We’ve all heard the trope: Silicon Valley is the only place to be if you want to launch a tech startup — the only place where you can secure funding. Well, the Midwest has something to say about that. There’s a huge tech boom underway in middle America… So big, that some predict the region […]
After a Chuck E. Cheese location closed in a small Illinois town a few weeks back, a strange video made the rounds on the internet. In the foreground, all appears normal, as employees wheel old machines and decorations out to a moving truck. But in the background, a horror story unfolds: 2 women hover over […]
Market research firm Pitchbook recently found that global venture capital investment is at an all-time high of $142B. But there’s a catch: fewer and fewer startups are getting funded — and the successful ones are raking in way more early-stage $$$ than they used to. Since 2012, the median seed round deal has doubled from […]
Last week, the ag firm Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) put out a report suggesting states institute a “sin tax” on meat to combat the worsening environmental impact of livestock. What’s a sin tax, again? In short, they’re state-sponsored taxes that are levied on goods or services that are deemed to be “sinful” […]
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to undo the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama Administration in 2015. The regulations defined the internet as a public utility and prevented internet service providers from charging more money, blocking access to sites at their discretion, and picking and choosing the content people can […]
In India, social stigma is getting in the way of effective condom marketing -- and it’s hitting the industry hard.
In a classic changing of the energy guard, engineers around the world are building solar plants on top of non-active coal mines.
In 3 years, a little-known Chinese billionaire named Shan Xiangshuang has stealthily built the largest seed fund in tech.
To boost the local economy, the Chinese government signed a $1.5B contract to turn Yucheng into a “Happy Town” full of sex toy shops and adult-only hotels.
Ground bots are the new battleground for companies looking to automate deliveries of everything from food to marijuana. And San Francisco's not havin' it.
Nearly 40 years after its formation, the ‘80s electronic band from the UK is experiencing an insane comeback.
The price of the average Christmas tree has spiked 125% over the past 3 years -- and we have a familiar culprit to thank...
On Monday, the SEC shut down villainous-sounding cryptocoin startup, PlexCorps, which raised $15m from thousands of investors through ICO.
Irene Rosenfeld to step down as CEO of Mondelez -- yet another sign that junk food’s in the tank thanks to newly health-conscious US consumers.
Chinese official just uncovered a crate of 13.1 tons of scales from the world's mostly highly-trafficked animal: the pangolin.
The expense report hero has been secretly posting personal invoices to a freelancing website to transcribe their expenses for their "autonomous" tech.
After getting “crushed by a mountain of debt” and declaring bankruptcy, Toys R Us execs are seeking approval for $16m in bonuses to pay themselves. WHY?
Buzzfeed to cut 8% of its US workforce as traffic stagnates over the past year.
Before today, Camden County, Georgia (population: 52k) was best known as the childhood home of Jay, our growth marketing guru. But the sleepy region is now also the site of a recently proposed commercial spaceport that could soon play a key role in launching the rockets of a growing number of privatized aerospace companies. Not […]
The Kochs claim their $650m Time investment is just a “moneymaker," but skeptics bet they’ll use it as more of a “policymaker.”
Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai officially announced his intention to repeal existing net neutrality rules.
Tossing the ol’ pigskin is a big ol’ business for top universities: ticket sales, media rights, branding, video game licensing, and other revenue streams add up to hundreds of millions of dollars per year at certain programs. Given this, how much would players be worth if they were permitted to receive compensation like NFL athletes? […]
Last week, Facebook announced the upcoming launch of its new Facebook Creator app, designed to assist social media influencers in creating content and reaching a bigger following. It’s Zuck and team’s latest effort to lure creators away from YouTube and onto their own increasingly video-centric platform. The app itself isn’t that big of a deal […]
Earlier this year, Amazon started charging tax on goods from its own inventory in all 45 states that have sales tax. Goods sold by third-party sellers, which make up half of Amazon’s platform, are still largely tax-free — but that could all change soon: under mounting pressure from legislators, many of these merchants are expected […]
Volkswagen Group has announced that it intends to launch 15 “new energy vehicles” in China by 2020. The decision, which will also include an $11.8B investment in EV technologies, comes as China edges toward a more environment-friendly future. Get your diesel out of here VW’s been on the wrong side of the news the past […]
Yesterday, the cloud-based email delivery service made its New York Stock Exchange debut, raising $131m in its IPO. The company’s success exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, outpacing projections of both share volume (8.2m) and price ($16) — and their shares debuted at 16% above the IPO price. A SendGrid refresher SendGrid was founded in 2009 with […]
The world’s raunchiest card game has purchased a plot of vacant land along the Mexico-US border and has hired an eminent domain lawyer to make it “as time-consuming and expensive as possible” for the Trump administration to build its proposed wall. To fund their effort, CAH offered a package of “six surprises” for $15 — […]
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released a 763-page whopper report detailing the meteoric rise of the United States’ oil and gas industry. Once an “energy-dependant importer,” the US is now among the world’s most prolific oil and gas producers — and within the next few decades, it is expected to churn out more energy resources […]
Last month, private equity firm Roark Capital reportedly offered Buffalo Wild Wings an unsolicited, all-cash bid that would value the company at $2.3B. The hot wings chain, which boasts 1,237 locations in the US, has floundered in the past few years but has shown some glimmerings of promise — and it’s just the type of […]