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Inspired by Belgian beer culture, software exec trades in marketing for manufacturing

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B ill Fisher spent the better part of his career in “startup mode,” working in high-tech marketing roles at various startups throughout Greater Boston. But in 2012, he felt the call for something different, and recalled his 1996 semester abroad in Brussels where he was introduced to the European beer culture.

There were no breweries within a 10-mile radius of Newburyport, Mass., where Fisher  ...

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Diane von Furstenberg finds long-elusive 'heir' for her brand

by Teresa Novellino Diane von Furstenberg

A fter two long years of scouring the fashion world, Diane von Furstenberg has hired a chief executive officer: Paolo Riva, someone she sees handling the brand for the long haul.

The 41-year-old Italian-born fashion executive, who previously spent three years as vice president of apparel and merchandising for Tory Burch LLC, will as of May 18 take on what is a brand new post at New York  ...

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Overstock.com President Stormy Simon on why Bret Michaels is the perfect pitchman

by Hilary Burns Overstock Stormy Simon

T his month, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) announced a partnership with multiplatinum recording artist and Poison frontman Bret Michaels.

While that may seem like an unlikely pairing (a publicly traded e-tailer with an 80s hair band rock star), the collaboration was a no-brainer to company president Stormy Simon.

“He’s a good person; he’s an authentic person,” Simon told me. “We sat down  ...

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Louisville firm knows just what Silicon Valley VCs want

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K atie Bush might be described as one of Louisville's resident experts on startups.

And while her company, Katie Bush Design Inc., becomes what she calls the "go-to" design firm for startups and venture-capital firms in Silicon Valley, Bush brings a West Coast expertise to Louisville.

Katie Bush Design is a integrated graphic design and marketing firm. Creative director Bush founded the company  ...

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Is Microsoft finally cool enough to attract app developers?

by Jacob Demmitt Microsoft Surface Pro 3

M icrosoft touts itself as a revamped technology giant built for the future, but it’s still working to convince the rest of the world that the change is real.

With its stock price up 11 percent since the start of last week, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) can officially put a big check next to last week’s mission to convince investors the strategy is working.

Next up: developers.


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Social service meets social enterprise: CEO of third-largest YWCA system dives into e-commerce with 'YShop'

by Caroline McMillan Portillo YShop

D orri McWhorter brought a piece of the private sector with her when she left accounting to take over as CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago two years ago.

Her goal: Help the social service organization, which touches more than 200,000 people each year, also become a 21 st-century social enterprise.

And that’s why, under her leadership, the third-largest YWCA system in the nation is launching an  ...

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Meet the Twitter mafia, and 8 other links for Monday

by Kent Bernhard Jr Jack Dorsey

Y ou’ve heard of the PayPal mafia—Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and the like—who have gone from early success creating the payment platform to found companies like Tesla, LinkedIn, and Palantir. Now, welcome to the Twitter mafia, which is making waves of its own, as VC research firm CB Insights points out in this post. CB Insights found that early Twitter employees have gone on to  ...

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