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Freshplum Launches Helium, a Small-Biz Online Shopping Cart

Sales analytics company Freshplum launched Helium on Thursday morning — it’s an online integrated shopping cart that helps small businesses collect customer payments from their Web stores. Freshplum is the start-up brainchild of Sam Odio, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2011 to join Y Combinator and cultivate his idea for an e-commerce company. The new product is backed by payments platform Stripe, and is rolling out to limited partners now.


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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