition….and many hundreds on Valtrex.” STD rates are falling on college campus, and the source of the reduction is unexpected.  The driver of this trend is not condoms,  chastity pledges, or even the Freshman 15.  So what gets […]

Southwest Airlines CMO: “Removing False Hope is our USP”

In this week’s CMO Minute (fake interviews with real CMOs), we talk with David Ridley, CMO of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. The quirky airline consistently wins passenger-satisfaction awards, despite its no-frills service. BAC:  SWA won the American Customer Satisfaction Index once again last year. Two questions: 1. how do you keep doing it? and 2. isn’t it embarrassing […]

Former Elevation Partner Suggests “Rattle and Hum” Rivals “Frampton Comes Alive”

In a move transparently designed to kiss the ass of humanitarian, venture capitalist and U2 frontman, Bono, former Elevation Partners partner Marc Bodnick posted today on Quora that U2’s 1988 live record, Rattle & Hum was “every bit as good as Frampton Comes Alive,” one of the best-selling live records of all time. Bodnick’s preposterous […]

Peter Thiel Pays 4-Year-Old $250k to Leave Kindergarten Early

Peter Thiel has done it again. Inviting outrage and the scorn of the entire education community, the Pay-Pal co-founder, Venture Capitalist and Silicon Valley provocateur announced at a press conference earlier today that he is paying a young Indian-American boy $250,000 to forgo kindergarten and start his own company. Thiel’s rants on “the education bubble” have […]

California Governor to Valley Execs: “Grab Your Ankles!”

Sacramento, CA As California struggles to regain its financial footing after the recent economic crisis, Governor Jerry Brown has a message for Silicon Valley’s wealthy:  “Grab your ankles!”*   Governor Brown in a press conference today defended his financial rescue bill, Proposition 30, which heads to California polls for voter approval in November.  The bill […]

Next Week: Jeff Weiner Goes on the Warpath