An upcycled apparel brand that provides vintage and street-inspired clothing to the streets of Ithaca, KAN. aims to inspire sustainable fashion in people’s everyday lives. KAN. strives to provide consumers with high quality clothing items at affordable prices — without the negative environmental impact associated with fast-fashion brands like ZARA, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.
By Evan Shields
The sleek, slim vaporizer JUUL, which originated in 2015 in San Francisco’s PAX Labs, has grown over the past few years to dominate the e-cigarette market. As of September 2018, JUUL has a reported market share of 72%, and by October, the stylish e-cigarette manufacturer had surpassed Facebook as the fasted-growing startup in United States history by reaching a valuation of $10 billion faster than any previous business. However, JUUL’s subtle appearance and marketing tactics have raised controversy among parents and the FDA…
By Meridien Mach
By 2050, the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs’ report projected the world population to be 9.7 billion. The typical response to overpopulation is the creation of sustainability as a result of consumption outweighing resources. Specifically, an increase in population leads to the growth in certain industries such as those involved in developing Smart Cities and those that utilize the sharing economy concept…
By Derek Kartalian
For the last couple of years, the American electronic commerce giant Amazon has been searching and deciding between locations to build their second headquarters. While the main headquarters is based in Seattle, WA, Amazon has been considering 20 potential locations all over North America as the home for HQ2. This week, the Wall Street Journal released an article supposedly telling of Amazon’s plans. The article claims that Amazon will split the headquarters between two considered locations: Crystal City in Arlington, VA, and Long Island City in Queens, New York…
An Exclusive Interview with Grace McBride, Director of Marketing at MilesAhead
By Aaron Buchwald
Facebook has just released one of the most tone deaf products to date. Months after undergoing a Congressional investigation for data privacy concerns related to the presidential election of 2016, they release Portal. Portal is Facebook's next generation video calling device intended exclusively for people to dial up their Facebook friends. Using artificial intelligence, Portal tracks the user as they move about the room so that they're never out of the screen. Set it up once, and it will follow you and size the image to and resize the image to make sure you're always perfectly in the middle of the screen…
By Shirley Huang
Data security has been a concern for people across the world. As we grow more reliant on information technology in our daily lives, legal and ethical concerns over data will continue to grow…
An Exclusive Interview with Nicole Lee, Director of Store Operations/Operations Manager at Anabel’s Grocery, and Devon Rosen, Director of Communications at Anabel’s Grocery
An Exclusive Interview with Emily King by the CBR Business Team
By Rubin Thomas
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By Steven Romero
In the late 1970’s, the decline of the heavy manufacturing industry meant impending ruin for former giants like Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit. The “Rust Belt” was facing deprecation at the hands of increasingly popular foreign imports and the growing prowess of the American South. Consequently, the region was plagued with depopulation and de-industrialization for half of a century. As some would argue, the Rust Belt really started to suffer in the 1950’s; weak competition and a stranglehold on the market provided little incentive to innovate, leading to decades of staid, uninspiring decay.
Now, the new 21st century Rust Belt is returning from its fall from grace through the next wave of innovation; a cultural, technological, and economic renaissance. There’s Cleveland, heralded for its recent cultural revolution lead by the influx of young talented chefs and artists, Pittsburgh, a hub for computer and life sciences and the home of the 2009 G20 summit, Detroit, facing a job recovery after coming back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2013, and Buffalo,, which has seen unprecedented innovation in hardware, manufacturing, and the life sciences, along with substantive investments in the waterfront area.
Spurred on by local investors, a ripe housing market, and a robust higher educational network (the region can claim UB, University of Rochester, RIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Case Western Reserve), the Rust Belt is beginning to blossom, and the startup ecosystems in each respective city are reaping the benefits. The region is home to more and more venture capital arms each year, and while the belt can’t come close to rivaling the east and west coast, it likely doesn’t have to. Post-industrial entrepreneurs are excelling in areas outside the expertise of typical SaaS investors and exploring innovative new technologies in hardware, biotechnology, clean energy, and manufacturing－many of the same areas that once put cities like Detroit on the map.
Ultimately, it’s these innovations that will continue the cultural and economic revelation of America’s post-industrial cities. The renaissance, undoubtedly, will be good for the enduring citizens of the belt, the country, and, hopefully, investors.
By Rija Tayyab
By Karla Kim
By Hamish MacDiarmid
President Trump has decided to give key allies more time to negotiate trade deals with the United States prior to the instigation of tariffs on steel. Currently, China, Russia, and Japan face the brunt of steel tariffs from the 45th President’s administration. American allies in the European Union (EU) have been issued a reprieve on their tariffs for the time being and are waiting to negotiate the final details of a more favorable trade deal. Tensions within the EU continue to create conflict over trade negotiations among member countries; the 2015-2016 rise in populism in Eastern Europe and Italy, and the subsequent populist appeal of many European leaders have made trade deals more difficult to negotiate.
This week’s interview is with Jonathan Epstein ‘20, COO and co-founder of def hacks () inc, a student-organized hackathon platform that has gained momentum across the US and overseas.
By Ruth Park
Electric automaker Tesla, Inc. has had a rough March, which included a deadly Model X crash, threat of increased Chinese tariffs, lower credit rating, voluntary Model S recall, and lawsuit from shareholders challenging its SolarCity acquisition. Tesla’s shares fell 22 percent in the span of March’s 31 days, with a 12 percent plunge in just the last week of the month. Nevertheless, despite increasingly negative expectations, Tesla looks to be starting April in good spirits—CEO Elon Musk humorously announced bankruptcy through an April Fools’ tweet—and stock has been up 13 percent this week.
By Shilpa Sadhasivam
For many graduating college students setting their sights on the job market, buying a home is a distant goal, not worthy of much worry. However, with the accelerating rise of home prices and mortgage rates that show no sign of stopping, millennials will soon have difficulty in affording their first homes.
This week’s feature interview is with Jenna Martinez ‘19, the creator of Açaísy, an açaí bowl delivery business that brought the first trendy smoothie bowls to Ithaca.