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The Formula for a Thriving Product Business
Starting a Business

The Formula for a Thriving Product Business

There are four factors successful entrepreneurs have in common. The man behind a recent Kickstarter campaign for a new set of games provides a great example.
Stephen Key
Toys 'R' Us Slammed for Selling 'Breaking Bad' Dolls With Faux Bags of Meth
Controversies

Toys 'R' Us Slammed for Selling 'Breaking Bad' Dolls With Faux Bags of Meth

Parents are outraged over the toy chain's bizarre decision to sell drug-dealing action figures.
Laura Entis
King of Kitsch: Meet the Company Behind Big Mouth Billy Bass and a Dozen Other Novelty Items From Your Childhood
Toys; Games

King of Kitsch: Meet the Company Behind Big Mouth Billy Bass and a Dozen Other Novelty Items From Your Childhood

Gemmy Industries' chief executive explains how the company continues to crank out the cheesy magic year after year.
Laura Entis
4 Startup Founders Under 30 to Keep an Eye On
Young Entrepreneurs

4 Startup Founders Under 30 to Keep an Eye On

They're young and already changing the status quo. Discover and follow these four young entrepreneurs as they rise up.
Matthew Toren
Hello Kitty Bombshell: Kitty Is Not a Cat
Toys; Games

Hello Kitty Bombshell: Kitty Is Not a Cat

Talk about a pivot. Sanrio received a boatload of publicity yesterday with the revelation that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat.
Kate Taylor
The Hidden Opportunity: Toys That Bridge the Gender Gap
Toys; Games

The Hidden Opportunity: Toys That Bridge the Gender Gap

As large corporations miss the clamoring for products that appeal to both girls and boys, forward-thinking entrepreneurs have the chance to fill the void.
Peter Gasca
Vote Now to Help Us Pick Our 'Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014'
Entrepreneur of 2014

Vote Now to Help Us Pick Our 'Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014'

Our finalists have created everything from the world's first Twitter-based advertising agency to a toy startup that purports to be the 'Netflix for Legos.'
Geoff Weiss
Hasbro to Let Fans Design 3-D Printed My Little Pony Art
3-D printing

Hasbro to Let Fans Design 3-D Printed My Little Pony Art

Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products.
Geoff Weiss
A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick
Business Unusual

A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick

Toy rental is the latest entrant to the sharing economy. Pley shares its strategy for navigating this emerging – and fickle – industry.
Neil Parmar
A Peek at the Startups in Disney's First-Ever Accelerator Program
Accelerators

A Peek at the Startups in Disney's First-Ever Accelerator Program

Running the gamut from products for children to houses of high-tech, each winner will receive $120,000 in investment capital and mentoring from top Disney execs.
Geoff Weiss
Lego to Release a 'Female Scientist' Mini-Figure Set
Lego

Lego to Release a 'Female Scientist' Mini-Figure Set

That's right: female Lego figurines will soon do more than shop and go to the beach.
Laura Entis
'Frozen' Gives Licensed Toy Sales a Boost
Toys; Games

'Frozen' Gives Licensed Toy Sales a Boost

Licensed toys from Disney and Pixar are a bright spot in the overall toy category, which saw a 1-percent sales decline in 2013.
Krystina Gustafson
Remembering Hobie Alter, the Surfing Visionary Who Invented a Sport and a Culture
Obituaries

Remembering Hobie Alter, the Surfing Visionary Who Invented a Sport and a Culture

Alter, who passed away on Saturday at age 80, was a self-taught engineer who invented the polyurethane foam surfboard.
Geoff Weiss
With New Acquisition, Toy Maker Mattel to Take on Lego
Growth Strategies

With New Acquisition, Toy Maker Mattel to Take on Lego

Mattel's purchase of MEGA Brands illustrates the importance of low-tech toys in a high-tech world.
Linda Lacina