Peter Kafka

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Celebrity Shopping Service OpenSky Hires Merchandising Exec

OpenSky, the e-commerce company that lets users “follow” celebrities using a Twitter-like system, has hired its first chief merchandising officer. Simon Black joins the New York-based start-up after running merchandising at Eddie Bauer and HSN. OpenSky has raised $49 million from investors including Providence Equity and Highland Capital.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work