With nearly half of Americans now living in states where weed is legal, holiday sales are going to be lit

It’s the Mardi Gras of marijuana, the most important day in the stoner calendar. And this April 20 (“420” is stoner code for, um, weed) is shaping up to be the most lucrative yet for the legal U.S. cannabis industry.

This year’s holiday comes at a strange historic juncture. Despite…

After the Trump Slump, top U.S. schools are seeing a rebound in applications from abroad—with one very big exception

On the long list of Donald Trump’s dubious accomplishments as President, there’s one you might have missed: an unprecedented decline in applications from foreign students seeking to attend U.S. colleges and grad schools.

The U.S. has long been the top destination for international students. About one million international students are…

The surprising resilience of the digital nomad and the coming work-from-abroad boom

For more than a year, the travel and hospitality sector has been absolutely wrecked by the Covid-19 pandemic. With many countries’ borders effectively closed, international travel has been especially hard hit. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals in 2020 were down 79% compared to 2019. Some…

The history of America’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner staple

St. Patrick’s Day is about more than just green beer and Shamrock Shakes, of course. It’s about corned beef and cabbage, too. Even with parades canceled and many bars closed due to Covid-19, a recent survey by the National Retailers Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics found that 49% of…

Why are massive brands and startups selling Tesla shorts, McDonald’s chicken nugget pillows, and Stouffer’s hoodies?

In May 2020, confronting a raging pandemic, fierce competition from a slew of new entrants in the alternative-beverage category, and a limited marketing budget to support the launch of three new drink flavors, Ben Witte, CEO and founder of Recess, a maker of CBD-infused sparkling water, did what the head…

From Gap to Vistaprint, companies are betting on masks to save them. But what happens when the bubble pops?

If you arrived at the Vistaprint website looking to bulk-order some promotional pens or business cards or other swag you could send en masse to your remote staff as a morale boost and accidentally landed on its masks page, you most certainly would think you’re in the wrong place. A…

What the hottest boomtown off the coasts will look like on the other side

Last summer, RigUp moved into a 24,000-foot, magazine-spread worthy office in the kind of location you’d expect for one of Austin’s most buzzed about venture-backed startups. The company — a hiring platform for energy-sector contract workers — had recently raised a $60 million Series C round. It wasted no time…

Startups need to brace for fewer seed rounds, harsher terms and more earthly valuations

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“My mom used to tell me, ‘I think you were born with a horseshoe up your ass,’” says Eric Rea.

He has reason to feel lucky. He’s CEO of Podium, a messaging platform for small businesses that’s based in Lehi, Utah, which at the end of March closed on a…

Adam Bluestein

I write about business, science, and things that people do for fun. Work published in Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Journal, Proto, Marker. Vermonter by choice.

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