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  • The California tax that terrifies tech

    Retroactive tax bills and the elimination of a state tax-break for California's entrepreneurs and early stage investors could force them to move to ... Texas.

    By Omar Akhtar, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Entrepreneurs and investors in California can expect to receive a rude shock in the mail if they sold their company in the last four years. Not only did the state's Franchise Tax Board (FTB) eliminate a tax break on capital gains MORE

    Feb 21, 2013 7:24 AM ET
  • A social network that really "gets" you

    Startup ArchetypeMe wants to take personalization to the next level with a little help from Carl Jung.

    By Erika Fry, reporter

    FORTUNE -- How much do your social networks know about you? Too much? While many fear Google's creep and Facebook's omniscience, Michael Mendenhall, a former marketing executive at Disney and Hewlett-Packard suspects social networks are clueless when it comes to users' personalities. "Those sites are about chatting, sharing, discovery and MORE

    Feb 19, 2013 1:08 PM ET
  • New York: Tech's hot new hub

    New York City is catching up to the Bay Area with its burgeoning population of hot companies.

    By Omar Akhtar/Graphic Nicolas Rapp

    FORTUNE -- When Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to end New York's overdependence on Wall Street, the city responded by becoming the country's fastest-growing digital-technology hub. Despite less-than-stellar access to a reliable broadband network, New York now hosts over 1,800 tech companies. The city overtook Boston to become the country's MORE

    Dec 5, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Online, in-store: Merge, retail, merge!

    A new software platform from LightSpeed works between retailers and e-commerce.

    By Caitlin Keating, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Everyone -- from J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson to Barnes & Noble (BKS) CEO William J. Lynch -- wants to bridge the divide between online sales and in-store experience. They might use Saturdays Surf as an example. Saturdays is a surf shop without many surfboards in sight -- they're often stashed in the MORE

    Aug 6, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Three keys to the next green business boom

    Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an affordable, scalable source of clean energy, it's probably best to focus on small moves that can add up to a big difference.

    By Dan Yates

    FORTUNE -- The clean-tech world keeps looking for a revolution, but that kind of change requires shifts in technology or policy first. Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an MORE

    Apr 30, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • Ron Conway is a Silicon Valley startup's best friend

    The prolific angel investor has rarely met an Internet startup he didn't like. When it comes to picking the next big thing, there's a right way and a wrong way. And then there's the Conway.

    FORTUNE -- The rooftop deck of Ron Conway's San Francisco apartment building is packed with a random and seemingly incongruous assortment of tech A-listers, celebrities, and sports stars snacking on hors d'oeuvres and sipping fine wines. MORE

    - Feb 10, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Dell gets in touch with its inner entrepreneur

    To compete with full-service tech giants such as HP, Oracle, and IBM, Dell is going back to its roots.

    By Anne VanderMey, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Forrest Norrod knows all about running a scrappy operation: Five years ago, when he started a business to design computer data centers for big corporations, Norrod's outfit was so lean that his team used dollar bills to measure server racks when they couldn't find rulers. One engineer built MORE

    Nov 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • The race for education tech heats up

    The education publishing industry's top firms are rushing to secure their future -- even if it means partnering with a startup that it would have acquired outright in the past. The latest deal between Pearson and startup Knewton is a case in point. By Scott Olster

    Nov 1, 2011 8:59 AM ET
  • Can Singapore engineer creativity?

    Singapore's government gets what it wants — from social policy to tourism. But its bid to enhance the nation's creative atmosphere may be a challenge more difficult any other.

    By Katherine Ryder, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Singapore's government has a way of getting what it wants. Fertility rates too low? The Social Development Unit organizes boat-trips to spin romance among the singles crowd. Not enough tourism? The Tourism Board spearheads the development of MORE

    Sep 13, 2011 12:03 PM ET
  • Social networking for bricklayers

    Proven.com aims to build the link for employers and skilled workers to connect on jobs.

    By Alex Konrad, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Proven.com wants to prove there's a job site for skilled tradespeople somewhere between the white collar networking of LinkedIn and the anarchy of Craigslist. A site focusing on the workers' end has been up since last year. The employers' end has been active since May under that site's old name, WorkersNow.com. MORE

    Jul 21, 2011 5:03 PM ET
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