Category: Business / Startups

March 27, 2020

The Threat of Coronavirus Disrupts the Disrupters

Accelerators like Y-Combinator have had online programs, but the pandemic might force even its elite core program to go entirely remote for the first time.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
March 24, 2020

Jewelry. Candles. Hand Sanitizer. Welcome to Coronavirus Etsy

On the online marketplace more often associated with handmade and vintage goods, sellers are pivoting to meet pandemic-related demands.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
March 13, 2020

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement

Google’s not making a nationwide coronavirus testing website. And the company had no idea the president would say it was.

by Brian Barrett Louise Matsakis in Business
March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Exposes Workers to the Risks of the Gig Economy

Drivers for Uber and Lyft in Seattle say demand for rides has plummeted, and they have few workplace benefits to fall back on.

by Aarian Marshall Gregory Barber in Business
March 9, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference

As more gatherings get shut down due to Covid-19, a new group of companies are trying to re-create the experience online. Hotel cocktail not included.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
March 9, 2020

When Your Hip Fintech App Goes Offline Amid a Market Plunge

The popular app Robinhood, which has raised more than $1 billion, went down Monday for the third time in a week.

by Gregory Barber in Business
March 2, 2020

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

In a subpoena filed Monday, city officials say startup Guesty has facilitated the expansion of short-term rental empires that violate local rules.

by Paris Martineau in Business
February 18, 2020

Deliver Us, Lord, From the Startup Life

In the Midwest, Christian entrepreneurs are searching for relief from the corrosive grind of company-building—while some faith leaders preach the gospel of crushing it.

by Kathryn Joyce in Backchannel
February 16, 2020

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

The city has four times more listings than it did four years ago, and many of them violate short-term rental limits. 

by James Temperton WIRED UK in Business
February 13, 2020

The DOJ Asks Startup Investors: Are Tech Giants Too Powerful?

An antitrust workshop at Stanford brings together Justice Department officials and venture capitalists to consider reining in the industry’s biggest players.

by Tom Simonite in Business