Welcome to the 86th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast! This week's episode is hosted by Inc. editor Jim Ledbetter.

Executive editor Jon Fine digs into Twitter's financials and pitfalls. While Twitter brought in $2.6 billion last year, its stock price is low and the Twittersphere is full of racist, homophobic and sexist trolls. Should Twitter cutoff its most heinous users and risk a big decrease in monthly active users? Twitter used to be the second-largest social media network and is now ranked in ninth place. One thing is clear: Twitter is on the auction block and its painful to see the lack of motivated buyers.

Reporter Zoe Henry explains why Amazon is making moves to open physical stores. After helping to usher in the demise of bookstore chain Borders and other Main Street businesses, the online commerce giant is making a bet on brick-and-mortar stores with Amazon Books and Amazon Fresh grocery stores. Henry points out that 90 percent of retail still occurs at physical stores and suggests Amazon will use the physical stores to cross-sell gadgets like Kindle e-readers and artificial intelligence-powered assistants like Echo. Amazon knows how most consumers prefer to buy groceries in person, so Henry suggests the tech company wants to capture a bigger swath of the market.

Lastly, the podcast crew interviews entrepreneur Hilary Zwahlen, who built her clothing e-commerce company White Plum in her living room into a $9.5-million business. Zwahlen explains how she sold White Plum to Stikeleather Apparel.

You can listen to individual episodes of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, which is part of the Panoply network, or on iTunes--where you can also subscribe. We hope you enjoy. Stream the 86th episode above.

 

Published on: Oct 14, 2016