Author Archives: Darren Marchal

SIM cards hacked by U.S. and U.K. spies – report

A new privacy scare has surfaced for cellphone users around the world. A report by The Intercept claims spy agencies from the U.S. and U.K. jointly hacked into the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM cards in order to monitor mobile phones around the world. The Intercept was co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist…

Remembering David Carr, Media Critic and Media Lover

The New York Times columnist, who died at age 58, was journalism’s finest watchdog and its best advertisement. I didn’t know David Carr well. I’ll say that first, because if you are going to write about the operator of journalism’s most finely attuned b.s. detector, you’d best dispense with the b.s. up front. I met…

How founders can tell a great startup story

In my role at Greylock Partners, I work closely with entrepreneurs to help them shape their company’s communications strategies. No matter the sector, I have found that the organizations who effectively tell their stories are the ones who can recruit the top talent, acquire long-term customers, and build brands that endure. What is your story?…

Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas to Spice Up Your Relationship

Valentine’s Day is slowly approaching, the perfect occasion to celebrate your relationship and spend some quality time with your significant other. Dinner and a movie sound too boring? Check out this article for some fun Valentine’s Day ideas that will allow you to put some variation in your everyday routine. When you’ve been with someone…

How To Buy Into UAE’s Futuristic Real Estate Market

Barring the purchase of an actual piece of property, there’s really only one way into the United Arab Emirates real estate market. And that’s via Princeton, New Jersey, starting from the offices of Blackrock Investment Management, owners of the iShares family of exchange traded funds. They launched their MSCI U.A.E. capped ETF (UAE) in April…

Don’t Hit Send! Email Mistakes You Can’t Take Back

You could probably fill a book with email mishaps. Some could be merely funny, but others could cost someone their job. Even with the use of text messaging and instant messaging, email is still the most popular method of communication in the workplace. Whether emails are being sent between coworkers or to clients, it’s one…