While traveling for work as a TV producer two years ago, Lindsay McCormick noticed the number of travel-size toothpastes she was throwing away every month. Horrified, she began tinkering with alternatives, such as jarred toothpaste powder and dried toothpaste balls piped from pastry bags. “At the time, this was just a hobby,” she says. But shortly after McCormick splurged on a tablet-making machine and began selling her chewable product via Etsy and a website, she was featured in a Women’s Health video that went viral, and sales skyrocketed. The company did more than $3 million in revenue in 2019. Despite receiving several acquisition and investment offers (including one from Mark Cuban when she appeared on Shark Tank), and the introduction of competing products from Colgate and Unilever, McCormick and cofounder and COO Asher Hunt have retained 100% ownership of the company—enabling them to make environment-first choices about the product that might temporarily … [Read more...] about This former TV producer has solved toothpaste’s sustainability problems
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Set aside time for tech: Tech titan Jeff Bezos had tech difficulties for about an hour, couldn’t get his picture full screen, didn’t realize he was on mute, and seemed to forget that he was always on camera, at one point sneaking a snack. All of this sounds pretty familiar to business leaders who don’t have any tech support. Set aside the time to make sure everything is working. It’s worth your image as a leader. … [Read more...] about What we learned from the Big Tech hearing—about handling tense virtual meetings
Oliver works up to this week’s long-form lesson starting with the present, where Joy Behar is innocently getting an important fact wrong about George Washington on The View, and Republican Senator Tom Cotton is fighting to prevent the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project, which puts slavery in a historically accurate context, from being taught in schools. From this point on, he explores in depth where American textbooks have always failed their students on the topic of slavery, why that’s happened, and what might be done about it. (Spoiler alert on that last score: The reason people seem to want a more sanitized and streamlined view of American history is so they can easier imagine themselves having always been on the right side of it—and thus continuing to be on the right side of it right now.) … [Read more...] about ‘Misleadingly comforting versions of history’: John Oliver breaks down how race is taught in U.S. schools
“Before, I was working on an issue that everyone knew was a problem, but nobody knew where to start,” Moore says. In a city where more than 76,000 people experienced homelessness in 2018 and where 490 people were murdered in 2019, making the city’s operations and policies more equitable was just one of many pressing concerns. “I had the fire of the mayor’s pulpit behind me and her call to really take this on. But I think COVID and George Floyd kind of dialed up the fire,” Moore says. “So it’s not just her call, it is a community call, a nation call, and it’s really clear.” … [Read more...] about ‘It’s stressful, lonely work’: The newest job at City Hall is also the most important
“With the exception of Jeep—the brand that’s No. 1 every year for the 18 years we’ve done it, because it owns patriotism—everything on the list was brands that showed up. They were there for people when they felt they needed something. It went beyond primacy of products and how they were viewed, how they resonated with this value. They didn’t have to paint themselves red, white, and blue.” … [Read more...] about Can you guess what Fox News and Netflix have in common?