The Cruise Ship Suicides

Cruise crew members experienced a “more extreme version of the household lockdowns that have sent people tumbling into depression.”

Published: Dec 30, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,587 words)

The Billion-Dollar High-Speed Internet Scam

Why secure actual signatures from partners on multi-million dollar contracts to install fiber-optic cable at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean when you can just forge them?

Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

The Great Model Train Robbery

Although much less popular than in years past, model trains are still highly sought after collectibles. Is that why someone robbed Kent, England’s Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society of theirs?

Published: Jun 28, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,596 words)

The Story Behind Jeff Bezos’s Amazon Fire Phone Debacle

Insider-y account of what went wrong with the Fire phone: Bezos himself served as head of product for the device, which meant teams would be hesitant to question his ideas. The stumble means more questions about whether Amazon is on the right track.

Source: Fast Company
Published: Jan 6, 2015
Length: 25 minutes (6,351 words)

An Intimate Portrait Of Innovation, Risk, And Failure Through Hipstamatic’s Lens

They were the vintage photo app that came before Instagram—but failure to take advantage of social, infighting among the leadership and indecision about their product caused the company to miss its opportunity:

“Fast Company reached out to a slew of top-tier VCs but was unable to find one who had met with or even looked at the company. Two of the VCs surmised the startup would have a very difficult time raising money after the Instagram acquisition. ‘Another billion-dollar photo-sharing exit is hard to imagine. The category is over and done with, and I’d be surprised if they can even raise,’ says one of the topflight VCs.

“The investor agrees that general market sentiment for social media investments is down because of Zynga’s and Facebook’s declining market caps. However, the VC disagrees with Buick’s argument that having revenue would hurt its chances to raise funding. ‘The real problem is that Hipstamatic is perceived as a copycat that desires to be Instagram, and VCs don’t want to be in a me-too deal,’ the investor says. ‘Having revenue absolutely won’t hurt; if anything, it helps, though the idea and market size matter much more.'”

Source: Fast Company
Published: Oct 11, 2012
Length: 32 minutes (8,142 words)