In: Start Ups
The 10 things not to do when pitching a venture capitalistAugust 11, 2017
There’s a lot in the press these days about the behavior of some venture capitalists toward women entrepreneurs. The industry –…Read More
This new ‘Six Flags’ ride may be the most mind-bending amusement park attraction yetMarch 6, 2016
Six Flags created a new roller coaster called “The New Revolution” that requires riders to wear virtual reality glasses as they barrel down 3,500 feet of track.
Produced by Zach Wasser. Video courtesy of AP and Six Flags Entertainment.
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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s mind-blowing photos from his record-breaking year in space will make you fall in love with Earth all over againMarch 6, 2016
Right before Astronaut Scott Kelly took off to spend a year in space, President Obama told him,”Good luck Captain. Make sure to Instagram it.”
And he did.
From tracking storms to catching all the colors of the Earth, here are some of the best shots from his record-breaking, year-long voyage:
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Here's Kelly's first stunning shot of Earth from space, taken 27 weeks ago.
Good morning, Texas from the @ISS. Looks like Houston and Austin have some weather headed your way. #YearInSpace #ISS #Goodmorning #saturday #weekend #Texas #Houston #Austin #weather #wx #houwx #space #earth
A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on Apr 4, 2015 at 11:32am PDT
His photos are filled with striking colors, from neon greens…
The ‘Netflix for indie movies’ looks nothing like Netflix — and it’s worth $125 million (NFLX)March 6, 2016
Since 2007, London-based Mubi has quietly built a reputation as a stellar streaming service for serious film lovers.
While Netflix has grabbed the headlines, Mubi has survived and thrived, snagging a recent valuation of $125 million and sweeping into China ahead of its much-larger rival.
Last year, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and indie heavyweight, chose to give Mubi the exclusive streaming rights to his new film, “Junun.” For reference, Mubi has 100,000 subscribers, while Netflix has 75 million.
So how has Mubi found success in a Netflix world? In part, it's because Mubi thinks of films as something distinct from “video” or “content,” CEO Efe Cakarel tells Business Insider.
“We used to have this all-you-can-eat buffet, similar to Netflix but for independent films,” Cakarel says.
But a few years ago, Cakarel realized that people don't consume movies the same way they do TV shows. Searching Netflix for a new show might be annoying, but once you&..Read More
A new drone video of Apple’s spaceship campus shows a 10,000-square foot fitness centerMarch 6, 2016
The rumor is that even Apple CEO Tim Cook uses the drone videos taken by drone videographer Duncan Sinfield to see the progress of the company's enormous $5 billion “spaceship” shaped headquarters, being built right now in Cupertino.
Sinfield just posted another one that shows the building site as of March 3.
When completed it will include 2.82 million square feet of office space that can house over 12,000 employees.
It's curved design means that the building will use the largest panes of curved glass in the world. It also includes a 1,000 seat underground auditorium, a new 10,000 square foot fitness facility for employees and nearly 11,000 parking spots in two huge garages accessed by underground tunnels.
Plus, underground tunnels will be used to access the courtyard (making it very hard for someone to sneak into the outside areas of Apple's new headquarters).
The new facility was originally conceived by Steve Jobs who envisioned it as “the best office building in..Read More
Bubbles, chasms and ‘dreaming the dream’ ― a top tech investor reveals its unconventional approach to picking winnersMarch 6, 2016
Coatue Management, the $10 billion long/short equity hedge fund led by “Tiger Cub” Philippe Laffont, is one of the most prolific investors in technology companies.
Speaking at the MIT Sloan Investment Conference on Friday, David Scully, a partner and the chief marketing officer of Coatue, shared some insights into how the fund thinks about making its tech investments.
Both Scully and Laffont have taught a class at MIT on tech investing in the past.
The fund's investment process isn't what you'd expect. In fact, it goes against some of the investing adages we're used to such as “buy low, sell high.”
