New Klout Algorithm Quantifies Value of Human Life

Oh boy. If you thought Klout was provocative before, wait’ll you hear what they’ve come up with now. Already controversial for their Klout Scores, which purport to measure a user’s ability to drive social impact across the web, Klout has taken things to a whole new level:  placing a numeric value on each user’s individual […]

5 Reasons Tim Armstrong is Better Looking than You

Tim Armstrong is the CEO of AOL and former Head of North America for Google, where he joined in 2000. And he is gosh-darned handsome. Here’s why: 5 Reasons Tim Armstrong is Better Looking than You 1.    Hair Look at that beautiful shiny stuff on top of his head!  It’s so silky and clean – […]

5 Former Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer Should Totally Re-hire

Marissa Mayer is making bold moves to re-invigorate the culture at Yahoo! – free meals and new iPhones for all employees to start. But culture begins and ends with people, and Yahoo! used to be known for its upbeat, people-centric culture. Thus it makes perfect sense that she would want to bring back some incredibly […]

Benchmark Bets $9mm on

Today Benchmark announced a $9mm investment in, the official website of the rock band whose music was a staple of radio and MTV throughout the 1990’s. BAC talked with Cohler in Benchmark’s Sand Hill offices while the plaintive sounds of August & Everything After played from his tasteful Bose desk speakers. BAC: Matt, thanks […]

5 Songs You Don’t Want Spotify Sharing with Your Facebook Friends

Music is a window into the soul. And with Spotify’s “frictionless sharing” onto Facebook, many users are sharing their music – and baring their souls – without their knowledge.   This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. It just is. And it’s not that you shouldn’t share your music with your friends. […]

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 […]