This week, senior editor Maria Aspan discusses her cover story for the winter issue of Inc. magazine, about our company of the year MailChimp. The 18-year old email marketing business generated more than half a billion dollars in 2016 alone--and built a cheeky and powerful brand along the way.
Reporter Emily Canal then explores what the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules means for U.S. businesses. The rules, which Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has long vowed to roll back, currently force internet service providers to treat all traffic equally, rather than prioritizing their own or affiliate sites, or blocking others. Shortly after Thursday's taping, the F.C.C. voted to dismantle the regulation.
Finally, Staff Writer Zoë Henry dissects the recent sale of music app Shazam to Apple for $400 million. That number might seem large, but it's a far cry from the $1 billion the virtual recognition tech was most recently valued at. Launched in 1999, Henry argues that Shazam missed the boat on its biggest revenue generating opportunity: music streaming.