Uncovering the Bass Pro Billionaire, Debunking Startup Mythology, Rebuilding After a Tornado: June 4

Illustration by André da Loba

“Bass Pro Shops could only have happened in America,” according to its billionaire founder. Critics complain about the company’s practice of accepting municipal subsidies, writes Seth Lubove. [Bloomberg News]

“A startup is a means to an end,” writes former Simple Chief Technology Officer Alex Payne. Young programmers shouldn’t get caught up in the mythology of startup life and should choose work that furthers their goals. [Alex Payne]

Mailbox co-founder Gentry Underwood tells Ryan Tate about selling his one-month-old e-mail app to Dropbox for $100 million. [Wired]

Douglas Quenqua profiles Rachel Sklar, founder of, “a would-be cross between LinkedIn and Facebook for women.” [New York Times]

Two years after a tornado devastated homes and businesses in western and central Massachusetts, the region is still rebuilding, writes Peter Goonan. [Boston Business Journal]

Why 3D printing could change the future of travel in outer space (video). [Bloomberg Television]

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