advertisement advertisement The recently released Forbes list of America’s billionaires is chock-full of the usual suspects–oil-magnates, captains of the computer industry, and world-famous financiers. But one person seems incongruous among the bunch. Tied with the ever-present and ever self-promoting Donald Trump as the 153rd wealthiest person in the country is Ty Warner. For those of you who don’t recognize or remember the beanie baby craze of the 1990s, Mr. Warner is the creator of that era-defining product. Mr. Warner has since expanded his empire to include real estate and other holdings, but the foundation of his wealth was this simple stuffed animal. On March 10th, Rovio, the company that created Angry Birds (Apple’s most popular app), announced that it received $42 million in Series A venture capital funding–just a day after the Forbes list was announced. When a rapidly growing and profitable firm takes on venture capital, it clearly has … [Read more...] about Will the Angry Birds Phenomenon Match the Beanie Baby Craze?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJpMk8uuvoY Just as the startup took an unconventional view of the hospitality industry, Airbnb also takes the non-traditional route when it comes to advertising. So it should come as no surprise that the brand that created the first short film made of Vine videos has now constructed 50 incredibly detailed birdhouses to get the word out. For the “Every Traveler Deserves A Home” campaign, agency Pereira & O’Dell took the Airbnb concept and put it in a whole new context. They created 50 birdhouses that are exact replicas of the most interesting accommodation offerings the company has around the world–from Palm House in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and a cottage in Iceland, to the Rosie Gypsy Wagon in Cornwall, U.K., and a feudal castle in Ireland. The entire collection is on display at Audubon Park in New Orleans. For anyone not able to see the recreations in person, there’s Birdbnb, a site that features 360-degree, detailed … [Read more...] about Airbnb Built 50 Replicas Of Its Best Properties–For The Birds
Via The Guardian: Rovio, the company behind the hit game Angry Birds, just revealed their high-flying financials for the 2011 fiscal year. The company revealed total revenues of $98.1 million, and the earnings were largely due to the Angry Birds game and franchise. Angry Birds had 648 million downloads by the end of 2011. In March, the company launched the latest version of their game–Angry Birds Space–which saw 10 million downloads in the first three days it was out. The company added on about 200 employees (from 20) at the start of the year. Rovio is also opening a Stockholm studio. To read news items as they develop watch for more Fast Feed stories during the day, by clicking here. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Rovio Reports 2011 Financials
McDonald's India's strict conditions for its north and east franchise have halted talks between the fast food chain and potential Indian partners, according to a report by The Economic Times.RP Sanjiv Goenka Group and the Bird Group are no longer keen on bidding for the McDonald’s franchise, sources told the publication. At present, Sanjeev Agrawal-promoted MMG Group is the only potential buyer.MMG Group owns Moon Beverages, Coca Cola’s largest franchise bottling partner in India.Close The new McDonald's partner will not be allowed to list on Indian stock exchanges and will have to pledge shares to the California-based parent company, the report said. related news Hardcastle eyes Rs 2,500 cr topline, 400 McDonald's stores by 2022 Every McDonald's outlet in India will have a McCafe by 2022 No meat please! Nestle may extend plant-based burger partnerships Moneycontrol could not independently verify the story.“McDonald’s is actively progressing … [Read more...] about McDonald’s India’s strict conditions sour potential partners: Report
Why all the fuss about another royal baby? History has taught us there’s much money to be made in a celebrity tot. And if the public’s fixation is any indicator, we can expect quite the “baby Sussex” effect. Meghan Markle, 37, and husband Prince Harry, 34–the celebrity duo also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex–welcomed their first child on Monday. Up until now, the couple had been quite private about the pregnancy, keeping mum about the due date, gender, and even where Markle might give birth. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” read the new parents’ official Instagram account. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their … [Read more...] about The royal baby … by the numbers