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 May 14, 2019
snacks helps keep me up to date on what's going on in business /economics. the hosts are personable and easy to listen to. thanks, guys!


Digestible financial news. Get smarter fast with an entertaining breakdown of our top 3 business stories in 15 minutes. Pairs perfectly with your commute, workout, or morning oatmeal ritual. Hosted by Jack Kramer and Nick Martell.

Episode Date
Apple’s Goldman Sachs card goes live for all, Target’s ‘Gramamble new food brand, and Tesla’s “Jerry Maguire” moment
Apple’s card with Goldman Sachs was just released for all Americans, so we jump in Snacks style. Target announces its biggest ever food brand, focused on organic food. And Tesla’s solar panel unit announces a rental version — just as it gets sued by Walmart.
Aug 21, 2019
SmileDirectClub’s IPO, Estée Lauder’s airport makeup passion, and 181 CEOs renew their vows.
Makeup legend Estée Lauder jumped 13% after its earnings report, but we were most interested in its “travel retail channel” surprise. SmileDirectClub wants to IPO, so we jumped into its filing documents and found an Instagram story. And the Business Roundtable held a meeting, but ended up renewing its vows of what being a corporation actually means today.
Aug 20, 2019
Facebook’s new news relationship, sperm startups raise millions, and Roku’s 21% jump makes it streaming king
Our last Snacks episode until Tuesday 8/20 (we're off for a week for Jack's wedding). Facebook’s had a rocky relationship with the news industry, but it’s trying a major new partnership to fix what it broke. Roku is the new king of streaming after its Rudy moment. And sperm startup Dadi just raised $5M as money pours into fertility — now healthtech is the next wave of Brandicorns.
Aug 09, 2019
Lyft’s 5-star earnings, Sam Adams is not a beer company, and opioid stocks get a penalty price tag
Lyft jumped after its huge loss wasn’t as bad as expected — but we found two other stories with a bigger takeaway about the tech industry. Boston Beer Company is famous for its Sam Adams label, but a recent report highlights why it’s not a beer stock anymore. And prescription drug distributors are getting sued by states, and we learned a key price tag of the opioid epidemic.
Aug 08, 2019
Shake Shack’s 18% surge, Disney’s record year, and IAC — the VC-like public company (indirectly) powering Tinder
FYI, take the Snacks survey so we can get to know our Snackers better (fun fact: you could win a $100 Amazon gift card): —<br><br>Shake Shack popped 18% not just because of a new strategic move, but because its leadership was open to changing its mind. Disney’s earnings hit record revenues, but spent $3B more money than it made because of acquisitions. And IAC owns a piece of everybody in the human-connecting-human apps industry, including Tinder and Angie’s List.
Aug 07, 2019
Why stocks just plummeted, Tyson’s (real) meat collussion, and Compass is our “Unicorn of the Day”
Worst. Day. Of. The. Year. The trade war just opened up a fresh new front: the <em>currency&nbsp;</em>battles. Meat giant Tyson shares surged, but then it announced it’s being investigated for collusion on your chicken prices. And Compass has almost doubled its valuation in less than a year to $6.4B — its dream is to bring tech to real estate.<br><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>
Aug 06, 2019
Pinterest’s 19% surge, delivery app wars hit a tipping point, and oil’s big day
Pinterest is defining itself as the most positive, happy,&nbsp;feel-good social media app — and usage is jumping. Delivery apps had their biggest week yet, so we jumped into it Snacks style. And oil icons Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported earnings, which reveal a “glut” issue in the whole industry.
Aug 05, 2019
The trade war hits Defcon iPhone, Kellogg surges (because, snacks), and Canada Goose falls on un-wokeness
Kellogg enjoyed its best day in two decades even though&nbsp;cereal sales are struggling big. Canada Goose removed a single word from its website, causing the stock to drop Thursday. And stocks fell because of the trade war — you’re going to finally notice the tariffs that hit consumer products.&nbsp;<br>
Aug 02, 2019
Scotts Miracle-Gro’s pot side-hustle, Fitbit’s 14% plummet, and the Fed’s historic decision
Turns out lawn phenom Scotts Miracle-Gro has been enjoying a sales boost by equipping cannabis producers to grow indoors. Fitbit plummeted 14% on a struggling new smartwatch, but its future could be Apple-style services. And stocks plummeted yesterday because of the Fed, so we break down why.
Aug 01, 2019
Apple is no longer an iPhone company, Under Armour’s 14% stock plummet, and beards break P&G’s Gilette
Turns out Apple is no longer an iPhone company after&nbsp;releasing its latest quarterly earnings report. Under Armour hasn’t embraced the athleisure trend enough and its latest 14% stock drop reveals it needs a rebrand. And P&amp;G stock jumped 4% even though it suffered a $5.4B loss — blame that on its razor biz (which&nbsp;is blaming beards).
Jul 31, 2019
Beyond Meat’s sophomore slump, Pfizer’s VIP-only drug cabinet, and The Athletic joins the 500 club
A new drug company hath been born — Pfizer is merging its portfolio of off-patent drugs (like Viagra and Lipitor) with epi-pen-maker Mylan. Beyond Meat’s earnings report had a good side and a dark side. And The Athletic’s subscription-only sports news biz model is winning the media industry with a new milestone.
Jul 30, 2019
LIVE interview from Livongo’s IPO, Apple’s “referee” problem, and the $26B T-Mobile/Sprint deal’s big step
We were live from the floor of Nasdaq’s opening bell ceremony at Livongo IPO’s — so we sat down to interview the president of the digital health service company. We also covered a WSJ report that Apple may be giving unfair preference to its apps in the App Store (so we run our first “snax-periment”). And the T-Mobile/Sprint deal to create a new telecom giant got a major approval from the DOJ worth diving into.
