Tracey Foley

A Boston-area Redfin field agent was arrested today by the FBI on charges of being a Russian spy. In her job application, she identified herself as Tracey Foley, but called herself Ann. Before we hired Ms. Foley in February of this year, at least two Redfin employees interviewed her, using a template that focuses on… Read More

In Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley

In the story of the rapidly vanishing high-technology IPO, the Sarbanes-Oxley law bringing independence and accountability to financial disclosures has become the chief villain. Bill Gurley and Fred Wilson were some of the first, in the summer 2008, to complain of Sarbanes-Oxley. But their timing was poor: due to barely understood and hardly disclosed financial risks,… Read More

About Last Night…

The talk of the town today in Seattle has been TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington’s participation in last night’s TechFlash panel. One panelist said he wanted to spend the rest of his life building his startup, which is just the kind of hand-over-heart sentiment that Mike for some reason feels compelled to subvert, first by insulting… Read More

To Begin With, Everything

When you storm out of a spat with your girlfriend, the perfect riposte comes to you only on the second flight of stairs. I’ve been standing on that stairway all week, thinking about what I should have asked TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington when interviewing him at Atlassian’s Starter-Day conference. It was a big opportunity. In… Read More