Author Archives: Chanelle Bessette
  • 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
  • 10 Questions: Joe Ariel, founder and CEO, Goldbely

    On empowering small business owners, combining passion and a skill set, and why he feeds people constantly.

    FORTUNE -- Joe Ariel is a New York City transplant who opened up shop in San Francisco with his startup Goldbely. The idea is simple: a food delivery service.

    That's not new, of course. But the company distinguishes itself by finding locally sourced gourmet foods from around the country and delivering them to a person's doorstep. MORE

    - Mar 13, 2014 12:11 PM ET
  • 10 Questions: Mike Lee, founder and CEO, MyFitnessPal

    On personalizing data, making it easier to be healthy, and the best way to learn entrepreneurship.

    FORTUNE -- When Mike Lee decided he wanted to get in shape for his beach wedding, he turned to a trainer for guidance. After telling Lee that he would have to count calories to lose weight, his trainer handed him a thick, heavy book that listed only 3,000 foods and their nutritional value.

    As a self-identifying MORE

    - Mar 11, 2014 9:41 AM ET
  • 10 Questions: Neil Capel, CEO and co-founder, Sailthru

    On why computer keyboards are outdated, how to instill work-life balance in a company, and his tendency to jump off of things.

    FORTUNE -- Growing up in England, Neil Capel spent a lot of time working in his father's greengrocer shop. His father knew all of the shop's regular customers and always strived to give them a pleasant experience. Working with his dad showed Capel the power of brand loyalty, and MORE

    - Mar 6, 2014 10:21 AM ET
  • 10 Questions: Jason Baptiste, founder and CMO, Onswipe

    On writing, mobile technologies, and why he runs a 5K every day.

    FORTUNE -- Jason Baptiste -- the 28-year-old founder and chief marketing officer of mobile publishing company Onswipe -- has always had a great eye for design. As a student at the University of Miami, he started a software company with the goal to make spreadsheets more enjoyable. When he turned 21, he dropped out of school and moved to MORE

    - Mar 4, 2014 12:31 PM ET
  • In Silicon Valley, a conference for female founders

    A gathering of hundreds of women in Mountain View demonstrated that being female in the technology industry should be celebrated, not excused.

    FORTUNE -- It's no secret that Silicon Valley has long been a boy's club. But with more women seeking careers in STEM -- that's science, technology, engineering, and math -- fields, a support system has emerged for female entrepreneurs.

    That network was on display on Saturday when the startup accelerator Y MORE

    - Mar 3, 2014 11:04 AM ET
  • Meet the designer behind the Fitbit

    His name is Gadi Amit, he's from Israel, and he has designed some of tech's most popular toys. We drop by his HQ in San Francisco to peek at his latest ideas.

    FORTUNE -- Gadi Amit has the bearing of an artist, but his salt-and-pepper beard, denim button-down shirt, slim-fit gray slacks, and work-boot-inspired footwear all recall the uniform of a manufacturer -- with a little Bay Area flair, of course.

    On MORE

    - Feb 28, 2014 9:51 AM ET
  • 10 Questions: Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, General Assembly

    On aspirations of space travel, putting human relations in high regard, and learning not to chicken out on a good opportunity.

    FORTUNE -- Jake Schwartz grew up in Oregon, and had an early love of music. Switching from violin to fiddle to guitar, he found that music developed his thinking and communication styles, a tool which came in handy later as CEO of General Assembly, the company behind the learning facilities MORE

    - Feb 27, 2014 1:30 PM ET
  • 10 Questions: Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel, TripAdvisor

    On working on her master's thesis, traveling the world, and helping people make sustainable choices.

    FORTUNE -- Originally from the U.K., Jenny Rushmore grew up in a globe-trotting family. Though passionate about travel -- at 33, she has lived in nine different countries -- she has also made it her mission to help people live more sustainable lives. Previously, Rushmore led sustainability strategy and communications for Procter & Gamble (PG), a position MORE

    - Feb 25, 2014 9:03 AM ET
  • 10 Questions: Ben Jacobs, CEO and co-founder, Whistle

    On wearable technology, alternative education and mastering the downward dog pose.

    FORTUNE -- Ben Jacobs, 27, grew up in Los Angeles in a family that loved dogs. When he was younger, his German shepherd, Bear, died suddenly at just five years old. The loss that stuck with him, motivating him as an adult to launch the pet health startup Whistle.

    It wasn't originally in the plan. Jacobs holds two degrees from Yale University, MORE

    - Feb 19, 2014 8:00 AM ET
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