Jul 29, 2019
Amazon’s record profit streak ends, Hershey’s “peanut butter” strategy, and the secret car meeting in California
Snackers, we love you. And we would love to learn more about you — fill out this 2-minute survey to share more about yourself and thoughts on the pod (plus, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card):<br><br>In today's episode, for the past 4 quarters, Amazon set record profits. But not this time — we noticed it has 42 highlights in its report, so we picked highlights of those highlights. Hershey stock rose 2%, but its new strategy is simply repackaging Reese’s. And major car companies got together to chat emissions standards with California in a secret meeting that could affect the entire industry.
Jul 26, 2019
Tesla plummets 10%, Dunkin’ democratizes Beyond Meat, and UPS jumps 9% on “do-everything” strategy
With another huge day of earnings, Tesla fell 10% because&nbsp;one of its top cars is cannibalizing sales of another. Dunkin’ is launching a plant-based sausage sandwich with Beyond Meat, highlighting how Dunkin’s become the great trend democratizer. And UPS popped 9% as it tries a new strategy for growth: A try every strategy.
Jul 25, 2019
Starbucks selling its mobile app, Hasbro jumps 10% (thanks to The Avengers), and China’s new stock market
Forget coffee. Starbucks made a strategic tech investment&nbsp;so it can start licensing out its successful mobile app technology and loyalty program. Hasbro shares popped 10% courtesy of its critical Disney partnership. And China’s new tech-focused stock market debuted with one purpose: Make sure Chinese tech companies&nbsp;IPO in China.
Jul 24, 2019
Uber’s Prime-ish membership, Apple’s chip acquisition, and GoPuff is our “Unicorn of the Day”
Uber is launching a pilot in SF and Chicago for a membership&nbsp;program that combines all its services for one price. Apple is reportedly buying Intel’s smartphone chip-making business, and that dropped Qualcomm’s stock. And GoPuff is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it’s about to get a major investment from SoftBank as&nbsp;it brings convenience stores to college students nationwide.
Jul 23, 2019
Beyond Meat’s partnership-palooza, Boeing’s $8.5B “gate”, and Tinder tries to cut out Google’s app tax
Beyond Meat is bouncing back after 2 big partnership deals — online and offline. You’re&nbsp;constantly hearing about Boeing’s issues, so we’re breaking down how its $8B price tag stacks up to other corporate scandals. And Tinder’s new move to sneak past the Google Play store highlights how app stores have become tollbooths.
Jul 22, 2019
Microsoft’s triple-threat quarter, Skechers’ 12% surge, and iHeartMedia’s back on Wall Street
Microsoft remains the world’s biggest publicly-traded&nbsp;company, so we jumped into the big question no one understands these days: How it makes money. Skechers stock popped because it’s basically become an international company, but its core focus is (ironically) avoiding trends. And iHeartRadio just started trading&nbsp;again on Nasdaq after emerging from a hefty bankruptcy.<br>
Jul 19, 2019
Netflix's 1st decline, Amazon’s Prime Day records, and Unicorn of the Day: Turo
The 2-day Amazon Prime Day just ended, so we jump into the “flywheel effect” that powers it. Netflix shares plummeted 12% and it’s blaming its lack of story-telling the last 3 months. And Turo is our unicorn of the day after an investment by Tinder-owner IAC boosted the car-sharing platform beyond a $1B valuation.<br><br><br>
Jul 18, 2019
Apple battles Spotify for podcasts, Domino’s “Volemort-y” 9% drop, and Goldman’s pivot to main street
A report revealed that Apple wants to jump deeper into podcasts by signing exclusive deals with podcast creators sent Spotify shares down. Domino’s fell 9% after its earnings revealed it may be facing pressure from ”3rd party delivery aggregators.” And Big Bank Week continued with earnings from JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs — and we noticed how expensive Goldman’s pivot from Wall Street to Main Street is getting.
Jul 17, 2019
Chobani’s Greek yogurt strategy, Marriott’s “resort fee” call-out, and Blackstone’s digital “ad-quisition”
Chobani whipped up a new line of nut butter Greek yogurts&nbsp;— The Greek yogurt industry is struggling, but Chobani is using Coca-Cola’s spinoff strategy. Marriott has been charging “resort fees” for years, but now the DC Attorney General has a problem with it. And publicly-traded private equity firm Blackstone just&nbsp;made an acquisition of the mobile ad optimizing startup that’s taking on Google and Facebook’s ad game.
Jul 16, 2019
Budweiser cancels biggest IPO of 2019, France passes a US tech tax, and Bird’s profitability drama
Earth’s biggest brew-glomerate, Budweiser-owner AB InBev, was planning the biggest&nbsp;IPO of the year by spinning off its Asia unit — that was suddenly canceled before the weekend. France unveiled a “tech tax,” but it really looks like a tariff on Silicon Valley. And scooter icon Bird is our “dramatic unicorn of the day” for a debate raging&nbsp;on its profitability problems.
Jul 15, 2019
Facebook’s crypto vs. the Fed, Lululemon’s 20K-sq-foot mega-store, and why healthcare stocks jumped big
Fed Chairman Jerry Powell was visiting Congress — So&nbsp;he shared his thoughts on Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency (that may have caused Bitcoin to drop). Lululemon whipped up a 20,000-square-foot mega-store/club/studio, a sweatlife store format it wants to take nationwide. And healthcare stocks jumped this week&nbsp;on multiple headlines, so we jump into the factors that drive the unique industry.
