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The 20 best unicorn startups to work for, according to their employees

2015 was clearly the year of the unicorn: startups that raised boatloads of venture capital money and were valued by their investors at over $1 billion.

It's already looking like 2016 could be the year that many of these unicorns run into trouble, as venture funds are getting tighter and more expensive, and some valuations are already deflating.

But other unicorns will continue to soar.

To find out which ones seem to be doing well, we went to the insiders: employees, via the employee reviews of their employers they shared on job-hunting site Glassdoor.

We began with the 156 companies on the


The 9 best big-screen phones in the world
Posted December 29, 2015 0:48 AM
The 9 best big-screen phones in the world

It seems the world is splitting into two camps: those who like large-screen smartphones, and those who don't.

Constructing a single list of the best smartphones in 2015 didn't seem quite adequate, because often shoppers are in the market for either a screen that runs 5.5 - 5.7 inches, or one that's less than 5 inches. If you're one of those shoppers, the specs of the iPhone 6S Plus don't really matter if you are deciding whether to buy an iPhone 6S.

With this in mind, we've built a new list of the 9 best phones of 2015 that have large screens, sometimes called "phablets". These are the phones that provide you with the best value (we took price into account as well, though overall performance and design was weighted higher).  

From beautiful powerhouses to slick budget options, these are the best phablets.


The most expensive rental in San Francisco costs $30,000 per month and sits on the 40th floor of The Four Seasons hotel

It's no secret that San Francisco real estate is expensive. In the latest example of the market-gone-crazy, the most expensive listing on the market, according to Curbed, is asking a whopping $29,950 a month.

The apartment, which the listing claims is "rarely available for lease," lies on the 40th floor of the Four Seasons hotel on Market Street in the Yerba Buena district of the city.

Zillow has the listing.

This is the top. The top floor that is, of the Four Seasons hotel in Yerba Buena, San Francisco. The marble entryway welcomes guests into the three bedroom apartment. Forty stories above Market Street, the 3-bedroom "corner penthouse" has incredible views on all sides.

VMware is trying to hire angry employees away from crashed unicorn Good Technology (VMW)

At least one person sees the latest not-so-happy-ending of crashed unicorn Good Technology as an opportunity.

That would be Sanjay Poonen, the general manager running VMware's competitor to Good.

He's reaching out to disenfranchised Good employees, trying to hire them for VMware, sources tell us.

To recap, Good Technology sold to its long-time competitor BlackBerry for $425 million in September, but as the 


I spent Christmas Eve playing 'Minecraft' with kids — and I learned something important

I spent much of my Christmas Eve this year playing "Minecraft" with my nephews — the same ones who taught me the ins and outs of the blockbuster game, which Microsoft bought for $2.5 billion in 2014. 

This time, they weren't really explictly teaching me anything about "Minecraft," but I learned something anyway: "Minecraft" is a lot more than a video game. It's a cultural touchstone; a thing that so many kids have in common that it just becomes a part of their lives.


17 things people in Silicon Valley forget about the outside world

Living in Silicon Valley could open you up to a whole new world, where everyone seems to be chasing the next big idea.

But being in such a tight-knit community packed with like-minded people could have its downsides, too — like forgetting what the rest of the world looks, thinks, and acts like.

This Quora post shares some of the things people in Silicon Valley may be shocked to learn about the outside world. We picked the 17 best answers.

It's not just young men.

3 reasons why Intel pulled the trigger on a massive $16.7 billion deal, its biggest ever (INTC)

On Monday, Intel finally closed the $16.7 billion deal to buy programmable chipmaker Altera. The deal was first announced in May but it took more than 6 months to complete the process.

Anytime a company spends this much on a single deal — it's Intel's largest acquisition ever — it creates a lot of chatter around why it did so.

We'll have to wait and see exactly how the two companies benefit each other, but Intel CEO Brian Krzanich pointed to three main reasons for the acquisition at a recent Credit Suisse conference:


How emerging consumer and professional healthcare trends are driving interest in wearable devices

The wearables technology market —which includes smartwatches and fitness trackers — continues to grow, but nagging questions remain: Where and how will these devices be used? Will they live up to the hype that they will transform consumers’ lives? Proponents compare their potential to that of smartphones and tablets, both of which helped usher in a new era of personal computing, while skeptics see narrower opportunities.

We see the health sector as the most promising area for wearables adoption. Several emerging consumer and professional healthcare trends, which dovetail with advances in health technology over the past five years, are driving interest in wearables. And where wearables are most commonly used for fitness-tracking purposes at the moment, they show great potential for widespread adoption in the healthcare sector.


A fixation with tech is distracting everyone from what Tesla actually needs to do (tsla)

The latest theme to emerge around Tesla involves software and the engineers who create it. We've covered CEO Elon Musk's desire to accelerate the development of Tesla's Autopilot self-driving features, and this week the Wall Street Journal's Mike Ramsey summarized the company's current growth surge.

The context is that automakers are transitioning from being in the heavy metal business to thinking of their vehicles as platforms for computer code.

However, this focus may distract Tesla from what it needs to do right now to drive its business forward and vindicate a market cap of around $30 billion: Build more cars.


Google's head of design thinks the iPhone's software design can feel 'heavy and burdensome' (GOOG, AAPL)

Matías Duarte, Google's head of design, has given his view on what the future holds for Android in an interview with Wired UK

According to Duarte, a change in the way we use technology across more devices — smartphones, the Internet of Things, smartwatches — means that the traditional ideas about software design are over, and new ones need to be created. 

"As we get more and more screens and more and more devices that are smart, both integrated into our homes but also on our bodies, it's creating new types of problems that are going to create a new type of opportunity," he said. 

Duarte describes the iPhone, which was the first modern smartphone, as a "crystallizing moment" in the design of smartphone software. However, he says that the iPhone's success was never guaranteed.