Senior editor Maria Aspan talks about the challenges women face in the tech and venture capital world in the wake of the gender discrimination suit Ellen Pao waged against VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Although she lost, Pao's trial shed light on the unconscious bias against women in the boys' club of Silicon Valley's Sand Hill Road organizations. Aspan cited a study from Babson College that says only $1.5 billion went to women-run or women-owned companies out of a total of $51 billion in startup funding between 2011 and 2013.
Executive editor Jon Fine gives us his take on Jay-Z's attempt to conquer the music streaming industry with his new startup Tidal. Fine dives into Tidal's revenue-sharing structure with musicians and compares it to Spotify's business model. Ledbetter and Fine hammer out the merits of the hip hop star's $56 million aquisition, and predict the fate of the company, which Jay-Z bought from Oslo-based Aspiro Group.
The green burial industry is a space full of entrepreneurs helping people send their loved ones off to the big sleep in an environmentally-friendly manner, according to staff writer Will Yakowicz, who examines the negative impact of contemporary burials on the environment. Yakowicz unveils some not-so-fun-facts, like how 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are buried in US cemeteries each year and how casket makers made the EPA's list of top 50 hazardous material waste producers.
Finally, as with every episode, find out what made the members of the podcast team hit the "Like Button" this week. Hint: Martha Stewart reveals the side of her personality she sharpened while in prison.
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.