Varun Saraf

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Social Entrepreneurship: Giving Back To The Society

Leveraging entrepreneurship for societal benefits leads to massive impact. Nepal may be considered a virgin market compared to its counterparts in …

Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes?

Twenty miles east of Reno, Nevada, garbage trucks skip the landfill and stop at Fulcrum BioEnergy, where tons of egg shells, coffee grinds, …

Chamath Palihapitiya wants to change the world

How the son of Sri Lankan immigrants grew up poor in Ottawa, became buddies with Mark Zuckerberg, made a fortune at Facebook, and set out to solve the problems of the 99%<p>A brisk wind is mussing up <i>Vanity Fair</i> editor Graydon Carter's curious pageboy hairdo. It's a sunny autumn morning in San …

Silicon Valley

Watch 15 Years Of Earthquakes Rock The Planet

This animation is as mesmerizing as it is frightening.<p>Make no mistake: Earth is a powerful and, at times, violent planet. And if you had any doubts, this new jaw-dropping animation ought to put them to rest.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center …

Infoporn: the 30 cities on the edge of disaster

<b>Click here to explore the graphic above in more detail</b><p>Cities can cope with high income inequality, natural disasters or booming populations - but …

Asana for Nonprofits: How to Manage your Direct Mail Schedule

By Leili KhalessiAs a nonprofit fundraiser (and communications officer and technologist and…), I’ve developed sharp project management skills – it’s …

The 23-Year-Old Behind Soular Is Bringing Solar-Powered Backpacks To Children In Africa

Salima Visram is the 23-year-old entrepreneur behind the Soular, a backpack company equipped with solar panels, which allow children who don’t have access to electricity in rural parts of Africa to study at night without having to use an expensive and carcinogenic kerosene lamp. Soular will be …

Here's How Often You Need to Use a Tote Bag to Be More Sustainable Than Plastic

Damn.<p>Tote bags have become so ubiquitous that even men are carrying them around. Retailers started pushing tote bags as early as 2007 to promote …

Lexus Design Award

DESIGN HAS THE POWER TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE<p>2018 CO-<p>Testing Hypotheticals<p>GRAND PRIX WINNER<p>DESIGNER:Extrapolation Factory<p>PRESENTING THE GRAND …

Product Design

Go to Target, Young Entrepreneur

Shake up the status quo and you might just strike it rich.<p>One of my employees told me about finding herself in the vitamin aisle at Target recently, where she discovered a new brand amid all the Nature's This and Multi That. The packaging was unlike the other bottles on the shelf: creative, …

The beautiful kit that turns food waste into fertilizer, and is perfect for urban homes

Imagine you’re cooking a delicious meal, one with all kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits. You go to chop everything up and find you have some …

How Elon Musk Is Using Tesla to Kill Big Oil

Tech & Science Elon Musk Tesla Oil Clean Energy<p>This has been the planet’s hottest summer in recorded history, so it’s nice to know Elon Musk has …

A Sling Chair Inspired by Clouds

Osaka-born, Montreal-based Mitz Takahashi is a furniture and product designer whose latest design is the Kumo “雲” chair, which means ‘clouds’ in …

Furniture

On-demand laundry service wins Startup Worldcup’s Southeast Asia battle

Startup Worldcup is a new global startup competition. It’s comparable to Seedstars World in scale and ambition. The driving force behind it is Fenox …

The contents of millions of recycling bins are being incinerated or sent to landfill because some householders are confused about the rules. Government figures show that the amount of waste

The contents of millions of recycling bins are being incinerated or sent to landfill because some householders are confused about the …

Sustainability

10 best online furniture stores you need to check out now

Need a new corner table but can’t bother trudging through your city’s design district? <i>Vogue</i> points to homegrown online furniture and decor stores …

Flying Machine to Plastic surgery-Indian Invention

surgical achievements of Sushruta and how they have influenced the medical field. Proud of the Vedic Hindu Civilization.<p>Cataract surgery was invented …

A Vietnamese Designer Is Updating Eco-Design with Ancient Knowledge

Up your trip’s artistic ante by learning the craft of eco-friendly garment design.<p>Few visitors set foot in Cao Bang, Vietnam, a remote village in the mountains north of Hanoi, but designer Vu Thao considers it a creative second home. Collaborating with ethnic women who live there, Thao grows and …

This New Accelerator Is Funding Projects That Fix The Systemic Issues Of Our Cities

The Unreasonable Institute and Rockefeller Foundation are working together on the Future Cities Accelerator, offering 10 grants of $100,000.<p>As a child, Teju Ravilochan felt overwhelmed by the poverty he witnessed in his family’s native India. Then he watched his father, who was a doctor, take care …

Get A Classic Swedish Backpack Design, Now Made With Recycled Water Bottles

Turns out it’s easier than expected to turn trash into fashion gold.<p>The classic Swedish “Kånken” backpack hasn’t changed very much since it was first designed for schoolchildren in 1978, with one new exception: Now it comes in a version made from recycled plastic water bottles.<p>“Our goal was to …

Inside New Lab, an 84,000-Square-Foot Tech Paradise in Brooklyn

The collaborative workspace for emerging technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and design, has just opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.<p>Nearly a century ago, Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a hub of military innovation—tens of thousands of workers toiling by the water, building …

5 Reasons Why Social Entrepreneurship Is The New Business Model

Today’s young people are as concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money. A whopping 94% want to use their skills to benefit a cause. Meanwhile, only half of Americans have confidence in the free market system, down from 80% just 15 years ago.<p>Against this …

Entrepreneurship

This Young African Social Entrepreneur Is Taking Her Social Business to the Next Level

Ellen Chilemba is something of a powerhouse.<p>Recently named by <i>Forbes</i> as one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs under 30, her vision is to help women create paths out of poverty and to break the cycle of child marriage and lost potential. Chilemba founded Tiwale, a for-profit social enterprise …

Entrepreneurship

Walmart is buying Jet.com for $3 billion

Walmart Stores is buying Jet.com in a deal worth $3 billion dollars according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal, confirming reports that have been pouring in about the bid for Jet.com all week.<p>According to our source the signatures for the deal were dry on Friday and will be announced …

How to run a purpose-driven business

<b>This masterclass is presented by Wildwon, and generously supported by NAB.</b><p><b>NAB is proudly passionate about being responsible, inclusive and socially innovative.</b><p>The future belongs to businesses with purpose. The kind of purpose that’s baked into the business model, from the kind of companies that …

Watch How Mountains Of Trash Spread Across The U.S. Over 100 Years

A new map shows where landfills are located in each state.<p>Americans create a lot of trash ― 254 million tons of it each year. But the landfills that house all that garbage aren’t distributed equally.<p>The recent Land of Waste report from Save on Energy, a company that lets consumers compare …

How 2 'high-functioning weirdos' built an investing business that's changing Wall Street

That's according to Amy Nauiokas, cofounder and president of venture capital firm Anthemis Group, who just got back from the firm's fifth annual "Hacking Finance Retreat" in the French Alps.<p>Over 100 startup founders, academics, financial executives, and entrepreneurs — from 20 countries around the …

These Startups Are Out To End Global Illiteracy, An Often Ignored Problem

On a farm in California, entrepreneurs from all over the world came together to tackle a challenge that isn’t usually in the spotlight.<p>While some people in Silicon Valley rush to build the next photo-sharing app or a faster way to sell online ads, a group of 16 startups is focused on a more …