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Should Zynga go private?

fortune.com — This spring, Mark Pincus returned to Zynga , the gaming company he founded in 2007, to attempt the near-impossible: a turnaround of a consumer tech company. Pincus, you might remember, was ousted in 2013 after the company's share price cratered from over $14 a share to under $3.

Uber leases cars to UberX drivers

fortune.com — As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced today a new pilot program, called Xchange Leasing, allowing Uber to directly lease cars to its UberX drivers. UberX is the ride-sharing company's cheapest ride service.
Jul 29, 2015

More details on @Uber's new in-house car leasing program (aka Uber is now becoming a real lender!) fortune.com/2015/07/29/ube…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @LeenaRao: More details on @Uber's new in-house car leasing program (aka Uber is now becoming a real lender!) fortune.com/2015/07/29/ube…

Jul 30, 2015

uber is toeing right up to the edge of "drivers have choice therefore they are not employees" line with this thing fortune.com/2015/07/29/ube…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @MikeIsaac: uber is toeing right up to the edge of "drivers have choice therefore they are not employees" line with this thing fortune.com/2015/07/29/ube…

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Max Levchin leaves Yelp

fortune.com — PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is leaving as chairman of Yelp's board, the online reviews company announced after releasing quarterly earnings today. Levchin says he is resigning to focus on his new startup Affirm, which is rethinking the way consumers borrow money, allowing them to obtain a micro-loan at a point of sale transaction instead of using a credit card.

Facebook and PayPal each tried to buy Stripe

fortune.com — Patrick Collison never answers his phone when the caller ID says it's an unknown number. The exercise is always a waste of time: a telemarketer, a wrong number, something. But less than a week before Christmas last year, while he was on vacation in his native Ireland, Collison's phone buzzed, and he felt the unusual urge to tap "answer."

Stripe gets funding from Visa at a $5 billion valuation

fortune.com — Visa has made a big bet on Silicon Valley payments upstart Stripe. Today, the financial services giant said that it had made an investment in Stripe. Founded by brothers Patrick and John Collison, Stripe helps businesses accept nearly all forms of digital payments online.
Jul 28, 2015

Stripe raises cash from Visa, AmEx, Sequoia and KP at a $5B valuation fortune.com/2015/07/28/str…

Jul 28, 2015

Stripe's new funding makes it a $5 billion company for.tn/1fACXaJ

Jul 28, 2015

#ecommerce ~ @Stripe's new funding makes it a $5 billion company. By @LeenaRao via @FortuneMagazine: for.tn/1fACXaJ

Amazon: We're doubling down on India

fortune.com — Amazon has long talked up its future in India, a huge potential market with a fast-growing growing middle class. The online retailing giant has invested heavily in the country to build warehouses and increase its selection there to more than 25 million products. The attention seems to be paying off.

Ginkgo Bioworks is making the next sweetener from yeast

fortune.com — Producing rose oil from yeast sounds like something from a sci-fi novel. After all, everyone knows that rose oil, used in perfume, is squeezed from flower petals, right? But Ginkgo Bioworks, a startup founded by MIT scientists, has developed a technology for using yeast as a source for all sorts of substances.

Mobile gaming company SGN is the latest to get a big funding infusion

fortune.com — As mobile gaming revenues grow, Asian investors are plowing money into U.S. gaming startups. Last year, Kabam raised $120 million from Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba while TapZen (which was recently acquired by Kabam) found an investor in Chinese Internet giant Tencent. SGN, another U.S.

Jet.com launches to take on Costco, Sam's Club and Amazon

fortune.com — After $200 million in funding, and reaching a nine digit valuation, Jet.com, the Amazon e-commerce challenger from Diapers.com founder Marc Lore, has finally opened for business. Jet is hoping to take on brick and mortar warehouse clubs like Sam's Club and Costco while also competing against Amazon's bulk products business.
Jul 21, 2015

Online shopping upstart Jet.com takes off to big hopes (and big skepticism) for.tn/1JcL4X6

Jul 22, 2015

RT @erikbryn: This will be fascinating: Online shopping upstart Jet.com takes off to big hopes (and big skepticism) for.tn/1JcL4X6

PayPal makes big splash on first day of trading after eBay spinoff

fortune.com — In its first official day trading as a public company, PayPal's market value climbed to near $49 billion, eclipsing the market cap of its former parent company eBay. Under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, eBay decided last fall to spin-off PayPal, the digital payments company it acquired more than a decade ago for $1.2 billion.
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Jul 31, 2015

Wow--> "No country has more self-made female billionaires than China." nytimes.com/2015/08/02/bus…

Jul 31, 2015

First byline with the awesome @eringriffith: The case for taking Zynga private fortune.com/2015/07/31/zyn…

Jul 29, 2015

More details on @Uber's new in-house car leasing program (aka Uber is now becoming a real lender!) fortune.com/2015/07/29/ube…

Jul 28, 2015

Twitter earnings report summons the dreaded T-word: “turnaround” fortune.com/2015/07/28/twi… by @eringriffith

Jul 28, 2015

My @FortuneMagazine piece in the August issue on @stripe's funding, the Sony hack, acquisition interest and more. fortune.com/2015/07/28/str…

Jul 28, 2015

Stripe raises cash from Visa, AmEx, Sequoia and KP at a $5B valuation fortune.com/2015/07/28/str…

Jul 27, 2015

Tencent turns venture capitalist to conquer China's digital wallet fortune.com/2015/07/22/ten… by @scendrowski

Jul 26, 2015

An epic read from @nymag : ‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby nymag.com/thecut/2015/07…

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