Early on, the IDEO veteran saw the potential in a "green" company that understood consumers.
FORTUNE -- Among the happiest of the investors behind Google's (GOOG) move to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion earlier this week is the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is believed to be the company's largest outside shareholder. The deal will likely return the firm 20 times its original investment, a win for MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 16, 2014 3:22 PM ET
What the $3.2B Google paid says about Larry Page's ambitions -- and Tim Cook's focus.
FORTUNE -- The tech press went nuts Monday after Google (GOOG) announced that it had offered $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, purveyor of well-designed, wi-fi enabled thermostats and smoke alarms.
No surprise there. Three billion is a lot of money, and Nest has genuine Silicon Valley star power: It was co-founded by Tony Fadell, a top MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 14, 2014 2:29 PM ET
The top chart makes for exciting headlines. The bottom chart is the one that matters.
FORTUNE -- For investors who missed Charles Arthur's useful primer in The Guardian on the difference between market share and installed base, the charts he published Thursday make the point even more succinctly.
The top chart, created from the U.S. smartphone sales data that Kantar publishes, is the stuff of tech headlines -- the horserace in which Apple's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 10, 2014 7:33 AM ET
Even the CEO of the leading transportation company thinks the regulation is needed.
FORTUNE -- The days of unregulated tech shuttles are numbered.
For years, tech companies have hired private buses to transport their workers who live in San Francisco to their leafy suburban campuses in towns like Redwood City and Mountain View. Now those shuttles have become a lightning rod of criticism for some non-tech workers, citing class inequalities. The buses MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 8, 2014 4:39 PM ET
Apple is more valuable than either company by every measure but Wall Street's sentiment.
FORTUNE -- The two stock charts at right, comparing Apple's (AAPL) performance in 2013 to Amazon's (AMZN) and Google's (GOOG), tell a very different story than the nine bar charts below.
Produced for Fortune by the reader who posts here as Merckel, the bar charts compare the three companies by more objective measures -- boring things like cash MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 6, 2014 6:34 AM ET
To hell with resolutions. I want answers.
FORTUNE -- Some people think of a new year as a time for resolutions, others for predictions. Me? Everywhere I turn, I find myself asking questions.
For example, I recently wondered why Jeff Bezos's wife, MacKenzie Bezos, so hated the book about Amazon (AMZN) by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone, The Everything Store, enough to give it a one-star review. I answered that question here, MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jan 5, 2014 11:59 AM ET
And you thought Apple had a bad 2013 ...
FORTUNE -- Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, 71, looked a little shaky Thursday as he arrived to deliver his annual new year's address.
And so did the conglomerate he's run since 1987 (not counting the two years he took off after his 2008 conviction for embezzlement and tax evasion).
Samsung plays the heavy in so many global markets -- and so many Apple (AAPL) stories -- that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 3, 2014 10:58 AM ET
For owners of Apple's iPhone or iPad, it's a straight shot from iTunes to their device.
FORTUNE -- When it comes to understanding the difference between Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android, the long skinny picture attached below is worth at least 1,000 words.
It was produced for the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC and spotted last week by 9to5Google's David Beren.
We have no idea, of course, what's going on within Apple to get MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 2, 2014 4:30 PM ET
Redmond can bash Google's $199 laptop all it wants, but a look at holiday sales suggests that people aren't listening.
FORTUNE -- When Amazon released its list of holiday bestsellers the day after Christmas, the second-most popular laptop was the Asus Transformer, a Windows 8 laptop with a detachable keyboard that converts into a tablet. It's just the kind of portable consumer device that Microsoft (MSFT) desperately needs to be a MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 2, 2014 9:01 AM ET
Square goes public, wearable computers become popular, and the San Francisco culture war heats up.
FORTUNE -- No man is an island, the famous John Donne poem reads. It's especially appropriate for tech, where one new startup, app, or slab of hardware can bring about meaningful change in society.
As another year winds down for this dynamic industry, we look ahead. What do we think will be the major topics taking up MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 30, 2013 2:19 PM ET
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