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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

9 startup ideas that were ahead of their time — Venture investors are fond of their truisms, to the point that the startup world is riddled with clichés. But few cut deeper than the one about timing: "The only thing worse than being wrong is being early." It's impossible to count the number of startups which failed because the world wasn't ready for them yet.

When office gossip helps the bottom line — If corporations have learned any thing in the era of social media, it's that they can't stop workers from tweeting, Facebooking, and Instagramming about their jobs. The web has even carved out special places for employees to trade office gossip without -repercussions.

The battle lines are drawn: Meerkat vs. Periscope pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley — Sometime around 4:00 this morning, the livestreaming wars officially began. Meerkat, the viral app that's captured Silicon Valley's excitement for the past three weeks, announced its latest funding round. Minutes later, in a move that was certainly not an accident, Twitter announced its own livestreaming app, Periscope, had launched.

Meerkat raises money from all of Hollywood — Livestreaming app Meerkat has raised a round of funding led by Greylock Partners, the company said. The amount and valuation were not disclosed. Given Meerkat's recent popularity, the company likely had its pick of investors. The ones it chose show Meerkat wants close ties to Hollywood.

Facebook looking to host news content — In the coming months, Facebook will begin a test run of hosting content from news organizations including the New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic within its site, the New York Times reports. This would be a change from the current way articles spread across Facebook: via links to the news organizations' own websites.

Twitter, Foursquare partner on location data for tweets — Twitter on Monday announced that it has partnered with Foursquare, a startup focused on local business recommendations, to allow users to include their location in Tweets. Rather than a simple geographic location-e.g. "New York"-Foursquare's data, which gathers information on venues from billions of user-generated check-ins, is more specific and contextual, e.g.

Counterpoint: Groupon is not a success — Earlier this year, my esteemed colleague Dan Primack argued that Groupon , the daily deals company which is largely viewed as a failure, should not be viewed as such. It was a great contrarian argument, except that it was wrong. Dan's argument boiled down to the following points, which I'll address in order: 1.)

Goldman Sachs does SXSW — I have no idea why Goldman Sachs invited me to their first ever South by Southwest party, held on a rooftop. As it turned out, neither did most of the attendees I spoke with.

At SXSW, the Lyft and Uber rivalry rolls on — The local cab system in Austin, Texas, can't support the flood of people in town during the annual South by Southwest festival. The city's old-fashioned solution-pedicabs-does little for those staying at far-flung hotels and Airbnb rentals. Transportation has always been a problem during SXSW.

What you missed at SXSW this year — Nothing. Just kidding-you actually missed everything. This is the essential tension of the festival. Even if you were here, you likely missed everything. With more than 30,000 attendees, a 241-page book's worth of panels, thousands of parties, dozens of pitch contests and too many "brand activations" to count, it is impossible, even for the most intrepid RSVP-er, to experience even 1% of SXSW Interactive.
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