Author Archives: Daniel Roberts
  • Can IPO-bound Zoosk be the Netflix for online dating?

    Zoosk, an independent online dating service that filed for IPO this week, seeks to cover all the bases with its wide array of features. For users, that may be a bit too much.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- The online-dating business is still a small industry -- tiny, by most standards. But the news this week that Zoosk, one of the bigger companies in the space, plans to go public might MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 10:29 AM ET
  • Major League Baseball brings new tech to the plate

    How MLB aims to maintain its lead in the crowded sports-analytics field.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- Stats junkies, rejoice: The sport that brought you the Moneyball craze and outfitted all its stadiums with a sophisticated service to track and digitally record live pitches is now deploying even more technology aimed at collecting and analyzing players' every move.

    MLB Advanced Media, the tech outfit owned by baseball's 30 clubs, is rolling out MORE

    - Apr 10, 2014 6:46 AM ET
  • Bell tries on custom-fit helmet tech

    The bicycle and motorcycle helmet-maker is rolling out a way for you to buy (safer, cheaper) protection tailored to the specific shape of your noggin.

    By Daniel Roberts

    FORTUNE -- Google Glass. The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Interaxon Muse headband. The head has been a popular place for technology in recent years, but there hasn't exactly been a raft of innovations in the lowly helmet industry -- be it for MORE

    Apr 8, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • HowAboutWe buys

    Exclusive: The company is launching an entire network of content sites based around dating and love -- an effort to challenge much bigger properties and be more than a dating site.

    FORTUNE -- Your go-to Friday night date routine may not be as unique as you thought. In fact, Brian Schechter and Aaron Schildkrout, co-founders of the dating website HowAboutWe, say they're looking specifically to solve the "Netflix-and-Chinese-takeout-every-Friday-night problem."

    That's why they MORE

    - Jan 29, 2014 12:01 AM ET
  • Exclusive: LearnVest hires Netflix data scientist

    The financial planning site is growing fast, and has a lot of data to show for it. A newly hired data whiz from Netflix will take on the challenge.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- You may not have heard of LearnVest yet, but your financial planner likely has.

    The startup that Alexa von Tobel launched in 2009, initially as a budget-help website directed at women, has pivoted slightly in its time. MORE

    - Dec 17, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • To woo fans, NBA ups its stat game

    The NBA unveiled a new statistics and video page so detailed that it will only interest hardcore fans. So, why invest in such flashy tech? Because it's the future.

    FORTUNE -- Just before Thanksgiving, executives from the enterprise technology company SAP (SAP) and the National Basketball Association stood in a suite at Madison Square Garden and excitedly told members of the media about the league's new technology offering for fans.

    The product MORE

    - Dec 11, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Taking down Ticketmaster

    Want to challenge the companies that dominate the online ticket sales business? Get in line. A new generation of upstarts is using tech and trust to upend the status quo.

    FORTUNE -- It was 1995, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was addressing the crowd at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Speaking of feisty, some smartass who arranged the tables put our table right next to Ticketmaster's table over here," MORE

    - Nov 26, 2013 3:44 PM ET
  • Yelp's fake review problem

    A New York sting operation caught businesses paying for positive ratings on recommendation websites. What's Yelp's response?

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- On Monday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the conclusion of "Operation Clean Turf," a yearlong sting that caught 19 different companies, most of them SEO (search engine optimization) or reputation management firms for hire, that were writing fake reviews for small businesses that paid them. MORE

    Sep 26, 2013 11:05 AM ET
  • The nerd king of online dating

    Sam Yagan is the cofounder of OKCupid and CEO of Match Inc. Meet the 40 Under 40 lister who wants to hook you up in new ways.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- Sam Yagan, cofounder of OkCupid, never needed the services of the successful online dating website he and his friends created.

    Yagan is married to his high school sweetheart; they were already engaged when he launched OkCupid in 2004. And MORE

    - Sep 25, 2013 12:18 PM ET
  • Gates' bid to reinvent the bicycle

    The Gates Corp carbon belt is clean and green compared to classic, greasy bike chains. So, why is it still relatively unknown?

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- "The chain is probably the only element of the bicycle that hasn't changed in 150 years," says Todd Sellden. Sellden is an engineer who has been with industrial giant Gates Corporation for 25 years and is now director of Carbon Drive Systems, which produces MORE

    Jul 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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