Zuckerberg practices the realpolitik, while Gates is a die-hard ideologue.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- If you came of age after Microsoft (MSFT) dominated the technology industry, you might well look at Bill Gates' philanthropic efforrs and call him a hero. Others who had to compete against the de facto monopoly that was Microsoft under Bill Gates might see things differently. To them, he was a vampiric force that fed on MOREJan 8, 2014 12:49 PM ET
All this talk about "ephemerality" is silly. Snapchat's true brilliance is in its creative capabilities.
FORTUNE -- One day last December, while on vacation, I whipped out my cell phone in a moment of boredom, held it in front of my face, and took an unflattering selfie.
It didn't end there. My finger became a magical stylus, tapping and swiping my phone's display to decorate my contorted face and double-chin with streaks MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Dec 23, 2013 6:00 AM ET
Social media habits are shifting. Instagram's Kevin Systrom wants his service to be where the people are going, not just where they are.
FORTUNE -- Twenty months ago, almost to the day, Facebook (FB) acquired the rapidly growing social network Instagram for a then-staggering sum: $1 billion. The figure valued the photo-sharing mobile application higher than the cosmetics company Revlon, book purveyor Barnes & Noble, and parent company of The New MOREAndrew Nusca - Dec 12, 2013 3:48 PM ET
Snapchat will get bigger, Twitter rants will grow louder, and your boss will learn to Tweet.Dec 10, 2013 12:44 PM ET
The Instagram exec has always been drawn to a challenge. Snapchat just happens to be the newest one on her list.
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, the tech world was abuzz with news that Emily White plans to leave her role as head of Instagram's business operations to become of-the-moment startup Snapchat's COO.
Two years old with over 400 million daily "snaps," the ephemeral-photo sharing company surprised its northern competitors by snagging such MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Dec 6, 2013 2:29 PM ET
One app's downtime is another's opportunity.
FORTUNE -- One serious glitch is all fickle users need to abandon one service for another. That, and a competitor that accomplishes the same goal, but does it better. Just ask the Friendster folks.
The same phenomenon that played out with social networks over the last decade is quite possibly doing the same now, this time with gay-focused social apps. Indeed, ask gay men in San Francisco MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 6, 2013 10:27 AM ET
Snapchat struck gold by recognizing that the photo is the new SMS. Can it hold people's attention for more than an instant?
By Jessi Hempel, writer
FORTUNE—I can't figure out what Weng Ian is doing. The two of us are guests at a bridal brunch in Tupelo, Mississippi, standing in the formal living room of a home in which dozens of women in festive attire are packed elbow-to-elbow. Some are chatting MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Nov 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET
For Jess Lee, the co-founder and chief executive of fashion discovery website Polyvore, leadership is always on trend.
FORTUNE—Jess Lee, the 31-year-old CEO and co-founder of fashion discovery site Polyvore, is party natty, part nerd: she has a Bachelors of Science in computer science from Stanford University, is a former product manager at Google, and runs a website that helps people discover and shop for fashion, beauty, and home décor products MOREChanelle Bessette - Nov 20, 2013 10:43 AM ET
The scrapbooking site looks to grow revenue while keeping its users happy.
FORTUNE -- Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest is stepping into the spotlight in a big way. In recent months, the company has drawn attention through large funding efforts, high-level hires, and international expansion, but still has yet to reveal a proper revenue strategy. But the startup's recent actions signal not only that it is serious about growing its already impressive MOREChanelle Bessette - Nov 14, 2013 2:56 PM ET
The Wanelo founder and CEO reveals what industry is ripe for disruption and the difficulties of entrepreneurship.
FORTUNE -- Deena Varshavskaya, the 33-year-old founder and CEO of Wanelo ("wah-nee-loh," from Want, Need, Love), started her social commerce site in 2010. Originally from Siberia, Varshavskaya attended Cornell University but left two classes short of graduating to launch her first web startup. Varshavskaya was recently named as one of the 15 up-and-comers to keep MOREChanelle Bessette - Nov 13, 2013 4:44 PM ET
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