Here at Grid we spend a lot of time reading what the Internet has to say about business. Or, as journalists like to call it, “working.” Every Friday, we let you benefit from our diligence by collecting the most interesting and entertaining stuff we’ve encountered this week.
Bust magazine has a particularly complicated place in my heart. My first job was working for its competitor Venus Zine, where we regularly picked apart the feminist culture magazine as a way of making us feel good about our own feminist culture magazine. This was not a very successful strategy, and thus Venus Zine became the first time I had to turn off the lights and shut the door for a publication. It kills me to think of all those years of work completely erased from existence, and while I’m happy for Bust’s success, it’s always bugged me a little bit that they were successful. The Awl’s look at the company’s revenue streams and financial history make me a lot less jealous, and a lot more proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish. Turns out it’s more than just a great name that’s helped them survive. Sarah Collins
Uber has been taking a beating over its surge pricing (that’s when they charge you more because there’s more people calling cars than there are drivers). In this interview, CEO Travis Kalanick refuses to give an inch on the policy. It’s here to stay, he says, so get used to it. Kalanick also dishes on fighting entrenched interests and their paid-for politicians. This is a tech guy who’s not afraid of a street fight. Brandon Copple
Wearables … everyone’s talking about them, but no one’s, uh, wearing them. Because they’re fug. But the fashion industry is getting involved, with a bunch of CES-inspired collabs announced this week, like Intel x Barneys and Fitbit x Tory Burch. The tech world is slowly learning what fashion’s known for centuries: It’s not all about function, honey. Sara White