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Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Photos by Bloomberg. Art by Mike Sullivan
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Google Cloud Considers Scrapping Sales Commissions Based on Deal Values
To show investors that its cloud unit could compete with Amazon Web Services, Google in recent years signed billion-dollar, long-term deals with multinationals such as Deutsche Bank and Sabre.
Sequoia Capital's Alfred Lin. Photo by Getty Images
FTX Collapse Tarnishes Sequoia’s Reputation, Prompts Apology
Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin made a name for himself as a loyal confidant to the tenacious, often-doubted founders of companies like DoorDash and Airbnb, a commitment that helped catapult him to the No.
Sam Bankman-Fried. Photo by Bloomberg.
The Takeaway crypto media/telecom
The Press Failure That Led to FTX
As the crypto currency contagion spreads, there is a tough truth about the press’s role in the crisis that is becoming crystal clear.
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The Big Read
‘I’m Licking My Chops. I Know It’s Going Down’: The Pissed-Off Crypto Traders Who Predicted—and Profited From—the FTX Implosion
Ishan Bhaidani had been patient for over a month, waiting for blood in the water. Now was his moment.
Bob Chapek via Bloomberg
Opinion entertainment media/telecom
It’s Not Just Disney
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Dealmaker venture capital
The Star Sequoia Investor Behind FTX’s Collapse
Last week, Sequoia Capital partner Doug Leone compared FTX’s blowup to childbirth. “Like having a child, you forget the pain of having that child three months later, a year later,” he said on stage at a conference in Europe.