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Tech tackles the refugee crisis

There are nearly 1 million displaced Syrian children. Techfugees wants to use tech to improve things like education. Solving the refugee crisis should be a collaborative effort. That's the message of a global grassroots nonprofit called Techfugees. Techfugees held its first U.S.-based event on Tuesday. Roughly 180 tech professionals gathered in New York City at Civic Hall. Attendees -- who hailed from place...

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How this STEM school is shattering stereotypes

Dr. Ellis Crasnow (center) with students on the first day of school. At STEM3 Academy, sticking to the norm doesn't work. In fact, the school was launched to do just the opposite. "Our emphasis is on learning versus teaching," said Dr. Ellis Crasnow, the school's director. "Our students learn by doing, experiencing and constructing rather than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher." STEM3 Acade...

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Lehman Brothers is back... in a whiskey bottle

Lehman Brothers is synonymous with financial catastrophe, but one entrepreneur hopes the brand will make him a fortune -- as a range of Scotch whiskey. James Green, 34, is launching three whiskies with Lehman Brothers on the label. The most popular of the range, "Ashes of Disaster," claims to have a "wicked suggestion of burning banknotes, a hint of ripe autumn fruit about to fall." Lehman Brothers collapsed...

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Women cash in on the marijuana boom

Giadha DeCarcer, a former investment banker, is founder and CEO of New Frontier, a data analysis provider for the cannabis industry. The cannabis industry is quickly becoming a magnet for female entrepreneurs. Medical or recreational marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. As legalization has increased, so have sales. In 2013, the industry was at $1.8 billion. In 2015, it was estimated a...

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The women of marijuana

Jane West cofounded Women Grow, a professional networking group for female cannabis entrepreneurs, in 2014. The group's first event had 70 attendees. Today, Women Grow has chapters in 44 cities, 21,000 newsletter subscribers and 30,000 followers on Instagram. Related: Women cash in on the marijuana boom "I was stunned that the industry was mostly made up of Caucasian men," West said. "It didn't seem right. My visio...

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Women are reshaping the gun industry

Women are buying handguns in record numbers -- especially weapons that are small enough to conceal. But they are frustrated by the lack of firearm accessories catering to them. So some are starting companies of their own to tailor products to women. "I thought to myself, 'Where's all the women's stuff?'" said Lorelei Fay of Boise, Idaho. Fay couldn't find a suitable holster when she got her own con...

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Free Super Bowl ad goes to...Death Wish Coffee!

Touchdown for Death Wish Coffee Company! The startup just scored a free 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl on February 7. The Super Bowl is the most watched event of the year and is notoriously expensive for advertisers. A 30-second ad during this year's game is expected to cost a record-breaking $5 million. But for Death Wish Coffee, the hefty pricetag is irrelevant. The company beat out 1...

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Say goodbye to plastic sandwich bags

Kat Nouri with her Stasher silicone sandwich bag. Kat Nouri has a love-hate relationship with plastic. As an artist and product designer, she's enamored with its transparency and the endless creative uses for it. But as a mother, and an environmentally-conscious consumer, she's disgusted by it. "Plastic is a big part of our daily lives. There's no denying it," said Nouri. "But every time we use more of it , w...

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This plastic toilet could save lives

Jasmine Burton helped design an inexpensive, portable plastic toilet to address the lack of basic sanitation around the world. Everybody poops. But not everyone has access to a toilet. "It's shocking that this basic necessity is unavailable to nearly half of the world," said Jasmine Burton, founder and president of Atlanta-based Wish for WASH. Burton, 23, was a freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology when...

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This businessman turned $40 into $6 billion

Daymond John, best known as an investor on ABC's reality series Shark Tank, grew up the only child of a single mother living in Queens, New York. He would often stare out onto the Manhattan skyline at one of the city's primary symbols of success and ambition: The Empire State Building. Today, his company's offices are spread throughout the entire 66th floor of one of New York City's most famous landm...

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