Allia Mcdowell

What goes around comes around (for $237 million)

A few weeks ago I was listening to Alex Blumberg botch his first-ever pitch to an investor to get funding for his podcast startup. Now am I listening to him talk about selling that startup, also known as Gimlet Media, for $237 million. What a turn around. In my last blog I detailed some of… Continue reading What goes around comes around (for $237 million)

Kaitlyn Kelley

Money might be important, but it’s not the ‘driving factor’

We’ve talked a lot in JRN 450 about podcasts and how successful they are becoming. Recently, Spotify bought Gimlet Media for around $230 million. That’s a lot of money. In a Vulture article first announcing that the deal might happen, it’s said that acquiring Gimlet will help in Spotify’s push into podcasting. Because there is… Continue reading Money might be important, but it’s not the ‘driving factor’

Derrick Niu · Katie Kalass · Mckenna Ross · Rianna Middleton · Sydney Naseef · Trevor Toczydlowski

Is it possible to distinct Coney Island competition?

Coneys are a staple here in East Lansing and throughout Michigan. Determined to understand how so many diner joints survive in a fierce marketplace, @katiekalass, @bigtee724, @riannamiddleton, @jingqiangniu and I took a look at three of the ones located here in East Lansing. Most Coneys feature reasonably priced food and a strong sense of community.… Continue reading Is it possible to distinct Coney Island competition?

Bridget Bartos · Kaitlyn Kelley · Michael Epps · Ruta Ulcinaite

The Coney Quest: How visiting three Coney Islands taught us about branding

This past week, our media entrepreneurship class at Michigan State was tasked with quite a strange (but very helpful) project: visit and eat at three different Coney Islands. At first, we were a little confused. Why would we visit three of the same restaurants just to eat the same thing: A classic Coney dog? But… Continue reading The Coney Quest: How visiting three Coney Islands taught us about branding

Allia Mcdowell · David Greenberg · Denise Spann · Simone Fenzi

Coney Island (without the Coney Dog)

Michigan is known for a lot of things – the Great Lakes, the automotive industry, its iconic mitten shape… and Coney Island Restaurants. The history starts out in Detroit with American Coney Island in 1919, founded by William and Constantine Keros. The two, however, had a falling out, prompting William to open up Lafayette Coney… Continue reading Coney Island (without the Coney Dog)