Domo's founder survived a near-death experience and signed a deal led by TPG in the same week.
FORTUNE -- Today, enterprise software company Domo announced that it had closed $125 million in funding. TPG led the round, which includes Fidelity Investments, T. Rowe Price (TROW), and Salesforce (CRM), among others. TPG principal Nehal Raj will join the board. Here's the story explaining the tenuous situation surrounding the deal.
This is an edited excerpt from MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Feb 5, 2014 12:00 PM ET
How close do today's artificial intelligence technologies resemble the emotive operating system in the film Her? You might be surprised.
FORTUNE -- Samantha, the hot and sexy operating system in Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated film Her, has a lot in common with the IBM (IBM) computer system Watson, the bold and brainy 2011 winner of the nationally televised television show Jeopardy! They both read quickly. They both process natural language, understanding with relative ease MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 28, 2014 11:19 AM ET
After IBM again misses most expectations for its quarterly earnings, its chief executive makes a concession of her own: her compensation.
FORTUNE -- IBM (IBM) chief executive Virginia "Ginni" Rometty is passing up her annual bonus.
It's a rare move for any tech CEO, and it signals that Rometty knows she's got trouble on her hands. She made the announcement Tuesday as the company missed Wall Street's expectations yet again for its MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 21, 2014 4:39 PM ET
Early on, the IDEO veteran saw the potential in a "green" company that understood consumers.
FORTUNE -- Among the happiest of the investors behind Google's (GOOG) move to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion earlier this week is the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is believed to be the company's largest outside shareholder. The deal will likely return the firm 20 times its original investment, a win for MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 16, 2014 3:22 PM ET
The company's new CEO hopes to turn a profit by 2016. Which means quite a bit must change.
FORTUNE -- Smartphones are a consumer business. Apple (AAPL) taught us this truth back in 2007 when it introduced the iPhone. Chief information officers are now acquiescing to it as their employees insist on bringing their own devices to work.
For the last five years, BlackBerry (BBRY) has tried to win consumers over, too. MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 9, 2014 2:13 PM ET
The retailer's global e-commerce chief, Neil Ashe, sits down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky in Las Vegas to talk struggles and strategy.
FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) is the undisputed master of online retail. Wal-Mart (WMT) is a superstore juggernaut. For years, the two companies existed in relative isolation, an either/or proposition for shoppers.
Not for long. Increasingly, customers won't choose between buying online or offline -- they 'll want a retail experience that MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 7, 2014 1:57 PM ET
Like a buzzy nightclub with velvet ropes, the luxe car service was never intended to serve everyone. The real surprise was that people thought otherwise.
FORTUNE -- On Dec. 14, as heavy flurries and hail pounded pedestrians on Manhattan's streets, cookbook author Jessica Seinfeld -- wife of comedian Jerry -- shared an Instagram photo of a taxi receipt for $415, to which she appended the following tags: "#OMG #neverforget #neveragain #real."
This was no ordinary MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 30, 2013 1:22 PM ET
In courtroom battles against the room-rental service, elected officials find themselves facing a surprising opponent: the people.
FORTUNE -- The week before Thanksgiving, roughly 200 Airbnb hosts and community organizers sat shoulder-to-shoulder at The Alley, a Midtown Manhattan co-working space popular with techies. The event was convened by Peers, an organization developed to support the growth of the sharing economy.
An Airbnb host named Mishelle Farer got up to speak. Farer explained MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 9, 2013 4:05 PM ET
The Canadian phonemaker has seen three management regimes in as many years. Is this the one that will save the company from obsolescence?
FORTUNE -- It has been almost 10 months since the Canadian business mobility company BlackBerry ditched the RIMM ticker symbol for (BBRY), renaming itself after the device that made -- and then lost -- its fortune. That rebranding was Frank Boulben's idea. The French marketing executive showed it to MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Nov 25, 2013 1:15 PM ET
Snapchat struck gold by recognizing that the photo is the new SMS. Can it hold people's attention for more than an instant?
By Jessi Hempel, writer
FORTUNE—I can't figure out what Weng Ian is doing. The two of us are guests at a bridal brunch in Tupelo, Mississippi, standing in the formal living room of a home in which dozens of women in festive attire are packed elbow-to-elbow. Some are chatting MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Nov 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET
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