Jul 12, 2019
Zoom’s major crisis, prison stocks lose their banks, and Snapchat’s 2nd class of startups
Conference call icon Zoom made your webcam vulnerable to snooping, and the flaw got&nbsp;discovered in a dramatic way. SunTrust bank decided to stop funding private prison companies, so we decided to look into private prison company stocks. And Snapchat’s venture capital arm, Yellow, announced its 2nd class of early-stage startups, which we explored<br>&nbsp;to notice the trends of tomorrow.
Jul 11, 2019
HBO Max (coming this spring), Pepsi’s Bubly obsession, and Virgin Galactic is going public
Pepsi’s earnings report seemed normal, until we noticed its CEO’s passion for the&nbsp;future of its sparkling water strategy. AT&amp;T announced HBO Max with a unique angle attacking Netflix’s awkward Achilles heel. And Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wants to become the first publicly listed human-spaceflight company.
Jul 10, 2019
Snapchat’s 2 biceps of tech, WeWork’s pre-IPO debt-a-palooza, and the big minimum wage report
So far in 2019, Snap’s stock is up 160% — we’re looking at the 2 biceps of tech powering&nbsp;that silent comeback. WeWork wants to IPO, but first, it’s taking on some debt. A lot of it. And it’s the same strategy as a college athlete going pro. And the Congressional Budget Office’s minimum wage report reveals some key insights on the nation’s paycheck&nbsp;policy if everyone made $15/hour.
Jul 09, 2019
Cannabis co-CEO fired by beer board, Walmart’s drama, and Lee Iacocca changed cars forever
Canopy Growth is the world’s largest cannabis company and it suddenly fired its co-CEO&nbsp;— but it looks like Corona owner Constellation Brands was all over this one. A Recode report revealed major drama within Walmart as its ecommerce arm led by Marc Lore clashes with classic brick-and-mortar Walmartians. And our “Icon of the Week” Lee Iacocca&nbsp;changed the auto industry forever, so we’re looking at his legacy as he passed away.
Jul 08, 2019
Tesla goes from “dark orange” to “light yellow,” Calm is our “Unicorn of the Day,” and the 10th birthday of the longest US econ expansion.
Tesla didn’t report earnings – it reported its car deliveries, and the record numbers boosted the stock 7%. Meditation app Calm just raised more money as a $1B+ valued company, so we dive into the sleep pivot that powered its growth. And happy 10th birthday to the longest economic expansion since WWII.
Jul 03, 2019
Stubhub’s VIP everything for concert tickets, Nike’s women’s sports binge, and Deutsche Bank’s downward spiral
Stubhub is treating customers who spend $10k to VIP tailgates, VIP perks, and VIP customer service. The women’s national team soccer jersey is Nike’s top-selling soccer jersey ever, showing the potential to boost womens’ sales. And Deutsche Bank’s reportedly mulling laying off 20k workers as it still hasn’t recovered from the financial crisis.&nbsp;
Jul 02, 2019
Budweiser acquires Babe / White Girl Rosé, The RealReal surges 45% on its IPO, and Velodyne is the startup making self-driving possible
With beer sales falling, Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev acquires the maker of Babe canned rosé and White Girl Rosé as its summer makeover. The RealReal is leading the re-commerce industry by pulling an Airbnb on thrift stores — and it just surged 45% on its IPO. And Velodyne is our “Pre-IPO of the Day,” using an anti-Tesla technology to make self-driving happen for a bunch of key carmakers (and tech giants).
Jul 01, 2019
Bitcoin’s best friend, Amazon is a shipping company, and Superhuman pioneers “luxury email”
While Bitcoin is rising, we looked at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which is the “shovel” to Bitcoin’s “mining.” A crazy stat about Amazon reveals how it’s become a shipping company. And Superhuman just raised $33M for its mission to make email a luxury thing.
Jun 28, 2019
Shopify’s customer service game-changer, WeWork acquires Waltz, and General Mills falls on snacks vs. pet food
We noticed WeWork is on an acquisition tear, and it just strategically added Waltz to its list. General Mills shares fell 4% because its snack biz is underperforming, while its fancy pet foods are winning. And Shopify powers your go-to boutique ecommerce options, and its new Apple iMessage feature is a new level for customer service.
Jun 27, 2019
Google’s “city-within-a-city-of-the-future” milestone, Starbucks and Dunkin’ hit record highs, and BMW’s big electric car/motorcycle moves
Coffee stocks Starbucks and Dunkin’ are up to record highs this year because they’re both pursuing 4 specific strategies. BMW unveiled its new lineup of Tesla-battling electric cars and even an electric bike. And Google sister company Sidewalk Labs revealed details of its $1B future city plan to takeover a Toronto waterfront.<br><br><br>
Jun 26, 2019
“Viagra for Women” gets FDA approval, McDonald’s fresh beef investment pays off, and Caesers gets acquired to create the biggest US casino operator
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder was launched with fresh beef a year ago — and that just&nbsp;propelled McD’s to its first gain in burger market share in 5 years. Caesars merged with Eldorado to create the biggest casino in the US, but activist investor Carl Icahn is the real story. And what’s being called the “Viagra for women” just snagged FDA approval,&nbsp;so we look into why the pharmaceutical company’s stock fell.<br>
Jun 25, 2019
Amazon’s freaky drone patent, Earth’s biggest cannabis company (Canopy) falls 8%, and Walmart’s $288M “Sorcerer” bribe
Canada’s Canopy Growth is the biggest cannabis producer in the world, but its latest&nbsp;numbers reveal it may have a pot demand problem. Walmart paid up a $288M bribery fine, but the management team has a reason to not be upset. And Amazon whipped up a new surveillance drone that fits smoothly into a trend we’re noticing from the ecommerce icon.
