Author Archives: Beth Kowitt, Writer
  • With digital ordering, Panera makes a big bet on tech

    Can the "fast casual" restaurant chain get faster? A new, multimillion-dollar ordering system dubbed "Panera 2.0" aims to up the volume.

    FORTUNE -- Four years ago, Ron Shaich, the CEO of fast-casual dining chain Panera, would drive his son to school and on the way pick up his breakfast and lunch at -- you guessed it -- Panera. Shaich was usually running late, so he'd call 10 minutes out from his local MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 12:40 PM ET
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  • Why Coca-Cola invested in Keurig

    A billion-dollar stake? Believe it. We get the details from Green Mountain CEO (and former Coca-Cola executive) Brian Kelley.

    FORTUNE -- Eyes rolled when Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), best known for its single-serve pod Keurig brewing machine, first announced at its September investor day that it was building a system for cold beverages.

    What was the Vermont-based company doing, thinking it could expand into sodas, juices, flavored waters and the like? MORE

    - Feb 6, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • Warby Parker raises $60 million

    Exclusive: The fashionable eyeglasses purveyor more than doubles its total investment.

    FORTUNE -- Warby Parker has raised $60 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, led by its biggest investor, Tiger Global Management. The amount tops the $55 million that the trendy eyewear maker scored in its three previous rounds combined.

    Other existing investors also re-upped, including General Catalyst Partners (which led its Series B round), Spark Capital, Thrive Capital, MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Startup siblings become accidental entrepreneurs

    Beth Kowitt took a break from her day job as a writer at Fortune to profile Arlyn and Eric Davich, siblings who both work in the New York City startup scene, for Bowdoin Magazine, Bowdoin College's alumni publication. The Davich siblings and Kowitt are all graduates of the Brunswick, Maine-based liberal arts school. The following is the entirety of the story from Bowdoin Magazine's Fall 2013 issue.

    Fortune managing editor (and MORE

    - Dec 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Life in a shipping container

    It may be the ultimate recycling project: taking retired shipping containers and repurposing them as buildings. SG Blocks thinks it can make the proposition into big business.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- It may be the ultimate recycling project: taking retired shipping containers and repurposing them as buildings. It's not uncommon to see these makeshift structures informally in use around ports or construction sites, but now Paul Galvin is trying to MORE

    Nov 10, 2011 3:28 PM ET
  • How Android came to dominate

    Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy Motorola Mobility is likely to reshape the mobile industry. But a deal would have been unimaginable without the surging Android platform.

    FORTUNE -- Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of handset maker Motorola Mobility is a bid to protect itself from litigious competitors as well as to dramatically move its mobile business forward. But the search titan's biggest acquisition ever wouldn't even be imaginable if it MORE

    - Aug 16, 2011 11:12 AM ET
  • 100 million Android fans can't be wrong

    The inside story of how Google conquered the smartphone world.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- When Google (GOOG) acquired a tiny wireless startup called Android in 2005, few at the search giant had particularly high hopes for the deal -- if they even knew about it. At that point Google had purchased just a handful of companies, mostly software makers it had quietly folded into its operations. (Big, high-profile deals like YouTube and DoubleClick came later.) Besides, not many people knew exactly what MORE

    Jun 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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  • Crowley: Foursquare funded through 2011

    The founder of Dodgeball and Foursquare talks about funding, falling out with Google, and whether he'd partner up with Facebook or Yahoo.

    Foursquare is Dennis Crowley's second go-around at a location-driven social networking service, and this time he's determined to make sure he gets to see it through.

    Crowley sold his first company, Dodgeball, to Google (GOOG) but then had the frustrating experience of still having all these things he wanted to MORE

    - Dec 7, 2010 2:32 PM ET
  • The Honeycomb effect

    Android users have been waiting for the just released Gingerbread upgrade. But yesterday Andy Rubin leapfrogged them by demoing next-gen OS Honeycomb, and chatting about the time Google bit off more than it could chew.

    The latest version of the Android operating system, Gingerbread, is barely out of the oven but Andy Rubin, who heads up Android for Google (GOOG), couldn't resist giving the audience at the D: Dive into Mobile MORE

    - Dec 7, 2010 1:14 PM ET
  • Why it doesn't McMatter if you don't like the McRib

    The cult favorite sandwich, hovering on the border between yum and yuck, won't mean much to McDonald's bottom line. But it's moving the needle on the company's brand awareness, especially in social media.

    Wondering what a McRib, McDonald's barbecue pork sandwich, tastes like, but haven't quite worked up the steam to go out and try one? Just ask the Internet:

    "It's fast food's best version of comfort food." "I'll take an order MORE

    - Nov 17, 2010 11:51 AM ET
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