The Crowd That Lifted Up Eventbrite’s CEO

Attending a Star Trek convention while working on a documentary series showed Julia Hartz the power of live events. The experience became the inspiration for ticketing company Eventbrite, which she started with her fiancé and another founder. Their goal was to make gatherings easier for event organizers and attendees. Now that model is being tested … Read more

Why Apple’s iMessage Is Winning: Teens Dread the Green Text Bubble

Soon after 19-year-old Adele Lowitz gave up her Apple AAPL 0.10% iPhone 11 for an experimental go with an Android smartphone, a friend in her long-running texting group chimed in: “Who’s green?” The reference to the color of group text messages—Android users turn Apple Inc.’s iMessage into green bubbles instead of blue—highlighted one of the … Read more

The End of Car Keys, Passwords and Fumbling With Your Phone at Checkout

For all the attention on tech companies and location tracking in recent years, our gadgets are actually surprisingly bad at knowing precisely where they are at any given moment. That’s about to change. A straightforward and robust technology, decades in the making, is finally becoming affordable and widespread enough to grant devices not just a … Read more

From ‘Fall Guys’ to ‘Among Us,’ How America Turned to Videogames Under Lockdown

Videogames were already a multibillion-dollar industry. The pandemic is sending them to another level. With so many people taking a break from movie screenings and dining out, spending on videogames and equipment has been hitting all-time highs every month since March. People who already played videogames are playing more, and former gamers have dug their … Read more

McDonald’s, Chipotle and Domino’s Are Booming During Coronavirus While Your Neighborhood Restaurant Struggles

The coronavirus pandemic is splitting the restaurant industry in two. Big, well capitalized chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Domino’s Pizza Inc. are gaining customers and adding stores while tens of thousands of local eateries go bust. Larger operators generally have the advantages of more capital, more leverage on lease terms, more physical space, … Read more

Where a Unilever Cosmetics Exec Established Her Foundation

In Personal Board of Directors, top business leaders talk about the people they turn to for advice, and how those people have shaped their perspective and helped them succeed. Previous installments from the series are here. The head of beauty and personal care for Unilever PLC North America was more into math than makeup while … Read more

Coronavirus Upended Advertising. Here’s How Brands From Progressive Insurance to Budweiser Responded.

Progressive Corp.’s advertising team met several weeks ago to plan a coming commercial that shows the insurance giant’s pitchwoman, Flo, fleeing a bowling alley to help someone whose car was mangled by a falling basketball hoop. A debate broke out on the video call over a sensitive issue: Should the characters in the spot be … Read more

Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting Perpetual Machines: The Weird Future of Computing

In the not-too-distant future, technologists say, most computers will be tiny, ubiquitous, and won’t ever need new batteries—because they won’t have any. Their latest proof is a highly unusual Nintendo Game Boy. Custom designed to run entirely without batteries, the hand-held gaming device is powered by small solar panels as well as the button presses … Read more

Is It Insane to Start a Business During Coronavirus? Millions of Americans Don’t Think So.

Is It Insane to Start a Business During Coronavirus? Millions of Americans Don’t Think So.

The pandemic forced hundreds of thousands of small businesses to close. For Madison Schneider, it was a good time to start a new one. The 22-year-old in Haviland, Kan., opened Lela’s Bakery and Coffeehouse on Sept. 12, naming it after her grandmother. It has been busy every day since, she said. “It just felt like … Read more

The Daughter of a Slave Who Did the Unthinkable: Build a Bank

The daughter of a former slave, Walker became the first Black woman ever to head a U.S. bank when she founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va., in 1903. Her success came from doing what great entrepreneurs do: Walker zeroed in on an underserved market and focused her prodigious energy on meeting … Read more