Vaccine passports are a mess. Can Big Tech clean them up?

Nearly 150 years after the CDC gave students proof-of-vaccination cards to return to school in a smallpox outbreak, we’re using the same playbook. Around the...
Trung T. Phan • January 26, 2021

Will pharma chains capitalize on the vaccine surge?

Whatever this South Park “pharma” joke is…it’s def hilarious (Source: Giphy) Have you ever thought to yourself, “Huh, there’s a CVS on every block”?  That …
Trung T. Phan • January 13, 2021

How Pfizer’s CEO and its senior team pushed the pharma giant to ready a vaccine

Back in March, shortly after Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla signed a partnership with German biotech firm BioNTech to create a COVID-19 vaccine, researchers told...
Trung T. Phan • December 16, 2020

At-home diagnostic startups are hot AF right now

Source: GIPHY (The Guardian) French novelist Victor Hugo once said that “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” This is what it...
Trung T. Phan • December 7, 2020

How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market

Butterball — the 80-year-old food brand that sells 1 in 3 turkeys in America — will probably have the busiest phone line in the...
Trung T. Phan • November 24, 2020

The state of vaccine development

A primer on why recent vaccine news matters and what challenges remain.Vaccine news has moved fast in the past few weeks: Pfizer, Moderna Therapeutics, and...
Trung T. Phan • November 24, 2020

Which ambitious projects were done the fastest?

Patrick Collison — the CEO of $36B fintech startup Stripe — is obsessed with how fast ambitious projects can get done. His personal blog has...
Trung T. Phan • November 20, 2020

With a vaccine in sight, these startups will help offices reopen

Last week, the pharma giant Pfizer claimed that its in-development COVID-19 vaccine has been 90%+ effective in early tests. Tired of hearing everyone say, “If...
Trung T. Phan • November 17, 2020

The pandemic has slowed the birthrate — and baby product companies are hurting

Birthrates in the US and China have been falling for years. But COVID-19 has decelerated baby-making even more. Citing research from the Brookings Institution, the...
Trung T. Phan • November 17, 2020

Etsy’s growth hack: face masks

Put your hand up if you bought a face mask this year from Etsy — the handmade and crafts goods platform. You would not be...
Trung T. Phan • November 13, 2020

The Masters is the Super Bowl of golf. Here’s how it’s adapting to the pandemic.

Web Smith is a leading writer on ecommerce. In a classic piece titled On Linear Commerce, Smith explains how the lines between media and...
Rob Litterst • November 13, 2020

Vaccine hype spurs massive rotation in stock

When the pandemic struck America in March, the stock market imploded. Sectors closely tied to the “in-person” economy — travel, energy, restaurants, and retailers …
Trung T. Phan • November 10, 2020

As people deal with pandemic stress, the business of keeping you zen is booming

Credit: Jasmin Merdan We all have that friend who had the most “life-changing experience” during their 2-week meditation retreat in northern Thailand. While some used to...
Trung T. Phan • October 19, 2020

Tech can’t quit remote work: Microsoft edition

Last week, Microsoft rolled out a hybrid remote work policy, meaning a large portion of its 150k employees may be able to WFH in...
Rob Litterst • October 14, 2020

Private coroners are suddenly in the spotlight

Many Americans are facing a terrible dilemma: Their loved one(s) died mysteriously, and they want to know if COVID-19 might be the cause. But unless...
Michael Waters • October 13, 2020

The hottest campus job is ‘COVID influencer’

It’s a rough time to be in college PR. For schools that have returned to in-person classes, every day seems to bring new headlines about...
Michael Waters • September 29, 2020

Should the government pay people to take a COVID vaccine?

Researchers have been working around the clock to find a COVID vaccine. But once it exists, we may have another problem on our hands. A...
Michael Waters • September 16, 2020

Drive-thrus are going to look a lot different in 2021

Is it a bird? A plane? No, sorry, it’s just the Burger King drive-thru’s new floating kitchen. With drive-thru visits up 26% this past April...
Michael Waters • September 11, 2020

Remote work is destroying America’s white-collar office economy

If remote work has you missing your daily Starbucks cold brew (with 8 shots of espresso), you aren’t alone. According to the coffee colossus, COVID-19...
Trung T. Phan • September 10, 2020

The multibillion-dollar school-bus business is hurting

The wheels on the school bus are not going round and round. With tons of in-person classes canceled, districts are cutting their contacts with their...
Michael Waters • September 9, 2020

Wanna make that spare closet earn its keep? This startup can help

You’ve got a spare bedroom, but having strangers sleep over feels… weird. No worries — you can still monetize that square footage.  Neighbor aims to...
Caroline Dohack • August 12, 2020

What’s behind the crazy market rally? A billionaire investor explains

The S&P 500 is up ~50% since its March low, and back near its all-time high. The mind-blowing rally is taking place as the economy...
Trung T. Phan • August 10, 2020

Drink like Da Vinci: Italy is bringing back its 17th-century ‘wine windows’

Photo: Buchette del Vino/Facebook Want to buy an aperol spritz or a gelato without stepping indoors? The holes in the wall have you covered. Because of...
Michael Waters • August 10, 2020

Can lipstick and underwear predict economic activity?

Pucker up, babe. Armchair economists have long looked to the lipstick index to gauge where the economy’s going. When money’s too tight for other extravagances, the...
Caroline Dohack • August 7, 2020

The latest pandemic-era controversy? Microschools

It’s a matter of pods and pod-nots. Jason Calacanis, a tech investor in the Bay Area, tweeted that he’s hiring a teacher to lead a...
Caroline Dohack • August 5, 2020

Sports are back — finally. Here’s how entrepreneurs would fix the viewing experience

After 4+ months that felt more like 4+ years, sports are back. It’s exciting (and uncertain for baseball), but watching the games on TV...
Nick DeSantis • July 28, 2020

The hottest thing in real estate is cold storage

Ordering groceries online? Every time your pint of Chubby Hubby arrives unmelted, you can thank 2 kingpins of cold storage — Americold and Lineage...
Michael Waters • July 27, 2020

Put down your jack-o-lanterns. Halloween might be taking this year off.

When Kit Kat released its pumpkin-pie-flavored wafers this month, I thought Halloween 2020 couldn’t get spookier. I was wrong. It’s not even August, but based...
Michael Waters • July 27, 2020

What ants can teach us about fighting off pandemics

Humans are the most advanced species in the world, yada yada. But we just got absolutely owned by some ants. Like us, ants face rough...
Belle Long • July 24, 2020

How Shopify is keeping your neighborhood bakery afloat

Photo: Ercin Top / Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images This is only a slight exaggeration: Back in March, Shopify saved 15k gallons of Toronto beer...
Michael Waters • July 23, 2020

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