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How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

Social Media

Meet Santiago Swallow… the biggest social media star you’ve never heard of

In a controversial move two days ago, Twitter suspended the account of Santiago Swallow.<p>Who is Santiago Swallow? Well, if you have to ask, you’re …

TheSunnyMag: Who is Santiago Swallow? The Surest Way to Build a Billion Dollar Business & More

Here goes our weekly magazine of stories curated from around the world. In this edition: Who is Santiago Swallow? The Surest Way to Build a Billion …

Are search ads a waste of money? Why eBay’s controversial study might be right—but doesn’t matter that much

Search ads—those little listings that appear when you search for anything online—might be wasting big retailers $2.36 billion each year, suggested a report last week from eBay Research Labs. And search-engine marketers were not amused. Nor, doubtless, was Google, which sells most of the search ads …

A startup uses an old line to pick up German men: What are you wearing right now?

Hardly known for their fashion sense, German male business professionals (and their desire for pants that fit) have long been ignored by retailers: They weren’t the ones doing the shopping and often lacked patience and time to choose their wardrobes.<p>Now, at least three German startups see them as a …

Startups

“If you don’t believe in the glass ceiling, it does not exist.” That’s how Ping Fu became a top CEO

<i>The headline has been corrected.</i><p>Ping Fu’s career advice to women is much simpler than leaning in or trying to have it all: Just do it.<p>In her new memoir, <i>Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds</i>, Fu pragmatically writes:<p>On the one hand, I care a great deal about women’s equality in the workplace. On the …

UC San Diego

Five not-so-convincing ways that tax havens justify their existence

The Cyprus crisis has shone a light on how tax havens aid money laundering.<p>Yet tax and secrecy havens are harmful for more reasons than that they protect illicit Russian cash.<p>Developing countries lose more money (pdf) every year to both legal tax avoidance and illegal evasion routed through havens …

The growing case that entrepreneurs don’t need an MBA

“Do as I say, not as I do” is the new mantra in business education.<p>Academic and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa says in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today, “I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made.” But he no longer …

What if you could turn any smartphone into a tablet?

One look at the market for bizarre, hybrid phone-tablet devices, which includes Phablets, PadFones, Gigantophones and other lexicographic monstrosities, suggests that smartphones—or at least their owners—are beset by an existential crisis. All of us want truly portable computing, which would …

Quartz Daily Brief—Americas Edition—Bird flu, Ferrari sales, Moscow traffic

<b>What to watch for today</b><p><b>More scary bird flu news.</b> Traces of H7N9 were found in pigeons at a Shanghai market, so city authorities banned live poultry sales and began slaughtering birds to prevent the virus from spreading further. Six people have died since the outbreak was disclosed last week, and …

Bird Flu

Hedge funds are lapping up candidates with near-zero experience

Ten years ago, hedge funds were relatively unknown entities. Often they were made up of Wall Street vets who had tired of the corporate culture at big investment banks and saw opportunities to make more money by going out on their own. They prized the freedom and flexibility of a financial start-up …

Investing

Very fake Santiago Swallow wants his very real Twitter account back

As you know, I am an expert in the imagined self. You can therefore imagine how shocked my self was this morning when I found my Twitter account, with 80,000 followers and hundreds of insightful and carefully curated tweets, such as, “My dad is so old he can remember when there was only one type of …

House Music

Until the 1990s, companies didn’t have “business models”

Before the late 1990s, no one was using the phrase “business model.” Or at least, it hardly appeared in written form. The phrase has since morphed, subtly but quickly, from an abstract theoretical term to one with animate, even living connotations. This linguistic shape-shifter has the capacity to …

Linguistics

WeChat is about to make a huge marketing push in India

Tencent, China’s biggest internet company, is about to launch a huge marketing push in India for its instant messaging app WeChat, says a source close to the company’s marketing team.<p>According to the source, the WeChat India blitz will entail front-page advertorials in the city supplements of the …

How to be internet famous—for real this time

To paraphrase a character on <i>Seinfeld</i>, I’m real and I’m spectacular.<p>Unlike Santiago Swallow, the alter ego of a Quartz contributor, I didn’t need to spend $68 or even $50 or one cent to become internet famous. Instead, it took a few years of building up an audience, some strong opinions, a creative …

The Seven Most Incredible Telescopes In Existence

The biggest, smallest, and most robotic stargazing tools.<p>When China completes its newest telescope project in 2016, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), it will have a dish nearly half the size of a country (OK, only the world's smallest country, Vatican City, but …

Amazon is going to do to enterprise cloud companies exactly what it did to book stores

“I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books,” said Carl Eschenbach, the chief operating officer of VMWare, at the company’s recent annual confab with its partners and resellers. VMWare competes with Amazon to provide businesses with computing and IT …

Cloud Computing