Dr. Phil Backs a Startup, Seed Cash From Mom and Dad, Refunds for Main Street: Dec. 11

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Phillip McGraw—yes, that Dr. Phil—is backing a new startup that connects patients with doctors who conduct online medical exams, reports Brad Stone. []

Mark O’Connell examines the “Dutch-Elm disease of creative minds.” [New York Times]

Michelle Goodman explains how to ask your parents for money to start a business. [Entrepreneur]

A newly opened Chicago outpost of Eataly, a market selling Italian foods, closed on Dec. 9 to restock depleted shelves after a boffo first week, writes Chuck Sudo. [Chicagoist]

Jose Li talks about his startup, 71lbs, which helps small businesses claim refunds from shippers including FedEx and UPS (video). [Bloomberg TV]

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