Naomi Shah’s podcast company packs original romantic comedies into 15-minute podcast episodes.

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Who are you and what’s your business?

Hello! I’m Naomi. I am the founder and CEO of a new entertainment company called Meet Cute

A meet-cute is a term used in entertainment which means “an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that leads to the development of a romantic relationship between them.” We develop and produce short, audio romantic comedies that take you from meet-cute to happily ever after in 15 minutes.

Essentially, we are making your favorite Nora Ephron-style rom-com movies, without visuals. We drop a new story every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and distribute widely across all audio and podcasting platforms, most notably Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

What inspired you to create Meet Cute? What was your “aha moment”?

In a burgeoning podcast space, the “aha moment” was realizing that there was a gap in the audio market for short-form, fictional

Happy Friday. Wow, what a week! We went from bear to bull country in a mere three days. Will the rally hold up for another day?

Let’s spin the globe and see where investors are putting their cash.

Markets update

As I type, Asia is mostly clinging to its gains. The major indices rallied early after yesterday’s historic day in the U.S. in which the Dow and S&P 500 both rocketed 6% higher.

Now, you’re no doubt wondering: are we officially in a bull market? The Dow is up more than 20% since Monday’s close. A 20% gain. That’s a bull market. Right?

Not so fast. A bull market is not as easily defined as a bear market (bear market definition = a 20% decline from a market high). Some say for it to be a true bull market, the rally has to be sustained for an extended period. Others say there’s “no numerical measure.” The Wall Street Journal is going straight out and calling it a bull market. CNBC, meanwhile, is being more careful with its wording, calling the run a mere “surge.” Bloomberg TV is splitting the difference, calling it a “technical bull …

U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping pledged in a phone call to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, signaling a fresh detente between the two countries after weeks of rising tensions.

“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump tweeted Friday. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”

Trump notably refrained from referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” days after he told Fox News he would stop using the term. Xi, meanwhile, told Trump that relations between the two sides were at a “critical moment” and vowed to cooperate to defeat the deadly illness, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

“Both sides will benefit if …

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