Inc. Uncensored

Inc. Uncensored

Inc. Uncensored is a lively weekly podcast exploring the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and high-growth businesses—all through the eyes of the veteran business journalists of Inc. and Inc.com. We’ll keep you up to date on industry trends, best practices, and cool companies. The host is Inc. editor James Ledbetter (formerly of Reuters, TIME and The Industry Standard) and regular participants include: Executive editor Jon Fine, longtime BusinessWeek columnist and Inc.’s technology editor; Senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin who covers technology, startups and...

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#109: The Founder of Thinx Revolutionized Periods, but Was She Too Extreme for Her Own Company?

Inc. Uncensored

The Founder of Thinx Revolutionized Periods, but Was She Too Extreme for Her Own Company?

39 Min

Mar 24, 2017

#108: From Profit to the Presidency: Is Lying the New Path to Success?

Inc. Uncensored

From Profit to the Presidency: Is Lying the New Path to Success?

30 Min

Mar 17, 2017

#107: Will Entrepreneurs Benefit from the GOP's New Healthcare Plan?

Inc. Uncensored

Will Entrepreneurs Benefit from the GOP's New Healthcare Plan?

34 Min

Mar 10, 2017

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34 min
Mar 3, 2017
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For SpaceX, Tourism Is the Next Giant Leap in Space Travel

36 min
Feb 24, 2017
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The Legal Battle Brewing Between a TV Star and a Coffee Entrepreneur

31 min
Feb 17, 2017
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Will Linda McMahon Go to the Mat for American Small Businesses?

40 min
Feb 10, 2017
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Will a New NAFTA Deal Really Benefit U.S. Entrepreneurs?

37 min
Feb 3, 2017
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Why U.S. Entrepreneurs Are Betting on Cuba Despite the Risks

35 min
Jan 27, 2017
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Biometric Companies Want to Replace Your Passport, Wallet, Keys, Credit Card...

43 min
Jan 20, 2017
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How Automation Will Shape the Future of Employment

48 min
Jan 13, 2017
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Should American Workers Have the Right to Disconnect?

46 min
Jan 6, 2017
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Why Traditional Companies Are Racing to Acquire Tech Startups

38 min
Dec 30, 2016
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See You Never, 2016

40 min
Dec 23, 2016
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How Shazaam Was the Best Movie Sinbad Never Made

36 min
Dec 16, 2016
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The Man Who Almost Invented Uber

34 min
Dec 9, 2016
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When You're in a Startup, Every Day Is a Knife Fight

44 min
Dec 2, 2016
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How "League of Legends" Outgrew the Gaming Industry​ and Became a Sport

36 min
Nov 25, 2016
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It's Like "The Wire," but with Seafood

39 min
Nov 18, 2016
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Robots Could Help Us Live Forever, But Is It Worth It?

45 min
Nov 11, 2016
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Trump Is Elected; Your Toaster Is a Bot

45 min
Nov 4, 2016
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Silicon Valley Rocks the Vote

40 min
Oct 28, 2016
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The Startup That Aims to Build a Better Bra

40 min
Oct 21, 2016
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Meet Pepper, The Humanoid Robot

41 min
Oct 14, 2016
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Twitter Is For Sale, But No One Is Bidding

35 min
Oct 7, 2016
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Whiskey Bottle-Sized Satellites May Become a Trillion-Dollar Business

60 min
Sep 30, 2016
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Room Service by Robot

47 min
Sep 23, 2016
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You Can Now Order a Priest on Amazon (in Japan)

37 min
Sep 16, 2016
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How Fashion Companies Turn The Runway Into A Retail Store

31 min
Sep 9, 2016
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Apple Unveils "Planned Oops-solescence"...and the New iPhone 7

38 min
Sep 2, 2016
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Rise of the Nerds with Sporks

39 min
Aug 26, 2016
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The Start-Up Capital of America Isn't on the West Coast

29 min
Aug 19, 2016
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A Look Inside the Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S.

37 min
Aug 12, 2016
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Drone Racing Could Become the Next Billion-Dollar Spectator Sport

38 min
Aug 5, 2016
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Hacking The Opioid Crisis

62 min
Jul 29, 2016
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This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about Ballistic Furniture Systems, a company that is making bullet-resistant panels for office furniture and public space to help protect people during mass shootings.

