Is collaboration tech bad for office autocrats too?

New communication tools have been credited with helping spur uprisings against some of the world’s nastiest regimes. In a very scaled-down way, is the ease of connecting also bad news for office autocrats? A SXSW panel delved into the question.

For startups, Las Vegas is a beautifully clean slate

While it’s easy to be skeptical of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s grand vision to make Las Vegas a startup hotbed, the companies that have moved to the desert are confident they made the right decision, in part because Las Vegas isn’t Silicon Valley.

An inside look at the high-tech awakening in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is hardly Silicon Valley and currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, but Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has a plan to revitalize the city. Good thing he has hundreds of million of dollars and some promising startups to help out.

If the shoe fits: Ozon, Russia’s Amazon, buys Sapato

In a move that echoes Amazon’s purchase of Zappos back in 2009, Russian web store Ozon is buying online shoe seller Sapato.ru — a deal that Ozon CEO Maelle Gavet says will turn it into a “powerhouse online retailer”.