• Nadella: Microsoft needs a 'data culture'

    In anticipation of walking the walk, Satya Nadella has begun talking the talk.

    FORTUNE -- Microsoft's (MSFT) neophyte CEO Satya Nadella held an event in San Francisco Tuesday, his third public appearance in three weeks. Unlike his last outing, to unveil Microsoft's Office app for the iPad, the daylong affair didn't get much attention, most likely because it was focused on enterprise software.

    It's true that Nadella didn't say much that was MORE

    - Apr 17, 2014 9:30 AM ET
  • In conversation with: Sebastian Thrun, CEO, Udacity

    On why higher education is expensive, the importance of the English language, and his designs to go global.

    FORTUNE -- Sebastian Thrun wears many hats: Stanford professor. Google robotics tinkerer. And now, chief executive of online learning pioneer Udacity.

    The venture capital-backed company in Silicon Valley had a rough start trying to work with San Jose State University, a failed experiment that looked somewhat like higher education organ rejection. It has re-tooled MORE

    - Apr 10, 2014 10:24 AM ET
  • Is Silicon Valley ageist?

    Popular consensus is yes, but I'm not convinced.

    FORTUNE -- It's a question this 47-year-old found himself pondering even before reading Noam Scheiber's delightfully well-written cover story in The New Republic. Scheiber finds an early-middle-aged entrepreneur from Boston, Nick Stamos, who had enjoyed modest success during his technology career but was unable to get Silicon Valley venture capitalists to back him. He concluded that the Sand Hill Road VCs are age-obsessed.

    I'm MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 12:36 PM ET
  • How to fabricate a 'sustainable persona' in business

    A new book from Stanley Bing offers a completely make-believe set of rules on how to conduct oneself in business, with some very practical advice.

    FORTUNE -- "I don't think business journalism should be serious," says Stanley Bing, perhaps the least serious business journalist I know, as we settle into our comfy chairs recently at a fancy San Francisco dining club over a late-afternoon drink.

    Bing, the Fortune columnist, humorist, author, and alter-ego MORE

    - Mar 31, 2014 10:17 AM ET
  • Dispatch from TED: NSA responds to Edward Snowden

    In the last stretch of the ideas conference, presenters find creativity, explain ant colonies, and react to the NSA's defense of its intelligence program.

    FORTUNE -- An experienced "TEDster," the cloying way repeat attendees of the TED conference refer to themselves, suggested to me that the best way to creative a narrative of the conference is to write down one thing from each session and see what emerges. In my judgment, MORE

    - Mar 21, 2014 12:16 PM ET
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  • An ex-Cisco exec reflects

    In conversation with Jayshree Ullal, CEO of Arista Networks.

    FORTUNE -- Jayshree Ullal made her career at networking leader Cisco Systems, before leaving in 2008 and shortly after that joining a new company started by Andy Bechtolsheim, a founder of Sun, and several others. In a recent interview, she discussed what she learned at Cisco—and how her new company, Arista Networks, competes against it. Below, her words as told to Fortune's MORE

    - Mar 20, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • Dispatch from TED: Larry Page on Google's 'moon shots'

    The science of prosthetics, microbial manipulation and Google CEO Larry Page.

    FORTUNE -- Conferences are like live theater. With the human element, nothing's perfect, not even at TED, the eclectic conference taking place this week in Vancouver, British Columbia. But then magic happens, which reminds you why live events of any kind are special, worth the effort of attending, and impossible to commoditize.

    Such a magical moment happened Wednesday at TED during MORE

    - Mar 20, 2014 7:19 AM ET
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  • Dispatch from TED: Edward Snowden makes his case

    The former National Security Agency contractor leaves TED's audience divided. Plus, technology design, architectural ideas and more.

    FORTUNE -- TED, which stands for 'technology, entertainment and design," is almost impossible to characterize beyond that ridiculously broad rubric. Best known for its slick, 18-minute "talks," some of the best speakers on Tuesday read from their typewritten texts. Most of its highly accomplished speakers wear sneakers despite being on one of the world's MORE

    - Mar 19, 2014 7:37 AM ET
  • Dispatch from TED: Ingesting information and sampling celebrity

    Not only is TED not a business conference, it's something of a non-business conference attended by a ton of businesspeople.

    I'm attending my first TED this week, a spectacle to behold even for a hardened conference-goer like me. In its 30th year, TED has convened its main conference in Vancouver for the first time. The sun was shining on the harbor as attendees filed into the convention center Monday afternoon. It MORE

    - Mar 18, 2014 12:08 PM ET
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  • Could Pivotal be EMC's next big hit?

    Revenue, talent, market demand: EMC's latest software offshoot looks a lot like VMware did in 2004. Will lightning strike twice?

    FORTUNE -- A decade ago, the storage computer maker EMC (EMC) completed one of the most successful acquisitions in tech-company history. It bought VMware (VMW), a leader in a type of software that makes server computers more efficient, for $625 million. Today, EMC's nearly 80% stake in VMware is worth about $35 MORE

    - Mar 14, 2014 3:00 PM ET
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Adam Lashinsky
Adam Lashinsky
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune

Adam Lashinsky is a San Francisco-based editor-at-large for FORTUNE, covering Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Lashinsky joined FORTUNE in 2001, after two years as a contributing columnist. Prior to joining FORTUNE, Lashinsky covered Silicon Valley for TheStreet.com and The San Jose Mercury News. A Chicago native, Lashinsky holds a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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