Last week, a company called SmartThings sold itself to Samsung for $200 million. On the face of it, nothing about this is unusual — tech companies sell to bigger tech companies all the time, and $200 million is, believe it or not, a relatively modest sum as these things go. But the SmartThings sale caught my attention for two reasons. First, I know SmartThings — I wrote a story a year ago about testing their home automation kit in my house. Second, as I watched the company in the months after that story came out, it occurred to me that they were following the start-up playbook to a T. Every move they made seemed expertly calculated to grow, get attention, and eventually cash in. … [Read more...] about How to Make $200 Million in 28 Months
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I didn’t get a massage, so I can’t say what happens inside the Tokyo Day Spa. What I do know is that once you start thinking about massage parlors, you notice them everywhere, especially in Florida, where they blend into the commercial landscape of osteopaths and pain clinics and salt therapy and physical therapy and spiritual therapy. “It’s a common way to become an entrepreneur if you have cross-national connections,” said Rochelle Keyhan, a former prosecutor who heads Collective Liberty, an advocacy group that investigates human trafficking. Keyhan told me that some Asian spas are actually just spas, some are outright brothels, and some occupy a “gray area,” performing both legitimate and sexual services. But she said they frequently exploit low-paid and often undocumented immigrant workers. The women are recruited from abroad or from the Chinatowns of San Francisco and New York, often via deceptive posts on Chinese-language social-media … [Read more...] about How to Throw a Party at Mar-a-Lago
The Ullevi Stadium, where the first leg was played, generally had a very decent pitch. But just this once, grass was sparse, following a concert given by – depending on who you ask – Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Rod Stewart, “a Swedish rock band” or “a heavy rock band”. Any road up, United found it difficult to play their passing game, and were also thrown, in Redford’s opinion, by the comparative lack of atmosphere in the ground. The Goths, meanwhile, were not remotely thrown by the brilliant brightness of United’s tangerine, and with 38 minutes gone, Michael Andersson’s corner found Stefan Pettersson, who headed down, and an “extraordinary bounce” relocated the ball to the roof of the net. … [Read more...] about The forgotten story of … Dundee United’s glory years under Jim McLean
London’s wine cognoscenti started noticing the style around 2010, and didn’t know what to make of it. “We were scratching our heads, because the definition was very vague. You could have a very good wine made in this way, then one which is just horrible – fizzing, bubbling, and smelly,” Ronan Sayburn of 67 Pall Mall told me. The wine press tended to describe natural wine as if it were a minefield – with a few safe, conventional choices among a field of explosively bad bottles. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because a wine tastes different or unexpected that also means that it’s good”, the Telegraph’s wine critic Victoria Moore wrote in 2011, in an article titled “Be wary at the Natural Wine Fair”. David Harvey, of the London importer Raeburn Fine Wines, recalled that “many wine professionals and writers pooh-poohed the whole thing early on. They assumed because they knew conventional … [Read more...] about Has wine gone bad?
DJ: Definitely not. When you're the deciding factor -- me and Jimmy are the deciding factors -- the only obstacle we have is that we want it to be perfect. This is our first project that's going to showcase who we are as creators. We want the world to understand that we love all genres, we're trying to bring something fresh and new that people aren't hearing. It's easy in the sense that we're creating what we love, but more so the only obstacle that we're having is that we want it to be perfect. We want people to be blown away and ask, 'Who are these guys?' … [Read more...] about The Audibles Share Behind-the-Scenes Stories of Justin Bieber’s ‘Changes’
Can Abdul win? Nobody knows. He has been way behind in the polls, but his staffers say all of the public polls are essentially worthless. They were conducted by calling landlines, and El-Sayed’s supporters are disproportionately the kind of millennials who are as likely to answer a landline as they are to dial a rotary phone. (A non-landline poll publicized by the campaign shows El-Sayed much closer.) There’s some evidence for a skeptical view toward the polls. On the eve of the 2016 Democratic primary, Real Clear Politics’ polling average put Sanders down by 21 and FiveThirtyEight’s gave him a less than 1 percent chance of winning. Sanders won by 1.5 percent. El-Sayed and Sanders share a constituency, and many of the reasons that pollsters underrated Sanders also apply to El-Sayed. There is an obvious enthusiasm gap between El-Sayed and the other candidates, and in a primary race, enthusiasm drives turnout, and turnout is everything. No one on the campaign … [Read more...] about Abdul El-Sayed’s Campaign Is a Test for Leftism in the Midwest
I got in big time with the Romanovs and became a trusted foot soldier who was willing to do anything for the cause. Like the time Tony and I held up every petrol station on the east coast in just a few hours, the time Zomovir and I smashed up a Burger Shot employee’s convertible for a laugh, or the time Marvin and I robbed the Liquor Ace in Sandy Shores. I became a bit of a prick, truth be told, but I loved the money more than I did myself. … [Read more...] about I became the mob’s personal tailor after a gangster saved my life in GTA 5 RP
With New Yorkers heading to the polls on Thursday for the gubernatorial primary, it’s a good time to reflect on the dreadful state of the supposedly progressive state’s voting laws. Despite a governor who pays lip service to the issue, New York seems determined to make it difficult for its citizens to cast ballots, forgoing the progress made in much of the rest of the country in recent years. Perhaps not coincidentally, New York has some of the lowest voting rates in America. … [Read more...] about Why Are New York’s Voting Laws So Terrible?
Gigi Hadid rocked the runway in a denim dress covered with silver eyelets and a fringe that flew as she took a corner. Her sister Bella Hadid wore a white version of the same. Kaia Gerber — daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford — walked in a satiny romper with a crisscross neck under an anorak. Kendall Jenner wore a seafoam green bodysuit under a trench. … [Read more...] about Angela Missoni shows feather-light sheer knits in Milan
What’s In The Box Samsung is giving every buyer a nice Christmas present since the camera comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (version 4), one of the better photo editing software packages available. This costs $119 as a standalone purchase so you’re really getting a nice bonus. The least expensive NX300 kit includes the camera and a 20-50mm iFunction lens ($749). It also comes with an iFunction 18-55mm OIS glass in another bundle ($799); this was the outfit we tested. Also in the carton is the battery that charges in-camera via the AC adapter, an external flash that mounts on the hot shoe, and a strap. Along with Lightroom, a separate disk has i-Launcher and PC Auto Backup software and the full user manual. There are also Quick Start and Quick Reference guides to get you up and running with little fuss. … [Read more...] about Samsung NX300 Review