Max Blachman-Gentile started selling bread on Instagram in 2017: sourdough. An everything boule. Ancient grain. Porridge loaf. Each its own perfect rounded shape, crisp on the outside with perfect bubbling within. Slide into his DMs, and two days later you could find yourself with a loaf in hand. advertisement advertisement View this post on Instagram Almost too delicate to cut. Almost. #handmixed #sourdough #bread #crumb A post shared by Max Blachman-Gentile (@maxbeegee) on Jun 26, 2018 at 1:14pm PDT Blachman-Gentile is part of a subset of Instagram users who use the platform as a digital storefront for their offline businesses. It is where new products launch and get sold–fast. Instagram says there are 25 million business accounts on its platform. Yet only 2 million of them actually advertise on Instagram, according to the company. Instead, many entrepreneurs are using a variety of scrappy tactics to build their brands to create wildly successful … [Read more...] about These next-generation small businesses only exist on Instagram
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When beauty blogger Coco Park was dating her now-husband, who is Korean-American, she became fascinated by the gorgeously packaged products in his parents’ bathroom. Finally, one day, she stopped in a Korean beauty store in New Jersey. “Just sampling the products, I was like, ‘Wow, this is a whole new world,’” she says. “The formulations were so different, so nice.” She switched to a Korean skincare routine, which focuses on prevention and perfecting the skin—not just doing spot treatments to hide flaws, but on treating skin as a treasured possession to be nurtured with the best ingredients. Now, she uses 17 skincare products a day. advertisement advertisement Her skin went from dry, sensitive, and prone to breakouts to glowing—even without her previous staple, foundation. “Within two to three weeks, my red marks were fading, my skin was more hydrated. It wasn’t cracking or flaking. Within six months, my skin … [Read more...] about Inside The Booming Korean Skincare Market
General investors cannot time the markets and we hence suggest looking at the markets from a long-term investment horizon and investing in a staggered manner, Pankaj Bobade, Head of Fundamental Research, Axis Securities tells Moneycontrol's Kshitij Anand in an interview.Q. What is your assessment of the September quarter earnings season? If you had to describe it in one word –what would that be? And, what were the highlights?A. The Q2FY20 results season has been a ‘mixed bag’. Given the slowdown in economic growth, one should see the results season sector by sector.The volumes in the FMCG sector were slightly better than expected especially on the back of the high base and the pain in the rural segment.Discretionary consumption plays were a mixed bag with paints and quick service restaurants (QSR) segment reporting better than expected growth. Though the near-term consumer demand is likely to be subdued, improving monsoon offers a ray of hope to invigorate demand … [Read more...] about Smart money | Chase stocks that show growth irrespective of long, mid or small-caps
In a previous article, I shared five questions that today’s forward-thinking companies should be asking, based on input from top business consultants. This second installment, on the same theme, presents five more questions–but with a specific focus this time. These are questions that zero in on the mission and higher purpose of a company. Think of them as “mission questions.” advertisement advertisement Most companies, of course, articulate their missions by way of formal “statements.” But often they’re banal pronouncements (We save people money so they can live better. –WalMart) or debatable assertions (Yahoo! is the premier digital media company) that don’t offer much help in trying to gauge whether a company is actually living up to a larger goal or purpose. Questions, on the other hand, can provide a reality check on whether or not a business is staying true to what it stands for and aims to achieve. So herewith, … [Read more...] about Forget The Mission Statement. What’s Your Mission Question?
For a moment, let’s not think about the @ symbol in the way we usually think of it, as the fulcrum of an email address, the navel connecting us to our Twitter handles, or even just the weird a hanging out above the 2 key. advertisement advertisement Let’s imagine it instead blinking upon a screen. It exists as our focal point in a Metaverse of text. It’s a world with endless layers, the geometries, architectures, and inhabitants of which are likewise described by symbols on our keyboard. And in this world, @ is our avatar: a logogram of power that, once inscribed, represents our identity in an entirely digital world. This metaphor for the @ symbol may seem exotic, but it isn’t new. Some of the very first computer video games (called roguelikes) used @ to represent the player as he explored rudimentary ASCII dungeons. “This is you, and you are at this location within our cyber world.” More to the point, that’s how we still use it. … [Read more...] about The Unlikely Evolution Of The @ Symbol