Author Archives: Dan Primack
  • Zynga's Pincus on mobile, gambling and over-paying

    Mobile is key to gaming company's future.

    FORTUNE -- Zynga CEO Mark Pincus understands that investors want his company to improve its mobile revenue generation, but he thinks the pieces are in place for success.

    Pincus, appearing at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, says that Zynga (ZNGA) games initially thrived on social networks like Facebook (FB), because "that's where people were hanging out." Now that so many consumers are spending more time MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 1:41 PM ET
  • The private-public tech valuation gap

    FORTUNE -- Why are so many private tech companies trading at higher multiples than public tech companies?

    That was the key question addressed during a finance panel today at Fortune Brainstorm Tech, in the wake of disappointing post-IPO performance for companies like Facebook (FB), Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA).

    Egon Durban of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners argued that public market investors used to pay a premium for growth potential, whereas MORE

    - Jul 17, 2012 1:03 PM ET
  • Can Google beat the iPad?

    FORTUNE -- Google's Android already has surpassed Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in terms of market share. Now it wants to do the same thing in tablets, but is still facing very serious skepticism.

    During a breakfast panel today at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, Google (GOOG) executive Henrique De Castro tried making the case that Android's open architecture will be the key differentiator that helps it topple iPad's dominance.

    "The reality is that MORE

    - Jul 17, 2012 10:35 AM ET
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  • Andreessen: America's consumer electronics comeback

    Marc Andresseen opened the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, CO.

    FORTUNE -- Could America be on the verge of a consumer electronics renaissance?

    That's the "radical" belief of venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who was interviewed today by Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech event in Aspen.

    His basic argument is that almost all smartphone software is developed in the U.S., and that the product profits are realized domestically.

    "I MORE

    - Jul 16, 2012 6:07 PM ET
  • Marc Andreessen on Yahoo's new CEO

    "Very exciting for the Valley."

    FORTUNE -- Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen believes that Marissa Mayer is a smart choice to run Yahoo Inc. (YHOO), according to comments made today during Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen.

    He said that while he is a big fan of Yahoo interim CEO Ross Levinsohn-- who many believed would get the fulltime job -- the selection of Mayer indicates that Yahoo wants to be a product-centic company, MORE

    - Jul 16, 2012 5:21 PM ET
  • Skype CEO checked his list

    For Tony Bates, joining Skype was a "no brainer."

    By Dan Primack, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- Every year, Tony Bates and his wife make a list of future goals. In 2007, Bates was a 40-year-old Cisco (CSCO) executive who wrote down that he wanted to become a CEO by the age of 45. He then listed four companies -- all consumer-focused, despite his enterprise pedigree -- that he hoped would offer him MORE

    - Jul 21, 2011 2:03 PM ET
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  • Quattrone: 'LinkedIn is the Netscape of its era'

    Silicon Valley's banker doesn't think it's a bubble. Yet.

    By Dan Primack, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- When Frank Quattrone was a student at Stanford Business School, a classroom speech by fellow 25 year-old Steve Jobs sparked an interest in Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Quattrone would go on to virtually underwrite the initial Internet boom, helping bring public companies like Amazon (AMZN) and Netscape. Today he advises tech companies MORE

    - Jul 20, 2011 7:23 PM ET
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  • LivingSocial: Don't call it a deals business

    There is more to LivingSocial than meets the eye, according to its CEO.

    By Dan Primack, senior editor

    To many consumers, LivingSocial is Groupon with better writing. Interchangeable, and possibly disposable if someone begins offering deeper discounts for more attractive merchants.

    To LivingSocial, however, a lot of people are missing the deeper point.

    "If you view this as a daily deals business, you've probably lost already," said company CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy, during a panel discussions MORE

    - Jul 20, 2011 2:53 PM ET
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About This Author
Dan Primack
Dan Primack
Senior Editor, Fortune

Dan Primack joined in September 2010 to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Previously, Dan was an editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both and the peHUB Wire email service. In a past journalistic life, Dan ran a community paper in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He currently lives just outside of Boston.

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