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How venture capital can harm your startup
The venture capital world is often at odds with the goals of young startups — and in some cases, it can lead to destruction.
Life in the Silicon Prairie: Tech’s great migration to the Midwest
Startups and investors are increasingly foregoing Silicon Valley for the Silicon Prairie — and with good reason.
Brains, planes, and automobiles: 3D printing is changing the way we make… everything
The additive manufacturing technology doctors use to repair people’s skulls is the same tech that jet engineers now use to condense 855 airplane parts into just 12 -- and Middle America is leading the charge.
The failed quest to bring smells to the internet
At the height of the dot-com bubble, Joel Bellenson raised $20m to bring smell to the internet. But he forgot to ask an important question: Did anyone actually want that?
The Beanie Baby Bubble of ’99
Two decades ago, we fought, trampled, and even killed each other over little sacks of beans. Today, we realize how stupid it all was — but our behavior hasn’t changed.
How the Million Dollar Homepage kid became the $250m app man
Alex Tew struck gold at the age of 21, on his first try. Now, he's done it again — but not before learning some hard lessons along the way.
The Great Kalespiracy
We had a hunch: no one actually likes kale. So how'd it get so popular? It didn’t take long to find the Kale Queen herself, Oberon Sinclair. But she was just the tip of the iceberg...
The 30-year-old retirees
A growing number of young tech workers are expediting the path to financial independence by living frugally and following the "4% rule."
Cocaine, boats, and backgammon: The insane life of Rocky Aoki, Benihana’s founder
The bitter battle for its fortune and the colorful, adventure-seeking tycoon who created it all.
The botched Coca-Cola heist of 2006
Twelve years ago, a disgruntled Coca-Cola employee tried to sell top-secret Coke documents to Pepsi. The rest reads like something out of a bad spy novel.
Sears screwed over a small-time wrench inventor — but he fought back
Dan Brown invented an award-winning tool that sold millions of units. Then he got in bed with the wrong hardware store.
How the sharing economy makes us trust complete strangers
The sharing economy relies on the moral righteousness of strangers. And we deeply trust it — even when everything goes to hell.