Sarah Emerson

Forbes Staff|Innovation

I'm an Oakland-based technology reporter and Senior Writer at Forbes. Contact me at or securely on Signal at 510-473-8820.

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64,907 viewsNov 9, 2023

Inside Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s $1 Billion Philanthropic Mess

After the sudden departure of its CEO, Schmidt Futures is spinning out and sunsetting a dozen programs, including its prestigious partnership with the White House.

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372,952 viewsOct 23, 2023

Former Google CEO Launched A $100 Million Company With His Girlfriend. It’s Not Going Well

Married billionaire Eric Schmidt launched a startup with 29-year-old entrepreneur Michelle Ritter while they were dating, blurring his professional and personal life.

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31,989 viewsOct 17, 2023

The Palestinian Startup Ecosystem Has Represented Economic Hope. War Is Decimating It

As they grapple with keeping their businesses afloat, Palestinian founders are grieving the loss of life and community in Gaza, with many currently unable to reach friends, family and colleagues.

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5,221 viewsSep 29, 2023

Payments Unicorn Bolt Will Not Face Enforcement Action, SEC Letter Says

The SEC said in a letter to the company that it won't recommend any action against the startup, following an investigation into whether Bolt violated securities laws during fundraising.

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3,356 viewsJul 27, 2023

Ryan Breslow’s Health Startup Sued Over Alleged Trademark Breach

Love Wellness, a lifestyle company founded by TV star Lauren Bosworth, has filed a lawsuit against the Bolt executive chairman’s new startup Love Health.

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47,082 viewsJul 7, 2023

How A Magazine Claiming To Empower Female Founders Was ‘Birthed’ By A Controversial Church

Women of the City looked like a glossy fashion magazine. But 11 alleged victims said that after promising them a platform, WOTC absconded with their money.

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102,820 viewsApr 15, 2023

The Tiny Kingdom Of Bhutan Secretly Held Millions Of Dollars In Cryptocurrency

The Himalayan kingdom has quietly been dumping millions of dollars into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Its investments, which have never been publicly disclosed, were revealed in the bankruptcy filings of lenders BlockFi and Celsius.

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25,457 viewsApr 14, 2023

Patrick Mahomes, Megachurch Leaders And Celebrities Boosted Obscure Crypto Company Claiming To Be Worth $15 Billion

When fundraising in 2019, the founder of crypto venture VirtualStax told potential investors his company would bring in $97 billion revenue in three years.

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73,869 viewsApr 13, 2023

Bob Lee Killing Suspect Asked Neighbor For ‘All Your Alcohol’ Hours After Alleged Murder

Tech entrepreneur Nima Momeni worked hard and partied harder, neighbors and friends say. One person who knew him said he had been visibly on edge in the days after Lee’s killing.

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107,171 viewsMar 29, 2023

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Legal Defense Is Being Funded With Alameda Money He Gifted His Father

While still CEO of now-collapsed FTX, Bankman-Fried transferred millions of dollars to his father. Some of those funds have since been used to pay for his mounting legal fees, according to two sources close to the company.