Justin Sayarath

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How Women Modernized The Disney Princess

As Moana continues to conquer the box office, meet some of the women who paved the way for princesses who don’t need princes or ridiculously small waists.<p><b>When new images</b> emerged of the Polynesian girl at the center of <i>Moana</i> over the summer, many took instant notice of the heroine’s solid-looking, …

Best Trips

The marketing genius behind Snap’s new Spectacles

We all want a pair.<p>One week ago, I had virtually zero interest in owning a pair of Snap Spectacles, the company’s new video-recording sunglasses.<p>On Saturday, I contemplated the six-hour drive from San Francisco to LA to buy a pair out of a vending machine. What a difference a week can make.<p>The …

We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche

Ryan Caldbeck Contributor<p>Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and chief executive of the consumer and retail investment marketplace CircleUp.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing<br>• Why did Unilever pay $1B for Dollar Shave Club?<p>If you believe in the …

Innovation

Read This If You’re Worried That You’ll Never Find ‘The One’

Imagine something crazy for me, quickly.<p>What if you peered into a fortune ball right now – this very second, today – and saw with indisputable …

Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning

Tien Tzuo Contributor<p>Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise<br>• To compete with Amazon, Walmart should cut itself in half<p>Consumer packaged goods are big business — valued at more than $2 trillion — with much of that market share dominated …

New Media Shares Old Media's Roof

Hot shots of new media are like twentysomethings who live in their parents' basement.<p>Many of the popular digital news and entertainment newcomers …

How BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti Is Building A 100-Year Media Company

Once the “bored at work” network, BuzzFeed is now a globally distributed digital media powerhouse read by 79 million people every month.<p>Ask BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti about his influences, and his answer sounds like, well, a BuzzFeed post—one titled “The Three Historical References That Explain …

'Everyone Is Crazy' by Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed) | Disrupt NY 2013 Keynote

The Vox Vacation Index: Let economics help plan your next vacation

In absolute terms, of course, a poor country with low wages is almost always going to be cheaper than a country with high living standards. But our vacation guide assumes that you’re going to want to visit different kinds of places over the course of your life. Maybe you'd like to eventually make …

Economics

Sisters "He One & Maura"

Obama’s Female Staffers Made Sure Their Voices Were Heard With a Genius Strategy

When President Obama first took office, the White House wasn’t exactly the friendliest place for female staffers. Most of Obama’s senior staffers — …

Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream

A new paper co-authored by Steve Levitt finds that Uber creates $7 billion a year in consumer surplus in the U.S. alone. (Photo: Roberto Machado</i> …

The Marriage Decision: Everything Forever or Nothing Ever Again

There’s not really any normal way to start a relationship. Some people go on a date, and then another date, and then another, and one day it’s just …

grilled cheese

One year after Alan Kurdi photo, the moral test of a generation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every week last summer news of refugees streaming into Europe dominated global headlines. Yet it wasn't until September 2, one year ago, that the world reacted in horror to the image of Alan Kurdi -- the 3-year-old Syrian toddler who drowned trying to escape a war that was older than he was …

Improving Outcomes Is Hard, But Here’s Why We Know It’s Worth Doing

Nine years ago, I did not realize that buying a hospital would lead to a massive education in everything right and wrong with the healthcare system, …

What Aetna’s Withdrawal Means for Obamacare

We’re a long way from the future that Barack Obama envisaged in 2009.<p>Few companies are as unpopular as insurance companies, and no tears were shed for the insurance giant Aetna when, a couple of weeks ago, it announced that it had lost more than four hundred million dollars on Obamacare policies …

Health Care

‘You look like the help': the disturbing link between Asian skin color and status

Outside a hotel lobby in Toronto earlier this year, an elderly Asian woman stopped my mother and me to ask what time a tour bus would be arriving. …

Asia

Watch Hillary Clinton Endure 40 Years Of Sexism In Under 3 Minutes

For decades, she’s been answering questions that are never asked of men.<p><i>“</i>You’re really not all that interested in state dinners and teas and garden parties?” a befuddled male interviewer asked Hillary Clinton in 1979.<p>A new video mashup by The National Memo (which you can watch above), shows that …

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. …

Public Speaking

President Barack Obama on Feminism, Michelle, and His Daughters

There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across the country. Holding an office where you get to make a difference in the life of our nation. Air Force One.<p>But perhaps the greatest unexpected gift of this job has been living …

In Philanthropy, Who Is Actually Broken?

“Philanthropists need more than ‘big ideas’ about how their profession could and should change. They need radically new habits — or these ideas just …

Human Rights

Constance Wu on Confronting Hollywood’s Racism

It’s hard to believe now, but, just a few years ago, Constance Wu wanted to give up acting. The breakout star of ABC’s sitcom <i>Fresh Off the Boat</i> …

'Mad Men' Actor Wants Mississippi To Find Hope In His Wedding

Kit Williamson and John Halbach take a stand against the state's anti-LGBT bill.<p>Kit Williamson hopes he can fight a controversial anti-LGBT bill in his home state of Mississippi... with love.<p>The 30-year-old actor, who is best known for his stint on "Mad Men” and for creating the daytime …

Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am

by Hillary Clinton<p>What the fuck is your problem, America??<p>I’m Hillary goddamn Clinton. I’m a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an …

The Two Asian Americas

In 1928, an Indian immigrant named Vaishno Das Bagai rented a room in San Jose, turned on the gas, and ended his life. He was thirty-seven. He had come to San Francisco thirteen years earlier with his wife and two children, “dreaming and hoping to make this land my own.” A dapper man, he learned …

Equality

Acceptance Speech: Jesse Williams Spits Knowledge Like a Seasoned MC

Social Media