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Nate C. Hindman
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Small Business Editor of The Huffington Post

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Harney Sushi Creates Edible QR Codes To End 'Fish Fraud' In California Restaurants

(45) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 10:13 AM

Beneath the deep purple cuts of healthy tuna and the smell of fresh wasabi, there lies a sushi underbelly in America that will make your stomach turn.

Fish gassed with carbon monoxide to keep it pulsing bright red long after expiration. A dysentery-causing mackerel species -- long banned in Japan...

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Webster Pierce, 72-Year-Old Wave Runner Inventor, May Be The Last, Best Hope For Sinking Bayou

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 11:33 AM

When a shrimping boat breaks down in Cut Off, L.A., you sort of just leave it there.

The 6,000 person town, a proudly Cajun community one hour south of New Orleans, is littered with rusted hulls left to rot on the banks of its central canal, monuments to indifference. The...

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Yellow Jacket Smartphone Stun Gun Shocks Two Dumb Journalists (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:56 AM

The first thing you need to know about Yellow Jacket is that their iPhone case doubles as a stun gun capable of delivering a searing 650,000 volts into the flesh of a would-be attacker. The second thing is that it's totally available in pink for your wife or...

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Indiegogo Founder Slava Rubin Reveals the Secret to Striking Crowdfunding Gold (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:03 AM

From Barack Obama to Veronica Mars, just about everyone and their co-founder is raising money these days through crowdfunding.

But for every breakout campaign, there are thousands that fail to hit their goals.

After all, there's a science to this stuff, people....

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Artist Growth App Makes Even Ke$ha Data Driven

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Matt Urmy, founder of Nashville start-up Artist Growth, toured the country for years as a singer-songwriter with zero idea of how to increase or manage his earnings.

"I'd get done with a show where I made $100, then drink $50 of it that night," he recalls. "And I...

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Inside Edison Nation: Charlotte's Willy Wonka-Style Warehouse Of Inventions

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Exoskeletal body armor designed for protecting guards in prison riots. Infinitely gyroscoping bowls designed for spill-prone toddlers. High-powered pneumatic pogo sticks designed for... people who are really into falling from extreme heights.

They're the kind of instruments of miscellany you would expect to find in an MIT engineering lab or...

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Smartphone Breathalyzer Alcohoot Unveiled for the First Time Ever (VIDEO)

(13) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:39 PM

Israeli army veteran Ben Biron's new invention could save more lives per year than racks of Kevlar vests and warehouses full of armor plating. Also, it tells you where to get cheese fries late-night.

At 24, he's created Alcohoot, the world's first smartphone breathalyzer. Biron hopes the product's...

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Continuum's 3-D Printed Clothing Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Fashion

(72) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 3:15 PM

One clothing company is producing what it calls "fashion for the digital age."

Continuum, a San Francisco-based startup, lets people design their own apparel online and manufactures personalized garments for them using its 3-D printers.

Until recently, 3-D printing was limited to large companies. But the cost...

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The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

(315) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Even the most well-known venture capitalists have startups they regret passing on.

For John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, it was Twitter. For Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, it was Airbnb, the home-rental website that’s now worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

“We made the classic mistake...

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Sarah Palin Tesla Swipe Leaves CEO Elon Musk 'Deeply Wounded'

(1941) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Following his very public spat with a New York Times writer, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a new foe to face down: Sarah Palin.

After the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote a Facebook post calling Tesla a “loser” and accusing its...

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Ti Chang's Crave Creates Wearable Sex Toys Called 'Foreplay Jewelry'

(123) Comments | Posted March 23, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Just when you thought sex couldn’t permeate our daily lives any more, a fashion-forward designer has come out with a line of jewelry that doubles as sex toys.

Think that’s a regular old necklace? It also converts into vibrating nipple clamps. And that double black leather bracelet becomes handcuffs in...

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Bakery Owners: Obamacare Will Cut Our Profits In Half

(1580) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Baked in the Sun survived the recession. Gasoline and ingredients prices rose during the downturn, squeezing its bottom line, but the San Diego-based bakery managed to scrounge up enough new customers to make it through the fire.

Now, new costs associated with Obamacare are threatening Baked in...

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NYC Soda Ban Dismissal Puts Brother Jimmy's Plans To Comply On Ice

(516) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Josh Lebowitz, CEO of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, purchased 1,000 pint-sized glasses to prepare for New York City’s ban on large sugary drinks.

The popular Manhattan restaurant chain usually gets its glasses for free from Coca-Cola. But the soda maker was backed up with requests for 16-ounce cups. Lebowitz didn’t want...

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Defense Distributed's 'Feinstein AK Magazine' Named After Gun Control Advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein

(2957) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 2:22 PM

A pro-gun non-profit has created the world’s first 3-D printable magazine for an AK-47 assault weapon and decided to name the ammunition after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a staunch proponent of stricter gun control.

Defense Distributed creates digital firearm blueprints that are free to download and can be...

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Yahoo Responds To Work-From-Home Outcry: 'This Isn't A Broad Industry View'

(2758) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:54 PM

After several days of controversy, Yahoo has finally responded to the dustup over its decision to ban employees from working remotely. Its stance, in essence: Don't project your office culture issues on our company.

“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about...

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Ex-Yahoo Workers: Marissa Mayer Is Right, 'Many Workers Were Milking The Company'

(1611) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 9:47 AM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to not allow employees to work remotely set off a chorus of criticism over the weekend and on Monday. Outside observers decried the move as antiquated, arguing that Yahoo was killing productivity and worker morale.

Some women bloggers and academics...

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TaxiTreat's Condom Vending Machines May Hit NYC Cabs This Summer, CEO Says

(119) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:20 PM

New York City taxis are getting 10 inches of added leg room, so why not throw a condom vending machine in there?

That’s the idea behind TaxiTreats, a startup that just raised $1 million to install vending machines in cabs selling anything from peanuts to prophylactics....

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#Watergate: Poland Spring Finally Responds To Marco Rubio's Awkward Sip

(427) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 2:04 PM

Finally! After a dry spell of more than half a day, Poland Spring responded to Marco Rubio's now-legendary, unofficial product placement following Tuesday's State of the Union Speech.

The Republican Florida senator’s awkward sip from a tiny Poland Spring bottle midway through his Republican...

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Maker's Mark Alcohol Content Cuts Prompt WhistlePig Whiskey To Make Its Beverage Boozier

(153) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 2:49 PM

After Maker’s Mark announced plans to reduce the alcohol content of its bourbon, a small Vermont distillery now says it will start making its own whiskey stronger.

WhistlePig Whiskey, a 12-employee distillery based in Shoreham, Vt., made the change known Monday evening with a comment on a

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Walter Cronkite's 1967 Vision Of The 21st Century Home Office Is Shockingly On Point (VIDEO)

(902) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:16 PM

Nearly a half-century before working from home landed its own acronym ("WFH"), Walter Cronkite envisioned a world in which "we may not have to go to work, the work would come to us."

A video from the 1960's that recently surfaced on Reddit shows the legendary anchorman, known as...

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