Not every successful tech entrepreneur wants the limelight.
By Jeff Richards, contributor
FORTUNE -- Salesforce.com recently announced the acquisition of EdgeSpring, an emerging player in the business intelligence/analytics market. It was an amazing outcome for the company's two founders, employees and investors (Lightspeed and Kleiner Perkins).
So why didn't you hear about it?
Because the founders want it that way. They represent Quiet Success. And – despite what you may have been led to believe – MOREAug 13, 2013 11:58 AM ET
What startups should do if the environment is worse than expected
By Ben Horowitz
"Hope that you feel this Feel this way forever You can plan a pretty picnic But you can't predict the weather."
--Outkast, Ms. Jackson
FORTUNE -- If you run a startup and are currently raising money, you probably planned for a somewhat different fundraising environment than the one you find yourself in today. You probably thought that valuations would be roughly MOREJul 15, 2013 2:29 PM ET
Hedge funds may be a media piñata right now, but they aren't going away. Nor should they.
By Josh Brown
FORTUNE -- Over the last month, the low hum of anti-hedge fund murmuring has exploded into a full-on festival of malice -- thousands of investors, having spotted the 2-and-20 emperors sans clothing for the umpteenth time, are now reveling in their newfound courage to say it out loud:
"I don't get it."
The journalists -- MOREJul 14, 2013 9:23 AM ET
Innovation booms take a while to absorb.
By Jeff Bussgang
FORTUNE -- Think about all of the amazing technology innovation that has impacted businesses over the last three years. Since 2011, we have seen an explosion in cloud computing, in mobile, in technology-enabled business services and in globalization. All of us feel more productive as professionals, and our businesses feel more productive institutionally.
As a nation, the United States must be cranking MOREJul 11, 2013 12:52 PM ET
In the next five years, ecommerce competition could determine the world's most valuable company.
By Ken Hao
FORTUNE -- Over the past 10 years, seven companies have carved out lion-sized shares of the global Internet economy. The American giants and their respective kingdoms are well-known: Google ($293 billion market cap) in search, Amazon ($125 billion) and eBay ($66 billion) in e-commerce and Facebook ($58billion) in social networking.
Less familiar are the other MOREJun 21, 2013 6:40 AM ET
Before Douglas Shulman ran the IRS, he ran FINRA.
By Larry Doyle
FORTUNE -- Have you ever read a passage or a line from a speech and thought, "He didn't actually say that, did he?"
I had just that experience this morning in reading a delivery made by Douglas Shulman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the time when the targeting of selected conservative groups was launched. For those who care about MOREMay 28, 2013 10:53 AM ET
Yahoo is formally buying Tumblr, but it's really buying Tumblr's leader.
By Charlie O'Donnell
FORTUNE -- You can do the math on Tumblr's pageviews, throw in some expected CPM, weighted average cost of capital, and try to justify the $1.1 billion that Yahoo (YHOO) is spending on Tumblr.
I think you'd be kidding yourself if that's what this was all about. The Tumblr community isn't going anywhere, but that's really not the MOREMay 20, 2013 8:14 AM ET
There is a good case for Yahoo to buy Tumblr. But there's a better case for it not to.
By John Saroff
FORTUNE -- It looks like Yahoo has offered to buy Tumblr for the sticker-shock price of $1.1 billion.
Maybe we shouldn't be surprised, since just a few days ago Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman spoke about the need for the company to be "cool" again. But Yahoo (YHOO) shareholders invest for returns, not for cool. Yahoo employees MOREMay 19, 2013 3:24 PM ET
Businesses organized as partnerships account for 35% of all sales. So why are we taxing them at higher rates than other corporations?
By Stephen Chipman and Doreen Griffith
FORTUNE -- The top concern for certain business entities seeking to compete on a level playing field through tax reform has not yet been addressed.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has released a tax reform discussion draft that would simplify the tax rules for MOREMay 14, 2013 12:44 PM ET
Startups should keep employee upside in equity.
By Eric Paley
FORTUNE -- Venture-backed startups are incredibly ambitious. A startup team comes together to try to create something highly improbable and well beyond what can reasonably be expected given the scarce resources at hand. Once financed, everyone at the startup should have a reasonable salary, but the real compensation for achieving the improbable is equity.
Inevitably, I get into a discussion with my MOREMay 6, 2013 2:53 PM ET
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