Free Enterprise Staff  | December 22, 2015

Our Favorite Stories of 2015: Free Enterprise Editors Make Their Picks

With the year quickly winding to a close, it’s time to really start thinking about 2016. (Where did the time go?)

But we’d be remiss if we had our minds on next year without first reflecting on 2015, which has been the biggest in the history of From our #SiliconCitiesUSA series to huge interviews we got to do with the likes of Drew Bledsoe and Ted Leonsis, this has been a year we’ll never forget.

In keeping with that sentiment, beginning today and spanning through the end of the year we’ll be showcasing our most popular stories from each of our five content categories—Doing Good, Creating Opportunity, True Innovation, Smart Government, and America at Work—as well as some of our editors’ favorite picks from the year.

We couldn’t have asked for a better 2015, but we’re even more excited for what next year holds. So stay tuned—we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Free Enterprise Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2015

This Startup Knows if You Don’t Pick up Your Dog’s Poop

At 77 years old, Tom Boyd isn’t done innovating. His latest company, Poo Prints, uses DNA technology to get dog owners to pick up after their canine friends.

Q&A With 1776 Co-Founder Donna Harris

Now the co-founder and co-CEO of1776, the Washington, D.C.-based global incubator and seed fund, Donna Harris spent years working in corporate America before she experienced a kind of working world existential crisis that led her to head in a different direction.

8 Technologies we Can Thank NASA For

Some people like to argue that space travel is a fruitless, low-return government expenditure. The facts, however, paint a very, very different picture. From life-saving devices and research to the blankets that keep marathoners warm, NASA has impacted society in so many ways.

From Blogs to Riches: 6 Cooking Enthusiasts Turned Chefpreneurs

At-home cooking has not been the same since Julia Child published“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 1961. Today’s chefpreneurs are on TV, online in the form of cooking blogs and home cook-focused websites, and some have even managed to parlay their web-based influence into real world endorsements and book deals.

Feeling Sad? Your Computer Knows

Spun out of M.I.T.’s Media Lab, Massachusetts-based startup Affectiva has created a revolutionary new software program that can analyze and understand a person’s emotional response to. While advertisers are fawning over the company’s technology, researchers are also hopeful that it could lead to breakthroughs in autism research.

A Thanksgiving Staple, The Cranberry Is Also an Insanely Fascinating Fruit. (Trust Us.)

Though you might not have given much thought to where cranberries come from, prepare to be as fascinated by the fruit—one of only three fruits native to North America—as we were when we interviewed Jeff LaFleur, who owns the Mayflower Cranberries farm in Massachusetts.

Management Advice From the C.E.O. Who Saved Continental Airlines

The most popular story in’s history also happens to be one of our editors’ all-time favorites. Former Continental Airlines C.E.O. Gordon Bethune gives quite an interview, as is clear in our Q&A with the straight-talking businessman that was published earlier this year.

8 Iconic Brands That Came Back From the Dead

Everyone loves a good comeback story, especially us. Here, we highlight eight brands that embody that word, having emerged from the metaphorical dead stronger than they were before.