Mark Dent
Writer, The Hustle

The Athletic receives new funding and a $500m valuation 

Alex Mather once said he wanted to “suck (newspapers) dry.” His company is now valued much higher than most legacy media orgs.

Mark Dent • January 21, 2020

So, how should YOUR business approach diversity and inclusion?

Strengthening your commitment to diversity takes work, but it pays off in the long run.

Mark Dent • January 17, 2020

Cancel that Vegas vacay: Sports gambling is legal in 20 states, and startups are cashing in 

Casinos and entrepreneurs are replacing bookies and offshore websites as the venues of choice for US sports gambling.

Mark Dent • January 8, 2020

Mariah Carey is the Queen of Christmas — and 21st century marketing. Bend the knee.

How did “All I Want for Christmas Is You” get to No. 1? Mariah Carey’s pioneering relationship with fans.

Mark Dent • December 20, 2019

There used to be a Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving. Can we bring it back?

In the early 1900s, a group of women formed the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving. Can history repeat itself?

Mark Dent • December 18, 2019

Huffing paint and hoarding cash: Away workers level new complaints

After accusations about toxic culture, Away employees now say the work environment is literally toxic, too.

Mark Dent • December 18, 2019

Amazon fires FedEx at the peak of the holiday rush

Amazon tells vendors they cannot deliver products this holiday season via FedEx because the shipping company is unreliable.

Mark Dent • December 18, 2019

Confusing clothes sizes have inspired a new market for fit-finding services

A group of startups wants to make it easier to find the perfect fit in clothes. Some say we won’t even have clothing sizes in the future.

Mark Dent • December 17, 2019

For the preschooler who has everything, how about a $400 Mercedes convertible?

If you can’t afford a Mercedes for yourself, how about your preschooler? The car manufacturer is one of several selling $400 ride-on toys, with the aim of attracting future generations.

Mark Dent • December 17, 2019

International players anthem: The Athletic’s plan to dominate sports media involves expanding overseas

The Athletic sports site has 500,000 subscribers, with big plans to expand internationally, CEO Alex Mather says.

Mark Dent • December 3, 2019

WhatsGood brings farmers markets into the 21st century

WhatsGood pairs farmers with restaurants to make fresh and local actually fresh and local.

Mark Dent • November 28, 2019

The hottest trend among the super-rich? Safe-deposit boxes

Demand for safe-deposit boxes is increasing among the uber-rich, as wealthy people look for a safe haven for their cash, art, and jewels.

Mark Dent • November 21, 2019

How do you sell a burger? By NOT featuring scantily clad women, apparently.

Declining sales and #MeToo have finally led Carl’s Jr. to move beyond its sexist ad campaigns.

Mark Dent • November 14, 2019

Harley-Davidson’s teenage (and 20-something) dream has come true

Katy Perry wrote a song about Harleys, and now the brand may rise in popularity among young people and women.

Mark Dent • November 7, 2019

We asked for pizza innovation. You delivered. Now let’s eat already.

We asked readers to come up with ideas for pizza innovation, and these are their best ideas for new types of ’za.

Mark Dent • November 1, 2019

Would you move to Tulsa for $10k? 10k people tried to 

Tulsa offered $10k to move there, and 10k people applied.

Mark Dent • October 31, 2019

How Pizza Hut stopped innovating its pizza and fell behind Domino’s

  Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut was an innovation powerhouse. It employed food scientists who patented crusts that didn’t break down when mixed with garlic and...
Mark Dent • October 25, 2019

The myth of the millennial founder: Next-gen entrepreneurs are increasingly seniors

People over age 50 are twice as likely to become entrepreneurs as millennials.

Mark Dent • September 23, 2019

Live shopping didn’t die with QVC on TV… it’s alive and well in China

In China, Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace makes $15B in sales by appealing to shoppers who want to buy products from a live stream.

Mark Dent • August 1, 2019

In a sequel to the ‘Varsity Blues’ admissions scandal, parents are gaming guardianship

In Illinois, wealthy parents relinquished guardianship of their kids to access tens of thousands of dollars of need-based aid.

Mark Dent • July 31, 2019

After the Sprint-T-Mobile deal, victory is a DISH best served wireless

By approving the Sprint-T-Mobile merger, the Department of Justice also handed a victory to DISH, which will purchase $5B of Sprint’s assets.

Mark Dent • July 29, 2019

Nextdoor emboldens scammers in your parents’ neighborhoods

The social network Nextdoor was made to bring communities together… but it also opened the door for petty criminals.

Mark Dent • July 26, 2019

Hipster Bibles are now a thing

A startup called Alabaster wants to give the Bible a rebrand to make the book appeal to millennials.

Mark Dent • July 25, 2019

Toys ‘R’ Us 2.0 will launch this fall

Toys ‘R’ Us is dipping its toys back into the water with the opening of 2 downsized stores after its bankruptcy last year.

Mark Dent • July 19, 2019

Ford’s secret fight for a pickup truck emoji

Ford has fought for years (behind the scenes) to add a pickup truck emoji to unicode -- and it finally paid off.

Mark Dent • July 18, 2019

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