The Kentucky Derby almost here. On Friday, May 3, Oaks Day kicks off the festivities, and the famous race happens the next day. For many, May is the time of year for big hats, brightly colored seersucker suits, placing bets and mint juleps. Instead of venturing into the unpredictable weather and crowds, you might host a Kentucky Derby party at home and watch the race from a big screen. Check out these party-planning apps to throw a bash your guests will be talking about for the rest of the year. EviteBefore you begin planning your Derby party, you need to get an idea of how many guests will be there. You don't want to plan for a party of 50 only to have 10 show up and leave you with tons of uneaten food. Use Evite (download for iOS or Android) to invite your guests with a personalized Kentucky Derby invitation. Use the templates provided in-app or design your own. Add the event name, time and location. And the send invitations via text or email.Let your guests know what type of event … [Read more...] about Best party-planning apps for hosting a Kentucky Derby party in 2019
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AUSTIN, Texas—With rain hammering outside, Zack Malitz stood in a warehouse space lit by strands of bistro lights and began to reveal the campaign strategy of Beto O’Rourke in exacting detail. Malitz, who was the field director of O’Rourke’s Senate campaign, is a tall 30-year-old with thick glasses and a haircut that over the course of an election season can drift inexorably toward mopheadedness. He laid out the exact numbers of potential voters the campaign believed it should try to reach, how many of those voters had a cellphone contact available, and—with a bit of arithmetic—a critical sum that would drive the campaign's final push: the exact figure of volunteer phone-bank shifts he believed would be necessary to win the state. This kind of granular campaign information is normally considered top secret, the kind of thing strategists guard behind passwords and fire underlings upon suspicion of leaking. If Malitz’s talk had resided in an … [Read more...] about Here’s What Beto Could Unleash on Trump
Welcome new readers! I invite you to check out the guide to this newsletter, which tells you what you can expect from me and how I see the world. Today is also the final day to take The Interface 2019 survey! Thanks to the more than 500 of you who already took part — you’re helping us make the newsletter better, and I can’t thank you enough. For the rest of you laggards, entries close at 8AM ET on Tuesday. Please take a couple minutes and let me know how I can improve this for you! When last we left off, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had shocked the world by revealing an extortion plot against him involving some intimate photos, a tabloid, and one or more nation states. Over the weekend, we mostly waited for the next set of shoes to drop. For the most part, we’re still waiting — but a handful of developments have nudged the story forward. (And if you need an explainer on the whole story, start here.) In the New York Times, Jim Rutenberg, Karen Weise and William K. … [Read more...] about Why Saudi Arabia could be behind the Jeff Bezos extortion attempt
Don't confuse the fact that the launch went smoothly with lack of demand, however: The men's version of the shoe sold out in minutes everywhere, from Nike's own SNKRS app to online sites including Champs Sports, Finish Line and Foot Locker. These are the same retailers that used to deal with mayhem on every release of limited-edition Air Jordans at their brick-and-mortar locations. But they, too, are now relying on apps to create reservation-based systems that make the entire buying process less hectic and, most important, safer for consumers. The only risk people take now, if they can't order a pair online and have it shipped to their home, is getting robbed outside a store. But that's more a problem with humanity than with the brands or retailers themselves.Technology is something the industry desperately needed, and these efforts by companies like Nike are validated when brick-and-mortar launches go wrong and have to be canceled because of issues with crowd control. This was the … [Read more...] about The new, tech-driven age of the sneaker drop
One upshot for Democrats after their devastating loss on election night 2016 was the birth of The Resistance. The last two years have seen millions of newly born activists with pun-covered signs take to the streets for the Women's March. Thousands of demonstrators have descended on town hall meetings to make their voices heard. Hundreds of women have been inspired to run for office. But the election didn't just activate progressive protesters and candidates. It also created a blue wave of startups focused on helping volunteers get progressives into office. Rather than building technology for campaigns and the party, these new companies created tools that make volunteering both maximally efficient and maximally convenient. Swing Left helps voters find the swing district closest to them and suggests actions they can take based on the impact they'll have. Flippable crunched the numbers on thousands of state legislative races so it could tell would-be donors and volunteers which tight … [Read more...] about Democrats Uber-ized Activism. Can It Win Them the Midterms?