• Lytro readies its second act

    The pioneering company introduces the Illum, a professional-grade "light field" camera that promises sharper pictures and an adjustable depth of field.

    FORTUNE -- When Ren Ng set out to remake photography with his innovative Lytro camera three years ago, he went both too far and not far enough.

    Lytro introduced to consumers a whole new type of photography, called light field photography, which captures far more light data than traditional cameras. It MORE

    - Apr 22, 2014 8:00 AM ET
  • Level Money wants you to think before you spend

    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 MORE

    - Apr 16, 2014 2:11 PM ET
  • Google exec: We love Android and Chrome equally

    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 MORE

    - Apr 11, 2014 9:50 AM ET
  • Veteran angel raises new $40 million venture fund

    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 MORE

    - Apr 3, 2014 9:26 AM ET
  • Despite setbacks, tech industry presses on immigration reform

    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 MORE

    - Mar 26, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Report: Google will thrive in mobile shift

    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 MORE

    - Mar 19, 2014 11:34 AM ET
  • Two weeks after Google investment, Renaissance Learning is sold

    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 MORE

    - Mar 13, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Growing quietly in Airbnb's shadow

    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 MORE

    - Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM ET
  • Five management lessons from Ben Horowitz

    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 MORE

    - Mar 4, 2014 6:36 AM ET
  • Ben Horowitz schools you on hip-hop

    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 MORE

    - Feb 27, 2014 9:00 AM ET
About This Author
Miguel Helft
Miguel Helft
Senior Writer, Fortune

Miguel Helft is a San Francisco-based Senior Writer at FORTUNE, where he covers Silicon Valley. He joined FORTUNE in August 2011 following a 5-year stint as a reporter at The New York Times covering companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. His knowledge of Silicon Valley and the tech world runs deep. He worked as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems in the late-1980s, and for the past 15 years, he has chronicled major industry events -- from the Microsoft antitrust trial to the dot-com boom and bust - at publications like the Industry Standard, the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times. Born and raised in Argentina, Helft emigrated to the U.S. to attend Stanford University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy and a Master's in Computer Science.


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