Author Archives: Chanelle Bessette
  • 10 Questions: Vikas Gupta, co-founder and CEO, Play-i

    On teaching children how to program, being comfortable with uncertainty, and the challenges of growth.

    FORTUNE -- Vikas Gupta is an entrepreneur with a dream to help young children build a foundation in computer programming. That's why Gupta co-founded Play-i, which has developed two toy robots that children can control with tablets and smartphones by putting together simple lines of code.

    Gupta's inspiration for Play-i came two years ago when he was taking time MORE

    - Apr 16, 2014 2:32 PM ET
  • Yahoo reports modest earnings, but Alibaba shines

    Yahoo's quarterly revenues fail to impress, but Alibaba growth rides in as a dark horse.

    FORTUNE -- Yahoo (YHOO) slightly edged out Wall Street expectations on Tuesday after it posted 2014 first-quarter earnings of 38 cents per share on revenue of $1.087 billion, a tiny increase from the same period a year ago.

    Analysts were looking for earnings of 37 cents per share on revenue of $1.08 billion. Shares were up 6% in after-hours trading.

    A big MORE

    - Apr 16, 2014 7:15 AM ET
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  • 10 Questions: Nico Sell, co-founder and CEO, Wickr

    On top-secret messaging, competing against viral growth apps, and protecting one's identity.

    FORTUNE -- Nico Sell takes security more seriously than most. She is the co-founder and CEO of a mobile application called Wickr, which claims to be a "self-destructing, secure, private, anonymous" means of messaging text, images, and audio between people.

    The app encrypts data from start to finish, so any messages that are shared through Wickr are never saved anywhere permanently and MORE

    - Apr 10, 2014 10:45 AM ET
  • 10 Questions: Jon Crawford, founder and CEO, Storenvy

    On removing middlemen, playing by his own rules, and loving things that are so bad they're good.

    FORTUNE -- When Oklahoma-born Jon Crawford went to the University of Kansas for college, he couldn't settle on what he wanted to study. He churned through seven possible majors -- including studies in film, law, music therapy, computer science, and journalism -- before winding up with a business degree in marketing. (And none of MORE

    - Apr 8, 2014 9:40 AM ET
  • What's the difference between Whisper and Secret?

    Anonymity is all the rage for mobile applications. Here are two of the hottest -- and what makes them different.

    FORTUNE -- Mobile applications that emphasize anonymous sharing are increasing in popularity, but two reign supreme: Whisper and Secret.

    The former is the more established; the latter is the buzzy up-and-comer. But their appeal is essentially the same: Without revealing their identity, people can quickly post brief messages -- personal thoughts, secrets, questions -- to other people, who also remain MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • 10 Questions: Pau Sabria, co-founder, Olapic

    On e-commerce, preparing for the challenges of entrepreneurship, and the importance of happiness.

    FORTUNE -- New York-based Pau Sabria arrived in the United States by way of Barcelona, Spain. As a teenager, he knew he wanted to study something technical. He loved math, physics, and computers but hated chemistry, so he decided to study what he calls "super-sexy electrical engineering."

    He received an undergraduate degree from the School of Telecommunications Engineering of Barcelona, and after MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 9:17 AM ET
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  • 10 Questions: Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO, Chegg

    On being authentic, the challenges of disruption, and his obsession with The Boss.

    FORTUNE -- Dan Rosensweig believes in the American Dream. After earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he worked his way up from a job selling computer magazines to becoming a major player in the Internet boom. (How's this for a résumé: He has been the president of CNET Networks, the chief operating officer MORE

    - Apr 1, 2014 10:07 AM ET
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  • 10 Questions: Barbara Nelson, VP and GM, Imation Mobile Security

    On the future of mobile computing, her philosophy of simplicity, and the time her company's product showed up in a thriller novel.

    FORTUNE -- At an early age, change was normal for Barbara Nelson. The daughter of a West Point graduate, Nelson is an army brat who was born in Tokyo and spent much of her early life living in different places. In school, she discovered a love of mathematics, and eventually enrolled in Stanford University, where MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 3:28 PM ET
  • 10 Questions: Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Hightail

    On embracing risk, the challenges of the cloud computing market, and his Kansas Jayhawks obsession.

    FORTUNE -- Brad Garlinghouse grew up in the American Midwest -- Kansas, to be exact. His interest in technology first began when his dad brought home a TRS 80 computer. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Kansas, he went on to earn his MBA from the Harvard School of Business and eventually MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 5:56 PM ET
  • 10 Questions: Gus Hunt, advisor, Artis Ventures

    On making information "egalitarian," continuously learning, and parallel reading.

    FORTUNE -- Gus Hunt -- who, as of February, has taken on an advisory role at the San Francisco-based venture capital firm Artis Ventures -- recently retired from his position as the chief technology officer of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

    In the 28 years that he spent at the CIA, Hunt made it his mission to bring the government up to speed MORE

    - Mar 20, 2014 7:57 AM ET
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