By Shira Ovide

Photo: riskms via Getty Images

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I’m sad to say I was promised flying cars and I got…vending machines?

I’m referring to Silicon Valley’s derision du jour, a startup called Bodega. A couple of ex-Google employees are placing eight-square foot locked cabinets in buildings or stores that are stocked with microwave popcorn, mouthwash, LaCroix sparkling water (of course) and other non-perishable items commonly sold at convenience stores.

The idea, as the founders told Fast Company, is to have Bodega stations dotting cities to eliminate trips to centralized shopping…


Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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This has been the year of “brave” women. And I’m getting sick and tired of women having to be so brave.

The women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault are brave. The women at Fox News who came forward with accounts of sexual harassment are brave. So too are the growing numbers of women speaking publicly in recent weeks about sexism, harassment and much worse from some startup investors in Silicon Valley.

These women are absolutely brave.

But do the people with the least power have to…


By Shira Ovide

Photographer: Sebastian Pichler

This post originally appeared in Bloomberg Technology’s newsletter Fully Charged. Subscribe here.

When I lived in the Bay Area, every argument that wasn’t about avocado toast or real estate prices was about whether there was a bubble in private technology companies.

Now that I live in New York, it’s fitting that the financial world has been obsessed lately with debating whether we’re in a different sort of tech bubble, this time among public companies. One stock market strategist recently warned of “tech mania.”

The talk about tech stock froth is based on three interrelated facts: The performance…

Shira Ovide

I write about technology for Bloomberg Gadfly. Native Ohioan. Please suggest delicious eats. Find me at sovide at bloomberg dot net

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