“Perhaps the right way to think about this is not to buy low, but to buy high,” Scully said. “Now I say that partly only tongue-in-cheek because it turns out that a great way to find new trends and potential winners is to look at stocks that are expensive. We like to call that 'dreaming the dream' and we believe this kind of optimism is essential, especial..Read More
This $14-billion machine is set to usher in a new era of nuclear fusion powerMarch 6, 2016
The first and largest machine of its kind is currently under construction at the French scientific research center called Cadarache, which specializes in nuclear power research.
It's called ITER, Latin for “The Way,” and is expected to usher in a new era of nuclear fusion-powered electricity — something scientists and engineers have been working toward for over 40 years.
By fusing two forms of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium, together, the machine would generate 500 megawatts of power. That's ten times more energy than it would require to operate.
Once completed, ITER would measure 100 feet in diameter and height, representing a new breed of nuclear fusion device. If it reaches its energy output goals, it will be the first machine of its kind to bridge the gap from fusion research in the lab to readily available fusion power for cities.
As of June 2015, construction costs for the machine exceeded $14 billion. But, in the end, experts say it will be worth it. After ..Read More
The 20 youngest self-made billionaires in the worldMarch 6, 2016
Some of the wealthiest, most successful entrepreneurs take decades to accumulate their fortunes — others strike gold very early on.
A recent report from Hurun, a Shanghai firm that releases yearly rankings and research about the world's richest people, rounded up the latter group of entrepreneurs: self-made billionaires under age 35.
Read on to see who made the list — and just how wealthy they are, as estimated by Hurun:
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Evan Spiegel: 25
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Estimated wealth: $1.8 billion
At the ripe age of 25, the Snapchat CEO is the youngest billionaire in the world after launching the popular photo-sharing app with two of his former Stanford classmates.
John Collison: 26
Residence: San Francisco, California
Estimated wealth: $1 billion
The Harvard dropout cofounded Stripe, an online payment company, with his brother Patrick in 2011. The Irish-born brothers now live in San..Read More
The computer legend who invented email has diedMarch 6, 2016
Internet Hall of Famer Ray Tomlinson has died.
Tomlinson was the man who basically invented email as we know it today, including making the choice to use the “@” sign in an email address. He was 74.
Tomlinson invented email, a system where a user on one network could send a message to someone on another network, in 1971.
He proceeded to win many awards over his lifetime for email. But he couldn't say what the first email ever sent actually said.
When asked about it in an interview with The New York Times in 2009, Tomlinson explained, “I sent a number of test messages to myself from one machine to the other. The test messages were entirely forgettable and I have, therefore, forgotten them.”
On Saturday, the man widely recognized as the grandfather of the internet, Vint Cerf, tweeted the news that Tomlinson had passed away.
Very sad news: Ray Tomlinson has passed away. https://t.co/Ghi8B2m3IX
— vinton g cerf (@vgcerf) March 5, 2016
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Microsoft is trying to bring back the ’80s with its Windows 10 strategy (MSFT)March 6, 2016
Probably the smartest choice Bill Gates ever made came in 1980, when he decided not to hand over the copyright for Microsoft's first-ever operating system to IBM.
In 1980, IBM contracted a startup called Microsoft to deliver DOS, an operating system for its forthcoming IBM PC, on a tight deadline.
The IBM PC came out in 1981, and soon became a smash hit, surpassing the leading Apple II. A horde of competitors rushed to build their own “IBM Compatible” clones that could run all of the same software and use all of the same hardware upgrades.
But to build those IBM clones, they needed DOS. And if they wanted DOS, they needed to fork over cash to Microsoft. Microsoft kept the rights in lieu of royalties from IBM. DOS put Microsoft the very center of the PC revolution, even through the era of Windows, and even after IBM left the PC market, eventually selling off that business.
36 years later, it's been a long time since the IBM PC moment. And with the Apple iPhone and Google ..Read More