Tuft and Needle is set to do to the mattress business what Warby Parker did for eyewear and TOMS did for footwear: blow it up.
FORTUNE -- If Warby Parker could disrupt the eyewear business and TOMS the footwear market, why not use technology to try to disrupt mattresses?
That's what two engineers set out to do some 18 months ago. The result is Tuft and Needle, a startup that began selling MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 22, 2014 10:11 AM ET
The YCombinator-backed laundry pick-up and delivery business barely lasted seven months. One of its founders walks Fortune through the postmortem.
FORTUNE – Can technology disrupt even the most mundane chores?
That's the question Yin Yin Wu and Xuwen Cao tackled for seven months with the YCombinator-backed startup Prim before closing for good on Jan. 10.
Prim tried to be the Uber for people with dirty clothes: It was a marketplace that enabled easy payments, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 22, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Emmy award-winning director Greg Yaitanes explains why he sees potential in Biz Stone's new question-and-answer startup.
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone revealed what his new startup, Jelly, was all about. It's a mobile application for asking questions and giving answers, and distinguishes itself from similar services like Quora and ChaCha by allowing people to ask questions with images rather than words. The company's success is predicated on the hope MORECaroline Fairchild - Jan 8, 2014 1:02 PM ET
From Box's Aaron Levie to Lookout's John Hering, these startup CEOs review the year in tech.
FORTUNE -- If Silicon Valley is known for anything, it's breakneck innovation, consequences often be damned. Startups debut promising ideas -- or execute an already existing idea better. Today's scrappy poster child becomes tomorrow's old establishment. And one product launch is enough to ignite a new software or hardware category.
The last 12 months have proven MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 26, 2013 8:07 AM ET
Clara Shih's 3-year-old startup is hoping to prove what so far remains unproven: that companies can use social media to sell.
By Chanelle Bessette
FORTUNE -- Hearsay Social, a three-year-old San Francisco startup that in the past year has doubled its number of clients, announced last Thursday that it has raised $30 million in capital, bringing its total funding to $51 million overall. Among the biggest investors are New Enterprise Associates MOREFortune Editors - Sep 11, 2013 7:00 AM ET
Glow, a fertility app, is linked to a nonprofit fund to help women get IVF.
FORTUNE -- The most interesting thing about Max Levchin's new venture to help women get pregnant is Glow First. It's a nonprofit fund offered as a premium service for the mobile app. If Glow is the mobile application that collects copious amounts of information about a prospective mother's reproductive health to help her get pregnant naturally, Glow MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Aug 8, 2013 12:06 PM ET
Founder Nataly Kogan has good reason to spread cheer.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- Nataly Kogan understands the pursuit of happiness -- in her younger years, she lived for it. As a Jewish refugee from Soviet Russia, Kogan escaped her native country at the age of 13 with a handful of suitcases and $600 in cash for her entire family of four. Jumping between refugee camps across Europe, Kogan finally MOREJul 19, 2013 4:09 PM ET
Pamela Arya's startup helps analysts and scientists parse through big data quickly.
FORTUNE -- The problem facing many organizations sitting atop massive amounts of data is how to make any sense of it.
Three years ago, Pamela Arya, then a vice president at the counterterrorism firm A-T Solutions, recognized the problem and saw an opportunity. "We noticed that even though more and more people were building more and more sensors to capture MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 19, 2013 1:46 PM ET
The online furniture giant is gearing up for an IPO. But first, it has to tell consumers who it is.
By Craig Giammona
FORTUNE -- Wayfair.com could have gone public by now. Some might say should. The Boston-based online retailer generated $600 million in revenue in 2012 and an IPO would create liquidity for Wayfair's 1,300 employees, not to mention boost the company's position in the online home furnishings market.
But the MOREJul 18, 2013 7:37 AM ET
The company is trying to jumpstart the wearable computing revolution -- not just hop on the Silicon Valley bandwagon.
By John Patrick Pullen
FORTUNE -- Nike's Fuelband activity monitor is all about the numbers.
So when Dylan Boyd, managing director of the Nike+ Accelerator partnered with TechStars, took the stage Monday at Nike (NKE) world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. for the program's demo day, he revealed some interesting stats from the accelerator's three-month stint. MOREJun 11, 2013 6:40 AM ET
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