Alyson Shontell

Alyson Shontell

Alyson is a Senior Reporter at Business Insider.

Ecommerce Shop Fancy Just Laid Off a Third of Its Staff
Layoffs

Ecommerce Shop Fancy Just Laid Off a Third of Its Staff

The site, which was rumored to be in acquisition talks with eBay in September, is said to have scaled its team down to 10 or 15 from 45 a year ago.
Here's What the First Hires at Apple, Google and Other Top Tech Companies Are Doing Now
Tech Startups

Here's What the First Hires at Apple, Google and Other Top Tech Companies Are Doing Now

Some made millions, others saw fortunes slip through their fingers, and some have joined or founded other startups.
Mark Zuckerberg's Grand Vision for the Next 10 Years of Facebook
Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg's Grand Vision for the Next 10 Years of Facebook

How the company can use its success to invest in long-term goals that will make it an even stronger company over the next decade.
The Most Expensive Domain Names in Internet History
URLs

The Most Expensive Domain Names in Internet History

A look at URLs that have sold for $1 million or more.
Inside the Mind of Big-Time Investor Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson

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
Failure

$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.
Technology

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
Starting a Business

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'
Technology

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
Finance

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
Finance

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
Legal Center

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

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
Productivity

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.
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