Jun 24, 2019
Slack is now public, Netflix’s strategic reveal, and Apple’s trade war letter
Slack shares jumped 49% on their first day of trading, so we jumped into the company that thinks it’ll replace work email within 7 years. Netflix’s Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston movie set a personal record, but it’s the number Netflix shared that entertained us. And Apple’s letter to a US trade rep about moving its factories is a key development in the trade war.
Jun 21, 2019
Grocery Outlet IPOs today, YouTube’s huge change, and Adobe reveals why Silicon Valley loves software
Grocery Outlet’s “WOW!” IPO (listen to the pod — you’ll see what we mean) is the convergence&nbsp;of two major retail trends. YouTube may be launching a separate version for kids and even disable its profit-powering auto-play. And we noticed Adobe’s stock hit a record high and it highlights why Silicon Valley loves software.<br>
Jun 20, 2019
Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Lululemon’s new #sweatlife selfcare shampoo, and Best Buy’s new FitnessTech strategy
Facebook unveiled details of its new cryptocurrency, Libra (aka “ZuckBucks”), so we&nbsp;jump into the key details you need to know. Lululemon’s going hard into its #sweatlife lifestyle push by launching its new shampoo, deodorant, and more, while athleisure keeps winning retail. And Best Buy introduced a new FitnessTech strategy as it aims to&nbsp;become the Apple Store for Baby Boomers.
Jun 19, 2019
Blue Apron’s reverse split, Domino’s self-driving minivan delivery, and Buzzfeed/VW union drama
Tech-focused Domino’s is unleashing a self-driving delivery minivan later this year. Meal kit pioneer Blue Apron’s shares jumped from 55-cents to over $8 because of a reverse stock split (we’ll break it down). And while Buzzfeed employees are pushing to unionize, VW’s shockingly just voted against the idea.
Jun 18, 2019
Airbnb launches (crazy) “Adventures,”’s 60% IPO surge, and Verizon’s new “never forget” dongle strategy
835’s IPO is based on the concept of “pet humanization,” but it’s showing how to beat Amazon. Airbnb’s insane new “Adventures” feature lets you book wild trips you probably didn’t realize were possible (because it’s facing competition in every direction).&nbsp;And Verizon launches a piece of hardware to help you not lose anything, but it’s all part of a “switching costs” strategy.
Jun 17, 2019
Quibi’s the #1 disruptor in video, Fiverr surges 90% on IPO day, and HSBC’s Saudi Arabia risk/reward
Startup Quibi is launching as a fully mobile streaming app with $1B in funding, and&nbsp;we just got more details on what it’s working on (hint: the return of “Punk’d”). Gig economy website Fiverr surged 90% on its IPO, and it literally trademarked the term “gig.” And a WSJ article reveals how HSBC has become the international bank of choice for&nbsp;Saudi Arabia with big risk, and big reward.
Jun 14, 2019
Fortnite acquires Houseparty, Restoration Hardware’s rebel upscale strategy, and our “Unsexy Industry of the Day” is Crowdstrike’s IPO
Restoration Hardware (aka RH) surged 20% after its earnings for its new magazine strategy (the opposite of everyone else). Gaming legend Fortnite acquires Houseparty in a move that may redefine the future of social media. And Crowdstrike surged 71% on its IPO day, so we made cybersecurity sexy as our “Unsexy Industry of the Day.”
Jun 13, 2019
Mary Meeker’s epic “Internet Trends Report”, Grubhub jumps after Amazon Restaurants ends, and Brex hits $2.6B as our “Unicorn of the Day”
Mary Meeker dropped her annual 333-slide Internet Trends Report, so we pulled out&nbsp;3 keys for you. Grubhub shares jumped 8% on word Amazon is ending its restaurant delivery service. And our “Unicorn of the Day” is Brex as it hits a $2.6B valuation giving credit cards to startups.
Jun 12, 2019
“Work From Home” is our Trend of the Day, and Mega Merger Monday happened -- Salesforce, Tableau, Raytheon, United Tech
Suddenly, it happened. Mega Merger Monday. Salesforce&nbsp;acquired Tableau to create the corporate starter kit of software, while Raytheon merged with United Technology to become the #2 player in the defense and weapons industry. And Zoom’s latest earnings report has us jumping into our “Trend of the Day”: Work from&nbsp;Home.
Jun 11, 2019
Revolve’s Instagram/fashion IPO, JetBlack concierge takes on Amazon Prime, and Germany’s Aldi fires up the US grocery wars
The pioneer of social media influencer marketing, Revolve&nbsp;shares surged to become the 2nd best public offering stock performance of 2019 so far. JetBlack is the text-based online concierge club that just revealed key numbers as it takes on Amazon Prime (it’s a Walmart company). And Germany’s chain Aldi opens up shop&nbsp;outside of Walmart’s headquarters as it adds a new front to the epic US grocery wars.
Jun 10, 2019
Beyond Meat surges after 1st earnings, Cronos cannabis’ 10% surge, and Barnes & Noble is about to be bought
In its first earnings report since its IPO, Beyond Meat surged as it defends its first-mover&nbsp;advantage. Canadian cannabis icon Cronos is pivoting its CBD efforts to the US. And Barnes &amp; Noble jumped on word it’s about to be acquired.
Jun 07, 2019
Jack Daniel’s $125M tariff bill, Bird’s new scooter targets “THICs,” and GameStop’s 36% plummet
Liquor legend Brown Forman just revealed that fresh tariffs from the EU on American&nbsp;whiskey is costing the Jack Daniels owner $125M per year. Scooter pioneer Bird has a new bike option that’s blatantly targeting “THICs” -- Town-living High Income Car-less people. And GameStop falls 36% because it’s trying out the Barnes &amp; Noble playbook.
