Welcome to the 130th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s executive director of editorial Jon Fine. This week, features editor Diana Ransom delves into the results of this year's Inc. 5000--an annual list of the fastest growing, private companies in America. She teases the story of Armir Harris, a formerly homeless refugee who now runs a $12 million transportation business. Plus, she explains why America's No.
Birchbox could go the way of the Bonobos. The New York-based cosmetics subscription service turned retailer, is reportedly entertaining takeover talks with several retailers, including Walmart, according to Recode, which cited unnamed sources. The reported talks were between Birchbox's CEO and co-founder Katia Beauchamp and Walmart's U.S. e-commerce chief Marc Lore. Birchbox says it doesn't comment on speculation. Meanwhile, an email to Beauchamp went unreturned.
Even 15-year-old tech companies need to worry about giants stealing their market share. That was the key takeaway from Inc.'s Startup Bootcamp live chat on Wednesday with Scott Heiferman, the CEO and co-founder of Meetup, the New York City-based online service helping people connect in real life. While his company has been around since 2002--and has attracted more than 30 million users in 182 countries around the world--it is hardly immune from the vagaries of competition.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".