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PandaWhale is a Silicon Valley software company incorporated on January 11, 2011 by the founders of 106 Miles (Joyce Park and Adam Rifkin).

The mission of PandaWhale is to expand the Web through social saving.

The values of PandaWhale are the values of the Web.

PandaWhale operates independently of 106 Miles, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

106 Miles is a social network of 8000 startup founders, engineers, and friends in Silicon Valley and Southern California.

The 106 Miles network is a community of people willing to do "five minute favors" for each other to help with entrepreneurial endeavors.

We started 106 Miles in January 2005.

The mission of 106 Miles is to educate and empower entrepreneurial engineers through conversations.

The values of 106 Miles are Reputation, Innovation, Solidarity, and Education.

The name 106 Miles comes from The Blues Brothers: "It's 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it!" That, to us, is the epitome of what it's like to be an entrepreneur.

106 Miles holds in-person 106 Miles meetups several times per month. is a place for conversations among startup founders, engineers, and friends; many members of 106 Miles frequent this website.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about 106 Miles.

See also: What content is appropriate for this website?

See below for early drafts of our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and About Us.

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Terms of Use:

It is our intention that the authors of the content on own their content and license it for free to and PandaWhale.

We are inspired by WordPress's Terms of Service, and we are writing our own Terms of Service that reflects that philosophy as well.

Terms of Use -- tl;dr version:

  1. Anything you write on our service is owned by you and licensed forever for free to us.

  2. If you write something disrespectful, we will remove it with extreme prejudice.

  3. If you disrespect anyone on this site, we will remove you.

  4. Anything you say or do on the site echoes in eternity so don't be an eternal dungheap.

  5. We're all here to have interesting conversations and a good time. Please, party responsibly.

  6. Confacimus!

  7. Otherwise, our terms are WordPress's terms

And if you have any questions, please ask.

Additional information relating to our use of OAuth tokens

OAuth tokens are "keys" unique to your that given to us by an OAuth provider (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) when you agree to "connect" your account on that platform to your PandaWhale account.

These tokens give apps the ability to access information about your FB/Twitter account ("external account") and use that to improve your in-app experience.

However, with power comes the potential for abuse, and there's always the risk that an app will use your tokens (and therefore your personal information) in a way that you did not intend or do not approve of.

How PandaWhale uses your OAuth tokens

Specific examples of what we do:

  • Reading data from your external account to identify you when log you in to PandaWhale.
  • Publishing stories to your external account when you have explicitly chosen to do so (FB shares, tweets, etc.).
  • Monitoring activity on posts/shares you did FROM PandaWhale in order to import comments your friends made on your external account (e.g., importing Twitter @-replies or FB comments on your share of a convo so that they become comments on the original PandaWhale convo).

What we DON'T do:

  • We will NEVER publish stories to your external account unless you clearly indicate that you want us to do so.
  • We will not store any of your information available through OAuth APIs unless it is directly necessary in order for the functioning of a feature that you are using. For example, if you publish a story to Twitter or Facebook, we permanently store all replies that your friends make to these tweets/stories as part of the process of importing them to our convos.
  • We will not auto-follow or otherwise auto-connect you to other PandaWhale users that you are friends with on an external account.

So far we do not have any clear in-context notices about exactly what personal info is stored and under what circumstances it is stored, but that is something I would like to do in the fullness of time.

We want you to completely understand how we use your data and to have the opportunity to opt out if you ever decide you don't want to share said info. We want complete transparency.

Privacy Policy:

It is also our intention that content in Convos are publicly available for all on the Internet to read, and we are writing a Privacy Policy that reflects that.

We are inspired by the great public content created by the users of Twitter, Quora, and Tumblr.

If you do not want the world to read something you write, do not say it here.

We will write something long and legal, but below is the gist of what we're talking about.

Privacy Policy -- tl;dr version :


  2. If you do not want what you say to be public, don't say it.

  3. When you import a conversation from Facebook or any other system with non-public conversations, it becomes public.

  4. We will make our best effort to keep all Messages private between you and who you sent a Message to.

  5. We will keep everything you say and do, so please keep that in mind at all times.

  6. We will use your data to enhance your experience.

  7. We will not spam you, but we WILL send you Bacn.

  8. Our Services are not directed to people under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.

  9. Otherwise, our privacy policy is WordPress's privacy policy.

And if you have any questions, please ask.

About Us:

PandaWhale has been financed by a little bit of seed capital, IOU's, and credit cards, and is in the process of raising more seed investment. We'll see.

106 Miles is a non-profit organization sponsored in part by Orrick, Mozilla, AT&T, and individual donors, to provide food at some of our events.

About Us -- tl;dr version :

  1. PandaWhale is a company that was started by the founders of 106 Miles on January 11, 2011. PandaWhale's mission to expand the Web by organizing public conversations. PandaWhale develops and operates the software running on

  2. 106 Miles is a highly networked community of 6000+ entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Southern California who collectively have started more than a thousand startups. 106 Miles' mission is to educate and empower entrepreneurial engineers. We do this by interacting with each other, sharing knowledge and connections.

  3. If you are interested in joining our offline group, come to our Bay area and Southern California meetups.

  4. See also: What is 106 Miles and What is PandaWhale?

And, as always, if you have any questions, please ask.

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