Welcome to the fifth and latest Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc. editor James Ledbetter.
In this episode, executive editor Jon Fine talks about the Andreessen Horowitz and Marc Benioff-backed commuter bus startup Leap in San Francisco. Fine discusses how Leap, which started operating this week between the Marina District to Downtown at $5 a ride, is a "luxury solution" to the sluggish public transit bus system. With no standing room allowed, coconut water and Blue Bottle Coffee available to buy through the Leap app, and WiFi and USB outlets, Fine examines which demographic the bus is supposed to help--middle class locals or the tech elite.
Senior editor Maria Aspan discusses how the 10-year old organic ice cream company Three Twins unveiled three flavors that mimic popular Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors. Find out if "the 300-pound gorilla in the hippie ice cream room" will sue Three Twins, or let them live.
Staff writer Will Yakowicz scrutinizes the future of mass commercial use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved nearly 50 private companies to use drones to date--including WarrenBuffett's BNSF Railroad, Chevron, and State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance. Will these companies use drones for honest business, or will the machines help corporations encroach the privacy of individuals? Find out if you should be worried, or throw out your tinfoil hat.
And, as with every episode, find out what made every member of the podcast team hit the "Like Button" this week.
James Ledbetter, the editor of Inc., is host of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, which is part of the Panoply network. Regular participants include: executive editor Jon Fine, a longtime BusinessWeek columnist and Inc.'s technology editor; senior editor Maria Aspan, Inc.'s Money editor, who covers finance, women entrepreneurs and pop culture; and staff writer Will Yakowicz, who covers legal cannabis, cryptocurrency, and the grey economy.
Please send good vibes to Inc. podcaster and senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, as she is about to give birth and could not make it on the show this week.
You can listen to individual episodes on the Panoply network, Soundcloud, or on iTunes--where you can also subscribe. We hope you enjoy. Stream the fifth episode below, or click the links at the left.