Jun 06, 2019
Spotify’s new app, Mirror is our “Pre-Unicorn of the Day,” and why markets jumped so much Tuesday
Wall Street just had its best day since January, so we explain why (it’s all about&nbsp;The Fed’s focus on something sexy). Spotify whipped up a new app to fix a problem and also take down radio. And fitness-tech mirror Mirror is about to hit a $300M valuation.
Jun 05, 2019
Regulators hit the Mt. Rushmore of tech, Apple’s WWDC, and the biggest private real estate transaction ever (=$18.7B)
Shares of Google and Facebook both fell over 6% on word US regulators have coordinated&nbsp;to take them on. Meanwhile, Apple’s big Worldwide Developers Conference unveiled fresh new iThings. And then private equity firm Blackstone led the biggest private real estate transaction ever -- and became Amazon’s landlord.
Jun 04, 2019
JPMorgan’s “anti-dad” case sets a record, fresh Mexico tariffs will hurt your Chipotle, and non-hotel companies jump into hotels
In a record settlement of $5M for a parental leave case,&nbsp;JPMorgan’s giving new moms and dads a more equal policy (although the US is still way behind). The fresh US tariffs on Mexico announced Thursday will hit cars, avocados, and Coronas. And a bunch of brands you know aren’t in the hotel business, but they’re&nbsp;opening hotels -- So we look at West Elm, Shinola, and LVMH.
Jun 03, 2019
Uber’s 1st public earnings report, Firefly is the future of outdoor ads, and Dollar General & Dollar Tree’s epic days
In its 1st earnings report as a public company since this month’s IPO, Uber’s earnings&nbsp;report revealed it’s got a problem with 1 word: Growth. Firefly raises $30M and expands to NYC to forever change your cab ads. And Dollar General and Dollar Store stocks are close to all-time highs — And that says a lot about the US.<br>
May 31, 2019
Abercrombie’s worst day in 20 years, iRobot’s new launch, and SoFi’s stadium move
iRobot just unveiled two high-tech robot floor cleaners,&nbsp;but its expansion to non-cleaning things is TBD. Abercrombie &amp; Fitch just axed 3 high-profile flagship stores -- But its stock’s worst day in 2 decades gave us a key insight on retail. And SoFi is raising $500M to expand beyond student loans (and maybe even&nbsp;name a stadium after itself).
May 30, 2019
Zynga is our “Accidental Billionaire of the Day,” Huawei’s 4 spy stories, and tobacco’s terrible day (because of regular unleaded)
Farmville-creator Zynga just sold its San Francisco headquarters building for $600M — And it may be better at real estate than video games. We’re jumping into the spy-worthy “corporate theft” stories of how China’s Huawei stole secret intellectual property from US tech. And cigarette companies suffered their worst day in 5 months, but not because of ecigs and Millennials.
May 29, 2019
Facebook’s “GlobalCoin” launching 2020, Kontoor is the new jeans IPO, and SpaceX’s 60-satellite week
Zuck’s launching a Bitcoin-ish cryptocurrency called&nbsp;GlobalCoin in 2020 so that paying for anything is as easy as messaging. Kontoor is the newly IPO’d company created after Vans-owner VF Brands spun-off its denim icons Wrangler and Lee’s — And it fell on Day #1 of trading. And Snackers asked us to cover Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s big week, so we did. And we loved it.
May 28, 2019
Facebook’s 2.2B fake accounts, Disney’s theme park record, and the “IPO of the Day” is a talent agency
You’ve heard about Disney+ streaming and Marvel Movies&nbsp;for months — But there’s a big story around its theme parks and its new Star Wars land. Facebook’s 3rd transparency report revealed it’s destroyed 2.2B fake accounts in the last three months. And our “IPO of the Day” is Endeavor, the 121-year-old talent agency&nbsp;behind most of the stars you’re watching.
May 24, 2019
“Uber Eats Pass” gets leaked, Target is retail-pocalypse-proof, and the Boeing update you wanted
A “reverse-engineering specialist” discovered within code in the Uber Eats app plans&nbsp;to release a $9.99/month unlimited food delivery service. Yesterday we told you how the retail-pocalypse is crushing JCPenny — Today we jump into how Target is thriving through it. And Snacks Daily listeners asked us for an update on Boeing... so we’re giving<br>&nbsp;it to them.<br>
May 23, 2019
Urban Outfitters launches subscription clothing rental. Tesla hits a 3-year low. And JCPenney’s “graceful shrinking”
Tesla stock hit a 3-year low this week after one analysts’ aggressive dystopian imagery.&nbsp;Urban Outfitters is trying on its best Rent the Runway impression, whipping out a new clothing rental business to be called Nuuly. And JCPenney’s falls 7% for its uninspiring-ness.
May 22, 2019
Sprint/T-Mobile dating drama, chip shares plummet, and Mary Meeker invests in our “Unicorn of the Day”
Telecom icons T-Mobile and Sprint were supposed to enjoy a $26B merger relationship, but now it may be off — And that halted trading in Sprint stock. Chip-makers like Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices have fallen 20% the last few months because of one big indirect threat. And Canva is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it was touched by VC legend Mary Meeker.
May 21, 2019
Away suitcases becomes a “Brand-icorn,” Amazon’s airport and food delivery moves, and John Deere = Trade War
Amazon made 2 major moves into delivery and shipping by investing in Deliveroo and breaking ground on its own 100-plane airport. Luggage startup Away hit a $1.4B valuation to become our “Brand-icorn of the Day.” And John Deere drops 8% because it’s become&nbsp;a near-perfect illustration of the trade war drama (and Mother Nature).
