Welcome to the 191th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin.

This week, staff writer Will Yakowicz discusses the struggles of Juul, the San Francisco-based startup that set out to help people quit smoking, and instead found itself in the middle of controversy. Juul, which is valued at $15 billion, has been be co-opted by teens and now faces regulation from FDA.

Editorial assistant Michelle Cheng discusses two startups that are trying to reinvent the future of traditional department stores amid the collapse of big retailers like Sears. She explores Neighborhood Goods and Fourpost as they try to rethink shopping.

Lastly, I explain why Shark Tank's Mark Cuban decided to invest in a budding entrepreneur despite the fact that she couldn't afford to quit her demanding day job as the head of human resources at News Corporation. Keisha Jeremie came to the tank seeking an investment for her organic applesauce business, Sanaia, but told the Sharks she planned to continue working a full-time job due to her financial obligations to her family.

If you'd like some weekend reading, check out our like buttons: journalist Jamal Khashoggi's last column for the Washington Post, how a Chinese city wants to launch an artificial moon to replace streetlights, and the awkwardness of tipping on iPad point-of-sale machines.

Published on: Oct 19, 2018