Author Archives: Jessi Hempel, writer
  • YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify

    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 MORE

    Mar 5, 2013 10:35 AM ET
  • Bill Gurley: The sage of Silicon Valley

    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 MORE

    - Feb 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Inside BlackBerry's last stand

    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 MORE

    - Jan 30, 2013 10:29 AM ET
  • Smartphones: Microsoft and RIM battle for No. 3

    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 MORE

    - Jan 28, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • To transform education, Donorschoose hires a data scientist

    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, where a quarter of a million teachers hailing from roughly half of the nation's public schools have logged requests for their MORE

    - Dec 21, 2012 10:52 AM ET
  • Will lending to a friend take off?

    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 MORE

    - Dec 13, 2012 9:23 AM ET
  • Will news bites for digital natives work?

    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 MORE

    - Dec 5, 2012 11:45 AM ET
  • How Facebook and Twitter changed disaster relief

    Thanks to social networks, grassroots relief efforts scaled quickly and efficiently in Sandy's aftermath, giving them a bigger presence in many places than even the established aid agencies.

    FORTUNE -- Here's to Andy Wandilak, the owner of Two Boots Pizza in Park Slope Brooklyn. On the day Hurricane Sandy decimated entire neighborhoods of New York, he offered to feed and shelter the family of a musician who plays at his restaurant. MORE

    - Nov 23, 2012 9:21 AM ET
  • With Neighborhoods, Airbnb expands its horizons

    The hot home-share startup is banking on rich, neighborhood guides to attract and keep more customers.

    FORTUNE -- Two weeks ago, the city experts began to arrive at Airbnb's office in downtown San Francisco. They came from Rio de Janeiro and from Paris. They came from London, where a couple of Airbnb hosts had spent days walking a photographer through all of the city's most secret, special spots. Within days, Airbnb MORE

    - Nov 13, 2012 1:37 PM ET
  • Meet the man reinventing the news

    Jonah Peretti's BuzzFeed is putting together a new model for Internet journalism.

    FORTUNE -- Jonah Peretti has made a massive bet that smart people -- specifically writers and editors -- are key to the success of a next generation media company. User-generated content by the likes of unpaid bloggers and anonymous internet users -- the secret sauce of many Web 2.0 startups -- just isn't enough.

    Speaking October 15 at the Pivot MORE

    - Oct 17, 2012 6:37 AM ET
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Jessi Hempel
Jessi Hempel
Senior Writer, Fortune

Jessi Hempel is a New York-based technology writer for Fortune. She has written extensively about digital media, online advertising and social networking. Before joining Fortune in July 2007, Hempel worked at BusinessWeek and most recently served as their innovation department editor. Hempel is a graduate of Brown University and received a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley.

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