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Tech Writer, — Fortune
Covers:  business strategy, tech ipos, venture capital, apps, e-commerce companies, startups, new york city tech, adtech, social media, funding rounds, fundraising, investing trends, the occasional fun randomness, startup trends
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I write about tech, startups, VC + business for Fortune. | subscribe: | photo by @billwadman

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Not professionally...

What's the funniest news-related #hashtag you've seen?

Recently the #muslimrage backlash was fairly hilarious

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Android (yes Android) phone, Macbook air, Google Docs, Skype, Wordpress

A tip for start-ups: Don't go public without profits — There are two kinds of rants that just about every public company chief executive loves to deliver. The first is about the company's stock price: It's never high enough! The second is about Wall Street investors' obsession with quarterly earnings reports: They don't appreciate our long-term vision!

Twitter CEO's Wall Street complaint rings hollow — There are two kinds of rants that just about every public company CEO loves to deliver: The first is about their company's stock price. It's never high enough! The second is about Wall Street's obsession with quarterly earnings reports. They don't appreciate our long term vision!

Mattress startup Leesa raises $9 million — Startups have decided the mattress industry is ripe for disruption. The latest to join the ranks of well-funded up-and-coming mattress startups is Leesa Sleep, based in Virginia Beach, Va. Today the company announces it has raised $9 million in funding from TitleCard Capital at a valuation of $36 million including the funds.

Facebook video monetization is here — Video has taken over Facebook, with daily views on the platform growing four-fold to a whopping four billion in just a year. But until now, video creators haven't had a way to make money on the platform. That changes today. The company introduced its plan to monetize videos and share the revenue with creators.

Zenefits has been banned, demonized, and sued-and it's still going — Zenefits has been banned, demonized, and, as of last month, sued. The San Francisco startup's public relations strategy is "manipulative and malicious," argues one competitor. Its business model is a "threat," according to insurance brokers. Two years into its life, Zenefits, which makes software to help small businesses manage their human resources operations, is bringing buzzy excitement to an otherwise dull sector.

Fitbit IPO a risk for investors? — Shares of fitness device company Fitbit spiked sharply on its first day of trading, indicating great investor demand for both wearable devices and profitable technology IPOs. The stock jumped more than 50%, and that's after Fitbit raised its price twice and sold more shares than expected.

Fortune 500 fastest profit growth — The 15 companies with the fastest-growing profits in the Fortune 500 have little in common. Most of them are not in the Fortune 100, and not all of them have climbed the rankings this year. And two - MassLife and Waste Management - experienced flat revenue.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo's confusing succession plan — Outgoing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has had a target on his back since last fall. He was well aware of it even then, offering to the company's board to step down in November. He made the offer again in February. It's why news of his resignation last Thursday came as little surprise to anyone following the company closely.

Vroom, a used car website, raises $19 million — Vroom, a New York used car sales startup, has raised $19 million in venture funding and $35 million in debt funding. The investment round purposely excluded institutional investors, instead relying on capital from 15 to 20 wealthy individuals including former pro football player John Elway and former Autonation and Blockbuster CEO Steve Berrard.

Top Technology Companies of the Fortune 500 — Ever heard of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the $52 billion biotech company? How about Jabil Circuit, the $5 billion electronics manufacturing company? Or Computer Sciences, the $10 billion IT provider? With more than $13 billion in revenue each, these companies are all ranked higher in this year's Fortune 500 than consumer tech companies (and household names) like Facebook (No.
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Jul 07, 2015

RT @patrickbigpix: New ideas for @LAT biz section include using outside writers as stringers: Today's piece by Fortune's @eringriffith:…

Jul 07, 2015

no company fits 100% into this narrative but for the most part YEP…

Jul 07, 2015

smart post on the challenges of building a business around an open web community a la Reddit…

Jul 07, 2015

@MikeIsaac @bmorrissey this is why @pmarca argues there are never 2 bubbles in a 60-year generation - everyone remembers and fears

Jul 06, 2015

in which @editorialiste and i debate Reddit and the messy business of managing online communities…

Jul 06, 2015

@dannosowitz all jello jiggles. but only a jello jiggler has a distinct SHAPE from which to jiggle

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