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Would you trust Silicon Valley to disrupt your child’s education?

Venture capitalists are pouring funding into new technologies for a trillion-dollar industry in the US that could be ripe for disruption: education.<p>Education technology startups attracted $1.25 billion in funding in 2013, according to analysis by CB Insights, and the boom has grown in 2014, with ed …

Education

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

All About Google Loon’s Low-Cost Space-Based Competitor, Outernet

By Michael Grothaus10 minute Read<p>In 2013 when Typhoon Haiyan brought down most of the Philippines’ cell and radio towers, bringing information to a …

Space

You Must Read This Test Pilot's Story of an SR-71 Disintegrating Midair

This story has been kicking around the internet for awhile, but man oh man oh <i>man</i> is it worth a read. Test pilot Bill Weaver was flying an SR-71 …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book is “Choose Yourself!”</i><p>I didn’t have any money so couldn’t start a business. And even if I started one, I didn’t have an office, or clients, and I was too shy to cold-call clients. I …

How Technology Is Warping Your Memory

Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone's phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someone's question? …

German court chides Google over its vague privacy policy and terms

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Google(S goog)’s privacy policy is too vague, the Berlin regional court has ruled, upholding a complaint made by the …

A Guide to Working With Investors Across Asia

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>Entrepreneurs with businesses in Asia know that fundraising here can be a daunting task. The ways of doing business across the Pacific are very different than in Silicon Valley, and the …

How To Tell If You’re In A Cloud-Friendly Industry

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Gordon Ritter</i> <i>is a founder and general partner at</i> <i>Emergence Capital</i><i>, a leading venture capital firm focused on cloud companies. He was an early investor in Salesforce.com and Veeva Systems, and he is currently chairman of Veeva.</i> <i>Follow him on Twitter @gordonritter.</i><p>The benefits of an …

The Other IPO Roadshow: Design Your Initial Product Offering To Attract Fortune 500 Enterprises

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Deepak Jeevan Kumar is a Principal at General Catalyst Partners, a Venture Capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, Boston and New York. He focuses on funding and launching big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity startups. Follow him on Twitter @DJKHacker.</i><p>Getting to a successful …

How to Design Your Startup Office for a Productive Workforce

Having a good balance between collaborative space and quiet space gives employee the option of being in a socially creative atmosphere or a peaceful area to crunch out the work.<p>“We have an open floor plan with glass conference rooms, and monitors throughout the office displaying company metrics and …

The $10,000 Business Degree

How do you get an MBA without ending up in the red? Here’s our guide to getting an entrepreneurial education for $10,000 or less.<p>There are dozens of well-known examples of billionaire businesspeople without college degrees. (Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg will get that …

Entrepreneurship

How Insufficient Sleep Makes You Fat, Stupid, And Dead

If you need a reason to shut off your screens for a night, consider your waistline, your working life, and beyond.<p>Need a reason to #unplug? How about four: Exxon Valdex, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Challenger. As we continue to look into these man-made disasters, we discover they’re increasingly …

Sleep

Fast Company’s Guide To The Generation Flux College Degree

College is unaffordable, inefficient, and sometimes irrelevant. Here’s a guide to navigating the new education paradigm.<p>The cost of college tuition has risen faster than nearly any other good or service in America for more than three decades. A bachelor’s degree at New York University, the most …

College & University

Cargo’s Brewbot Makes You A Smartphone-Powered Craft Beer Microbrewery Starting At £1,500

This embed is invalid<p>All you really need to brew your own beer is a spare bathtub and some ingenuity, or so I believe based on long-held unsupported and unconfirmed opinion, but if you want to get fancy, a new Kickstarter project called Brewbot has you covered. The Brewbot is the product of …

Infographic: Mapping The United States By Its Porn Searches

We like to believe in the United States of America that regionality and socioeconomics don’t separate us, that the American experience is the human experience. The only real difference between us may be an accent here or there and maybe a predilection for regional cuisines.<p>Well, apparently tastes …

United States

These Photos Of NYC's Subway Project Are Astonishing

New York City is doing some serious work on the Second Avenue Subway, the first new line built under the city since 1932. The $4.5 billion project …

Origami-Inspired Clocks So Attention-Grabbing, You'll Never Run Late

Sometimes a piece of design is so interesting, it's hard not to drop everything and pay attention to it. Dressed in bright, bold colors, with sharp, …

How Lasers Helped Find a Lost City in Cambodia’s Jungle

It’s always cool when something new helps unearth something incredibly old and previously unknown. That’s exactly what a few Australian researchers …

Drilling Down Into Boiled Oceans: The Real Problem With Business Buzzwords

“Going forward! Over the wall! Reach out! Leverage! Opening the kimono!” Yeah, we know.<p>In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell shows how loose language masks stupid thinking. To make his point, the author translates a passage from <i>Ecclesiastes</i> from good to modern …

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