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Malls and old American neighborhoods are in the same place: dead and soon to be forgotten

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After the end of World War II, popular media often portrayed American families as accomplished, happy, and most importantly, back together. In fact, they were really happy to be back together. In the post-war economic boom, couples were industriously popping out babies and moving their growing families out of the cities and into the suburbs.

With them came their spending power, of course, putting a dent on Main Street retail stores.

It didn’t take long for businesses to follow people out to the suburbs, resulting in the birth of the iconic American shopping mall, which combined retail shopping, food service…


With values soaring to the moon, card collectors are starting to get violent

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In December 2020, a rare Charizard Pokémon card sold for $360,000. Early in 2021, a Michael Jordan rookie card sold for $215,000. Weeks later, the same card sold for $738,000.

During the pandemic last year, with people locked inside and looking for something to flip the mood, quarantiners turned to nostalgia and began collecting trading cards. Pokémon cards, basketball cards, baseball cards, and more.

Now the market is flaming hot.

Rare cards selling for a high price is not a phenomenon unique to 2020. In 2018, a rare Mike Trout baseball card sold for $400,000. Two years later, its market…


I Read It So You Don’t Have To

How Tesla rose from a scrappy EV startup to the most valuable car company in the world

I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a series that gives you the TL;DR on a business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century by Tim Higgins.

So who’s this Tim Higgins?

Tim Higgins is a tech and auto reporter for the Wall Street Journal and an on-air contributor to CNBC. Higgins has won two awards from the Society for Advancing Businesses Editing and Writing (SABEW) for his past reporting on Elon Musk and driverless cars.

Give me the 30-second sell.

While Tesla Motors is today nearly synonymous with its CEO and “Technoking”…


Changes create new opportunities to succeed

Medium
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Reading and writing on Medium over a fairly long period of time shows you just how much of a community this website really is.

This is not the New York times, Wall Street Journal, or Chicago Tribune, where articles are posted and comments are a teeny tiny portion of the page. People go to the website, read up on the news they are interested in, and GTFO.

On Medium, it’s different.

It really is like a longform social media platform. …


You never know when the world will need you

Zoom
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Had you heard about Zoom before the pandemic began?

If you weren’t a college student or working in an office, it may have surprised you when you saw that a company that seemingly came out of nowhere was suddenly relied upon to carry the weight of the world on its shoulders.

Zoom didn’t come out of nowhere, however. The company was founded in 2011 and is now a few months into its 10th year of life.

Zoom recognized in 2011 that the available video conferencing options weren’t good enough. …


You’re probably not as unique as you think. But you can change that.

Man posing on car in front of mansion
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It’s harder to live in modern society than it seems.

Yes, ancient ancestor whispering to me from the beyond. I really mean it.

It’s true that we technically have it “easy” nowadays. Transportation is as quick as ever, we don’t have to hunt for food or drink dirty water. We can sit in our damn living room and make a pretty decent salary.

And yet, in between those moments where we’re just simply trying to survive, we are either trying to signal ourselves as worthy or reflecting worthiness without even noticing.

The technological advancement that has allowed us to reach…


They will die with or without us. I say we let them go at it alone.

Man thinking
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Are we ever satisfied?

We may think we are. But we’re constantly searching for answers. We wake up each day, happy or sad, searching. We don’t know what it is we’re searching for. Maybe we do, but we don’t know where to find it.

We work a job, hoping it will get better soon. We hope. But there is nothing we can do to turn those hopes into anything more than a pipedream. We’re a cog, chugging away — our only escape through a resignation letter.

We search for a partner, one date at a time. “Is she the right…


To reduce costs, Ford is partially adopting Tesla’s strategy of selling online

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First electric vehicles. Now online ordering…

Tesla has long done car-selling differently than its competition. Instead of franchising dealerships to sell its vehicles, Tesla went straight to the customer — selling it themselves.

Part of this process including ordering online, where customers would go and submit the type of car they wanted while customizing features. The car would then be made and shipped to their city for pickup or delivery.

Now, Ford is looking to do the same with its vehicles.

Instead of making and shipping cars to dealerships, Ford will now be pushing customers to order online. This build-to-order…


For starters, people actually spend it

Mark Cuban
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The Dallas Mavericks have seen a lot of Dogecoin transactions since it began accepting the cryptocurrency earlier this year. Team owner Mark Cuban thinks that of all the popular cryptos, Dogecoin is the best as a medium of exchange.

While popular crypto Bitcoin was created as a true store of digital value to hedge against the success of government-controlled fiat currencies, Dogecoin was created as a joke. Its creators, software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer, parlayed the shiba inu “Doge” meme into a cryptocurrency. It took three hours to make.

Dogecoin was worth slivers of a penny until early…


The disintegration of Spotlight and Fleets proves it

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Twitter is moving on from Fleets. Creators are moving on from Snapchat’s Spotlight. And TikTok keeps on winning.

Social media is a copycat game and short videos have become the recent target after TikTok’s rapid ascendance. And yet, the copycats are already starting to fade while TikTok continues to add users.

Fleets is not necessarily a competitor of TikTok; it is more of a copycat feature to Instagram or Snapchat Stories. And Twitter’s quick removal (it lasted just eight months) was a smart move — if it doesn’t work, don’t keep it around.

Whether Fleets is comparable to TikTok or…

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