Welcome to the 194th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor in chief, James Ledbetter.

This week, executive editor Jon Fine discusses how startups are reacting to Amazon and Google's planned expansions, specifically when it comes to hiring talent. Amazon recently announced it would split its second headquarters between Crystal City, Virginia and Queens, New York, while Google is doubling its New York staff to more than 14,000 employees over the next 10 years.

I discuss how startups are working to "veganize" traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Some food products, like Beyond Meats' plant-based sausage, are already on the market, while others are still under development. Protein technology startup Gelator, for example, has a vegan gelatin it expects to hit store shelves by 2020. Then there's Tofurky, which has dominated the vegan Turkey category for years but now faces competition from a number of venture capital-backed startups. 

Lastly, on our new segment entitled In the Family, CEO Jeff Braverman talks about taking over his grandfather's nut business as a college student and transforming it into Nuts.com.

If you'd like some weekend reading, check out our like buttons: a San Francisco wax museum swaps out its Lady Gaga statue for a touchable version of President Trump, The Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman's data dive into the midterm elections, and CandyStore.com's list of seasonal sweets.

Published on: Nov 16, 2018