| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Dick Costolo doesn't fit the profile of a typical tech start-up chief executive.
He's not a twentysomething college dropout. He didn't start Twitter Inc. in his dorm room. And he doesn't wear a hoodie.
At 50, with a balding...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:08 PM
WASHINGTON — Todd Park, the nation's chief technology officer, is the top tech expert in the U.S. government and the face of President Barack Obama's effort to bring the federal bureaucracy into the iPad era.
The onetime entrepreneur, a 40-year-...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat is not even 3 years old. It's run by a couple of twentysomethings with no prior business experience. And it has never made a cent.
Yet investors are fighting for the opportunity to throw hundreds of millions at the...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled.
Executives at bioenergy startups in the San Francisco Bay...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:28 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Valuations being given to the most promising of the latest crop of Internet companies just keep going up and up as investors open their wallets ever wider.
Dropbox, which has already raised hundreds of millions, plans to raise even...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:37 PM
TIJUANA — In an industrial park five miles east of downtown Tijuana, Ariel Ceja toils in a white room bustling with assembly workers hunched over blue tables.
A master scheduler, Ceja is in charge of all steps of production at this factory nestled...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In Venice, 25-year-old Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy has bought a new two-bedroom house for $2.1 million, or nearly double the median price of homes in the neighborhood.
A few blocks away, a three-bedroom town house with a rooftop sun deck was just...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:13 PM
At a moment when the world is transfixed by bloody political dramas unspooling in Egypt and Syria, a book about business start-ups in the Arab world might seem poorly timed.
But many of the same social and technological factors behind the region's...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:05 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — In fewer than 140 characters, or 24 words, Twitter Inc. disclosed that it was planning the highest-profile public stock offering since Facebook Inc.
But that was about all it did, leaving stunned investors and analysts scrambling...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:09 PM
The gig: Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor and managing partner at Century City venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, formerly known as GRP Partners.
A vocal proponent of L.A.'s growing tech scene, Suster has become known as the go-to...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Does this make me look fat? Steak or seafood for dinner? Is this appropriate for a first date?
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is full of them. Some are big, some are easy and some are more pressing than others.
Many times feedback is hard to...