40 min
Jul 22, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about the future of cybersecurity; how the startup Grabr connects consumers with travelers; and they interview Bjorn Jeffery, founder of the kids' apps company Toca Boca.

41 min
Jul 15, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses Pokémon Go, debates whether the U.S. should institute paid family and medical leave, and Naomi Whittle talks about how she sold Reserveage Organics to TwinLabs.

36 min
Jul 8, 2016
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The Inc. team takes the pulse of the emerging industry of the “emotion economy,” which uses biometrics to track individuals’ responses to the world—and, of course, to ads.

45 min
Jul 1, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about Brexit, wether or not the sharing economy is good for the country, and they interview Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti about going public.

45 min
Jun 24, 2016
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The Inc. team talks to Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, Leigh Buchanan and Maria Aspan debate whether entrepreneurs are born--or made, and lastly, Jon Sebastiani talks about selling his jerky company, Krave, to Hershey.

48 min
Jun 17, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about the DNC hack, debates whether small businesses should receive special treatment from the government, and chats with J.R. Johnson about selling his travel company Trippy.

36 min
Jun 10, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about their magazine's inaugural 50 Best Workplaces list, how Tradiv built an online platform for buying legal marijuana wholesale, and they chat with entrepreneur Chieh Huang about selling his company Astro Ape to Zynga.

40 min
Jun 3, 2016
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#67: Should a Business Do Good—or Just Make Money?

36 min
May 27, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses George Zimmer and Men's Wearhouse, how entrepreneurs use poker to get ahead, and they talk with Courtney Reum about selling his company VEEV Spirits.

38 min
May 20, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses the success of Harry's razors, and how companies are being sued for misusing biometric technology. They also chat with Toni Ko about selling her makeup company, NYX.

34 min
May 13, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about Tom's Shoes’ growing pains, and how ping pong table sales are an accurate predictor of silicon valley's financial strength. They also chat with Hooman Radfar about selling his company AddThis.

37 min
May 6, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about the volatile private tech startup market, how celebrities have been investing in startups instead of shilling for brands, and how Jane Chen started a nonprofit to provide low-cost infant warmers to premature babies.

39 min
Apr 29, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses Coopify, a home cleaning app that's worker-owned. They also examine how MakerBot hasn't lived up to its much-hyped success and how a startup is providing aircraft surveillance technology to cities in order to fight crime.

37 min
Apr 22, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses Michele Wucker's book The Gray Rhino; how popular chefs are using marijuana to inspire dishes; and how North Carolina's new bathroom law is discriminatory.

42 min
Apr 15, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about how media companies are relying on Facebook to survive, debate whether or not robots will steal our jobs, and discuss how Instagram is leading to weird food trends like rainbow bagels.

32 min
Apr 8, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses Kevin O’Leary's potential bid for Canadian Prime Minister, whether companies should focus on profitability over sustainability, and they examine a new company that uses drones to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda.

30 min
Apr 1, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about how critical infrastructure across the U.S. is vulnerable to cyber takeovers, and how fashion houses are manufacturing modest options for a growing religious consumer base.

34 min
Mar 25, 2016
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This week, the Inc. team asks if Millennial hate has gone too far. They also debate whether Uber's model can be adopted succesfully by most industries, and tell the story of a Syrian Jewish immigrant family that built a $10 million kosher meat empire.

32 min
Mar 18, 2016
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The Inc. team invites Brian Forde, MIT Media Lab's director of digital currency, onto the show to explain how bitcoin and the blockchain work, and how digital currencies could help reshape the way we think about banks, money, and even music.

34 min
Mar 11, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses how Blue Origin will send tourists into space in two years, how politicians are regulating Austin's tech companies, and how a father son team grew an antique weapons company into a $5 million e-commerce business.

35 min
Mar 5, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about this year's tax fraud epidemic, how Casper and other manufacturing startups are disrupting the mattress business, and how a Bronx-based pharmacy turned into a $70 million business selling everyday items on Amazon.

39 min
Feb 26, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about how unicorn companies are going through growing pains, how Buzzfeed has earned its $2 billion valuation, and how smart gun startups are the unwanted child of the firearm industry.

