Friday, June 10, 2016

Star Wars nailed down $247.9 million in 3 days

In the race to gross the most, there are many landmarks for films to pass, and making $200 million in domestic box office receipts is a big one. Forbes looks at six films that reached that [landmark] in five days or less.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens nailed down $247.9 million in 3 days; $2.07+ billion overall in the box office. Not bad, at all.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Complex picture of a $15 minimum wage

As the $15 minimum wage is implemented in a handful of American cities and two states (NY and CA), how might it affect businesses and their employees?
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour may have unintended consequences to the jobs ecosystem.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pharmacy Benefit Managers | PBMs - friend, foe or both?

Despite political uproar over U.S. drug pricing, pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, such as CVS Caremark and Express Scripts are the only ones that have really managed to lower drug prices for many. But their controversial playbook involves making it harder for some people to access medicines. Bloomberg Gadfly's Max Nisen looks at how PBMs work within the broken U.S. health-care system.
It sounds like Pharmacy Benefit Managers | PBMs assert monopoly-like, 12-figure $ales control over the drug market.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What does success mean to 30 Under 30s?

My Mom would always say "TYB, Baby!" And it means "Try your best!" That's an on-record in my mind.

~Tyler Haney | Outdoor Voices

Monday, May 23, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

How does the 2016 class look under a microscope?

Top young entrepreneurs in the US define success as "liking myself and what I do" (50%) and "achieving my potential" (44%).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ross McCray | VideoAmp

I feel like I could do whatever I wanted to do on the computer.

~Ross McCray

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ian Crosby | Bench

If you're not tapped into what you actually really believe - you're going to make a difference on - it's just going to fall short.

~Ian Crosby

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jordan Maron | Captain Sparklez

The Internet video star now known as “CaptainSparklez” [Jordan Maron] has one of the hottest brands in gaming, with nearly 9 million YouTube subscribers and a catalog of nearly 3,000 videos that have been watched, cumulatively, over 2 billion times. Advertisers are beating down his door for game endorsements, sponsored videos and merchandise deals: He’s even got an action figure you can buy at Toys “R” Us. But Maron’s biggest achievement this year happened behind the screen: In May his game studio XREAL released its first title, a mobile game called Fortress Fury. It’s been downloaded some 2 million times.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Emerson Spartz | Dose

It really set in motion this fascination with wanting to understand why things go viral.

~Emerson Spartz

Friday, April 15, 2016

Vlad Tenev | Robinhood

If you have a super long term outlook, we believe that the stock market is a really good place for savings income.

~Vlad Tenev

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Marcela Sapone | Hello Alfred

Your conviction and confidence really is what influences the outcomes.

~Marcela Sapone
Hello Alfred

Monday, April 11, 2016

Josh Bruno | Hometeam

Josh Bruno founded Hometeam in 2013 to bring technology to the world of home health aides. Unlike Uber, all of ­Hometeam’s workers are employees, not contractors, and the company pays them twice what other such agencies do. It makes up for this with better logistics: It can keep aides working all the time, matches them with seniors they’ll enjoy spending time with—gardeners with gardeners, painters with painters—and uses iPads to keep seniors in touch with their families. “Our mission is to create beautiful days for older adults,” says Bruno. Hometeam has launched in the New York metro area and Philadelphia. So far it has raised $36 million.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Jeroen Cappaert | Spire Global

Spire Global uses wine-bottle-size nano-satellites to listen to (rather than look at) what’s happening on earth, focusing primarily on the world’s oceans. They apply that data to garner insights about global trade, weather, shipping and supply chains, illegal fishing—even pirates. “We’re focused on the three-quarters of the world that almost nobody looks at."
~Jeroen Cappaert | Spire Global

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dakin Sloss | Tachyus

"I got sick of how slow academia was moving, and wanted to build something that had a more real-time impact on the world," explains Dakin Sloss | CEO and Co-founder Tachyus.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Clara Sieg | Revolution

"Don't chase money; chase vision," advises Clara Sieg | Partner at Revolution.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Timothy Hwang | FiscalNote

It's not so much "finding hidden patterns in statistics," as it is identifying the key factors (independent variables) that lead to (or even cause) certain outcomes (dependent variables) (rf. Timothy Hwang | FiscalNote).

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Annie Lawless | Suja Juice

Annie Lawless stands atop a brand valued at $300 million – and she did it by focusing on the very foundation of the food pyramid. Suja Juice, the organic juice company she cofounded in 2012, has surged in popularity (and sales, which will hit $70 million this year) thanks to its rejection of added sugar, genetically modified fruit and other manufactured chemical additives. The company’s growth impressed: in August, Coca-Cola bought a 30% stake for $90 million, and Goldman Sachs snapped up an additional 20% for $60 million.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Ashley Graham | Model and Designer

"I’ve had success in breaking the mold in the fashion industry,” says Ashley Graham.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Matthew Ramirez | WriteLab

Matthew Ramirez [CEO | WriteLab] uses artificial intelligence to teach students how to write. “I found that students weren’t getting feedback quickly enough,” he says. “I realized that we could capture, algorithmically, about 90% of what we were teaching.” It turns out writing—style, eloquence, clarity and logic, he says—falls into statistical patterns. “So I decided to encode that."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jewel Burks | PartPic

PartPic uses image recognition technology to find a part you need, based on a photo you send, according to Jewel Burks.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Stephen Curry | Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry’s NBA pedigree and superhuman physical talent destined him for basketball greatness. His father, Dell, was one of the top shooters of his era, and his NBA career spanned 16 seasons from 1986 to 2002 with five different teams. On any given night, his son’s stat line induces double takes from fans and players alike. “It’s a dream come true to play basketball for a living,” says Curry. “I obviously want to get the most out of it and have a great career. But there is more to life than basketball.”

Friday, February 19, 2016

Christopher Gray | Scholly

On Christopher Gray's firm Scholly: "Using an 8-parameter algorithm, the app and web platform connect pre-screened scholarships with eligible students."

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tyler Haney | Outdoor Voices

“I don’t have experience on my side, but I have persistence," says 27-year old Tyler Haney.

Monday, February 15, 2016

John Boyega | Star Wars: The Force Awakens

23-year old John Boyega landed a lead in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which "could define his career, just as prior installments did for Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Entrepreneurs can't survive without being positive

  • The book I recommend is Pour Your heart Into It.
  • Entrepreneurs can't survive without being positive and inspired.
  • I'm inspired by Walt Disney.
  • Entrepreneurs need to stop doubting themselves.
~Dylan Lauren
Dylan's Candy Bar

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Geopolitics implicated in oil economics

This brief Bloomberg discussion makes it apparent how much geopolitics is implicated in oil economics.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Forbes' millennial CEO faux pas

Martin Shkreli, former CEO | Turing Pharmaceuticals

Martin Shkreli (Turing), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos) and Sean Rad (Tinder) prove that Millennial entrepreneurs are not immune to major blunders.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Forbes' multinational CEO faux pas

Martin Winterkorn (VW) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) head up this list of serious CEO faux pas.