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
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. MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Nov 23, 2012 9:21 AM ET
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 MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Nov 13, 2012 1:37 PM ET
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 MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 17, 2012 6:37 AM ET
Jewelry site BaubleBar's THE BAR is the latest in a trend of e-tailers setting up shop in traditional retail spaces.
FORTUNE -- Fashion site BaubleBar has spent two years building an avid group of fans who turn to the site to sift through a fast-changing array of hip jewelry sold at reasonable prices. On October 17, the company will invite customers to try on that jewelry in person -- at THE MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 10, 2012 6:52 AM ET
Authenticity and transparency are the keys to engaging consumers—and becoming a social media force.
FORTUNE -- Coca-Cola has 52 million "likes" on Facebook. One of the earliest advertisers on the social media platform, the company has been one of the leaders among large global brands in establishing authentic relationships with consumers. The key? "You have to be "flawsome," said Wendy Clark, who is Coke's Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 2, 2012 7:18 PM ET
Carol Bartz talks about life after Yahoo.
FORTUNE -- Yahoo's former CEO has a bit of advice for new CEO Marissa Mayer. Says Carol Bartz, "I'd tell her changing culture is not a sprint. It's a marathon."
Speaking Tuesday at The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Bartz was candid about her time at the Internet giant, saying that while she got to know the board members, she didn't invest MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 2, 2012 3:44 PM ET
CEO Mark Zuckerberg would like to reach the country's 513 million Internet users. Too bad local entrepreneurs have beaten him to the punch.
FORTUNE -- Last May when Mark Zuckerberg wed his Chinese-American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, a joke began to make the rounds on China's version of Twitter, a microblog -- or weibo -- run by the Internet portal Sina. It went something like this: Chan brings Zuck to meet her MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Sep 10, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Yes, the technology scene in the Big Apple is surging. But these factors still stand in the way.
FORTUNE -- New York is no Silicon Valley.
It's been a great year for the New York City tech scene. Facebook (FB) began to build an engineering team in midtown. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for Cornell University to build a new applied sciences and engineering school on Roosevelt Island. And local entrepreneurs Kass MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Aug 30, 2012 3:03 PM ET
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