Author Archives: JP Mangalindan, Writer
  • A reason to take Google Glass seriously

    Wearable Intelligence software could turn those geeky glasses into a real lifesaver.

    FORTUNE -- Google Glass critics may now have a reason to be less skeptical.

    Wearable Intelligence, a San Francisco-based startup founded last July by Yan-David Erlich, Ryan Junee and Chase Feiger, has developed enterprise software that uses Google's wearable computer glasses to improve the day-to-day performance of service workers.

    Medical professionals, for example, can use Google Glass to skim a patient's medical history without referencing MORE

    - Apr 8, 2014 4:49 PM ET
  • Amazon's Fire TV could be the holy grail of set-top boxes

    The tech giant's $99 device, released this week, is an impressive living room contender.

    FORTUNE – Anything you can do, Amazon (AMZN) can do better -- and at cost.

    That's clearly the mission behind the company's latest device, the long-rumored Fire TV: a $99 tile-shaped, coaster-sized set-top box that streams media à la Roku and Apple TV (AAPL). But the company trumps the competition, at least on the hardware side, by packing a MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 5:22 PM ET
  • Mightybell: A 'smarter' social network for groups and businesses

    CEO Gina Bianchini says current platforms leave a lot to be desired.

    FORTUNE -- Gina Bianchini wants local groups and organizations to expect more from their social networks.

    Mightybell, a social network that officially launches today, is Bianchini's latest attempt to bring social networking to smaller communities. Her previous startup, Ning, explored custom social networks and was focused on individuals. Now she's taking a different tack with Mightybell, which aims to help small groups MORE

    - Apr 3, 2014 12:44 PM ET
  • Is HBO's 'Silicon Valley' any good?

    Also: The show's cast tells Fortune what to expect from season one.

    FORTUNE -- Leave it to Mike Judge to satirize the tech boom and make it (mostly) work.

    What Entourage did for Hollywood, the Office Space and Beavis and Butt-Head creator wants to do for tech with the HBO series Silicon Valley. But replace Los Angeles's glitz for Palo Alto's hyperdeveloped suburbia. And swap the smooth-talking ballers for awkward nerds hoping that their startup idea -- MORE

    - Apr 3, 2014 9:31 AM ET
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  • This entrepreneur wants you to eat, drink - and party! - just like her

    Susan MacTavish Best has thrown lavish Silicon Valley soirees for years. Now, she's thinking bigger.

    FORTUNE -- Few in Silicon Valley know how to pull off a party like Susan MacTavish Best, praise that applies even on a slightly "off" night.

    Best is throwing together a small, impromptu dinner in her San Francisco home, a 1,665 square-foot Victorian rental she stays at when she's not at her New York City loft. MORE

    - Mar 28, 2014 1:59 PM ET
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces Office for iPad at public debut

    The company's approach: build a cloud for everyone on every device.

    FORTUNE -- In his first public press conference as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella announced iPad versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, available today.

    "Today's briefing is all about giving you the first step on a journey," Nadella said during his opening marks. During the event, Nadella outlined a company vision that includes what he called a "critical intersection of mobile MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 2:21 PM ET
  • Klout acquired for $200 million by Lithium Technologies

    It's official: The once-controversial social scoring startup has been scooped up.

    FORTUNE -- Social score startup Klout has been acquired by Lithium Technologies, a provider of social customer experience solutions for the enterprise, in a deal valued at nearly $200 million, Fortune has learned.

    According to two sources familiar with the matter, the deal is a mix of cash and Lithium private stock. (Lithium is gearing up for an IPO, which could MORE

    - Mar 26, 2014 6:04 PM ET
  • Bitcoin startup Circle lands $17 million

    The Bitcoin exchange business also launches its first consumer-focused product today.

    FORTUNE -- Circle Internet Financial has just raised another $17 million, Fortune has learned.

    The Bitcoin exchange startup, founded and run by serial entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, closed its Series B financing round, bringing Circle's total funding to $26 million. Oak Investment Partners led the round, joining other new backers such as Pantera Capital and the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund of Barry Silbert, MORE

    - Mar 26, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Is rumr the next big anonymous app?

    This time around, group messaging goes incognito.

    FORTUNE -- Believe it or not, there's another anonymous app jockeying for your time.

    Launching today, rumr is a free iOS and Android app that plucks contacts from a user's address book, Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), or Google + (GOOG) account and lets users create group message threads brimming with up to 100 anonymous, socially connected users. In doing so, the app makers hope rumr will MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Craigslist: Unstoppable resource or Internet fossil?

    One of the Internet's oldest marketplaces remains huge, but newer competition may be nipping away at traffic.

    - Mar 21, 2014 11:18 AM ET
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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
Writer, Fortune

JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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