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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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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

Is Microsoft's productivity empire vulnerable? — Even in Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs set out to hack the world and disrupt everything, it's hard to be more brazen than Milind Gadekar, the chief executive of CloudOn. He's trying to beat Microsoft , which sits at a lofty No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list, at its own game and using Microsoft's own tools.

Meet OLX, the biggest Web company you've never heard of — Alec Oxenford isn't a recognizable name in American business circles, but in South America, he's a CEO rock star of sorts. At least, that's what I'm inclined to believe, after experiencing the Alec Oxenford effect firsthand during a recent coffee meeting in New York.

Rent the Runway raising $50 million — Rent the Runway, a startup which rents designer dresses and accessories, is meeting with investors to raise $50 million in new venture funding, according to sources familiar with the process. A deal has not yet been signed. Rent the Runway's last round of funding, a $24.4 million Series C, which closed in 2013, had a...

After a blow from Apple, Nomi sells to Brickstream — Even the smallest change to Apple's iOS platform can have a huge impact. Tiny tweaks, such as the decision to improve privacy settings on iOS8, can wipe out whole categories of app makers. Take Nomi, a New York-based startup. The promising startup launched using Wifi signals from phones to help retail stores track and analyze...

Vente-Privee USA to shut down — The U.S. arm of French luxury e-commerce company Vente-Privee is preparing to wind down by year-end, Fortune has learned. France-based Vente-Privee came to the U.S. in 2012, just as its business model, flash sales, peaked in trendiness. The stateside operations were structured as a separate joint venture between Vente-Privee and American Express , with each...

Under pressure to monetize, Yahoo's Tumblr goes big on video — Marissa Mayer has been been playing defense for two years. As CEO of Yahoo, she has weathered critical attacks on her sleep habits, telecommuting policies, Vogue photo shoots, and most recently, her acquisitions. Yahoo has acquired approximately three dozen companies under Mayer's watch, and activist investor Starboard Value posits the company has little to show for them, particularly the largest, her $1.1 billion deal for Tumblr.

Can subway ads bring mainstream users to Foursquare? — Foursquare has come a long way since CEO Dennis Crowley appeared on the cover of Wired UK as "the new king of social media," donning an actual crown. That was 2010, the year the check-in app was so hot that venture firms were fighting to invest. Foursquare's valuation swelled to $600 million.

Hot tech startups get as many perks as they give — Startups are known for their lavish and often ridiculous perks, from acupuncture to personal chefs, " rock rooms" to ball pits, even assistants who wait for the cable guy on your behalf. At one point, the New York e-commerce startup held weekly raffles to give employees $500 in cash.

eBay started as a website about Ebola — The outbreak of the Ebola virus has quickly come to dominate news headlines, to the point that new publications such as Ebola Deeply have launched solely to cover the growing epidemic. In 1995, though, Ebola was a far more esoteric topic-one that interested the entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar enough to create a website about it called Ebola Information that lived, curiously, at

Why Startups Fail, According to Their Founders — News about how to grow, build, and sustain your small business - news from Fortune Magazine about small business.
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Oct 31, 2014

@RickWebb and super confusing? and IMPOSSIBLE to cover from a media POV

Oct 31, 2014

@graubart nice. makes up for having to spell it out to every person you interact with

Oct 31, 2014

@TaylorLorenz @edzitron all the other erin griffiths are younger than me, but they're coming

Oct 31, 2014

@MikeIsaac there is an erin griffith who is also a writer from ohio. but she thinks she is a faerie (her spelling)

Oct 31, 2014

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