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Spotlight: Next Billion-Dollar Startups

<b>For a look at the methodology behind our Next Billion-Dollar Startups list, take a look here.</b><p><b>GoFundMe</b><p><b>Founders</b>: Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester<b>(Pictured:CEO Rob Solomon)</b><p><b>Equity raised</b>: Atleast $300 million<p><b>Estimated 2016 revenue</b>: $100million<p><b>What it does</b>: Runs the world’s largest and most successful …

Venture Capital

Top Biotech Stocks to Buy in 2017

The past 18 months haven't been very pleasant for biotech investors. The <b>SPDR S&P Biotech ETF</b> (NYSEMKT: XBI) has fallen nearly 30% from its all-time highs set back in the summer of 2015. Many individual biotech stocks have performed far worse.<p>One bright side to all of that selling is that a handful …

The 27 most important finance books ever written

With that in mind, we've highlighted 27 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>Many of these books show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.<p>Topics covered include everything from the most important principles of investing to inside stories of the worst …

Investing

Battery Storage Poised to Expand Rapidly

The summer of 2016 was one of dire warnings for Southern California energy consumers.<p>A massive methane leak from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage …

9 Apps to Kickstart Your Mental Health Resolutions

While it’s always a good idea to make it a resolution to get fit and eat healthy in the New Year, we’re also making it a priority to get our brains in shape by trying to live more mindfully in 2017. That’s why we decided to set ourselves up for success (because let’s be honest — sticking to a New …

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive socio-economic political structures, …

5 TED Talks Every Business Owner Needs to Watch

When you’re running a small business, the last thing you need is to waste time watching videos online. That is, unless those videos might help your …

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America’s suburban landscape. Inside, it’s a whole different story. A different reality, in fact. Humanoid robots walk down the halls, …

Augmented Reality

Quantum Teleportation Beyond The Starship Enterprise

Shawn Hunt Contributor<p>Shawn Hunt is the managing director of Satellite Broadband UK.<p>Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have now managed a significant breakthrough by ‘teleporting,’ or transferring, quantum information from one photon to another over a distance …

'I'm A Student-Debt Slave.' How'd We Get Here?

Most everyone knows someone adversely affected by student debt: More than 40 million Americans are shouldering a crippling $1.3 trillion in loans.<p>That burden is obstructing careers, families, dreams, employment and even retirement.<p>Uncle Sam and Wall Street have made lots of money off the …

The top 17 startups to launch so far in 2016

While the start of 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, superfast internet, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke to founders and venture capitalists and took a look at funding data …

Startups

Jim Rogers on China and commodities – lessons for forever

That's one of the messages of legendary investor Jim Rogers, who I spoke with a few months ago (you can read the full interview here). In the early 1970s, Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, one of the world's most successful hedge funds. After generating returns of 4,200 percent over ten years, he …

Central Banks

Energy’s Bright New Future: Think Small

<i>Dynamic. Open. Fast. Innovative.</i> These are not words we typically associate with the energy industry. But amid the noisy debate between climate …

Eat This Carb and You Won't Gain Weight

Carbohydrates sound so innocent: mere starches, sugar and fiber that the body uses for energy. Yet health-conscious Americans despise them, designing …

These Are The 10 Best Sustainable Buildings Of 2016

By Adele Peters4 minute Read<p>Every year, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment scours the country for the best new green …

Architecture

The 8 fastest-growing tech skills worth over $110,000

Job-hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000-plus tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings.<p>We then cross-checked those skills against …

Employment

This Gorgeous, Sustainable “Leather” Is Made From Pineapple Waste

Your future handbag will be made from fruit–not cow or petroleum.<p>When leather expert Carmen Hijosa visited the Philippines to consult with the leather industry there, she discovered two big problems: The leather was poor quality, and producing it was bad both for the local environment and the …

You Must See This Tiny Apartment's Micro Interior Design

Mood lighting, cinema, and gym facilities included.<p>Like many large cities, Hong Kong is a pricey place to live. Because of that, it's no surprise residents looking for property in the expensive urban center of the seven million-person city try to squeeze as much as they can into sometimes …

Why the wealth of Africa does not make Africans wealthy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed with enormous natural wealth, including vast deposits of precious minerals such as diamonds, gold, and tantalum.<p>Katanga saw a spectacular mining boom around the turn of the century, when President Laurent-Desire Kabila and then …

Africa

The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet

John Hingley has developed a ‘micro-grid’ in a metal box that can be used for disaster relief, mining, and even festivals<p>Talk is not cheap in the mountains of Nepal. Getting a mobile phone charged can cost $5 in areas where there is no electricity and backpackers have to rely on diesel generators …

Clean Energy

3 Big Records in Solar Energy This Week

Image source: First Solar.<p>The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century. Costs are falling, installations are growing, and technology advancements seem to be picking up speed.<p>This week alone, there were three major …

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New "Super Battery" Energy Storage Breakthrough Aims At $54 per kWh

<b>Published on</b> February 26th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>97<p>New “Super Battery” Energy Storage Breakthrough Aims At $54 per kWh<p>February 26th, 2016 by <b>Tina …

These 5 Trends Will Shape the Global Economy in 2016

By<p>Every year brings its share of economic events that take us by surprise. Few people predicted the collapse in oil prices that started in the summer …

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Technological innovation happens at an exponential rate.<p>Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many …

This Magical Cooking Hack Will Change Your Life

I can’t remember when or how I learned about cooking in parchment paper, but I do remember a sense of disbelief and cynicism. In fact, I still feel …

34 Of The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of 2015

Do judge these books by their covers.

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you | Salon.com

Iran was once a secular democracy. You would not know this from contemporary discussions of the much demonized country in U.S. politics and media.<p>What happened to Iran's democracy? The U.S. overthrew it in 1953, with the help of the U.K. Why? For oil.<p>Mohammad Mosaddegh may be the most popular …

Political Science

It’s Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This is the history we need to understand Paris, ISIS

<b>(Reuters/Brendan McDermid/AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>Krugman mocks idea that US imperialism’s at root of all evil. But scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>November 18, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Two remarks a few days apart lead straight to the question posed in this space after last …

Political Science