Author Archives: Matt Vella
  • Interested in crowdfunding? 5 priceless pieces of advice

    Startup crowdfunding is due to change drastically this year. Here's advice from Ronny Conway, Ben Horowitz, Kevin Rose, and others.

    By Kurt Wagner, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Investing successfully in startups takes more than a pocketful of cash. That's the message venture capitalists and securities regulators hope to transmit to those interested in equity-based crowdfunding, a new form of investing currently awaiting regulatory approval. Ordinary investors will soon have the opportunity to invest MORE

    Feb 25, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • How risky is the Fed's major move?

    A bold and necessary move? Yes, but the Fed's growing activism has limits and is ultimately inconsistent with the proper efficient functioning of a market economy.

    By Mohamed A. El-Erian, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Wow! That is what I suspect many investors said when they heard Wednesday's policy announcement from the Federal Reserve. And this single reaction would have captured not just partial surprise but also a combination of conflicting feelings.

    Have no doubt: MORE

    Dec 13, 2012 9:17 AM ET
  • Khosla Ventures teams up with Condoleezza Rice

    Condoleezza Rice and her former Bush cabinet colleagues are partnering with venture capital firm Khosla Ventures to provide strategic insights for companies looking to expand into international markets.

    By Omar Akhtar, reporter

    FORTUNE -- President George W. Bush's foreign policy team is making a comeback of sorts as a business consultancy and it's just landed one of its most high-profile clients.

    The consultancy, RiceHadleyGates LLP, headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice MORE

    Dec 13, 2012 6:30 AM ET
  • Cheap gas hurts the middle class

    Europeans pay more for energy. Here's why Americans should too.

    By Jason Scorse, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Gasoline in Norway currently costs more than $9 a gallon. In Germany the price is more than $8. Prices between $6 and $10 per gallon are common throughout most EU countries. In the U.S., by comparison, the highest average per-gallon price is close to hitting $5, and we grumble about it.

    No one needs a crystal ball MORE

    Dec 6, 2012 11:49 AM ET
  • Zoellick: Europe's role in the world is at stake

    Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank, talks about the crisis in Europe.

    By Kurt Wagner, reporter

    FORTUNE -- It was three years ago this month that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced the budget deficit that marked the start of Europe's fiscal meltdown. In the years that followed, Eurozone members saw their banking systems brought to their knees and their citizens take to the streets in riots and protests. MORE

    Oct 30, 2012 5:17 PM ET
  • Why China will open up further

    Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman argues that, to maintain stability, the Chinese may adopt some democratically inclined reforms.

    By Kurt Wagner, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Just two days after Americans cast their votes for President next month, more than one billion Chinese will anxiously await the announcement declaring the new leader who has been chosen for them. The unofficial president to-be, Xi Jinping, will arguably become the world's most important political figure MORE

    Oct 18, 2012 11:46 AM ET
  • How W. could hurt Mitt

    The former Republican president's speaking schedule could potentially create headaches shortly before the election.

    By David A. Kaplan, contributor

    FORTUNE -- So, let's pretend you're Mitt Romney. It's just a few days before the presidential election next month. It's an incredibly close race. You're focused on discussing jobs, tax reform, health care and economic growth. Just what it is that you're hoping the last Republican in the White House is doing? Since MORE

    Oct 12, 2012 11:34 AM ET
  • Jamie Dimon's odd idea of a "favor"

    JP Morgan's chief recently said the acquisition of Bear Stearns in the midst of the 2008 collapse was a gesture of generosity. Hardly.

    By Cyrus Sanati, contributor

    Correction: October 12, 4:15 PM

    FORTUNE -- It looks like Jamie Dimon is trying to rewrite Wall Street history. The brash chief executive of JP Morgan shocked an audience of academics and financial dilettantes at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on Wednesday when he MORE

    Oct 11, 2012 2:37 PM ET
  • Spain: Fear the worst

    Inadequate stress tests of Spanish banks are just the first of the troubled country's myriad problems.

    By Cyrus Sanati, contributor

    FORTUNE -- It is becoming clear that Spain's stress test simply weren't stressful enough. The independent auditor's report on the nation's crippled banking sector released this past Friday made some rosy assumptions as to economic growth, mortgage losses and the quality of bank capital. Now Moody's and the Basel Commission are questioning MORE

    Oct 2, 2012 11:52 AM ET
  • Why lawyers are still fighting over 9/11

    Some $6 billion is at stake in two pending cases resulting from the World Trade Center disaster.

    By David A. Kaplan, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Call it garden-variety legal thinking -- or jurisprudential chutzpah. It all depends on how you look at it. When two commercial jetliners, commandeered by suicidal Al Qaeda terrorists, smashed into the towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they surely were the primary causes of MORE

    Sep 18, 2012 12:04 PM ET
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