Wandering Eye: Pick your Halloween costume, following up with the $70,000-minimum-wage guy, and more

Remember the $70,000-minimum-wage guy? Inc. Magazine does. Six months ago, Dan Price, the founder of credit-card payment processer Gravity Payments, announced he was raising the starting wage at his company to $70,000 over three years. Rush Limbaugh went nuts (or, more nuts). Other media predicted doom. Price cut his $1.1 million annual rake to $70K and loaned the company $3 million to cover the bump. Price, who was raised Christian, had no particular business strategy regarding the raises. It was a moral imperitive. "Here I am walking around making $1 million a year, and I'm working shoulder to shoulder with people in [my friend's] situation who are every bit as good and valuable as I am," he tells Inc. But it turns out the raises are working out OK. Gravity is in hiring mode, and growth is better than it's been. "Six months after Price's announcement, Gravity has defied doubters. Revenue is growing at double the previous rate. Profits have also doubled," Inc. reports. "Gravity's customer retention rate rose from 91 to 95 percent in the second quarter." That's a crazy retention rate in his business. Of course there is a dark cloud. Dan's older brother, co-owner Lucas Price, is suing him. Legal costs have topped $1 million and the case is scheduled for trial in May. There's a lot more in the article. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Don't know what you're wearing for Halloween yet? Google does. Kind of. They can guess, anyway. Google New Lab's new app thing Frightgeist maps the most popular costume choices across the country, both nationally and regionally, based on trending searches. Last we checked, the most popular costume in Baltimore is . . . PAW Patrol??? We looked it up, and it's exactly what it sounds like: really cute, animated puppy-dog cops and firefighters (if only). Nationally, the biggest costume trends are Harley Quinn, Star Wars shit, superheroes, pirates, Batman . . . basically, we're all boring. To avoid a dull Halloween, we recommend sourcing your costume inspiration from Germany's Bauhaus school of art and design from the '20s, whose costume parties put all others to shame. Good luck finding this stuff at Party City. (Maura Callahan)

 

The NFL still has a big concussion problem, but the league is addressing it in several ways, including a contribution of $600,000 toward a study being conducted by scientists in the U.S., Britain, and Australia. Head scientist Michael Turner says there's way too much media hype surrounding concussion, and that a lot of former players experience depression because "suddenly, they have very little status, nobody knows who they are, they don't have somewhere to go to work and I think that transition can be badly handled by lots of sports." Deadspin says not so fast: "Damage to regions of the brain associated with CTE puts people at risk for depression . . . Furthermore, chronic pain is a major factor in the development of clinical depression and NFL players tend to leave the league with lingering injuries." (Brandon Weigel)

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