Delivery robots just got bot-blocked in San Francisco

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.

Zachary Crockett • December 8, 2017

PF Chang’s to open in China as an “American bistro”

And if Chinese diners want a culturally accurate dining experience, they can GET OUT.

Lindsey Quinn • December 7, 2017

The eternal optimism of being a tech founder

First Round capital surveyed 869 founders for their annual “State of Startups” report. Chief takeaway? Most entrepreneurs wear rose-colored glasses.

Lindsey Quinn • December 7, 2017

Depeche Mode is selling more concert tickets than some of today’s hottest pop stars

Nearly 40 years after its formation, the ‘80s electronic band from the UK is experiencing an insane comeback.

Zachary Crockett • December 7, 2017

New trade regulations could cost the US “big data” industry $400B

Countries all across the globe are working on a series of new trade agreements that could cause the US to lose hold of its most dominant export: big data.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 7, 2017

Christmas tree prices are out of control

The price of the average Christmas tree has spiked 125% over the past 3 years -- and we have a familiar culprit to thank...

Zachary Crockett • December 6, 2017

The master has become the student: Apple’s losing its grip on the podcast market

In the past 2 years, Apple’s share of the podcast market has dropped from 70% to 55%.

Lindsey Quinn • December 6, 2017

YouTube’s hiking up its premium ad prices

Instead of policing its platform pro bono, YouTube will “jack up” ad prices on its top-performing channels by as much as 20%.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 6, 2017

43% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by 1st or 2nd generation immigrants

Study shows that nearly 43% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or children of immigrants -- like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, & Walt Disney

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 6, 2017

Oracle now has a $43m public high school on their campus

Software giant Oracle is finishing its new $43m charter school, Design Tech High School, that will operate "independently" from the company.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 5, 2017

Everyone’s favorite restaurant chain is getting into plant-based meat

Starting in January, TGI Fridays will add the plant-based “meat” company Beyond Meat’s burger patty substitute to their menu.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 5, 2017

FB debuts Messenger Kids to kidnap teens from Snapchat

Yesterday, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, a text/video chat app geared towards children 13-and-under.

Lindsey Quinn • December 5, 2017

The SEC just busted its first ICO scam

On Monday, the SEC shut down villainous-sounding cryptocoin startup, PlexCorps, which raised $15m from thousands of investors through ICO.

Zachary Crockett • December 5, 2017

How to battle stage fright and crush your end of year presentation

If getting up in front of your boss has your palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, here are a few tricks you can use to project confidence:

Lindsey Quinn • December 4, 2017

One of the food industry’s titans is hanging up her Oreo-encrusted crown

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.

Zachary Crockett • December 4, 2017

Meet the world’s most-poached mammal: the pangolin

Chinese official just uncovered a crate of 13.1 tons of scales from the world's mostly highly-trafficked animal: the pangolin.

Zachary Crockett • December 4, 2017

Tencent Music and Spotify are in talks to swap 10% stakes in each other

Chinese internet giant Tencent and Sweden’s Spotify AB are reportedly in talks to take a 10% stake in each other’s music companies ahead of their 2018 IPOs.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 4, 2017

“Alexa, disrupt my coworkers” — Amazon unveils Alexa for work

At its huge annual developer conference, Amazon’s announced the latest evolution of its voice assistant, Alexa for Business.

Lindsey Quinn • December 1, 2017

Expensify’s “SmartScan” technology was secretly being powered by humans

The expense report hero has been secretly posting personal invoices to a freelancing website to transcribe their expenses for their "autonomous" tech.

Zachary Crockett • December 1, 2017

‘LinkedIn for farmers’ pulls in a shiny new funding round

The Farmers Business Network raised an impressive $110m in a new series D funding round, bringing their total funding to $200m.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 1, 2017

Why do execs get huge bonuses after running their companies into bankruptcy?

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?

Zachary Crockett • December 1, 2017

Wall Street plays ball with crypto: Nasdaq to let people bet on Bitcoin futures

Nasdaq’s move is yet another vote of confidence that Bitcoin is here to stay; gives more risk-averse investors another way to get in on the action.

Lindsey Quinn • November 30, 2017

BuzzFeed faces a massive round of layoffs

Buzzfeed to cut 8% of its US workforce as traffic stagnates over the past year.

Zachary Crockett • November 30, 2017

Chipotle founder finally resigns on the heels of more food-safety troubles

Amid ongoing food-safety troubles, Chipotle’s founder is finally stepping down as CEO… as soon as they find someone to replace him.

Wes Schlagenhauf • November 30, 2017

Evan Spiegel bashes social media, and we can’t tell if he’s a hypocrite or a genius

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel announces massive app redesign -- and swears Snapchat isn’t social media.

Wes Schlagenhauf • November 30, 2017

WeWork buys Meetup to keep bringing people together IRL

WeWork doubled down on their bet that in a digital age, we still crave face time (like, in-person contact, not iPhone video chats), with the acquisition of Meetup, a site that allows people with similar interests to “meetup” in real life. With a speculated $200m price tag (financial terms yet to be disclosed), the purchase […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 29, 2017

Weed will be legal in California next year, but banks still can’t house company funds

Weed companies are set to make $5.2B in 2018. Problem is, they don’t have anywhere to bank their “drug money,” thanks to federal regulations.

Wes Schlagenhauf • November 29, 2017

Brown University wants to nix 100% of their student loan debt

The Providence, RI uni is trying to raise $120m in order to rid all student loans from financial aid packages received by their undergrads.  This will make Brown the 16th US college (and 6th Ivy League school) to give their undergrads the gift of living free from the impending post-college kick in the nuts so […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 29, 2017

A tiny Georgia county wants to house the next commercial spaceport

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 […]

Zachary Crockett • November 29, 2017

COMING IN HOT: New sauna research

Turns out a good sauna sweat has similar heart benefits to exercise. Here's the good and bad science-backed news about your favorite Finnish heat therapy.

Lindsey Quinn • November 28, 2017

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