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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

Will Comcast go on a post-Time Warner Cable buying spree? — Comcast recently held acquisition talks with digital publisher Vox Media, Fortune has learned. The potential deal fizzled out within the last month. One trouble spot? Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable . For the past year, Comcast has been wary of acquisitions while the Department of Justice scrutinized its mega-buyout for antitrust concerns, putting the tech giant on the M&A sidelines.

Classpass in talks to acquire Fitmob — Classpass, a fitness class marketplace that recently raised $40 million in venture funding at a $200 million valuation, is in discussions to acquire Fitmob, a competing startup based in San Francisco, according to sources familiar with the situation. The value of the mostly stock deal could not be determined.

Facebook video: Big on growth, little on details — A year ago, Facebook was not a destination for video content. Now, the social media company sees four billion video streams each day, as it noted in its first quarter earnings call today. Almost overnight, Facebook became a video juggernaut. And three quarters of those views occur on mobile.

Marissa Mayer may sell Yahoo Japan — It was a softball question-the easiest one she was asked. "In three to five years, where do you see Yahoo's revenue coming from?" CEO Marissa Mayer had already fielded 30 minutes of repetitive, nit-picky questions from analysts, none of whom even bothered with the kiss-up statements of congratulations that usually accompany a quarterly earnings call.

Poshmark, a mobile clothing marketplace, raises $25 million — There are no shortage of places for women to sell their used clothing online. For awhile, it felt like a new secondhand marketplace launched every week. But over the last year, the field narrowed. The remaining players either focus on exclusively on high-end luxury consignment, like The RealReal, or on building thriving secondhand communities.

Oscar, a health insurance startup, raises billion-dollar funding round — Oscar, a New York heath insurance startup, has raised a large new round of funding that values it at $1.5 billion. Led by Founders Fund, the investment firm run by Peter Thiel, as well as Horizon Ventures, Wellington Management Company and Goldman Sachs, the round brings $145 million in new capital to Oscar.

Inside a startup accelerator demo day: Techstars New York — Demo days from startup accelerators tend to have a formula. One by one, the CEO of each "accelerated" startup runs onstage to thumping music-or in the case of one CEO at the Techstars NYC Demo Day on Friday, the theme song from The Lion King -to enthusiastically deliver a PowerPoint pitch to a dark theater packed with investors, press, and hangers-on.

"One-on-One" fundraising deals are hot in Silicon Valley — There's a new term cropping up in startup pitch meetings: "One-on-one." It means the company is seeking to raise $100 million at a valuation of $1 billion. Startups are asking for it in deal talks, and investors contacted by Fortune are scratching their heads.

Etsy prices shares at top of range for IPO — Etsy has priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, a price that values the online marketplace at $1.78 billion. The price is the top end of the company's proposed range. The company, known for selling handcrafted and vintage goods and apparel, will begin trading shares on Nasdaq tomorrow morning with the ticker symbol "ETSY."

Exclusive: Purch is raising venture funding — Purch, a network of websites about technology, is raising a new round of funding worth $50 million to $60 million, according to sources familiar with the situation. The round would include a mix of secondary and primary stock. The sources put the valuation in the range of $175 million and $250 million.
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Apr 24, 2015

@alexrkonrad @FortuneMagazine I mean. no one really wins the game of beating companies to their press releases

Apr 24, 2015

@Popehat @markhlyon lol. I would guess a deal would come from NBC to put in a layer of separation

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