Alyson Shontell

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Inside the Mind of Big-Time Investor Fred Wilson
Money

Inside the Mind of Big-Time Investor Fred Wilson

In this question-and-answer interview, Wilson discusses retirement, Tumblr's exit and getting over a difficult year.
$30 Million Disaster: What Went Wrong at Clinkle
Business News

$30 Million Disaster: What Went Wrong at Clinkle

The startup boasts big-name investors and a 22-year-old CEO at the helm, but its much-hyped mobile wallet app still has yet to launch publicly.
Going to SXSW? Here's Your Survival Guide.
News and Trends

Going to SXSW? Here's Your Survival Guide.

Fourteen things you need to know now if you're headed to the big event in Austin, Texas.
Where Are They Now: Meet Facebook's First 20 Employees
Success Stories

Where Are They Now: Meet Facebook's First 20 Employees

A look at Facebook's early team, which you might have never seen before.
This App Made $200,000 Right After It Premiered On 'Shark Tank'
Apps & Software

This App Made $200,000 Right After It Premiered On 'Shark Tank'

A video app was a major hit among the 'sharks' and customers, too.
Why So Many Tech Founders Who Are Jerks Become Insanely Rich and Successful
Leadership

Why So Many Tech Founders Who Are Jerks Become Insanely Rich and Successful

If 'startup DNA' is the idea that the world's best entrepreneurs have some inherent talent they were born with that made them successful, then many also share another characteristic: arrogance.
One Silicon Valley Investor Has a Wacky Proposal to Carve Up California Into 6 Separate States
Venture Capital

One Silicon Valley Investor Has a Wacky Proposal to Carve Up California Into 6 Separate States

The idea: Provide California residents, businesses and politics to 'start fresh.'
Why Box's Co-founder Turned Down a $550 Million Offer That Would Have Made Him 'Phenomenally Wealthy' At 26
Financing

Why Box's Co-founder Turned Down a $550 Million Offer That Would Have Made Him 'Phenomenally Wealthy' At 26

Take all that cash? Nope. Entrepreneur Aaron Levie had bigger plans.
Alleged Third, Ousted Snapchat Founder Suing Investors
Starting a Business

Alleged Third, Ousted Snapchat Founder Suing Investors

As the fast-growing photo sharing app gains momentum, a self-proclaimed third founder argues he rightfully owns one-third of the company.
Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice
Venture Capital

Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice

The LinkedIn co-founder and VC shares valuable insight on what entrepreneurs need to know when pitching their startups to investors.
12 Successful Tech Executives Who Wake Up Really Early
Lifestyle

12 Successful Tech Executives Who Wake Up Really Early

If you want to be successful, you might have to roll out of bed a little earlier.
How Tech's Richest People Spend Their Vacations
Lifestyle

How Tech's Richest People Spend Their Vacations

Millionaires and billionaires vacation a little differently from the rest of us. Take a look at these ridiculous summer properties.
The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According to a Man Paid to Save Them
Startup Basics

The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According to a Man Paid to Save Them

Surprisingly, running out of money is not the No. 1 reason.
Zynga Stock Falls As Company Decides Not to Enter Real-Money Gambling Market
News and Trends

Zynga Stock Falls As Company Decides Not to Enter Real-Money Gambling Market

The decision comes as the once-popular gaming company delivered a brutal second quarter earnings report.
Gowalla Co-Founder Leaving Facebook, Has Plans for a New Project
News and Trends

Gowalla Co-Founder Leaving Facebook, Has Plans for a New Project

After a year and a half at Facebook, Josh Williams says he plans to stay in San Francisco and 'work on something new.'
Books Inspiring Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Other Tech Entrepreneurs
Lifestyle

Books Inspiring Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Other Tech Entrepreneurs

These books helped shape tech's most influential leaders.
4 Reasons Google Bought Social Mapping App Waze
News and Trends

4 Reasons Google Bought Social Mapping App Waze

The tech giant already is already a leader in maps, but here's why the billion-dollar acquisition can make sense.
How Instagram's Co-Founder Spent His Year After Facebook's $1 Billion Acquisition
Lifestyle

How Instagram's Co-Founder Spent His Year After Facebook's $1 Billion Acquisition

A look at Kevin Systrom's last 12 months -- by way of his Instagram photos.
Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers
Leadership

Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers

The smartest entrepreneurs know when their time is up.
5 Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life
Apps & Software

5 Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life

These tools can clean up email spam, store and organize documents, and more.
The Unusual Way One Media Startup Grew to 10 Million Readers in a Year
Growth Strategies

The Unusual Way One Media Startup Grew to 10 Million Readers in a Year

Upworthy's strategy: In with the old, out with the new.
10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedIn
Social Media

10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedIn

You'll want to steer clear of these no-nos on the professional networking site.
Sean Parker: Running a Startup Is 'Like Eating Glass'
Leadership

Sean Parker: Running a Startup Is 'Like Eating Glass'

The Napster and Airtime co-founder says too many people with terrible ideas are founding companies.
The New Kid Craze: A Tiny, Squishy Toy in a Plastic Bubble
Success Stories

The New Kid Craze: A Tiny, Squishy Toy in a Plastic Bubble

Pull with mommy bloggers and big-box stores helped an entrepreneur create a new fad. Look out, SillyBandz.
Why Businesses Succeed and Fail
Startup Financing

Why Businesses Succeed and Fail

Harvard researchers answer 10 perplexing questions.
10 Ways to Ditch Your Job and Work for Yourself
Startup Basics

10 Ways to Ditch Your Job and Work for Yourself

In a crummy economy where work is scarce, Scott Gerber believes that you need to create a job to keep a job.
How I Survived My First Year Without Any Venture Capital
Success Stories

How I Survived My First Year Without Any Venture Capital

Brooke Moreland, of Fashism.com, worked two jobs and ran her business on a shoe-string budget until she got her big-break.

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