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Kickstarter: D.I.Y. fundraising in the social network age

Apr 26, 2012
Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler on the crowdfunding site's spectacular growth as it strives to stay true to its mission.
Posted In: kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, crowdsourcing

Patagonia founder on why there's no 'sustainability'

Apr 17, 2012
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has written a new book he hopes will be a blueprint for companies to do better... by doing good.
Posted In: clothing, sustainability, green, Environment, Walmart, patagonia

Interview: How Spanx became a billion-dollar undergarment empire

Mar 14, 2012
Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, talks about her body-shaping business in our latest Conversation from the Corner Office.
Posted In: Sara Blakely, Spanx, fashion

GM's Dan Akerson on the restructuring of the auto industry

Aug 17, 2011
The CEO of General Motors discusses how the company is trying to thrive after its government bailout and in this current state of the economy

Business customers help Smart & Final thrive in weak economy

Aug 12, 2011
Smart & Final President Dave Hirz discusses why his business is doing so well compared to conventional grocery stores right now and how President Obama can create jobs.
Posted In: Economy

Elon Musk on the future of space travel and exploration

Jul 8, 2011
In the latest Conversation from the Corner Office, the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO talks about the future in space.

Beyond the copy: Xerox CEO keeps focus on the business process

May 18, 2011
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns discusses Xerox's role and image in today's business world, her management style, and how she feels being the first African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: Full interview

May 18, 2011
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns discusses Xerox's role and image in today's business world, her management style, and how she feels being the first female African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Listen to the full interview.

How toys are surviving the recession

Dec 3, 2010
It's holiday season in a down economy. If you wanted to get an indication of how America is doing right now, the world's biggest toy store might be the best place. Toys"R"Us CEO Jerry Storch talks about the role of toys in today's economy.
Posted In: Retail

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Marketplace's conversation with TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson

Oct 1, 2010
Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace Money's Tess Vigeland talk to TIAA-CREF Roger Ferguson about how the recession has changed the retirement outlook.
Posted In: Retirement


About this collection

A near billion dollar company, World Finance is the largest of an often-overlooked breed of high-cost lender: installment lenders. Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, the loans typically last anywhere from six months to three years. The industry boasts millions of customers and over 4,000 locations across at least 19 states, mostly in the south and Midwest, and touts the product as a consumer-friendly alternative to payday loans. World and its competitors gouge borrowers with unnecessary insurance products and persuade their customers to renew their loans over and over again, creating a cycle of debt that often grinds on for years.