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Lilly Pulitzer, cause of Target tech glitch, understood mishaps well

Target couldn’t meet online demand for its Lilly Pulitzer line, and customers who walked away empty-handed aren't happy. Pulitzer, the late fashion designer behind the brand, would have known how to turn this into lemonade. Read more »

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Just where did 420 come from and 8 other links to start your week

by Kent Bernhard Jr Marijuana and money

H appy 4/20! To get your marijuana-themed business musings off to a good start, check out this story I wrote about David Dinenberg, who picked up stakes and moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles to try to create a financial platform for marijuana businesses.

High time. And speaking of 4/20. Check out the weed origin story. Via Slate.

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Can Nashville become a hub for corporation-backed accelerators?

by Eleanor Kennedy mcwhorter

I n his first week on the job, new Nashville Entrepreneur Center CEO Stuart McWhorter has taken stock of a variety of the center's offerings: he's sat in on mentor training, entrepreneur orientation and a handful of practice pitches from the center's newest accelerator, Project Music.

With demo day for the program, whose lead sponsor is the Country Music Association, less than week away,  ...

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How this startup's cashing in on 'Star Wars'

by Mark Harden

The toy version of BB-8 -- a round, beeping, rolling robot that will appear in the upcoming "Star Wars" movie -- has its origins in Colorado rather than a galaxy far, far away.

The ball-shaped robot with a half-sphere head is featured in the two teaser trailers already released for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the continuation of the movie series that lands in theaters this December. ( Click  ...

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Tribeca Film Festival, Lionsgate set new timeline for streaming service

by Teresa Novellino Tribeca Film Festival

T here will be some new streaming competition for the likes of HBO and Netflix at the end of this year. The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday in New York, is going to launch a subscription-based streaming service with Lionsgate.

The plan to launch the service was first announced last fall, with plans to kick it off in the first half of this year, but festival co-founder Jane  ...

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Oscar insurance doubles membership, raises $145M more to attack new states

by Ben Fischer liEXCH

O scar Health Insurance is New York's newest tech startup unicorn. But more importantly, it's more than doubled its customer base since last year.

The insurer confirmed today it's raised a widely anticipated Series B round of $145 million, bringing its total external capitalization to about $320 million. Investors valued the company at $1.5 billion, up 88 percent from its last venture round 11  ...

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Upstarts to watch: The beer packaging innovator, the new age athletic trainer, and more

by Kent Bernhard Jr

U pstarts who caught our eye, as profiled in the latest pages of the Business Journals: Bill Seibel, whose company has had a 1,685 percent growth rate; Christina Seelye, who has cashed in on serendipity; Steve Young, who’s leading the first innovation in beer packaging since the 1930s; and Mark Verstegen who has transformed training for athletes into training for  ...

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Forget narcotics — beat your pain with the 'scrambler' instead

by Elizabeth Hayes Radiant Pain Relief Centers CEO Brendon Lundberg

A bout 760,000 Oregonians — the equivalent of the populations of Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro combined — live with chronic pain. Not coincidentally, Oregon is No. 1 in the nation for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.

Now a West Linn, Ore., startup is pushing forward with an ambitious, nationwide plan to promote what it's calling an easy and effective way to treat chronic  ...

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