35 min
Feb 19, 2016
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The Inc. team talks with writer Maria Konnikova about her new book "The Confidence Game."

34 min
Feb 12, 2016
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The Inc. team discusses whether Twitter can turn around its business, how a group of startups are hacking the flower supply chain for Valentine's Day, and how Elio Motors built a three-wheeled car by raising $90 million through equity crowd funding.

38 min
Feb 5, 2016
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This week, Inc. editors and writers Jim Ledbetter, Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz talk about how entrepreneur Chet Kanojia launched new startup Starry that is set to disrupt the monopolies of Internet Service Providers

33 min
Jan 29, 2016
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This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about the likelihood of Michael Bloomberg actually running for president.

36 min
Jan 22, 2016
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Inc. editors and writers talk about Flint's water crisis, modding your body with tech, and self-driving cars

31 min
Jan 15, 2016
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This week, the Inc. team talks about how Marissa Mayer's harsh management style at Yahoo has drawn criticism (and that criticism has drawn calls of sexism), how Facebook's newsfeed algorithm can drive a company's success or demise, and how the emerging sp

34 min
Jan 8, 2016
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The Inc. team talks about Paul Graham's controversial essay regarding income inequality, the newest news out of CES about self-driving cars, and how a tiny startup successfully sold its fish oil cookies to an NFL team.

42 min
Jan 1, 2016
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The Inc. team along with special guest Felix Salmon of Fusion discuss the media predictions from 2015 that failed to happen, the myth of the 'gig economy', and the biggest business trends of the past year.

29 min
Dec 25, 2015
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This week, Inc. editors and writers Jim Ledbetter, Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about a drone company that is serving the military and consumers, how two Uber engineers rented a cabin in the woods and built the company's new

34 min
Dec 18, 2015
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This week, Inc. editor Jim Ledbetter hosts his editors and writers for a conversation about artificial intelligence, the big problem of counterfeiting in the vape industry, and the ridiculous ways entrepreneurs are trying to cash in on America's favorite

30 min
Dec 11, 2015
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This week, Inc. Editor Jim Ledbetter and Inc. editors and writers Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about 2015's largest acquisitions, the craziest tech trends of 2016 you've never heard of, and the rise of startups hacking men's

30 min
Dec 4, 2015
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This week, Inc. editors and writers Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Diana Ransom, Jeremy Quittner, and Will Yakowicz talk about the companies that are trying to make flying cars a reality, what you need to know about the battle over Net Neutrality, and Inc. Ma

36 min
Nov 27, 2015
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This week, Inc. editors and writers Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Burt Helm and Will Yakowicz talk about a company called Tipsy Elves that sells ugly holiday sweaters, how Elon Musk and Solar City will change the world with a battery, and how a NA

34 min
Nov 20, 2015
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This week, Inc. editors and writers talk about the most epic startup fails of 2015, a curious case of identity fraud and hacking, and how an NYC ad agency entrepreneur quit his firm to start a news stand-media startup hybrid. Inc. Uncensored is brought

33 min
Nov 13, 2015
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Inc. editor Jon Fine and Inc. staff members Maria Aspan, Kris Frieswick, and Will Yakowicz talk about how startups are bringing software and data analytics to the oil and gas industry in an effort to make the notoriously corrupt industry more transparent,

37 min
Nov 6, 2015
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Inc. editors and writers Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Diana Ransom, Jeff Bercovici, and Will Yakowicz talk about how San Francisco is waging a political battle with Airbnb in an effort to regulate the startup, how co-living spaces are popping up across the

39 min
Oct 30, 2015
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Inc. editors and writers James Ledbetter, Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about how Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price has implemented a plan to pay each of his employees a baseline of $70,000, how tech companies react when their n

45 min
Oct 23, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Maria Aspan, Kris Frieswick, and Burt Helm invite Kind Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky onstage for a live taping of Inc! Coming to you from the annual Inc 5000 conference in Orlando, Florida, we discuss Vo

37 min
Oct 16, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about how Playboy will stop publishing nude photos, how B Corps are trying to save the world while still making big bucks, and how a renaissance

29 min
Oct 9, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about how fantasy football non-gambling sites like FanDuel and DraftKings have been rocked by alleged "insider trading," how the founder of new

