Joseph K. Moore, president and CEO of First Defense Nasal Screens, is a "Shark Tank" legend. At the end of his pitch, most of the sharks were making offers, and Robert Herjavec offered him $4 million for the entire business—the largest offer in the show's history. Moore turned it down.
Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff, the founders of popular food business Big Gay Ice Cream, discovered early on that the customers who connect with your vision from the outset can become an invaluable resource down the road.
On May 14th of this year, a regular guy named Chris Scott sent a tweet out to his one thousand or so followers. "Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play FarmVille, looks like tables have f*cking turned," the tweet read, referring to the Facebook-based game that encourages its players to relentlessly invite their friends to play along with them. The tweet was retweeted and faved a handful of times, as many funny tweets are, and then, Scott said, he kind of forgot about it.
Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates did an "ask me anything" session on Reddit on today. One thing is certain, Gates has a good sense of humor about his foundation's more far-out projects.
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN's controversial host of "First Take," made a joke on air suggesting female soccer players at the Women's World Cup didn't try to block a free kick because they didn't want to mess up their hair. The comment was made on ESPN's "SportsCenter" live from Cleveland following Game 4 of the NBA Finals during the "Top 10" plays segment.
It's incredible that a joke has come to this, that it has. A silly comment on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has become an issue of international importance, with China's Foreign Ministry weighing in and the White House now obligated to respond.
The right-wing Tea Party website Red State says it has an important message for me:
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