Peter Kafka

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“Netflix for Dresses” Rent the Runway Raises $4.4 Million

Rent the Runway, a startup that lets customers rent dresses, has raised $4.4 million from American Express and Novel TMT Ventures. The funding is an add-on to a $20 million round the company closed last year. Rent the Runway has raised close to $55 million since 2009.


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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