Stan Alcorn is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He reports regularly for NPR and WNYC, where he has focused on business and the New York tech scene. He was a researcher and production assistant for Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 series with David Brancaccio until April 2012. His favorite interview for that show was speaking with Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on creating jobs in Egypt. Alcorn previously directed multimedia content for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia Journalism School and produces documentary shorts for Danger Documentaries. In 2006, Alcorn was awarded the Writer’s Award, from the Yale Economic Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.

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Features by Stan Alcorn

Remember when 1 billion people watched Gangnam Style?

How big is a billion users?

Mark Zuckerberg says it's the benchmark for turning Facebook's products into meaningful businesses.
Posted In: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, 1 billion, billion, WhatsApp, instagram
US Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew speaks during US-Africa Business Forum on the sideline of the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.

Jack Lew goes to Africa

Why did the Treasury Secretary cross the Atlantic? To do business.
Posted In: Africa, jack lew, power africa
 The IBM 'Power6' chip displayed at a product launch in central London, U.K.

Why IBM is paying $1.5 billion to lose a business

By paying to split off its chipmaking arm, IBM may actually be getting a deal.
Posted In: IBM, chipmaker, computers
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Oct. 15 in New York City. Stocks remain on a downward trajectory amid growing fears of Ebola and a global slowdown.

How stock market volatility could impact the economy

It's been a wild week on the stock market. The causes are numerous--from Europe to ebola to weak economic growth in the United States. But what are the likely effects--beyond the markets themselves?
Posted In: stock market, market volatility, Dow Jones, S&P
 A cable car passes by a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco. P Morgan, Citigroup and Wells Fargo reported earnings Tuesday that show how the "American bank" has changed since the financial crisis.

Behind big banks profits, a sea change

Has 'the American Bank' has changed since the financial crisis?
Posted In: Wells Fargo, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, earnings report, bank bailout

A new financial innovation in the housing market

Innovation in housing finance is making it easier and more profitable to rent.
Posted In: mortgage, rental market, Housing
Beech Avenue Cincinnati

How investors are profiting off a 'rentership society'

The housing crisis created a slew of new landlords. Does an investor makes a good one?
Posted In: Housing, rental, landlord, Ohio
A customer holds his new iPhone at Puerta del Sol Apple Store as Apple launches iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 26, 2014 in Madrid.

Who is Carl Icahn and what does he do?

A former corporate raider looking to remold companies. His current target? Apple
Posted In: apple, Carl Icahn, stock buybacks

Hedge-fund-backed Canadian railroad aims high

The humble railroad is a hot investment, thanks in part to crude oil.
Posted In: train, Warren Buffett, crude oil

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