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In the pandemic era, can #vanlife go on? It depends on your rig
Some van fans are getting REALLY socially distant. ...
Mia Sullivan • April 24, 2020
Coronavirus is a boon to… survival kit sales
Many businesses are struggling with plunging demand. One industry isn’t: disaster preparedness. ...
Mia Sullivan • March 12, 2020
Google Health is growing — despite privacy concerns and a federal inquiry
Google has moved 500+ employees under the banner of its booming health business, according to CNBC. The search giant’s health biz dates back more...
Mia Sullivan • February 17, 2020
Ad-targeting tech goes old school — with snail mail
Some companies use your web-browsing activity to send you mail IRL. ...
Mia Sullivan • February 2, 2020
Brexit could be good news for… pubs?
The beloved British pub industry has rebounded following a decade of closures. But will Brexit keep the suds flowing? ...
Mia Sullivan • December 20, 2019
Employee stock options aren’t just for startups any more
Integrity Marketing Group, an insurance company that’s owned by a private equity outfit, announced that it will pay out an aggregate of $50m to...
Mia Sullivan • December 16, 2019
Your favorite childhood pancake behemoth wants to get ya before work
IHOP launched a chain of fast-casual restaurants called Flip’d in the hopes that the new restaurant concept can expand its appeal. ...
Mia Sullivan • December 12, 2019
Hey tech people, the Buckeye State wants ya!
Venture capital investment in Ohio boomed from $432m in 2013 to $1.16B in 2018, and the Buckeye State has quietly become a hotbed for...
Mia Sullivan • December 9, 2019
Procrastinating hard on something? Hire a ‘babysitter’ to hold you accountable
A new startup called Focused gives distracted workers a place to get their sh*t done -- and also a series of check-ins every 20...
Mia Sullivan • December 6, 2019
Spotify announced its first music awards show… then Apple followed suit
Apple and Spotify both have their own music awards now, which give listeners a way to “vote” for their favorite artists by streaming their...
Mia Sullivan • December 6, 2019
Would you buy a house in a community with no cars?
A new real estate development in Tempe, Arizona, with units for 1k residents will be car-free. ...
Mia Sullivan • December 3, 2019
Sparks fly as Taylor Swift sticks it to the man
As Taylor Swift pushed for control of her master recordings, Swifties came to her defense, while the man who acquired her record label said...
Mia Sullivan • December 1, 2019
Private companies are taking the weather biz by storm… and raising some red flags
The weather forecasting biz is booming, but questions about how data should be managed remain. ...
Mia Sullivan • November 26, 2019
Victoria’s Secret cancels its fashion show, in bid to remain culturally relevant
Victoria’s Secret’s signature event is cancelled, largely due to ongoing criticism about the company’s objectification of women. ...
Mia Sullivan • November 25, 2019
Loon is flying the internet to rural areas… via balloon
A sister company of Google is using balloons to bring the internet to the Amazon rain forest. ...
Mia Sullivan • November 22, 2019
America, the land of the… oligopolistic market economy?
Mega-mergers have created consolidation across the US economy, making many services more expensive in the US than Europe — a reversal from 20 years...
Mia Sullivan • November 15, 2019
The US Nuclear Arsenal No Longer Requires… Floppy Disks?
The Defense Department recently completed a system update that will finally phase out floppy disks from the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS),...
Mia Sullivan • October 28, 2019
Are you a victim of a data breach? Don’t expect a big payout
Zappos garnered criticism for reimbursing victims of its data breach with discount codes, joining other companies like Equifax and Yahoo in an ongoing disagreement...
Mia Sullivan • October 22, 2019
Steve Madden is being accused of ripping off a shoe design… again
The shoe startup Rothy’s accused competitor Steve Madden of copying its shoes -- and it’s not the first time. ...
Mia Sullivan • October 21, 2019
In parts of Asia, fish auctions now happen over Facebook Live
Fishmongers are forgoing traditional in-person fish sales in favor of Facebook Live auctions. ...
Mia Sullivan • October 17, 2019
This Chilean startup could help US consumers use less plastic
A Chilean startup called Algramo is expanding its successful bulk-buying program, which is designed to reduce the burden of excessive packaging costs on low-income...
Mia Sullivan • October 15, 2019
Research shows new tech can help bring old tech back from the dead
Studies show that 3rd-gen tech is actually helping bring vinyl and film back. ...
Mia Sullivan • October 7, 2019
The Secrets to Smarties’ 70 Years of Success
The sweet history of the company that makes Smarties. ...
Mia Sullivan • October 3, 2019
New rules to protect endangered whales have lobstermen shaking in their waders
The North Atlantic right whale is going extinct, and the laws put in place to protect them could do the same to lobstermen in...
Mia Sullivan • October 2, 2019
Retail got you down? Try a pop-up!
Pop-up stores are rising in popularity... ...
Mia Sullivan • September 30, 2019
Struggling with anxiety? There are (lots of) apps for that
Gamified anxiety apps are flooding the wellness market, but is more screen time really the key? ...
Mia Sullivan • September 27, 2019
Amazon released shoes under a private label that look pretty much the same as Allbirds
Amazon is infamous for ripping off styles of successful brands, and the e-commerce giant’s latest victim is Allbirds. ...
Mia Sullivan • September 24, 2019
The perk of werk: Companies are using ‘accelerated pay’ to entice new employees
As unemployment remains low, companies are trying to entice new employees with “accelerated payments.” ...
Mia Sullivan • September 23, 2019
Google releases luxury backpack that syncs with your phone… for $1k?!
Google’s connected-clothing affiliate, Jacquard, released a new smart backpack that costs $1k. ...
Mia Sullivan • September 16, 2019
As China’s pork-pocalypse continues, it will tap into its ‘strategic pork reserves’
After pork prices rose 47% in China last month, the pig-crazy country had to tap into its “strategic pork reserves.” ...
Mia Sullivan • September 12, 2019
Everyone is baking — and entrepreneurs are rising up to meet the demand
The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews
The worst sales promotion in history
Why nobody ever wins the car at the mall
How small business owners survived the Great Recession
New business ideas and the best way to capitalize.
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