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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 MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Sep 13, 2013 4:35 PM ET
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, MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Sep 12, 2013 9:00 AM ET
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 MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 23, 2013 12:43 PM ET
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 MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 15, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Ozy Media will create content for the so-called change generation.
FORTUNE -- Laurene Powell Jobs, the intensely private widow of Steve Jobs, has teamed up with other Silicon Valley luminaries to back an ambitious new journalism site dubbed Ozy Media.
The brainchild of Carlos Watson, a veteran television journalist and entrepreneur, Ozy hopes to dish out fare that will stand out in a crowded media environment. Ozy, based in Mountain View, will MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jul 25, 2013 6:11 PM ET
Executives from CBS and NBC debate the future of television in a YouTube world.
FORTUNE -- Is YouTube ushering the era of Cable 2.0 – a world where channels go from hundreds to thousands and where real and professional content businesses are being built in the platform?
The similarities between YouTube and the early days of cable are striking, said Lauren Zalaznick, executive vice president, media innovation and cross platform initiatives at MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jul 24, 2013 12:52 PM ET
Former commanding general Stanley McChrystal joined HP's EVP Todd Bradley to discuss leadership, technology, and McChrystal's response to Rolling Stone.
FORTUNE -- For years, as commanding general and later as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, Gen. Stanley McChrystal would watch his troops on the ground on a daily basis from afar. Thanks to video streaming technology, Gen. McChrystal said, "I could watch every one of our operations, and through MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jul 23, 2013 6:18 PM ET
CNN president Jeff Zucker discusses the future of the brand, its focus on mobile, and the importance of understanding "where our bread is buttered."
FORTUNE -- Jeff Zucker is famous for saying that the TV business couldn't afford to trade "analog dollars for digital pennies." That was a few years ago, when Zucker was CEO of NBC Universal.
Now, Zucker is president of CNN Worldwide and says that digital television has gone MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jul 23, 2013 1:29 PM ET
Founder control has worked for the search giant. But that doesn't mean it is necessarily a better way.
FORTUNE -- You can't blame Google CEO Larry Page for not being consistent. As Google prepared to go public nine years ago, Page detailed in a letter to prospective investors the many ways in which Google would be unconventional. It would focus on users and on long-term results; it would have an unusual MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jun 19, 2013 6:42 AM ET
The story behind the computer world's most enduring design -- and that quirky little red dot in the middle of the ThinkPad keyboard.
FORTUNE -- A few rows of airline seats are bolted to the floor in a room with sweeping views of the North Carolina countryside at Lenovo's U.S. headquarters in Morrisville. It's an incongruous sight, until you realize that if you are going to make one of the most MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jun 10, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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