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Senior Writer — Inc.
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Writer, mostly for Inc. Magazine. Brooklynite, Mainer.

Airbnb Is Inc.'s 2014 Company of the Year

The Calling: How Gabriel Bristol Went from Homeless to CEO

inc.com — After living on the streets, Gabriel Bristol discovered he had a special talent: appeasing angry customers. Now, he's CEO of Intelicare Direct, a fast growing call center with more than 300 employees. "What do you mean, a 50 percent refund?" says the voice on the other end of the line.

The Great Cupcake Wars

inc.com — "Oh, great! Another cupcake shop!" I hear these words as soon as I step onto M Street, the posh, townhouse-lined retail thoroughfare in Washington, D.C., and most lately the raging epicenter of the great American cupcake pandemic. I'm standing in front of an outpost of Sprinkles, a California cupcake chain that joined the fray just the week before.

What Beats' President Said About Expansion--Before Apple Bought It For $3 Billion

inc.com — When Beats' Luke Wood took me on a tour of the company's real estate, he talked a lot about change. Just not this one. Advertisement At first, the new offices needed to fit 300 employees. Then it was 700.

Srikumar Rao and the Art of Personal Mastery

inc.com — If you want to create real success, self-mastery is the first step. Advertisement Oh man, I thought--he's making us stand up. Take deep breaths. Stretch our arms up toward the ceiling. Smile at our neighbor. It's going to be one of those kind of talks.

4 Startup Hacks From the Founder of Unigo

inc.com — Starting up is only half the battle. For the other half, take a cue from 31-year-old Jordan Goldman. Advertisement Jordan Goldman's essential business development philosophy is this: Before you impress, first you must pester. The 31-year-old Goldman delivered that message on Wednesday in front of a standing-room only crowd during a breakout session at Inc.'s 2014 Growth conference in Nashville.

Buckyballs Founder Settles With the Government

inc.com — After a long fight, the Consumer Product Safety Commission releases Buckyballs founder, Craig Zucker, from personal liability for Buckyballs injuries. Advertisement After almost two years of litigation and a threat of $57 million in penalties, Craig Zucker, the man behind Buckyballs, will have to fork over just $375,000 to recall the little magnetic desk toys--and possibly even less than that.

How Dr. Dre's Beats became a billion-dollar business

bluesky.chicagotribune.com — In six years, Interscope records mogul Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop icon Dr. Dre have turned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones into a $1 billion-plus business. Now, together with new president and former Interscope executive Luke Wood, they're faced with a new challenge: taking a hot brand and making it, you might say, even hotter.

Another Hard Lesson in Modern Lending

inc.com — Entrepreneur David Moyal's bank reneged on a loan--then sued him. Now, the case has taken another surprising turn. Advertisement Nearly six years after the financial crisis, banks are lending to small business again, with loan volumes creeping back toward pre-recession levels.

Jimmy Iovine On Steve Jobs, Beats, And Apple

inc.com — TECHNOLOGY In March, Beats' co-founder Jimmy Iovine talked a lot about Apple. Maybe I should have listened. Advertisement To hear Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine tell it, you'd think Apple's $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics-a deal that's shocked the worlds of tech, music, and Wall Street-was always meant to be.
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Nov 26, 2014

RT @chafkin: .@burthelm and I sat down with @jessbruder this week to hear about why getting old ain't what it used to be. soundcloud.com/rewrite-podcas…

Nov 25, 2014

Ep.18 of @RewritePodcast! @jessbruder tells us about Amazon's army of geriatric temps...perfect for Black Friday. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the…

Nov 17, 2014

RT @EsquireUK: In this weeks #longreads: @BurtHelm writes about the story of the man who went from being homeless to being a CEO: x.esquire.co.uk/1xEGf2b

Nov 16, 2014

At long last, The Rewrite is back! We talk to @NYMag's Eric Konigsberg soundcloud.com/rewrite-podcas…

Nov 12, 2014

RT @levie: .NET is now open source. Sometimes it feels like Satya is in one of those 80's teen movies when the parents go out of town. And it's great.

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