After running down the top news stories on, Jason, Laura and Michael dive into the fake news and rumors of Amazon HQ2. Did the Triangle really make the Top 5?

After hitting WRAL TechWire Live last week, Laura stuck around for the life sciences pitch event, which brought the team to a larger question: What makes a compelling pitch? Bad pitch competition ShredX Durham is happening on March 21, and Adam Schultz and Brantley Boyett head up the event. Schultz and Boyette hope that it becomes an opportunity for entrepreneurs to have fun while perfecting the art of the pitch with the lowest of stakes. They explain why an event like this matters and the DNA of a successful startup.

After the interview, the team pitches its worst podcast ideas, including a Maybelline sponsored mortician’s podcast, true crime podcast for the ACC sports fan, and an ambient noise podcast consisting of every noise we hate.

Check out ShredX Durham in the basement of American Underground at Main. Register for free tickets and see more details at