Category: Business / Startups

January 19, 2020

He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got … a Sustainable Business

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia finds a way to thrive outside Silicon Valley’s cult of big riches. 

by Klint Finley in Business
January 18, 2020

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

At a congressional hearing Friday, smaller companies including PopSockets, Tile, Sonos, and Basecamp criticized Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon for having power over them.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
January 13, 2020

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

A California law requires many contractors to be treated as employees. One temp agency startup might stand to benefit, by taking the workers onto its payroll.

by Gregory Barber in Business
January 12, 2020

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

You can’t choose when your time runs out, but you *can* opt to transmute your ashes into diamonds or be buried in fungus. 

by Natasha Bernal WIRED UK in Business
January 8, 2020

TikTok Overhauls Community Guidelines to Ban ‘Underage Delinquent Behavior’

The popular social video platform is explaining its content policies in much more detail.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
December 4, 2019

Airbnb Purges More Than Half of Its Boston Listings

The home sharing service is adopting a more conciliatory tone with local regulators ahead of an expected initial public offering next year.

by Paris Martineau in Business
November 23, 2019

Why Did PayPal Pay $4 Billion for a Coupon Browser Extension?

Honey’s value may be in its mobile app, which solved a problem retailers have struggled with for years—and could give PayPal an edge.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
November 19, 2019

Every Startup Needs to Prepare for Its Downfall

Silicon Valley lives in denial, so nobody plans for the inevitable.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
November 14, 2019

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company has gotten better at removing distressing content. Now it wants to help users feel better.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
November 9, 2019

Ben Horowitz on a Murder, Genghis Khan, and Corporate Culture

If he simply told companies that new employee orientation programs were valuable they would blow him off. So he resorts to violence.

by Paris Martineau in Business