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Big raises for Lyft & imgur, Mozilla CEO ousted & LAUNCH of the Week

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Streamed live on Apr 4, 2014

Namebrand startups are raising huge rounds of financing this week: $250m for Lyft and $40m for photo-hosting site imgur. Jason goes on a full-tilt rant against homophobia in corporations as panelists Liz Gannes of Re/code and author James Altucher discuss the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Eich donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 campaign in 2008, angering many employees and fans of the Firefox browser. Is Mozilla's community more sensitive to political statements given its unique structure? Or should tech workers be prepared to espouse particular political beliefs?

Plus, in the LAUNCH of the Week, Amazon's Fire TV hopes to compete with Apple and Roku. Khosla Ventures' Keith Rabois is preparing an eBay-for-homes, which will likely launch this summer. And Indiegogo campaign iHear wants sophisticated hearing aids to be more affordable.

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Highlights:

3:05 - JC: intro Lyft topic
4:45 - JA: every city has different regulatory issues, so I imagine legal costs are ~$100k
5:25 - JC: 5 years from now, what will the Lyft and Uber footprint be like?
7:03 - LG: I liked Sprig so much, I did it again.
11:40 - LG: Coatue is also investing in internet companies as well...they're trying to be the new late stage tech investor.
12:55 - JC: this is why the stock market doesn't get the same as we used to have
14:00 - Wistia ad read
17:45 - JC: Imgur intro
18:34 - JA: I think Reddit only participated in a small way. They need Reddit not to compete with them.
19:10 - JC: I think Reddit is the new way to launch your service.
20:05 - LG: I don't see why Reddit doesn't evolve to be more like them. It's interesting that they've agreed to go their separate ways. They know each other well. They play Settlers of Catan together.
22:45 - JC: Mozilla intro
23:48 - LG: I think it's crazy how fast this all moved. Example of internet witch hunt. They're different but they're about their values and volunteers. If you lose trust, it's not going to work. Didn't handle situation well. The real problem: he lands on the wrong side of history.
24:45 - JC: If he'd said "...I regret this..."
25:10 - LG: others have had success doing this. He said "I changed my mind."
25:25 - JA: I have a question. I feel like the 1st amendment should protect him from losing his job. It had nothing to do with his job.
25:50 - LG: Mozilla is specifically a coalition of people.
27:10 - JC: Do we find everyone who's donated to Prop 8
27: 18 - LG: Nate Silver just mentioned something. 96% of donations were anti-Prop8...this is an issue that tech, in some sense, have chosen sides on.
28:08 - JA: no one ever knew. Maybe these are religious beliefs.
28:20 - JC: I think people use religious beliefs to keep women and black people down as well
28:39 - JA: are we going to start firing the 4% at Google?
30:40 - JA: I just get nervous when outrage porn gets carried away on the internet
30:50 - JC: My solution: there is a 10-day cooling off period.
32:58 - Desk.com ad read
36:13 - JC: Bing Launch of the Week
36:20 - Amazon Fire
37:32 - Homerun intro
38:30 - hearing aid intro
40:00 - LG: Amazon: I like voice search for TV; I don't see Amazon being the only ones to do that for very long.
42:55 - JA: iHear. The hearing aid sounds great because it's cheap and small. This is a death spiral into the ground. Keith's project - in a few clicks, you can buy a house? What about due diligence. Amazon Fire is my favorite product
44:00 - JC: iHear is so clever. I wonder why a company who's been doing it for 20 years is choosing Indiegogo. Homerun. Not a proper luanch, but he explained enough and has huge potential.
47:45 - Re/code video
55:20 - LG By the time Apple does face computing, maybe Google will be doing brain implants.
57:57 - JC: what's the tension in SF like?
58:00 - LG: IWhat this all comes back to is the Social Network, the movie. That brought a lot of people to SF who sucked.

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