Michelle Chern

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In NY, Let a Thousands of Startups bloom

I was in New York last week, for what was essentially a blink of an eye. The reason for my visit — a dinner hosted by our firm, True Ventures, for a …

‘Uber for gas’ startups face legal grey area as regulators raise safety questions

There are a bevy of new startups that want to eliminate the need for gas stations and deliver fuel straight to your car. But now regulators are …

Is Company Culture Important to Startup Success? [INFOGRAPHIC]

When it comes to working at a startup, company culture is more talked about than salary. The importance of exquisite perks and interesting people is …

5 Startups Taking On The Big, Unsexy Problems Of City Government

Changing how government works, under the hood.<p>In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about how technology can improve “citizen engagement.” Platforms that let us report potholes, follow previously closed public meetings, and fund community projects provide new ways for citizens to interact with …

Atlantic City

Fleeing by the Millions: Migration Crises Around the World

In record numbers, people are escaping regions plagued by warfare, instability, disasters, poverty, or systemic persecution. The United Nations announced last year that forced displacement had topped 50 million globally, and early tracking indicates that number may increase yet again this year. …

North Africa

Should America 'Speak With One Voice' on Israel?

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the power to recognize foreign governments is exclusive to the president.<p>When President George W. Bush signed the Foreign Relations Authorization Act in the fall of 2002, it produced a mild diplomatic crisis. The Act put Congress on record …

Political Science

How Much Money U.S. Transit Systems Lose Per Trip, in 1 Chart

Shocker: dense, compact cities tend to do better than others.<p>Alison Burke over at Brookings points us to the chart below, via the Hamilton Project, showing how much money major U.S. public transit systems lose per ride. The immediate if unsurprising takeaway is that every single metro rail system …

Health Care

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