Twinkies, R. Kelly and more of the best business stuff this week
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.
“Let them eat (snack) Cake,” Hostess says to former employees
Hostess’ new operations will be a lot “leaner.” Ahem. Meg Graham
Are hospitals about to drink HMOs’ milkshake?
The Washington Post reports on a consulting startup in Virginia that’s helping large hospital groups offer their own insurance plans and cut the HMOs out. Matt Present
Verizon to offer phone upgrades every six months — for a price
The Wall Street Journal breaks down what Verizon and AT&T customers are actually paying to have the latest and greatest gadgets. Madeline Skaggs
Big data tells us where we’re spending our money. And that we’re spending nine percent more of it than in 2009
For a particular type of numbers nerd, the potential of personal finance website Mint is terribly exciting. With millions of users funneling their banking information into the app, the site’s parent company, Intuit, is in a better position than almost anything to tell us how the financial recovery is going. And now they have. Sarah Collins
Why Startups Are Sporting Increasingly Quirky Names
Because they have to, The Wall Street Journal says. Also: did you know Yahoo! is short for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle? Meg Graham
Smartening Up Illinois Tax Policy
The Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is a mouthful. It’s also a source of some terrific data and dispassionate analysis. In this case, they take a hard look at Illinois’ tax policy and come to a sensible conclusion: eliminate exemptions, broaden the tax base, and use the consequent revenue to lower rates across the board. A better way to keep up with neighboring states, and a better way to attract business. Matt Present
R. Kelly believes he can fly … to new audiences
Look, I’m not saying I’m not going to see R. Kelly at Pitchfork on Sunday. But this article gets to the heart of why that’s complicated, and what the singer is doing to rebrand himself after alienating his original audience. Sarah Collins