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Alyson Shontell

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$30 Million Disaster: What Went Wrong at Clinkle

$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.
April 15, 2014 in Business News
Going to SXSW? Here's Your Survival Guide.

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.
February 24, 2014 in News and Trends
Where Are They Now: Meet Facebook's First 20 Employees

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

A look at Facebook's early team, which you might have never seen before.
February 8, 2014 in Success Stories
This App Made $200,000 Right After It Premiered On 'Shark Tank'

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.
February 4, 2014 in Apps & Software
Why So Many Tech Founders Who Are Jerks Become Insanely Rich and Successful

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.
January 21, 2014 in Leadership
One Silicon Valley Investor Has a Wacky Proposal to Carve Up California Into 6 Separate States

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.'
December 21, 2013 in Venture Capital
Why Box's Co-founder Turned Down a $550 Million Offer That Would Have Made Him 'Phenomenally Wealthy' At 26

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.
November 26, 2013 in Financing
Alleged Third, Ousted Snapchat Founder Suing Investors

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.
November 8, 2013 in Starting a Business
Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice

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.
October 17, 2013 in Venture Capital
12 Successful Tech Executives Who Wake Up Really Early

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.
July 30, 2013 in Lifestyle
How Tech's Richest People Spend Their Vacations

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.
July 28, 2013 in Lifestyle
The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According to a Man Paid to Save Them

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.
July 27, 2013 in Startup Basics
Zynga Stock Falls As Company Decides Not to Enter Real-Money Gambling Market

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.
July 27, 2013 in News and Trends
Gowalla Co-Founder Leaving Facebook, Has Plans for a New Project

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.'
July 16, 2013 in News and Trends
Books Inspiring Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Other Tech Entrepreneurs

Books Inspiring Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Other Tech Entrepreneurs

These books helped shape tech's most influential leaders.
July 1, 2013 in Lifestyle
4 Reasons Google Bought Social Mapping App Waze

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.
June 13, 2013 in News and Trends
How Instagram's Co-Founder Spent His Year After Facebook's $1 Billion Acquisition

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.
May 11, 2013 in Lifestyle
Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers

Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers

The smartest entrepreneurs know when their time is up.
May 4, 2013 in Leadership
5 Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life

5 Apps to Help Unclutter Your Life

These tools can clean up email spam, store and organize documents, and more.
April 27, 2013 in Apps & Software
The Unusual Way One Media Startup Grew to 10 Million Readers in a Year

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.
March 28, 2013 in Growth Strategies
10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedIn

10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedIn

You'll want to steer clear of these no-nos on the professional networking site.
November 26, 2012 in Social Media
Sean Parker: Running a Startup Is 'Like Eating Glass'

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.
October 2, 2012 in Leadership
The New Kid Craze: A Tiny, Squishy Toy in a Plastic Bubble

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.
February 1, 2011 in Success Stories
Why Businesses Succeed and Fail

Why Businesses Succeed and Fail

Harvard researchers answer 10 perplexing questions.
January 13, 2011 in Startup Financing
10 Ways to Ditch Your Job and Work for Yourself

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.
December 7, 2010 in Startup Basics
How I Survived My First Year Without Any Venture Capital

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.
November 9, 2010 in Success Stories