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Subscription boxes: Gifts that mail themselves

Show someone you care with a random box of stuff this holiday season. Birchbox was the startup that launched the trend. The company, which ships customers a box every month filled with beauty and makeup products, delivers a surprise every time. In 2014, it raised $60 million in funding and was valued at $485 million. Now there are tons of other "Birchbox for ____" companies that have followed suit, so there'...

23 Dec 8:08 AM 0 Read More...

The entrepreneur inspiring 7 million DIYers

Nothing is more special than a handmade gift -- think a DIY tutu for your daughter, or a knitted Despicable Me Minion. Nicole Farb cofounded Darby Smart to make it easy for people to buy and sell kits like these. There are more than 7 million aspiring DIYers on the platform today. Farb, 34, left her high-paying job at Goldman Sachs to launch the company in 2013 after her own DIY mishaps. And so far, it’s gett...

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Razor CEO: Our hoverboard won't explode

Razor Hovertrax (left, with LED lights) Razor USA, the company behind the wildly popular scooters, has high hopes for its version of the hoverboard. Its Hovertrax board started selling earlier this month and is more than doubling its sales daily, according to founder and CEO Carlton Calvin, who declined to disclose exact sales figures. That's welcome news to Calvin and his team, especially given the recent co...

16 Dec 10:46 AM 0 Read More...

Laser Christmas lights are this year's frenzy

Forget Xbox and Star Wars toys. This year's hottest holiday seller could be the Star Shower. It's a small laser device you insert into your front yard and it projects thousands of tiny stars on your house. They look like Christmas lights. The gizmo, which costs $39.99, was invented by A.J. Khubani, founder and CEO of TeleBrands, which also created As Seen on TV infomercials. The Star Shower debuted as an A...

12 Dec 1:09 AM 0 Read More...

Chocolate bunnies keep 136-year-old factory alive

Gene Dunkin, CEO of Thompson Chocolate In a small town in the heart of Connecticut, a factory is cranking out millions of foiled-wrapped chocolate Santas for Christmas. For Thompson Chocolate, the holiday season and the run up to Easter is its busiest time of the year. "We produce 2.5 million pounds of chocolate annually," said CEO Gene Dunkin. "That's equivalent to the weight of eight Carnival Dream cruise s...

12 Dec 1:09 AM 0 Read More...

Unicorns are dead? This Aussie IPO is red hot

Apparently, you don't need to be a sexy Silicon Valley unicorn with backing from numerous A-list venture capital firms to be a success on Wall Street. In fact, it might help if you aren't a typical start-up. Atlassian, a cloud software company that was founded in Sydney, Australia, surged 30% in its market debut Thursday. Demand for the offering was strong. Atlassian priced its IPO at $21 -- above its init...

10 Dec 7:01 PM 0 Read More...

Celebrity endorsements: Worth the price?

His client list reads like the Who's Who of Hollywood power players. Chris Aire's jewelry adorns the necks of Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry, and he once crafted a $10 million diamond halter worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell. Known as Hollywood's King of Bling, Nigerian-born Aire's breakthrough moment came in 1997 when the former NBA player Gary Payton bought some of his designs, kicking off years of...

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This tiny plastic toy just sold for $21,500

This Shopkins Gemma Stone character toy just sold for $21,500. Shopkins, the tiny cute plastic toy characters based on everyday objects, have triggered a global craze. How intense is it? Someone paid $21,500 for just one of the inch-and-a-half toys. The particular figurine is named "Gemma Stone," which was added to the Shopkins cast in February. All the Shopkins characters look like everyday items that kids...

08 Dec 9:51 PM 0 Read More...

BB-8 maker takes its robotic ball to schools

Sphero created a transparent version of its robotic ball called "Sphero SPRK Edition" to let kids see how the technology works. BB-8 put Sphero on the map. The Boulder-based startup invented this year's hottest Star Wars toy: a pint-sized robot called BB-8 that's based on the rolling droid character in the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." But before BB-8, Sphero was quietly making waves with ano...

05 Dec 3:26 AM 0 Read More...

These ugly Christmas sweaters are worth millions

Mark and Fred Hajjar, cofounders of UglyChristmasSweater.com With less than a month to go before Christmas, 'tis the season to score the ugliest sweater out there. In just a few years, the ugly Christmas sweater trend has evolved from a byproduct of hipster culture to an annual tradition embraced by entire families. "I first noticed it in 2011 when people were having ugly sweater parties at home," said Fred H...

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