May 20, 2019
Pinterest’s 1st earnings report, TikTok’s is top downloaded app (again), and a brand new stock exchange is coming to markets
There’s a theme to Pinterest’s first ever earnings report: Slowing. TikTok is the Chinese app that just hit 5 straight quarters as the most-downloaded in the app store. And Long Term Stock Exchange is actually a brand new stock exchange with a very particular mission.<br>
May 17, 2019
LaCroix sparkling water drops, Amex acquires Resy, and Americans stop having as many babies
To get into your weekend calendar, Amex acquired restaurant reservation app Resy to&nbsp;make perks way more Millenniall-y. LaCroix is owned by National Beverage Corp, whose shares fell 7% this week as analysts say it can’t handle new competition. And a major study shows Americans are having a record low number of babies, so we jump into the businesses&nbsp;that affects.
May 16, 2019
Match launches date coaching, Ralph Lauren’s Gen-Z moves, and Walmart’s 1-day free shipping reveal
Ralph Lauren shares dropped even though its latest marketing moves are winning Gen Z. Dating app icon Match announced a new coaching hotline to get you to date #2. And the “Free Shipping Wars” of Walmart vs. Amazon were just kicked up a couple notches.
May 15, 2019
Peloton takes down Flywheel, Supreme Court says you can sue Apple, and the “Unsexy Companies of the Day”
Spin studio chain Flywheel has been taken over by one of its investors because it’s losing the fitness wars to tech-focused Peloton bikes. Apple fell on word from the Supreme Court it can be sued over for its App Store monopoly. And as trade war drama dropped markets big, our “Unsexy Companies of the Day” earned some air.
May 14, 2019
LIVE from NYSE for Uber’s IPO, Rihanna’s LVMH luxury launch, and how the newest tariffs affect you (they will)
We hit the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to cover Uber’s IPO for you — Here’s<br>&nbsp;what we saw. For the first time in over 30 years, luxury design powerhouse LVMH is launching its 1st house from scratch: Rihanna’s Fenty. And the next rounds of tariffs will actually start affecting products in your daily life, so we looked at what’s vulnerable.
May 13, 2019
Uber’s IPO day, Harry’s Razors acquired for $1.4B, and Party City surges 10% on helium
The key details you need to know on Uber’s IPO day. Harry’s disrupted the shaving subscription market, and now it’s been acquired by the company it was disrupting. And Party City stock jumped 10% after it finds a solution to the helium problem messing with its balloon sales (seriously).
May 10, 2019
Roku’s 8% jump, Rent The Runway’s new mega (co-working) store, and TripAdvisor’s “experiences” bet
Roku is Netflix’s little cousin and the CFO is just happy the dongle is winning along with Disney. Rent The Runway is opening its biggest store ever in San Francisco, featuring a coworking space and a new target customer. And TripAdvisor’s growth is slowing, but one division is expanding fast: Experiences.
May 09, 2019
Google’s $399 smartphone, Crocs’ comeback, and GM’s robotaxi Cruise snags $1B
Google’s I/O event day enjoyed protests, AI tech to screen fake&nbsp;calls, and a $399 Pixel phone. General Motors acquired self-driving car startup Cruise when it was worth $1B — Now it’s worth $19B, and wants robotaxis on streets this year. And Crocs shares have nearly doubled in the past year, so we look at why.<br>
May 08, 2019
Big Trade War update, Apple’s bought 20+ companies in 6 months, and the largest VC investment in Latin America ever
The Trade War was supposed to end this week with a peace&nbsp;deal. That’s not looking likely, and we’ll tell you why. Apple’s CEO casually dropped that the company’s bought over 20 startups over the last six months. And super delivery app Rappi just raised $1B from Softbank, making it the biggest Latin American venture&nbsp;investment ever.<br>
May 07, 2019
Warren Buffett’s epic annual event, Planet Fitness’ innovative real estate strategy, and almond milk vs. Dean Foods dairy
The annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting showcased&nbsp;88-year-old legendary investor Warren Buffett, so we broke down his 6 hours of one-liner business takeaways. Planet Fitness shares are up 75% in the last year, so we’re focused on its innovative real estate strategy that feeds off the retail-pocalypse. And Dean Foods is America’s biggest dairy company, but the stock is down 62% in 2019 because of alt-milk.
May 06, 2019
The Taser CEO gets $246M in stock comp, Beyond Meat surges 163%, and Wayfair drops 7% because you’re expensive
Axon Enterprises is the company behind the taser, and it just awarded its CEO $246M in compensation — So we look in to how it’s set up to incentivize him. Beyond Meat surged 163% on its IPO day. And Wayfair is the biggest online furniture platform whose stock fell 7%, but it’s got a fascinating relationship with 80 “house brands.”
May 03, 2019
Molson Coors falls 8% on mid-beer crisis, Royal Caribbean becomes pricing power superhero, and Fitbit is our “Survivor of the Day”
With beer sales slowing, Molson Coors is desperately&nbsp;focused on innovation (aka non-alcohol drinks), but shares fell because of its beer battles. Fitbit used to be profitable, now it’s using partnerships to survive. And Royal Caribbean jumped 7% as it realizes it can charge a lot more for cruises.<br>
May 02, 2019
Facebook’s new “FB5” redesign (and dating feature), Apple’s past-dependent business model, and Merck’s profits quadruple
Apple’s earnings report was critical for what it didn’t say, just as much as what it did — And it reveals that Apple’s transformation. Facebook’s F8 event revealed new features (dating and crushes), but the big focus was its app redesign. And Merck’s profits quadrupled because a measles vaccine and a new cancer drug have become its profit puppies.
