Private Companies and Nonprofits

Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Feb. 6

Pascal out at Sony, who’s next? Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal got the ax yesterday, two months after a massive hack sent her company into turmoil. The Hollywood Reporter takes a speculative look behind the curtain to try to decipher

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Must Read Money Stories For Thursday, Feb. 5

By Thor’s Hammer! Iceland is building its first temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age, the Guardian writes. The island nation converted to Christianity more than 1,000 years ago, but the old viking ways are gaining popularity again,

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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Jan. 30

Super Bowl tickets are crazy expensive. How much would you pay, really, to go to the Super Bowl? Bloomberg reports you could have gotten in for a smooth $3,000 to $4,000 in recent years. But this year? The average price

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Is Etsy selling out with its upcoming IPO?

If you know Etsy, you know that the artisanal craft site has a reputation for being “Brooklyn hip.” It sells all manner of hand made and vintage objects that seem right at home in the hipster world. Now, the online

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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Jan. 13

First Look Media wants to go for-profit. Pierre Omidyar’s fledgling media company wants to move away from its non-profit status in the near future, according to Ad Week. The company’s only publication, The Intercept, has grabbed a number of scoops

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Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Jan. 12

Paris’ economy can withstand terror attacks. More than 1 million people flooded the streets of Paris on Sunday for protests of last week’s shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as a kosher grocery. Despite the gloom over

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Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight

Wall Street gobbled up shares of fast-food monarch Burger King on Monday, following word that the 60-year-old chain might be headquartering north following the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops. Both chains enjoyed double-digit stock price hikes,

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Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer

It’s been a month or so since the last edition of Quicktips and those scraps of paper are piling up again in my notebook. From the sober to the silly, here are a few story nuggets you may want to

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August is the month for getting thrifty, counting resales

Over the weekend a neighbor hefted a brightly-colored plastic outdoor play set and proudly noted that it had been a bargain purchase at a local thrift shop, just in time for another visit by the grandkids. Wow, I thought, what

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What new finger-food trends are replacing cupcakes .. or are they?

The headline-making saga of the Crumbs Bake Shop company – the cupcake chain that closed all of its stores only to receive a last-minute reprieve from an investor group – suggests a few ideas for localizing food-related business stories. The

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