Henry Flagler: One of the Founders of Standard Oil

Standard Oil was not a venture John Rockefeller created, per say. It grew from Rockefeller’s inspiration, but he is quoted as saying that the idea belonged to Henry Flagler. Flagler is an interesting character in the history of Standard Oil. He was introduced to Rockefeller some years prior, when John was working as a youth […]

The Early Days of the NYSE

By Phineas Upham, When the South Seas Company sold its shares at exorbitant prices, many investors were taken for a ride. By1711, the company was worth roughly 1,000 British pounds per share, but the value would plummet within nine years. That event became known as the South Seas Crash and it caused the governmet, which […]

This Man Mass Produced the World’s First Toothbrush

By Samuel Phineas Upham William Addis is believed to be the first person to properly mass-produce a toothbrush. He was born in 1734, and nothing about his childhood suggests a penchant for oral hygiene. Instead, the origins of the toothbrush, as conceived by Addis, originated in prison. Was it the world’s first toothbrush? Not really. […]

The Secret Life of Robert Maxwell

By Phineas Upham Robert Maxwell was once widely considered to be one of the richest men in the entire world. He was a publishing magnate who held onto a vast empire, until it all crumbled before his death. Maxwell was born to a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia, and his family suffered immensely during the holocaust. […]

Kellogg’s for a Happier, Saner Diet?

By Phineas Upham Founded in 1906, the brand Kellogg’s is one most of us have come to know and love throughout our lifetimes. What might surprise you to learn is that the company was founded by Will Keith Kellogg based on practices he’d picked up at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Kellogg was an employee at […]

Is SEO really hard to do?

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has always been about three things: Content, Site Architecture, and Inbound Links. If you’re doing those things right, chances are, you’re going to rank well for the terms that you’re shooting for within your content; if you’re missing something from these three, then you’re probably not where you want to be. […]

AT&T and T-Mobile USA: No Deal

AT&T put $39 billion on the line to acquire T-Mobile USA, but the communications giant has officially dropped its offer. The deal faced stiff opposition from government regulators in the form of the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. The regulators voiced loudly their concerns about the deal’s potential to stymie a “competitive […]