First, our host and I interview Joseph Menn, an investigative reporter at Reuters and author of the new book Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World. Menn delves into how the infamous American hacking group was formed, its morally gray pivot to "hacktivism," and which of its members hold surprisingly prominent positions in society today.
Next, I break down a recent report on Amazon's vendor strategy: The e-commerce giant is set to purge thousands of mom-and-pop vendors from its wholesale network, according to Bloomberg. Amazon has vigorously disputed the report, setting up a serious dilemma for sellers caught in the crosshairs. Senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and I identify the best paths forward for entrepreneurs.
Finally, our host sits down with Mike Lenard, founder and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based restaurant and food truck chain TaKorean. Lenard founded the company in 2010 out of a 1985 Ford van, and has since expanded to four fixed locations in the area. Ledbetter and Lenard dig into the restaurateur's nine-year journey and mission to give back to his local community.
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