Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield Isn’t Worried About Battling Chief Rival Microsoft

Corporate messaging service Slack has some advantages over its chief rival, Microsoft, despite Slack having fewer users, CEO Stewart Butterfield says. “It’s hard to maintain a real focus on quality, on user experience, and the bigger you get the harder it is,” Butterfield said in an interview at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. […]

Ring’s Co-Founder Rebuts Concerns About Security of Connected Home Devices

Connected doorbell maker Ring said that its success depends on providing its customers with secure and privacy-friendly products, and that, therefore, protecting customers from hackers and malware is critical. “If we ever breach those things, then we’ll lose trust,” said, Jamie Siminoff, Ring’s founder and chief inventor. “Then people won’t buy our products.” Siminoff told […]

Answering Some of the Biggest Questions Facing the Tech Industry—Data Sheet

Good morning from Aspen, Colo., literally (at 8,000 feet) and figuratively one of the most breathtaking places in the world. My Fortune colleagues and I convene the annual Brainstorm Tech conference this afternoon (starting at 2 p.m. Mountain Time). We’ll be joined by some of the brightest lights in tech, all here to see around […]

Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire

Erin Burrus has endured some misfortune in recent years: After a cancer diagnosis, she lost her home to foreclosure. Today she’s healthy again, and a stable job in sales has helped her mend her finances. “I’m climbing my way back up,” says Burrus. One symbol of her stability is the two–bedroom home she shares with […]

The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real

Paul McCartney made his modest contribution to the future of virtual reality with a little help from a bike mechanic. The unlikely union of the Beatles great, a bike-shop employee in Palo Alto, and a promising if underachieving technology is the accomplishment of Scott Broock, once an enterprising executive with a fledgling camera company called […]

Eye on A.I.— Introducing Fortune’s New Brainstorm A.I. Conference

Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize business by making it possible for computers to translate languages, identify people in photos, and analyze data to find new ways to make money. But despite these advances, most companies haven’t incorporated A.I. into their operations because it’s either too complicated, too expensive, or too early. With that in mind, […]

Twitch CEO: Europe’s New Copyright Law Could Hurt the Wrong Companies

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said a new law in Europe that would hold tech companies responsible for the material published by their users is too vague and make things messy for his company. The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a law called Article 13 that would hold companies liable for copyright infringements by their users […]