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This Part of the Music Business Hasn't Changed. This New Company Wants To Do Something About It — It is notoriously difficult for bands to make money. Album sales are down. Royalties from song-streaming services are abysmal, giving artists little pay for all but the best-performing tracks. Live shows are, increasingly, bands' best bet at financial stability. And--at least for bands and artists of a certain venue-filling stature--staying on tour is a better option than it has ever been.

Catching Up With Lyft's Mustache Man — Ethan Eyler's first company wasn't a joke. But, well, its customers thought its product was. The product was a nearly three-foot-long faux-fur mustache, available to customers in an array of technicolor hues and more subdued ones that approximate natural human hair shades (the "Legendary Blond" Carstache is currently on sale for $34.99).

Lyft's Partnership With GM Takes Shape — The partnership Lyft and General Motors sprouted first thing this year is bearing fruit. In a release Monday, Lyft and GM announced the expansion of their joint vehicle-rental program, which allows Lyft drivers to rent a nearly-new GM vehicle for the short- (or, occasionally, long-) term.

Diversity Group: CEOs Need to Speak Up on Black Killings — The fatal shootings over the past couple of days have further ignited ongoing discussions about diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. With much of the conversation coming from social media platforms, it's time for more Silicon Valley executives to speak up about systematic racism, Erica Baker, a senior engineer at Slack, said in a Thursday interview with Ellen Pao, former interim chief executive at Reddit.

Music Festivals and Tracking Your Emotions — Welcome to the Inc. Uncensored podcast's 72nd episode! This week's show is hosted by Inc. editor Jim Ledbetter. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin discusses a portion of the summertime music-festival industry where innovation is actually happening: The merchandise table. Next, Jon Fine talks about Inc. editor-at-large Tom Foster's recent feature on two companies that specialize in the emerging "emotion economy."

How Imgur Overtook Facebook Among Male Millennials — Inc.'s 11th annual 30 Under 30 list features the young founders taking on some of the world's biggest challenges. Here, meet Imgur. Let's start with a few examples of what has been snail-mailed to Imgur, the image-sharing community once described as the world's greatest procrastination site. There's $400 worth of Silly Putty.

Lyft Said To Be Mulling a Sale — Lyft, the friendly, pink-mustachioed ride-hailing competitor to Uber, might just be looking for an off-ramp. The San Francisco company, which is valued at $5.5 billion, hired Qatalyst Partners, an investment bank known for helping tech companies with mergers and acquisitions--or, sometimes, to locate and secure new funding, according to reports.

From Dinky Dorm Kitchen to Burgeoning Energy Drink Empire — Inc.'s 11th annual 30 Under 30 list features the young founders taking on some of the world's biggest challenges. Here, meet Mati Energy. When energy-drink entrepreneur Tatiana Birgisson was told by several bottling facilities they could test-bottle her product only if she filled 200,000 cans, she went out and found an independent brewer that would fill 1,000.

Sophia Amoruso Defines Great Leadership — Welcome to the Inc. Uncensored podcast's 70th episode! This week's show is hosted by Inc. magazine and editor James Ledbetter. First, Inc. senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, the author of #Girlboss, and the host of #Girlboss Radio on the Panoply Network.

Serious Business: Is an Entrepreneur Born or Made? — In this installment of Serious Business, Inc. senior editor Maria Aspan debates Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan. At issue: Are entrepreneurs born, or are entrepreneurs made? You can listen to individual episodes of Inc. Uncensored, which is part of the Panoply network, or on iTunes, where you can also subscribe.
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Jul 19, 2016

This by @NeilSteinberg is really good--but I feel weird now bc I don't (blasphemy, I know) find Kumamon v cute 

Jul 12, 2016

Smh every time people try to schedule things in mountain time.

Jul 08, 2016

Formula for killing a trend: Put a conference lanyard on a few of its devotees and have a reporter follow them 

Jul 01, 2016

Hour of torrential rain stopped; 10 people squeegeeing the stage at Paul Simon. Will he go on?

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