• Square's Dorsey returns 10% of his shares

    Exclusive: The founder and CEO makes an uncommon move to expand the company's pool of shares for compensation and acquisitions.

    FORTUNE -- Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Square, has voluntarily given 10% of his shares in the company back to Square. The highly unusual move will expand significantly the pool of shares available for employee compensation and acquisitions while minimizing dilution for shareholders.

    Dorsey owns approximately 30% of Square and MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 4:59 AM ET
  • For Google, it pays to be evil during the holidays

    Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.

    FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.

    The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Netflix refashions itself for the small screen

    With a content strategy well underway, the media company takes a hard look at how its core product appears in the living room.

    FORTUNE—America's obsession with Netflix goes well beyond recent hit shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. It spans genres and generations, and accounts for 1 billion hours of viewing a month—nearly one third of all downstream Internet traffic.

    Now Netflix (NFLX) wants to ensconce itself even further in MORE

    - Nov 13, 2013 12:01 AM ET
  • Lenovo thinks different

    Chinese computer maker introduces Yoga, its Android tablets that break the mold.

    FORTUNE -- Who says tablets have to be flat? There was no decree from Steve Jobs, no edict from Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), or Samsung. Oh, and Ashton Kutcher thinks it's unnecessary (more on that later). Yet the tablet market today is a sea of often indistinguishable flat slates in which hardware innovation is measured in thinness, screen resolution, MORE

    - Oct 31, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Free smoothie? There's an app for that.

    ISIS and Jamba Juice team up to spur adoption of mobile wallet.

    FORTUNE -- Can a million free smoothies save the mobile wallet?

    That's the hope of ISIS, the mobile payments venture backed by major wireless carriers. ISIS has teamed up with Jamba Juice to offer a free smoothie or juice to the first million customers who use the ISIS mobile wallet app when it launches nationwide later this year.

    Mobile wallets have MORE

    - Oct 16, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Vice CEO on old media: 'They can go to hell quite frankly.'

    Shane Smith, CEO of Vice Media, talks about finding success online, his unorthodox approach to news, and filming Dennis Rodman in North Korea.

    FORTUNE -- Born as an indie magazine, Vice Media has morphed into an irreverent digital media powerhouse, in large part, through the force of personality of its iconoclastic CEO-cum-on-air-personality, Shane Smith. Its approach to the news has been described as "More 'Jackass' than journalism." Yet, Vice's raw, in-your-face voice MORE

    - Oct 14, 2013 10:19 AM ET
  • I was wrong about Twitter

    A Fortune tech writer comes clean about his early take on a not-so-Obvious startup.

    FORTUNE—I was wholly uninterested in Twitter. Frankly, I thought it was dumb. It was November 2006, and I had gone to interview Ev Williams.

    Already a serial entrepreneur, Williams had become something of a Silicon Valley rebel. He was speaking publicly about turning his back on venture capitalists. Bruised by the failure of his latest startup, Odeo, Williams MORE

    - Sep 13, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • Maker Studios raises another $26 million

    YouTube-based network Maker Studios, which sees about 4 billion streams per month, is raising more money to help expand its global footprint.

    FORTUNE -- Maker Studios, the powerhouse network of YouTube channels, said Thursday that it secured an additional $26 million investment, bringing the total amount it has raised since December to $62 million.

    Maker, which is behind YouTube mega-hits like Epic Rap Battles of History and PewDiePie, said the additional financing, MORE

    - Sep 12, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Steve Ballmer: The $16 billion drag on Microsoft

    Investors cheered news that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire, but there is no obvious successor in line.

    FORTUNE -- It's hard not to feel a little bit bad for Steve Ballmer today. Not because he's finally giving up the reins at Microsoft, where his 13-year tenure as CEO has been a string of disappointments for investors, but because there's finally a figure -- arbitrary as it may be -- to MORE

    - Aug 23, 2013 12:43 PM ET
  • YouTube food network Tastemade raises another $10M

    The venture capital dollars are flowing on YouTube.

    FORTUNE -- The rise of the YouTube studio shows no sign of abating.

    On Thursday, Tastemade, a year-old YouTube studio focused on food and cooking shows, said it raised $10 million in its second major financing round from venture capitalists. The funding is the latest in a string of investments and acquisitions of digital channels or networks dedicated to creating professional video content primarily MORE

    - Aug 15, 2013 9:00 AM ET
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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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