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Since the invention of the console in the late 1960s, video games have been a ubiquitous part of modern culture. From Animal Crossing to Pokemon to Minecraft, young people across generations have embraced video games as a medium for distraction, entertainment, and socialization.  Today, the reigning champion of the video game industry is Fortnite, a video game that boasts the largest Gen Z player base (the youngest professional Fortnite player is only 13 years old!).…

It’s the spookiest time of the year — though most people would agree that the world needs more treats and fewer tricks right now. Luckily, there’s one company that’ll deliver all the ghoulish thrills you need: Spirit Halloween. Yes, it’s your annual reminder that ‘tis the season for witches, skeletons, and pumpkins.  With 63% of Americans reporting that they will still celebrate Halloween this year, experts predict that 2020 will be an $8 billion Halloween…

Survey any average American, and they’ll probably agree that 2020 has been a pretty tough year. It hasn’t been easy to cope with a global pandemic, a potential recession, and social struggles — happening all at the same time. However, one company has managed to thrive amid these stinkers: Tushy.  Tushy is a D2C company selling bidet attachments for home toilets. As their website describes, the Tushy bidet “saves your ass, saves your money, saves…

It’s Black Business Month — and as black-owned businesses continue to be hit hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to show support. Enter Virgil Abloh: DJ, artist, architect, designer, and first person of African descent to lead artistic direction at a French haute couture house. Abloh grew from humble origins as the son of Ghanian immigrants to dominating an industry famous for its lack of diversity. Abloh’s story is more than…

In just four years, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) transformed a sprinkle of an idea into a $200 million empire with over 400,000 Instagram followers. Consider it a place of contradictions where magic, unicorns, and rainbow sprinkles masked a darker side that didn’t come out until after the young company made a big rainbow splash. There are lessons in the meteoric rise and potential fall of the Museum of Ice Cream. The experiential company…

For over forty years, Americans could count on three things: death, taxes, and ending their week with a celebrity excitedly shouting “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” from their television screens. Since 1975, the sketch comedy variety show has racked up awards and accolades, faced controversies, fended off multiple cancellation attempts, and managed to somehow remain culturally relevant week after week. After 45 years on the air, the show has been written about and…

Read enough brand profiles and a couple of things become very obvious: profile writers all use the same thesaurus, everyone forgets that the primary activity of meteorites is falling down (making “meteoric growth” a strange way to describe something not actively crashing and burning), and startup success is easy, instantaneous, and directly controlled by an all-powerful founder who’s cofounders are really just along for the ride. After a while, the profiles all run together into…

When people think about articles of clothing that have left a permanent mark on fashion, most likely imagine a piece of couture from a classic French or Italian designer. Some might picture streetwear giants like Supreme or Comme de Garcon. Some might even make compelling cases for a company like Bonobos, which primed the world for direct-to-consumer (D2C) clothing companies with their easy-wearing chinos, or Indochino, the first mainstream online made-to-measure suit company. Few people…

The novel coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe has already drastically changed the way society operates. Between shelter in place orders, massive closures, disruptions in supply chains, and a sense of impending dread, 2020 is likely to go down as a year future students learn about in history books. But is it changing the way healthcare operates? Telehealth and telemedicine are not new. The earliest recorded incident comes from an anonymous letter to The Lancet in…

The Dolls Kill brand has been compared to Nasty Gal and Hot Topic. These comparisons seem valid on the surface. Like Hot Topic, Dolls Kill is plugged into the rock and roll ethos that elevates the middle finger (pun intended) into a statement of identity, and like Nasty Gal, Dolls Kill thrives and wallows in the risque and the untoward. But both of these comparisons miss something: Dolls Kill is really the anti-Supreme.  That might…