May 01, 2019
Spotify hits 217M profitless users, Airbnb & Marriott’s twin announcements, and’s “pet humanization” IPO
Spotify now boasts 100M paying subscribers, so we looked&nbsp;into why it’s still losing so much money (hint: It’s betting on podcasts). Airbnb and Marriott both revealed new services that look a lot like each other (awkward). And PetSmart’s digital brand will IPO thanks to “pet humanization” trends.
Apr 30, 2019
Beyond Meat boots its meat-focused investor, Comcast (shockingly) hits record high, and one startup’s worst 1st week
Plant-based meat innovator Beyond Meat had an awkward investor: The world’s 2nd biggest meat producer, Tyson Foods -- So Beyond Meat kicked it out before its upcoming IPO. Old school cable throwback Comcast is winning even though you cut the cord. And Luminary was supposed to be the future of podcasting, but its 1st week went really badly.<br><br><br><br>
Apr 29, 2019
Walmart’s secret “store of the future” unveiled, Starbucks’ loyalty-powered record high, and 3M’s worst day since ‘87
Starbucks announced the return of the S’mores Frappuccino, but we’re focused on what its new loyalty program change means to your daily routine. Walmart has been cooking up a “store of the future” out of its Long Island-based lab, so we checked it out. And post-it note creator 3M’s worst day in 32 years highlights what’s wrong with the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Apr 26, 2019
Lululemon’s 5-year plan surprise, Ford invests in the Tesla of pickup trucks, and Domino’s jumps 5% on a “delivery dilemma”
Ford needs help with electric cars (and help if its electric trucks fail), so it dropped a $500M investment in electric pickup startup Rivian. Domino’s sales slowed because of aggressive DoorDash/UberEats promo codes, but shares jumped 5% because the new CEO knows delivery is its DNA. And Lululemon revealed its 5-year plan, and it’s about much&nbsp;more than just yoga pants -- it’s a deodorant, shoes, and menswear lifestyle brand.
Apr 25, 2019
Play-Doh saves Hasbro, Twitter surges 16%, and Harley-Davidson and Whirlpool get opposite tariff drama
Twitter jumped 16% after focusing on a new metric to make you impressed. Hasbro surged 14% after Play-Doh, Monopoly, and Transformers powered its first sales gain in 6 quarters. And Harley-Davidson stock dipped, while Whirlpool’s rose, but both because of one thing: Tariffs.
Apr 24, 2019
Tesla’s “Robotaxi 2020” plan, Zillow falls 4% on home flipping, and Luckin, the “Starbucks of China,” is IPO’ing in US
Tesla’s “Autonomy Investor Day” featured Elon saying he’s “very confident” it’ll have 1 million robo-taxi Teslas by 2020. Online real estate platform Zillow fell 4% on word its “iBuying” feature may not be working as planned. And Luckin’s the freakishly fast-growing tech-focused coffee chain in China now filing for an IPO.<br><br>
Apr 23, 2019
Zoom surges 72% on IPO, T-Mobile jumps into banking, and tobacco/vaping stocks drop on “T21”
Out of last week’s 8 IPOs, we’re focusing on Zoom — The shockingly profitable tech company with a fascinating CEO. T-Mobile gets into banking with a 4% checking account (it comes with a couple asterisks). And tobacco stocks dropped on a major proposal to up the legal age to 21 – And that’ll cover vaping, too.
Apr 22, 2019
Super Bowl powers Pepsi to all-time high, Wish is Earth’s #3 ecommerce company, and Kansas City Southern Railroads jumps 4% (thank Mexico)
Pepsi rose to an all-time high as advertising’s rescued its soda biz. Wish is reportedly raising $300M to reach an $11B valuation as 2018’s most-downloaded ecommerce app. And you haven’t ridden on Kansas City Southern Railroads, but it just jumped 4% and has&nbsp;a special stake in geopolitics.
Apr 18, 2019
Apple & Qualcomm sign peace treaty, Stitch Fix hit by Walmart, and Ro becomes a semi-corn with new menopausal brand
Qualcomm shares surged after settling a major court battle with Apple that’ll give it plenty of iPhone $$$. Walmart’s launching a kids clothing subscription box that’s straight out of Stitch Fix’s playbook. And men’s erectile dysfunction startup Ro hit a $500M valuation as it launches a women’s menopausal medicine&nbsp;brand.
Apr 17, 2019
Panera joins the “Game of Scones,” Waste Management’s $5B acquisition, and Gogo inflight Wi-Fi surges 8%
House Starbucks or House Dunkin’? Panera kicked the fast-food Breakfast Wars up a notch with its focus on coffee. Waste Management’s $5B acquisition highlights the business future of trash. And Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi’s 8% jump shows the company’s biggest potential and its giant challenge.
Apr 16, 2019
African tech IPO Jumia jumps big, Facebook’s board drama, and JP Morgan jumps 5% as it looks into America’s wallet
The “Amazon of Africa,” Jumia, surged 75% on its IPO day, but it’s really more of an everything-app for 14 fast-growing African nations. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is leaving Facebook’s board because things are getting too awkward. And JPMorgan rose 5% as it kicked off earnings season, but we’re more interested in its unique window into<br>&nbsp;your wallet.<br><br><br><br>
Apr 15, 2019
Amazon throws shade at competitors, Lemonade raises $300M, and Keurig Dr. Pepper falls 4% on cocktail K-Cups
Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to Amazon shareholders ripped on eBay and professed love for gut instincts. Keurig Dr. Pepper stock fell 4% because its new K-Cup partnership with Budweiser seems dubious. And insurance startup Lemonade raises $300M with an insurance business model based on you not hating it.<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 12, 2019
Uber doesn’t want its IPO to be like Lyft’s, Netflix’s unprecedented comedy move, and Delta’s 2 “profit puppies”
Lyft shares have fallen 25% since their first day of trading — And things got worse yesterday because of what Uber revealed. Netflix is partnering with another subscription service for the first time, and this one’s all about comedy. And Delta jumped 2% on more details about (what we’re calling) its two “profit puppies.”