34 min
Oct 2, 2015
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Inc. editors and writers Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Diana Ransom, Burt Helm, and Will Yakowicz talk about how niche product retailers rule e-commerce, how a small polystyrene (Styrofoam) manufacturer landed contracts at Yankees Stadium, Citi Field, and 1

38 min
Sep 25, 2015
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Inc. executive editor Jon Fine and Inc. staff members Kris Frieswick, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about which companies have the coolest offices in the world, how a controversial study shows how women and men look at power differentl

30 min
Sep 18, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Kris Frieswick, and Will Yakowicz give invention marketplace startup Quirky a post-mortem, discuss the recent troubles facing the opulent spa chain Spa Castle, and talk about how consumer airpla

34 min
Sep 11, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Kris Frieswick, and Will Yakowicz talk about how Rupert Murdoch bought National Geographic, how Uber donated $5.5 million to Carnegie Mellon's robotics department after poaching almost all of it

26 min
Sep 4, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff member Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz have their first guest on the air -- Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal. The group dives into the finer points of an effective interview, how the TV show

28 min
Aug 28, 2015
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Inc. executive editor Jon Fine and Inc. staff members Diana Ransom, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will Yakowicz talk about the $2 billion "barefoot" running industry, how Burning Man is a hotbed for entrepreneurs, and the most eccentric entrepreneurs who

24 min
Aug 14, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter, along with Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Kris Frieswick, and Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, contemplates the future of Google, discusses the phenomenon of Internet addiction, and considers what might just be the next great American

26 min
Aug 7, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz discuss the rise of co-living spaces, how companies are catering to customers trying to escape the grid, and how humans treat robots with empathy or v

27 min
Jul 31, 2015
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The social media micro-famous. No meat means business. 3D printed mouth guards.

26 min
Jul 24, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff member Kris Frieswick, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz discuss the impact of the Ashley Madison hack, examine how Airbnb has not disrupted hotel chains' business, and share big news about two Inc. 30

28 min
Jul 17, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz dive into Reddit's volunteer moderator revolt, examine how American manufacturers in Los Angeles are complaining they have to pay their workers a dece

24 min
Jul 10, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Jon Fine, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz dive into the wonky financial theory of mo' money, mo' problems for startups raising capital from angel investors, examine the horrifying consequences

25 min
Jul 3, 2015
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Inc. editor James Ledbetter and Inc. staff members Maria Aspab, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Will Yakowicz examine Uber's war chest of lobbyists, discuss how to leverage the crowd in crowdfunding, and talk about the impact businesses feel regarding to se

23 min
Jun 26, 2015
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Google's payphone revolution. Why is Dollar Shave Club working? And how the greatest entrepreneurs did it.

25 min
Jun 19, 2015
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Uber drivers ruled employees! Startups are making humans immortal. Two Brothers built a farmer-to-consumer direct bulk food service.

26 min
Jun 12, 2015
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Micro lending for customer loyalty. The vaporizer industry is on fire. On-demand food delivery might be in a bubble.

20 min
Jun 5, 2015
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Inc. Uncensored Ep. 16: The Death of Voicemail and The Birth of The Sober Rave Startup

19 min
May 29, 2015
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Inc. Uncensored Ep. 15: What Makes a Happy Entrepreneur and The Ethics of Instagram Art Theft

21 min
May 22, 2015
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Teenagers are skipping college to get rich coding out West. Jon Fine has a new book, Your Band Sucks, on his years in indie rock bands. A t-shirt startup is trying to revive Egypt's felled luxury cotton industry. 

29 min
May 15, 2015
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The real reason Verizon is buying AOL for $4.4 billion. Tad Friend's New Yorker profile of Marc Andreessen. And the startup you never heard of that is supporting the delivery logistics of hundreds of on-demand apps.

25 min
May 8, 2015
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HBO's show Silicon Valley: funny, but as funny as the real thing? Can fast food clean up its fatty reputation? Will flower marketplace startup BloomNation weed out competitors like 1800-Flowers?

24 min
May 1, 2015
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The Inc. staff explore how Apple Pay is trying to take over the world, the dearth of office space in Silicon Valley, and Yakowicz's trip to Colorado for 420.

26 min
Apr 24, 2015
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2015’s coolest entrepreneurs under 30, the pros and cons of “fintech” lending, and the unexpected benefits of Bring Your Child to Work Day

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