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The Latest – and Unlikeliest – Man to Reinvent Online Education
Business Unusual

The Latest – and Unlikeliest – Man to Reinvent Online Education

This pioneer in adult web content has idea to revolutionize education through virtual reality. And he might be on to something. Maybe.
Laura Entis
As 'The Walking Dead' Thrives, So Do Zombie Survival Camps
Pop Culture

As 'The Walking Dead' Thrives, So Do Zombie Survival Camps

America has an insatiable appetite for the undead -- and survivalist zomb-preneurs are rising up to meet the creepy demand.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
This App Wants to Help Get Rid of Your Parking Tickets
Legal Tools

This App Wants to Help Get Rid of Your Parking Tickets

Got a parking ticket? This new app disputes your tickets so you don't have to.
Emily Price
There's Now a Crowdfunding Campaign for a Permanent Cat Café in NYC
Crowdfunding

There's Now a Crowdfunding Campaign for a Permanent Cat Café in NYC

Good news for cat lovers: a cat sanctuary and tea house is trying to open in NYC, if it can raise $65,000 in startup funds.
Kate Taylor
Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves.
Far Out Tech

Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves.

What if a road existed that never had a crack or a pothole? Science might have a solution.
Jason Fell
A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It.
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A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It.

The year-old company is working to develop a portable gluten detecting sensor.
Nina Zipkin
Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry
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Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry

Cinemagraphs – still photos with a moving element – can be captivating. But are they just a passing gimmick?
Neil Parmar
Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen.
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Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen.

David Benjamin, the founder of a design firm called The Living, talks about his next-generation architecture projects.
Catherine Clifford
This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19
Travel

This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19

A new online service aims to find accommodations for brave, broke college students who are traveling.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
A Candy Emporium for Adults
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A Candy Emporium for Adults

Because grown-ups need the occasional sugar fix, too.
Margaret Littman
MBAs for Hire, By the Hour
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MBAs for Hire, By the Hour

A startup raises nearly $5 million to match companies with the well-educated consultants they need.
Gwen Moran
Can This Mattress Startup Wake Up a Sleepy Market?
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Can This Mattress Startup Wake Up a Sleepy Market?

Casper raised $13.1 Million in Series A funding last week. We explain what this unique startup needs to do to battle sleeping giants like Simmons, Serta and Sealy.
Neil Parmar
Can Giveback Programs Help School Supplies Sellers Stand Out?
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Can Giveback Programs Help School Supplies Sellers Stand Out?

These businesses are borrowing tricks from social entrepreneurs to break into the commodities market.
Neil Parmar
This New App Wants to Optimize Your Schedule by Running It Through an Algorithm
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This New App Wants to Optimize Your Schedule by Running It Through an Algorithm

Timeful, a mobile app, applies big data, machine learning and behavioral science to optimize your time and boost your productivity.
Laura Entis