A new service tackles budgeting for millennials by emphasizing the view ahead (and not the one in the rearview).
FORTUNE -- Most financial services apps try to take the friction out of payments and make it easier to spend money.
Level Money doesn't exactly want to turn the clock back, but it wants you to think before you spend. It's aimed squarely at millennials who are overburdened with debt and who, in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Apr 16, 2014 2:11 PM ET
Fortune talks to Sundar Pichai, the head of Google's Android, Chrome, and Apps groups.
FORTUNE -- For years, pundits have asked Google why it needs two computing platforms, Android and Chrome.
Usually, Android is not the issue. Google's mobile OS is one of the most successful operating systems ever, leaving some analysts and investors to question to value of the newer Chrome OS.
Sundar Pichai, who rode the success of the Chrome browser MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Apr 11, 2014 9:50 AM ET
Pejman Nozad's venture firm has invested in HomeJoy, Heap, and others.
FORTUNE -- When Pejman Nozad, a veteran Silicon Valley angel investor, teamed up with repeat entrepreneur Mar Hershenson to start a new early-stage venture fund last year, the pair aimed to raise $20 million.
But the fund was quickly oversubscribed, as a growing number of individuals and institutions are angling for a piece of the Valley's hot startup scene. Pejman Mar MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Apr 3, 2014 9:26 AM ET
Fortune checks in on the cause with the president of the controversial FWD.us lobby, Joe Green.
FORTUNE -- Facing long odds, the U.S. technology industry is continuing to push Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform this year.
The effort, led by Joe Green, president of the bipartisan group FWD.us, got off to a rocky start. After it ran ads in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and in opposition to the Affordable MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Mar 26, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Consumers and advertisers are embracing mobile search marketing, Google's core business.
FORTUNE -- Is the shift to mobile devices good for Google?
The question has dogged the company (GOOG) in recent years. Investors have been concerned that advertisers pay less for mobile ads than they do for Web ads, and analysts have warned that searches could become less important in a world dominated by apps.
But a new report by Marin Software, which MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Mar 19, 2014 11:34 AM ET
The buyer? The private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.
FORTUNE -- That was quick.
Just two weeks ago, Google Capital invested $40 million in Renaissance Learning, in a deal that valued the education company at $1 billion. On Thursday, Renaissance, which is majority owned by Permira, a European private equity firm, is being sold to another private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman, for $1.1 billion.
There's no doubt that the deal will give MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Mar 13, 2014 7:00 AM ET
The difference between HomeAway and its better known home rental rival? Profit.
FORTUNE -- In this day of flashy, modern web design, Brian Sharples runs a site that is decidedly antiquated, and well, kind of ugly. But every time he tries to spiff up VRBO.com, the vacation rentals site, something confounding happens: Customers book fewer properties.
"The uglier it is, the better it converts," says Sharples, who is CEO of HomeAway, the parent MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM ET
The venture capitalist offers advice in his new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers.
FORTUNE -- In his new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, which arrives in stores today courtesy of HarperCollins, Ben Horowitz offers his advice on building and managing a startup company.
As the co-founder of the firm Andreessen Horowitz MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Mar 4, 2014 6:36 AM ET
The Andreessen Horowitz co-founder shares his favorite songs -- and annotates them, too.
FORTUNE -- Ben Horowitz grew up listening to hip-hop and to this day remains an unabashed fan. It's the music that he listens to, what's in his head a lot of the time and what often inspires him to write some management lessons on his blog. Horowitz, who has become friends with some of hip-hop's biggest stars, also MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Feb 27, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Can the startup reinvent payroll? Major investors think so.
FORTUNE -- ZenPayroll, whose service helps small business run their payrolls over the web, is a tiny startup in a field dominated by giants like ADP (ADP), Paychex (PAYX), and Intuit (INTU).
Yet in the past five months alone, ZenPayroll has gone from processing paychecks at a rate of $100 million to $400 million annually. The staggering growth suggests there is plenty of MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Feb 19, 2014 9:00 AM ET
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