Matthew Speiser

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Matthew Speiser

Warning: The retail apocalypse is here

They’re calling it the “retail apocalypse.”

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are declaring for bankruptcy at a record rate, according to a new financial report from S&P.

Sears, Payless ShoeSource, RadioShack, and Gymboree are among the once-prominent retailers who have filed for Chapter 11 recently. In the past three months, 14 chains have announced they will seek court protection, almost surpassing all of 2016, according to Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, hundreds of other retailers are closing stores…

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Cindy Gallop wants to revolutionize the future of sex

Cindy Gallop wants to be treated with respect during sex.

The 57-year-old CEO never thought she would have to explain this to her sexual partner until she started dating younger men. Then she realized a problem.

“Today’s freedom of access to hardcore pornography coupled with our society’s reluctance to talk about sex has turned porn into sex education in not a good way,” said Gallop, who started the business Make Love Not Porn in 2009 to combat this issue. “I think that if we could emphasize real …

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Are you drowning in student debt? This startup might help

While the government sees the $1.2 trillion national student loan debt as a crisis, a New Jersey startup is seeing it as an opportunity.

“Millions of millennials are burdened by student loan debt,” said Nate Matherson, who co-founded LendEDU with his college buddy Matt Lenhard in 2014. “We want to help them manage that burden.”

Like most college students, Matherson and Lenhard were riddled with student debt. In their junior year at the University of Delaware the duo founded a tutor scheduling busi…

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This sex toy company is capitalizing on emojis

When you are selling vibrators shaped like the eggplant emoticon, it helps to have a good sense of humor. Kris and Jaime Jandler, the founders of sex toy company Emojibator, are hoping that humor can also spark a conversation.

“You are literally f**king yourself with an eggplant and that’s funny,” Kris Jandler tells Storia. “But we also want that humor to make people feel comfortable talking about female masturbation and hopefully destigmatize it.”

Emojibator began as an observation. Jaime Jandler…

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How Heinz is capitalizing on a great ‘Mad Men’ campaign

In season six of the hit AMC drama “Mad Men,” Don Draper pitches a minimalist ad for Heinz ketchup in which the product is not shown at all. Instead, the ads show close-ups of food that would pair perfectly with some ketchup.

The tagline: “Pass the Heinz.”

The fictional Heinz executive in the show shot the idea down. “It feels like half an ad,” he tells Don. But it appears the real Heinz executives took notice. AdAge reports that Heinz has decided to run the ad nearly fifty years after Don pitched…

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