Apr 11, 2019
Levi’s 1st earnings report, Under Armour drops 4%, and Bank of America’s big pay raise
In its first earnings report since its March IPO, Levi’s shares jumped. Under Armour dropped 5% because a single survey showed it’s lost consumer love big-time. And Bank of America just jacked up its minimum wage to $20 an hour — And that says a lot about the current economy.
Apr 10, 2019
“Avengers” powers AMC movie theater stock, Chuck E. Cheese’s plans to go public again, and GE falls because of “the GE whisperer”
Don’t call it a comeback (but it is a comeback). Your childhood Chuck E. Cheese’s has been revamped by private equity and wants to go public again. AMC jumped 9% on word the latest “Avengers” could have the biggest movie opening ever — And this summer is packed with blockbusters. And General Electric shares fell after “the GE whisperer” turned on the conglomerate.<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 09, 2019
Bumble launches a physical magazine, Snapchat gets into gaming, and 1 problem in the “perfect” jobs report
Ladies-first dating app Bumble just published a physical magazine as it transitions online to offline. Snapchat stock popped last week after its big move to make video games for non-video-gamers. And the March Jobs Report showed continued economic growth, but we look into one number that’s a real problem.<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 08, 2019
Beyonce signs with Adidas, Corona’s owner pops 7% for quitting wine, and why Tesla fell 9%
Adidas’ new creative partnership with Beyonce signals a major change in athleisurewear. Corona-owner Constellation Brands just sold its cheap wine biz for $1.7B to pivot to beer. And Tesla dropped 9% on e-car sales worries (FYI, Elon Musk was busy in court over his tweets).<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 05, 2019
McDonald’s 2nd investment in a week, Uber’s and NYC’s traffic tax, and Ikea’s new furniture rental service
McDonald’s stock hit a record high after its 2nd investment in a week to make its food more tech. Uber’s IPO is coming up, but it’s been busy making NYC’s new congestion tax happen. And Ikea pulls a Rent-The-Runway and announces a furniture subscription service.
Apr 04, 2019
FemTech grabs $42M for breast pumps, Whole Foods finally cuts prices big, and Walgreens drops 12%
Elvie raises $42M to scale its “iPod of breast pumps” in a big week for FemTech. Whole Foods (finally) cuts prices today, but it shows how Amazon’s grocery strategy is a mess. And Walgreen’s is officially the worst stock in the Dow yesterday and for all of 2019 after another rough quarter.<br><br><br>
Apr 03, 2019
Burger King launches plant-based Impossible Whoppers, Kellogg’s sells its cookies for $1.3B, and Google’s Gmail turns 15
Nutella’s owner just bought Keebler and a whole bunch of cookies from Kellogg, even though Pringles sales are jumping. Gmail is Google’s secret weapon against Amazon. And Burger King partnered with Impossible Foods to make plant-based burgers mainstream.
Apr 02, 2019
2019’s IPO profit problem, Restoration Hardware plummets 22%, and Brexit’s “big” day
Lyft popped 8% on IPO day, and it reflects a bigger theme with 2019’s tech IPOs: Profits don’t matter (yet). March 29th was circled for years on calendars — We’ll look at what happens now that it didn’t happen. And Restoration Hardware drops hard even though it’s betting on a unique new-old strategy.<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 01, 2019
Lyft IPOs, Facebook’s ad model gets sued, and the Mets’ Moviepass situation
Lyft’s IPO is today, so we tell you how it got here. Facebook’s facing another lawsuit, this time about its core business model. And the Mets are Movie-passing themselves this baseball season.
Mar 29, 2019
Casper becomes a unicorn, Lululemon surges 11% on Man-leisurewear, and Southwest’s big Boeing problem
Lululemon’s sales stretched as the CEO sets gender parity goal. Casper Mattress’ slide deck gets revealed, just as it hits a $1.1B valuation. And Boeing’s proposed a new fix to its faulty 737 Max planes, but Southwest is feeling the pain.<br><br><br>
Mar 28, 2019
Bed Bath & Beyond’s “intervention,” Cronos cannabis’s humble-brag, and the new meme-messing internet law in Europe
Bed Bath &amp; Beyond surged 22% for its best day in a decade, but because investors are having an intervention with management. Cronos’ quarterly sales surged 248%, but there was so much more to the Canadian cannabis company’s earnings report. And the EU just passed the biggest internet regulation yet that may make you have to come up with your own original humor.
Mar 27, 2019
Apple’s biggest day since the iPhone, Winnebago gets Marie Kondo’d, and the 1st eSports stadium
In 4 minutes, we break down Apple’s hugest product event since the iPhone (it’s all about da bundles). Winnebago’s RV sales dropped 17%, but Millennials are saving camping. And America’s getting its 1st ever 100% fully eSports stadium…in Philly
Mar 26, 2019
MarketSnacks acquired, Pinterest’s IPO deets, Papa John signs Shaq, and Tiffany’s falls 5%
This is big. MarketSnacks has been acquired by Robinhood, and is now Snacks Daily -- Same digestible financial news, better everything else. Today, we jumped into Pinterest’s IPO filing material to discover they’re all about Millennial moms. Papa John just subbed in Shaq to be its “Pizza Wars” savior. And Tiffany’s falls even as it adds Lady Gaga to its fresh new line.
Mar 25, 2019