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A Diamond Takes The Rough
The Rolls-Royce of yesteryear was built to sparkle on the circular driveways of great estates, chauffeur at the ready. The marque’s new SUV is built to change that.
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The VC Who’s Seen It All Before
JEFF JORDAN has had his ups and downs as an operating executive in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Now those decades of experience are making him a sought-after mentor for young entrepreneurs as a venture capitalist. Here’s how what Jordan learned at D
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America’s A.I. Landlord
Data science helped Sean Dobson make a fortune in the housing crash. Now he’s deploying A.I. to build an empire of single-family houses—and profiting from properties that most investors wouldn’t touch.
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Temperature Rises on Digital Health
THE DIGITAL HEALTH funding fever is far from breaking. Venture funding for digital health firms around the world hit an all-time high of $14.6 billion in 2018, according to a new report from StartUp Health, marking the eighth consecutive year of inve
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The Dilemma Of ‘Green China Inc.’
U.S. businesses can profit from China’s clean-energy boom—if trade tensions don’t disrupt their flow.
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Equal To The Task
Leah Busque made outsourcing small jobs and errands easy by creating TaskRabbit. Here’s how she built the web platform that helped spawn the gig economy.
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Tiktok Is On A Tear
The video-sharing app has gained a massive following of young users. The challenge will be to turn that popularity into a moneymaking business.
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The Biggest Burners
Today’s hot tech stocks may seem to have a lot in common with their now-huge forerunners. But those titans never burned cash like this.
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The Shifting Fortunes of Automation
Technology didn’t depress wages—until it did. The hidden story in one macroeconomic indicator could explain why.
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Small Loaves and Forever Rolls
The consumer packaged-goods industry is catching up with a big societal shift toward single living.
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Follow The Money
AT THE END OF MAY, WHEN UBER FILED its first earnings report as a public company, the ride-hailing titan revealed it had an impressive $3 billion in revenue for the quarter. Trouble is, it had spent just over $4 billion to produce it. Earlier in tha
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“How Much Is a Little Girl Worth?”
FOR THE ATHLETES AND PATIENTS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY LARRY NASSAR, THE DIFFICULT MATH OF NEGOTIATING A SETTLEMENT BRINGS PAIN OF ANOTHER KIND.
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The Fall And Rise Of VR
Virtual reality has been the next new thing for five years and counting. Clunky headsets, a dearth of content, and lack of consumer interest have caused VR to stall. Can this much-hyped technology finally get real?
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Can These Salad Evangelists Persuade America to Finally Eat Its Vegetables?
AT WARD’S BERRY FARM, 30 miles south of Boston, the first day of May dawns cloudy and cold, with a spitting drizzle that renders an umbrella more annoying than helpful. It’s a bad day to plant tomatoes. “Tomatoes really don’t prefer to be below 50 de
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Forty Under Forty 2019
THERE’S AN OLD SAYING THAT YOUTH is wasted on the young. That may be so, but apparently not everyone got the message. This year’s list of the most influential young people in business features data scientists who are transforming how you work, gene w
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Can Barnes & Noble Turn the Page?
Why the soon-to-be private bookseller could look more like the local bookstores it nearly killed off.
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Selling Seychelles For The Seashore
Innovative financial products like “blue bonds” could play a big part in saving the world’s oceans.
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Census Security
EVERY 10 YEARS, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey that sets the terms for the country’s democracy. The questionnaire yields rich data, including names, street addresses, ages, races, ethnicities, and other details. That creates a tr
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AT&T’S HEAVY LIFT
500 RANK 9 AT&T REVENUES $170.8 BILLION PROFITS $19.4 BILLION EMPLOYEES 268,220 TOTAL RETURN TO SHAREHOLDERS (2008–2018 ANNUAL RATE) 5.7% AT&T WAS NOT ACTUALLY ACQUIRED by a company called Game of Thrones Corp. earlier this year, though co
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How The Web Was Lost
A MASSIVE customer base. A vast distribution network. Enormous clout with vendors. That describes Amazon today—and Sears 30 years ago. Thanks to those advantages, e-commerce dominance was arguably Sears’ to lose. Sears was a catalog-only retailer fo
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A Euro Solution for American Gridlock
Traffic jams plague almost every U.S. metropolitan area. Could congestion pricing help eliminate them?
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Your Drugstore Will See You Now
With last year’s acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health became the biggest publicly traded health care company in the world. But the costly acquisition hasn’t paid off yet—leaving consumers and investors wondering: Is getting health care from your pharmacy
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Adventure On The High Seas
Sea Hunter is the first of a new class of warships that use artificial intelligence in place of a crew. How defense contractor Leidos could radically change naval warfare, one small ship at a time.
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These Stocks Are Born To Run
When it comes to investing, the U.S. market remains a bright spot. We scoured the 500 for four all-American stocks that still have upside.
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Tech’s Unicorns Feast At The IPO Trough
All signs point to a record-breaking year for U.S. tech IPOs, as hot companies like Uber, Lyft, and Pinterest cash in.
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Sears Survivors
Several national brands that spent time in the Sears empire are now faring better than their former parent company, either on their own or with other parents.
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Stores: Sears’ Sinking Fleet
AFTER ENGINEERING the 2005 merger of Kmart and Sears, Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert made it clear that he would prioritize e-commerce over department stores. He followed through—so much so that both sides of the business suffered. “When you’re a $
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Apparel And Home Goods: The So-so Side Of Sears
SEARS’ HUGE appliance and tools businesses distinguished it from rivals like J.C. Penney and Macy’s, which were best known for apparel. The problem: People buy a fridge or power drill only once every few years, while they stock up on clothing three o
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Appliances: Squandering A Home-field Advantage
FOR DECADES, Sears was homeowners’ go-to place for big-ticket appliances like washing machines and ovens. In 2001 it commanded 41% of the U.S. appliance market; as recently as 2013, that $12 billion business gave Sears a 29% market share. Appliance
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It’s All Clicking For Wayfair
The newly minted 500 entrant has two visionary founders, 2,300 data geeks, and skyrocketing sales. Now it just needs to turn a profit.
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