Benchmark's Bill Gurley has provided wise counsel to some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs.
FORTUNE -- When Silicon Valley's smartest people want to get smarter, they often turn to Benchmark partner Bill Gurley. For instance, he recently advised Travis Kalanick, CEO of startup Uber, on a less expensive version of his rapidly growing limo service. Says Kalanick: "He really pushed us to lower the price so there's no room for MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Feb 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
A generation of popular apps is being defined by how brief their use cases are.
FORTUNE -- New apps are pushing the boundaries of brevity. Not Angry Birds-esque, which could eat up five minutes of time, but far less. The question is, if mobile apps increasingly are all about "snacking" -- using them in even shorter bursts -- just how brief can their functionality get?
I first encountered this trend last Thanksgiving, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 8, 2013 11:56 AM ET
Also: Why Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's testimony doesn't add up; former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson on his startup.
Why Xbox failed in Japan [EUROGAMER]
Doing business in Japan is not the same as doing business in the US, and the Xbox team learnt the hard way. In the US businessmen meet, discuss a contract, terms, sign and then get to work. In Japan business is done based on the strength of a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 17, 2012 5:30 AM ET
Also: Larry Page on Google; Russia backs down on Internet regulation proposal.
Fortune exclusive: Larry Page on Google [FORTUNE]
There's many areas [of Google] that are working very well. Payments seem to be an area where the uptake is a little slower. Are the challenges there technical or are they [the result of] this ecosystem of partners, banks, payment providers, et cetera? I guess you're talking about Google Wallet?
Yeah, Wallet. I think that's an MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 11, 2012 11:04 AM ET
The latest dust-up between Instagram and Twitter will have lasting consequences.
FORTUNE – If your Instagram photos look wonky on Twitter, remember that's not by accident. It's by design.
Earlier this week, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom announced onstage at Europe's tech conference Le Web that the popular photo-sharing start-up was killing support for "Twitter cards." As Twitter explained in a post, this basically means when users click Tweets with an Instagram link, photos MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 6, 2012 11:11 AM ET
Also: why eReaders are on the decline; another look at the "mobile first" development philosophy.
Twitter loses ability to properly display Instagram photos [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
"We've decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram Web site," Mr. Systrom said, noting that Instagram images will soon no longer be visible on Twitter. "Obviously things change as a company evolves."
Mr. Systrom did not say when images MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 5, 2012 1:50 PM ET
Apple Maps is taken to task (yet again); Instagram has more users than Twitter.
It's a hits business: Silicon Valley and Hollywood share more than Ashton Kutcher [VENTURE MINDED]
The evaluation of whether to invest in a startup and the decision of whether to greenlight a film are also startlingly similar. From a diligence perspective, financial projections are primarily reviewed for the purpose of a sanity test. Do the financial projections coincide with MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 27, 2012 1:28 PM ET
Facebook's earnings disappoint; Amazon's profit drops.
Instagram hits 80 million users, with 4 billion photos shares [THE NEXT WEB]
Regardless of the opinion of pundits, though, Instagram continues to grow at a massive rate. And it shows no signs of stopping now.
Facebook earnings: Good, but not good enough [CNNMONEY]
Shares of Facebook fell more than 10% to around $24 -- nearly 40% below the company's initial public offering price. Facebook did beat analysts' revenues expectations MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 27, 2012 12:11 PM ET
The results of Facebook's IPO last week may indicate there isn't -- at least not in the public markets.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – Does anyone want to talk about a bubble now?
In the weeks leading up to Facebook's (FB) much-trumpeted IPO, a debate simmered over whether Silicon Valley was entering another bubble. Some cited "bizarre activity" like spending big on companies with no revenue. Others dismissed fears of a MOREMay 21, 2012 11:04 AM ET
Fortune 500 companies are looking at the big picture as they embrace social media.
By Colleen Leahey, reporter
FORTUNE -- About a year before Facebook bought the photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion, General Electric (GE) joined. Instagram users take and share pictures on their smartphones and "follow" other users' photostreams. GE (No. 6 on the Fortune 500) has 86,066 followers. Instagram's retro-filters can make GE's photos look like a history MOREMay 21, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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