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Tech Writer, dog-lover, foodie, quirky, wife, mom, married to @suneel.

Facebook Messenger for Business: Do users want to chat with companies?

fortune.com — There are now 600 million people using Facebook's chat application, Messenger, each month. At its F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the social network sought to bring a new member into the conversation: businesses. Messenger is one of several standalone consumer-facing apps in Facebook's portfolio, which now includes Instagram (photo-sharing) and WhatsApp (mobile chat).

Northwestern Mutual acquires LearnVest, the financial planning startup

fortune.com — Betting big on personalized financial planning, financial services company Northwestern Mutual is acquiring startup LearnVest for more than $250 million in cash. Founded by Alexa von Tobel, a Harvard Business School dropout, LearnVest launched in 2009 to help women become more financially savvy. The company eventually broadened its service to include men and women.

Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009

techcrunch.com — The 16 startups from Y Combinator's spring session presented their ideas and initial products at Y Combinator's Silicon Valley office this afternoon. Of the 16 startups in this group, 8 have already launched, 6 are in the process of launching and 2 remain in stealth mode.

With $Cashtag, Square seeks to eliminate checks for businesses

fortune.com — Square has big plans to extend its person-to-person payments product, Square Cash, to small businesses with a goal to rid them of having to accept checks as payment. On Monday, the San Francisco payments startup announced that it will allow contractors and service professionals to accept money through a new product it calls $Cashtag.

Facebook enters P2P payments with Messenger feature

fortune.com — Facebook dipped its toes in the payments world on Tuesday, but don't hold your breath for a PayPal competitor any time soon. After years of speculation that the social network would enter the space, Facebook announced a new feature that would allow users to send payments to friends using its popular messaging app.

Google's Eric Schmidt: Apple and Google are the top tech companies right now

fortune.com — Who are the top tech companies right now? Apple and Google, in that order, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking to a packed crowd at the SXSW conference today in Austin. In a broader conversation focused on innovation with biographer Walter Isaacson, and US Chief Technology Officer and former Google exec Megan Smith, Schmidt explained that Google and Apple have very different models for innovation.

Back In The Game

medium.com — News from me-I'm joining Fortune Magazine as a Senior Writer based in San Francisco. Thanks to the amazing team at Google Ventures. I have learned a ton, met incredible people and learned what being "Googley" actually means. Yet, I realized I really missed the Game. The Game is the playing field for writers.

New Startups, Apps From The Crunchies Tech Awards

refinery29.com — Last week, techies gathered at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall to fete what is basically the Oscars of tech: The Crunchies. Now in its eighth year, the event praises the best and brightest stars and start-ups of Silicon Valley. Like most awards shows, it came with its fair share of

Preschool Essays

medium.com — Dear Sammy, We started applying to preschool when you were barely walking and we kept encountering the question of "tell us a little bit about your family and child." Daddy and I talked about this a lot, sometimes over a few glasses of wine, and we had different answers for different stages of your life, and our lives.

New Year Resolutions Apps

refinery29.com — We've downed Champagne, stolen midnight kisses, danced our asses off, and had the hangover of the century. Now, it's time to really get started on those New Year goals. But, if you've gotten off to a slow start, don't worry - you still have a chance.
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Mar 27, 2015

RT @NellieBowles: Big smiles, much hugging and a lot of back slapping among team Kleiner Perkins as they've all but won

Mar 27, 2015

RT @FortuneMagazine: Breaking: Jury finds that Kleiner Perkins did not discriminate against Ellen Pao

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RT @ellenhuet: There was a serious gasp in the courtroom after first "no." Now we've had several. #ellenpao

Mar 26, 2015

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