Author Archives: Matt Vella
  • Sega is refashioning itself as a PC game maker

    The one-time king of consoles is increasingly banking on computer games.

    By John Gaudiosi

    FORTUNE -- Back in the 1990s, Sega was on top of the video game world. Its Sega Genesis was giving Nintendo a run for its money thanks to a blue hedgehog that could run at supersonic speeds and a library of addictive arcade franchises like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Outrun. But a series of console MORE

    Aug 8, 2013 11:18 AM ET
  • From Microsoft's Xbox, a glimpse of the future of TV

    Nancy Tellem is in charge of creating new interactive entertainment for the company's Xbox.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- For some, Nancy Tellem knows all the best secrets. Tellem is the president of Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios, the division responsible for creating original programming for the company's popular games console. Like Netflix with House of Cards and YouTube with its various channels, Microsoft is planning to begin pumping out MORE

    Jul 23, 2013 6:00 PM ET
  • Ross Levinsohn: I wouldn't have bought Tumblr

    Yahoo's ex-interim CEO would be focusing the company's resources differently.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- Former Yahoo interim CEO Ross Levinsohn would not have bought Tumblr if he were still running the Internet giant. Speaking at this year's Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., Levinsohn said he respects founder David Karp, but would not have pursued the $1.1 billion deal for the blogging site announced in May because it MORE

    Jul 23, 2013 4:56 PM ET
  • James Murdoch is not afraid to get things wrong

    It's a good time to be in TV. But what about newspapers? It's complicated.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- James Murdoch, son of mogul Rupert Murdoch and deputy chief operating officer of the newly formed 21st Century Fox, is not afraid of his mistakes. Speaking at a dinner on the first night of this year's Brainstorm Tech conference, Murdoch seemed, if anything, more afraid of not taking enough missteps. MORE

    Jul 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET
  • Where pagers haven't gone extinct yet

    One field still counts on them.

    By Verne Kopytoff

    FORTUNE -- Pagers seemed like a fabulous invention in the years before mobile phones. To reach someone, all you had to do was call their number, enter your contact information, and hit the pound sign to send. The pager's owner, alerted by a symphony of beeping, would then return the call. Mobile phones, of course, eventually drove the technology to near-extinction.

    But pagers, MORE

    Jul 16, 2013 11:19 AM ET
  • Brainstorm Tech Spotlight: Tony Zingale, Chairman and CEO of Jive

    Why passion is the ultimate leadership trait.

    FORTUNE -- Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Jive Chairman and CEO Tony Zingale to answer 10 questions about life outside of MORE

    Jul 15, 2013 2:14 PM ET
  • Why Nokia is doubling down on the camera

    Nokia's new Lumia 1020 features a 41-megapixel camera.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- Nokia is doubling down on one of the oldest features of the smartphone: the camera.

    At a press conference on Thursday, the struggling Finnish electronics giant unveiled its latest smart phone, the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 1020. Its marquee feature: a built-in camera that packs a 41-megapixel sensor. The device, which the company had been teasing ahead of MORE

    Jul 11, 2013 12:23 PM ET
  • Brainstorm Tech Spotlight: Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of Change.org

    Why every leader should be empathetic.

    FORTUNE -- Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Change.org President and COO Jennifer Dulski to answer 10 questions about life outside of work, MORE

    Jul 11, 2013 11:34 AM ET
  • Playstation boss is feeling good about the PS4

    Sony's Jack Tretton thinks the company has the right strategy this time around.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- The battle between a new generation of video game consoles is, in reality, still months away. Consumers won't be choosing between Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's Playstation 4 until later this fall, when both devices become available. But the contest between the two has already heated up online, as the details MORE

    Jul 9, 2013 2:22 PM ET
  • This man wants to sell you a male wet nap

    Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin is betting on moist towelettes for men.

    FORTUNE -- Michael Dubin's next big idea is 5-inches by 7-inches, infused with ingredients like aloe and marshmallow herb, and slightly moist to the touch. Dubin, founder and CEO of Dollar Shave Club, is betting the company's newest product -- bathroom towelettes for guys -- will help the two-year-old startup expand beyond shaving materials.

    In March last year, a MORE

    - Jun 4, 2013 10:00 AM ET
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