Dollar Shave's Michael Dubin admits a business built on simplicity can get complicated






When Michael Dubin and Mark Levine founded Dollar Shave Club in 2011, their vision was pure and simple: For as little as $1 a month, customers could get high-quality razors delivered right to their door. DSCs mantra — Stop paying for shave tech you dont need — took a direct shot at the pricey name-brand razors sold in retail stores.

Their back-to-basics approach worked. Some of the biggest names in the venture world, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, bet big on their vision, providing more than $1 million in a Series A round for the blade subscription service.

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Tradeweb Markets plans to raise up to $709 million in IPO






(Reuters) - Tradeweb Markets Inc, an electronic trading platform for bonds and derivative instruments, said on Monday it is planning to raise up to $709 million in an initial public offering.

The filing comes a few days after jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co’s blockbuster debut, while ride-hailing service providers Lyft Inc and Uber are set to pursue their much-anticipated listings. Investors anticipate this year as one of the most active years ever for share offers by technology companies.

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Shaquille O'Neal joins Papa John's board as it works to repair its image






Papa Johns announced Friday that Shaquille ONeal will be its newest board member and the new face of the brand as the struggling pizza chain tries to improve its image with U.S. consumers.

The change comes eight months after founder John Schnatters likeness was stripped from the pizza chains marketing materials and pizza boxes. The companys North American sales tanked after a series of scandals involving Schnatter, which started with him blaming the NFLs leadership for poor pizza sales. He stepped down as chairman after it was revealed that he used a racial slur on a conference call.

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Hedge fund Appaloosa unimpressed by Allergan board promises






(Reuters) - Activist investor Appaloosa LP responded to proposed concessions from the board of Allergan Plc by saying it had done everything “except what needs to be done” and calling on other investors to take further “disruptive” steps to change the company.

The hedge fund, led by billionaire David Tepper, has been pressing Allergan since last year to separate the roles of CEO and chairman or potentially sell or merge the company.

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Review: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti is a beautiful SUV that doesn't measure up to its price






Fiat Chryslers Alfa Romeo brand is still establishing itself in the U.S. after being absent from our shores for decades. While the 4C sports car marked the official return of the brand, the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover are Alfa Romeos first attempts to sell to a more mainstream crowd.

We sampled the red-hot Stelvio Quadrifoglio last year, but the Stelvio Ti is the volume seller. It doesnt offer the crazy performance or aggression of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, but its still a fun ride and fairly practical. Unfortunately, thats not enough to overcome an underwhelming interior and cabin technology that cant compete with rivals.

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Qatar Airways backs Boeing despite MAX crash crisis






MUSCAT (Reuters) - Qatar Airways threw its support behind Boeing on Monday as the U.S. planemaker faces its biggest crisis in years after two deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX jet.

Regulators grounded the worldwide MAX fleet after an Ethiopian Airlines MAX crash killed all 157 people on board this month, wiping 14 percent off shares in the world’s biggest planemaker.

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Jordan Peele's 'Us' has all the makings of a best picture contender except that it's a horror movie






This years Oscars were handed out just weeks ago, but if youre looking for an early contender for next years best picture, Us looks like it has all the makings.

It attacks hot-button social issues. It stars an Oscar-winning actress. Its writer-director already has a few nominations under his belt, as well as an Academy Award for best original screenplay.

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Goldman Sachs UK unit reports gender pay gap of 51 percent






LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs’s British business on average paid women 51 percent less than men per hour in 2018, the U.S. investment bank said on Monday, down from 56 percent the year before.

The gap does not reflect the bank paying women at the same level differently from men, the bank said, but rather the fact that fewer women hold the more senior roles that have higher salaries and bonuses.

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Business economists see a slowdown in growth this year, survey says






The nations business economists foresee a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic growth over the next two years, in sharp contrast to the Trump administrations predictions that growth will accelerate this year and next.

That finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics being released Monday. Its economists collectively project that growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, will reach a modest 2.4 this year and just 2 percent in 2020. Among the key factors in their dimmer assessment are a global slowdown and the ongoing trade conflicts between the Trump administration and several major trading partners.

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