Topic: Business & Finance

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The 25 Most Spectacular Branding Fails of the Last 25 Years

From McDonald’s hamburger for adults to ‘The Dead Kid’ Super Bowl ad, these are corporate America’s biggest ‘what were they thinking?’ moments since 1995.

Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

Visualizing the Economics of Coffee in One Chart

A Conversation With Amazon’s First Employee

A conversation with Shel Kaphan, Amazon’s first employee.

How Robinhood’s Addictive App Made Trading a Covid Pandemic Pastime

76% of American CEOs Say They May Shrink Office Space

Around 3 in 4 American CEOs say their company will need less office space in the future, according to a Fortune survey in collaboration with Deloitte.

Big Banks Entrusted Money to GardaWorld. It Secretly Lost Track of Millions

A Times investigation found that the Florida-based armored truck company concealed missing money from the banks.

Economics for the People

Against the capitalist creeds of scarcity and self-interest, a plan for humanity’s shared flourishing is finally coming into view

The Original Uber: The Oral History of the OJ Car Service

The OJ Car Service was literally Uber before Uber. The service owned a few cars, but it was actually the owners of luxury cars that made up the heart of this cab service of sorts. Street hustlers,...

The Downfall of American Apparel: Big Rad Wolf

The first episode of VICE'S docu series BIG RAD WOLF. VICE Studios' Big Rad Wolf is out today on @quibi. Download and watch the story of American Apparel and...

How Japan's Secretive 'Soapland' Brothels Operate

The euphemistic term refers to a highly lucrative industry.

Inside the World of High-End Apocalypse Gear

Companies like Judy and Pottery Barn offer stylish solutions for the end of the world. But would we need expensive chocolate bars and peppermint shampoo?

Chart of Historic iPhone Pricing

Securing Posterity

New technologies can be dangerous, threatening the very survival of humanity. Is economic growth inherently risky, and how do we maximize the chances of a flourishing future?

Exclusive: America's True Unemployment Rate

A new dataset shared exclusively with "Axios on HBO" suggests the real jobless rate is 26%.

The 2020 Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey

Holiday shopping patterns are shifting, but COVID-19 isn’t canceling the holidays. Read the report.

Doomscrolling: Wealth of Jeff Bezos

Wealth inequality in the United States is out of control. Here we visualize the issue in a unique way.

Inside the Empty Promises and Empty Buildings of Wisconn Valley

The two-year charade that upended people’s lives

What Makes India a Hotspot for Smuggled African Gold

Porous borders, tariff on gold imports and high demand for gold jewellery make the country a preferred market for illicit gold.

Will the Diamond District Survive?

It’s really hard to do business in the diamond industry virtually

U.S. Debt, Calculated Down to the Penny Every Day for the Last 26 Years, Alongside GDP

Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London Property Empire

Documents reveal UAE president owns multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most expensive neighbourhoods

Startups, It’s Time to Think Like Camels

Three strategies for surviving in a tough environment.

A Billion-Dollar Fortune From Timber and Fire

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AirbnBaller

5-min read While the entire professional class, and every elected official, all claim to be optimist...

How Fraudsters Dupe the Art World

Art crime is the third-highest-grossing criminal enterprise in the world.

Gig-economy Influencers Are Helping Uber Exploit Their Drivers

YouTubers claim they’re helping rideshare drivers by providing a cheat sheet to maximize earnings. But they’re also complicit in a multimillion-dollar push to deny employment benefits

New Jets Promise to Revive Supersonic Travel

Almost 20 years after Concorde was retired, new supersonic passenger aircraft are finally emerging.

We Bought the Diner From Twin Peaks. Then COVID Hit

“We could do so much cool stuff.”

WeWork: How to Get Rich by Losing Lots of Money

Adam Neumann is out of his WeWork job, but entrepreneurs will surely imitate him.

KK: The Future of Fintech

Finance and money are, essentially, a type of communication. As such, they are experiencing a huge amount of change. With our smart phones behaving more and ...

How Western Union and MoneyGram Play a Role in Laundering Cash

The FinCEN Files investigation shows how payments through money transmitters, while often small, are central to modern crime.

Prime Day — But at What Price?

Amazon’s “obsession” with customer satisfaction may succeed at the expense of its workers.

The Panic Attack of the Power Brokers

The city’s “permanent government” has always built its way out of crisis. But what if it can’t?

Meet the Excel Warriors Saving the World From Spreadsheet Disaster

Spreadsheets run the world. When they break, governments and companies turn to an elite group of experts to save the day

Cambodia: The Million Dollar Business of Human Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are popular and expensive. But it's often poor women who cut off and sell their hair - for little money. For some it offers more independence, for others, suffering and stigmatization.

Inside Disney’s Ugly COVID Reopening Battle With California Governor Gavin Newsom

Disney is firing workers by the thousands while its executives cling to their exorbitant bonuses. And the battle to reopen Disneyland is getting more desperate.

Teen Spending Hits Two-Decade Low

Teen spending hit its lowest levels in two decades, according to a new survey, as teens spent less money on food, concerts and events during the coronavirus pandemic, and worry about the economy...

The Rise and Rise of Creativity

Once seen as the work of genius, how did creativity become an engine of economic growth and a corporate imperative?