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Erin Griffith

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
Doesn't Cover: advertising case studies, ad campaigns, news our competitors have already covered

I'm a tech writer at Fortune. | My newsletter is Erin Griffith's Tribute to the Heroes of Business:

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

Blue Apron's Meal-Kit Machine — Matt Salzberg launched Blue Apron in 2014 thinking he'd take a novel idea, fuel it with venture capital and some Harvard Business School expertise, and run a nice, healthy startup. He didn't quite anticipate his meal kit delivery business would blow through its six-year revenue projection in two years.

The Turnaround That Wasn't — This was supposed to be the year Twitter got its act together. Instead, it's looking like the year Twitter throws in the towel. The social media company entered 2016 in crisis mode. It was struggled to attract new users, its strategy was muddled, it had lost the faith of investors.

The Startup Founders Behind Cruise Automation, GM’s Driverless Cars — In 2013, when Cruise Automation launched, self-driving cars felt like a sci-fi research project. "People told me, 'You're crazy. You're an idiot. It will take 10 years and $100 million,' " CEO Kyle Vogt says. So he devised a system to retrofit any car with partial autonomy (similar to Tesla's Autopilot today), with a plan to sell $10,000 kits.

More Startups Sold for $1 Billion Than Became Unicorns This Quarter — The narrative of the technology industry's "unicorn" startups-those that have raised money at valuations above $1 billion-can be easily told in Fortune cover stories. In January 2015, they arrived: We dubbed it the " Age of Unicorns." Then things got crazier.

Can Google’s New Messaging App Compete With Facebook and WhatsApp? — Google should have won the mobile messaging wars. It had a huge head start. Through Gmail, its billion-user email service, it had the perfect way in: Google Chat, or Gchat, the email platform's built-in instant messaging service. But when it came time to translating Gchat's success to smartphones, Google fell short.

When Google's Moonshots Fall Back to Earth — ?A Boom with a View? is a column about startups and the technology industry, written by Erin Griffith. Find them all here: A lphabet is in a pretty cushy place these days: Its revenue is growing, it has $78 billion in cash, and its $500 billion-plus market cap ranks among the top five of all publicly traded companies.

Data Sheet-Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — Life is a series of launch parties when you write about early stage startups every day. Between 2012 and 2014, I profiled 488 of them-from 10gen and 10sheet to Zynga and Zypsee. Conventional wisdom says 80% to 90% of those ventures were doomed to fail.

Watch: 488 Startups in 90 Seconds

Anonymous Messaging App Whisper Raising New Funds — Whisper, an anonymous messaging startup based in Los Angeles, is raising a new round of venture capital funding, according to sources familiar with the situation. The company has discussed fundraising with strategic investors that include advertising conglomerate WPP, Time Inc. (the parent company for Fortune), and Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing.

Data Sheet-Tuesday, September 13, 2016 — A few weeks ago, a disturbing article by Kashmir Hill at digital media site Fusion prompted me to remove my phone number from my Facebook account. The article describes the way Facebook may be using your phone's address book to recommend new friends to other users.
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Sep 26, 2016

or maybe someone at the onion is trying to send me a passive aggressive message to respond to their email?

Sep 23, 2016

RT @dissentingj: Reading polls re Clinton are revealing; she wins on all substantive measures, but people have "doubts." This is how job discrimination works

Sep 23, 2016

@CaballoBobbo a writer for the verge was simultaneously working for Apple for a month

Sep 23, 2016

🔥🔥🔥 tech news slack rooms everywhere 🔥🔥🔥

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