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I Spent a Month Getting Robot Pet Therapy
When 26-year-old psych student Danielle Spangler visited Palo Alto Veteran Affairs Hospital for a training interview, she never expected Dr. Geoffrey Lane to pull...
Zara Stone • February 17, 2016
We Partied at the Crunchies 2016, the Oscars for Techies
Green laser beams shot into the sky and a fleet of brand new Toyota Priuses (Prii?) decorated the outside of San Francisco’s War Memorial...
Zara Stone • February 9, 2016
Does Working in Tech Make You Fat?
Free coffee, donuts, and unlimited fro-yo are some of the sweet perks that startups offer their employees. It’s a nice way to show the...
Zara Stone • February 8, 2016
The Pet Funeral Industry Makes 100 Million Dollars in Profit
Last week Phil C’de Baca cremated a llama. He soothed the sobbing owner, and stood, respectfully still, to mourn its passing. The llama was...
Zara Stone • January 27, 2016
Why Buffy The Vampire Slayer Launched Celebrity Food Startup Foodstirs
The Buffy The Vampire Slayer finale aired 13 years ago, but its star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, remains beloved to every millennial who came of...
Zara Stone • January 21, 2016
These High-Tech Water Bottles Will Make You Roll Your Eyes… and Change Your Life
Drinking enough water is a real problem for me. I’m regularly dehydrated but hate the taste of water and always forget to chug my...
Zara Stone • January 15, 2016
Why 2016 Is The Best Time to Be Gay in Silicon Valley
I can see a lot of unicorns in the room. I’m talking about real life unicorns with blue and green hair, as opposed to...
Zara Stone • January 11, 2016
Which Geek Subscription Box is Best For You?
2016 is officially the Year of the Nerd, and we can look forward to being able to do everything (laundry, cooking, sex) at the...
Zara Stone • January 7, 2016
Alex Stevens Makes 90% of all Ugly Christmas Sweaters on the Market
Most of the ugly Christmas sweaters you’ve seen online — generally, the more tasteless ones — are produced by the same person. But they...
Zara Stone • December 17, 2015
The Maker Movement Taking Over America. Here's How.
I didn’t mean to drink the maker movement Kool-Aid. It happened by mistake. I was swept away by how impressive Maker Media is, and...
Zara Stone • December 11, 2015
A Surprisingly Large Amount of Amazon Reviews Are Fake
My kitchen table looks like Macy’s vomited up its end of season stock. I’m drowning in beard oil, testosterone pills, Vitamin C serums and...
Zara Stone • December 9, 2015
The Secret Airline Passenger Rights You Don't Know About
Two days ago I was thrown off an airplane. To be precise, I was “involuntarily denied boarding.” I never stepped foot on the airplane,...
Zara Stone • November 24, 2015
Trampoline Dodgeball Is a $250 Million Dollar A Year Business
It’s hard to take notes when bouncing on a trampoline. Every time I put pen to paper I rebound, springs shooting me three feet...
Zara Stone • November 23, 2015
How Porn Star Sasha Grey Removed 1000's of Dicks From Internet Search Results
Sasha Grey is one of the most high-profile porn stars of this century. She’s known for her classic indie-girl looks and the 321 films...
Zara Stone • November 20, 2015
Hoverboards: Are They Douchey or Cool?
We’re living in the future. Nerds are the new kings, selfie sticks are a thing, and people spend 10 minutes Instagramming their dinner. Even...
Zara Stone • November 12, 2015
From Miserable New York Lawyer to Wine-In-A-Box Entrepreneur
Matt Dukes likes to drink wine every day. “It’s a skill I got as an attorney,” he said. Dukes is co-founder of VINEBOX, a...
Zara Stone • November 11, 2015
What People Said About Snapchat When It Was Just a Startup
With over 100 million daily users across the globe, Snapchat’s a social media juggernaut… but once they were dismissed as a sexting app with...
Zara Stone • November 6, 2015
The "Grow Your Own Marijuana at Home" Industry Is Booming
Getting high is not what it used to be. Gone are the days of illicitly coughing up your lungs behind the garage. Today’s cannabis...
Zara Stone • November 3, 2015
When Getting High Is in Your Job Description
E veryone who worked at the cannabis dispensary was excited to tell me about their toilets. And the weed too, obviously, but the enthusiasm...
Zara Stone • October 27, 2015
Infographic: Inside the Straight Men Selling Sex Industry
Zara Stone • October 23, 2015
Inside the Amazing Dog Selfie Business
Getting a great pup selfie frustrates every dog owner I know. A good dog selfie is Instagram gold, but dogs are worse than babies...
Zara Stone • October 22, 2015
You Can Make a Lot of Money Scaring People For a Living
“I once gave a woman a heart attack.” Iran Carranza, 29, smiles as he tells me this. He’s about six foot tall, with broad...
Zara Stone • October 19, 2015
What People Were Saying About Uber When It Was Just a Startup
Before Uber was valued at $51 billion this July, they were considered another scrappy startup that might fail at any moment. We have conflicting...
Zara Stone • October 9, 2015
Meet the Girls Making a Living From Cosplay
J ust so you know, Lindsay Elyse’s breasts are 100% real. Her cleavage might look gravity defying, but she wants you to be clear...
Zara Stone • October 6, 2015
7 Stupidly Simple Ways to Save Money Online
This is an article about strange ways of saving money that has nothing to do with collecting quarters in a change jar. And we...
Zara Stone • September 28, 2015
Everyone is baking — and entrepreneurs are rising up to meet the demand
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