The search giant is dipping a toe in the quickly growing peer-to-peer lending industry.
FORTUNE -- First former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack joined the board of peer-to-peer investment site Lending Club. Then came Kleiner Perkins's Mary Meeker, followed by the preeminent economist Lawrence Summers. Now Lending Club has picked up another high-profile backer: On May 2, the company announced that Google has taken a minority stake in the company. Through MOREJessi Hempel, writer - May 2, 2013 9:51 AM ET
Startup hopes new verified ID badges will attract more users.
FORTUNE -- Starting April 30, Airbnb will go to even greater lengths to insure you are who you say you are, online and in the real world. The apartment-sharing site will begin rolling out a verified identification program that matches digital identity -- via social networking sites -- with real-world proof -- a photo ID. Once members have been verified, Airbnb MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Apr 30, 2013 12:00 PM ET
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, the Facebook chief talks to Fortune about Apple, China, and what his personal challenge is for the year.
FORTUNE -- A week before Mark Zuckerberg announced the "Facebook phone," he spoke extensively to Fortune senior writer Jessi Hempel about how he's reinvented Facebook to address the huge audience of customers who access the social network on their smartphones. (The complete story of Facebook's reboot will appear MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Apr 4, 2013 3:30 PM ET
Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out a music streaming service to capitalize on the power of YouTube.
By Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel
FORTUNE -- YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year. The service has its own negotiating team and operating unit but will likely have some overlap with new features also rumored to be coming to Google's Android MOREMar 5, 2013 10:35 AM ET
Benchmark's Bill Gurley has provided wise counsel to some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs.
FORTUNE -- When Silicon Valley's smartest people want to get smarter, they often turn to Benchmark partner Bill Gurley. For instance, he recently advised Travis Kalanick, CEO of startup Uber, on a less expensive version of his rapidly growing limo service. Says Kalanick: "He really pushed us to lower the price so there's no room for MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Feb 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
New phones. New software. And a new company name. An exclusive look at the difficult road that led to the most important day in the company's troubled history.
FORTUNE -- Here's what Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins wants you to do: forget everything you know about BlackBerry. Just about everything at the Canadian smartphone maker is new. The twin BlackBerry 10 devices unveiled today are thinner and sleeker than previous models. The MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 30, 2013 10:29 AM ET
As Apple and Google dominate the American market, former leaders Microsoft and RIM find themselves brawling for third.
FORTUNE -- On Jan. 30, Research in Motion -- the Canadian company that once owned the American smartphone industry -- will attempt to regain its foothold with the launch of a new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10. The company's goal is not to out-innovate the iPhone. Rather, in a market controlled by Apple MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 28, 2013 5:00 AM ET
How a small nonprofit aims to influence $1 billion in education funding through data.
FORTUNE -- What kind of tech do teachers really need? Depends on whom you ask.
There are plenty of companies and causes fighting for more laptops and tablets and smartboards in public school classrooms. But on Donorschoose.org, where a quarter of a million teachers hailing from roughly half of the nation's public schools have logged requests for their MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 21, 2012 10:52 AM ET
After a rocky period, so-called peer-to-peer lending appears to be gaining traction.
FORTUNE -- The first time I wrote about peer-to-peer lending was back in 2007, when, like most other forms of social networking, it seemed like a novel experiment. Companies like Prosper and Lending Club were attempting to disintermediate the traditional banks by inviting individuals to request and make small loans on Facebook-like platforms.
Five years later, peer-to-peer lending has come MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 13, 2012 9:23 AM ET
Companies are trying to crack mobile video. Lerer Ventures-backed NowThis News is working on a formula to do just that.
FORTUNE -- "Congress is being all Congressy again," quips a youthful male anchor with a gee-whiz eye-roll as he reports on the demise of a Congressional Bill called the Sportsmen's Act of 2012. He's an anchor on NowThis News, the new mobile social video news network started by two of the MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 5, 2012 11:45 AM ET
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