Just want clarification really. Are ‘vested interests’ acceptable by HN if the article is fair and balanced and the vested interest is declared in a disclaimer?
It depends on situation. If you want to promote something, or a brand is driving the production of the story - it’s better to publish a story under brand as author profile. To do so, purchase brand credits.
If you want to publish under your name (w/o brand as author profile serving as brand ad), you should disclose your vested interests when the company is mentioned. Additionally, bonus points for adding competitors and frame the story within the broader context of the industry.