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I had Cajun-seasoned chicken wings and curly fries today from It’s Just Wings, a restaurant that doesn’t actually exist. The wings were just fine.

Some of you are already familiar with the concept of the “virtual restaurant,” but others may be less familiar. Basically, a virtual restaurant is a delivery-only…


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While far from a successful case study, I’ll never forget stumbling across multiple copies of Airbnb’s discontinued Pineapple travel magazine in the back corner of Bouwerie Iconic Magazines in New York City. Of course, I recalled the powerful first impression Pineapple’s stories, layouts, and photography made on me — a…

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Q. What’s worth almost half a trillion dollars and had operating losses of over 12 billion dollars last year?

A. Nine publicly-traded delivery firms, including Uber and DoorDash.

Are investors in delivery firm stocks partying like it’s 1999, just before the dot-com bubble burst? Or are these stocks fairly priced…

Netflix decided to finally release some interesting data about films and TV shows offered on its platform. Doing so when films like Red Notice get consumers’ attention can’t be a coincidence, can it? (Image: Netflix)

The company behind the most popular digital entertainment service in the world, Netflix, made a lot of headlines by doing something that was both unexpected and long overdue: it revealed a website, available to everyone, that lists its currently most popular films and TV shows based on hard data (which…

No Mercy No Malice

In 1980 a gallon of gasoline cost $1.19. Today it’s $3.41, a 2.7% annual increase. But undergraduate tuition has risen nearly three times as fast: 6.7% a year at public colleges, for an increase of nearly 1,400%. The greatest assault on middle-class America’s prosperity may be the relentless, four-decade-long inflation…

The Auteuil end of the Parc des Princes, seen from the Boulogne end (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In 1994, I lived in Paris, on a small side street with an Afghan café on the corner, near Denfert-Rochereau. On August 10, PSG played a match against a Hungarian team from Vác in the qualifying round of the Champions League. The cheapest tickets were in the two ends (virages)

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Breaking up is hard to do — and sometimes takes a while. In the last few weeks, there have been a flurry of announcements from iconic firms, all founded well over a century ago, regarding their pending breakup into two or three public companies: General Electric (ticker GE), Johnson &…

Group Projects Continue

I hated group projects in school. My teammates and I could never agree on scope, nothing had a clear owner, and mature conflict resolution was off the table (I guess I’ll just do the WHOLE THING MYSELF). Little did I know at the time that I would spend my entire…


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