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Caffeine.TV: The Twitch Competitor Backed By Drake | Forbes

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Caffeine is a live-streaming service that allows anyone — entertainers, athletes, esports stars, amateurs — to broadcast to fans, who can chat with each other and the person they are watching. Launched to the public in November, the free service that Apptopia estimates has been downloaded 1.6 million times is going head-to-head with Amazon’s Twitch, which has 40.1 million downloads over the last year, thanks to popular gamers such as Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar. But Twitch is largely associated with streaming video games. Caffeine wants to go well beyond that, offering live sports, concerts and, yes, rap battles.

Caffeine founder Ben Keighran says he received a surprise call from Horowitz, an early backer and board member, who connected him with Drake’s manager during last June’s NBA finals. The discussion culminated in a deal that will bring Drake exclusively to Caffeine to co-produce monthly battles of rap skills with the Ultimate Rap League, starting Feb. 29. “This is a name that everybody knows,” says Keighran. Drake means “live broadcasting in a way that hasn’t been shown at this level before.”

Keighran’s vision for the future of entertainment, which he calls “social broadcasting,” attracted $46 million in investment in January 2018 from Silicon Valley firms Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners and celebrity backers Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Durant. Fox Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch was similarly intrigued, and months later invested $100 million in Caffeine, at a valuation of $500 million, through his family’s media company, then known as 21st Century Fox. Together they set up a joint venture, Caffeine Studios, to produce esports, sports and live entertainment from the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. “These big media companies are all hedging against the future,” says Doug Perlman, a sports media advisor.

Read the full profile on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawnchmielewski/2020/02/11/behind-streaming-upstart-caffeines-plan-to-take-on-twitch-draft-drake/#36cc88bc528a

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A Physician’s Perspective On The Coronavirus Pandemic | Forbes

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Dr. David Walton, CEO, Build Health International & physician at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s hospital sits down with Alex Knapp, Forbes Senior Editor, Healthcare and Science to discuss how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting the healthcare system.

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Waffle House’s Struggles Highlight How Coronavirus Is Killing Restaurants | Forbes

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The past two weeks have been sobering for Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers, Jr. The chain of no-frills, 24-hour breakfast spots has remained defiantly open in the face of so many disasters that the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses a Waffle House Index to measure their severity. Hurricane Hugo couldn’t shut the doors for long in Charleston in 1989. The same in Georgia when Irma crashed through two years ago. The index was solid green in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado killed 158 people there in 2011. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

The FEMA index uses the time it takes for Waffle House locations to re-open after calamity strikes. Normally it doesn’t take long, if they even shut down. His system of 2,000 diners in 25 states is “almost comically” well positioned to mobilize in a crisis, Rogers said: It’s family owned, tightly controlled and able to shift resources and supplies from unaffected restaurants to those in need with alacrity.

This week he’s had to close 20% of locations, about 420 in all. Waffle House typically has annual revenue of more than $1.3 billion but with the country on lockdown — and only one drive-thru location and a marginal take-out business — sales are about 30% of what they should be, Rogers said. Thousands of his 40,000 workers are now furloughed.

Read the full profile on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2020/03/29/crippled-by-coronavirus-waffle-house-faces-a-harsh-reality-weve-never-seen-anything-like-this/#2293350b32c5

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Tattoo Artist Dani Egna On Staying Focused And Inspired | Unfiltered | Forbes

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This week on Unfiltered we talk to Dani Egna, CEO and founder of Inked By Dani, about how she stays inspired, her jobs before she started her business and her irrational fear.

Under 30 Unfiltered is a show where we get candid with the members of the 30 Under 30 list. We ask them about what sacrifices they’ve made, what inspires them and more generally what’s going on in their lives.

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