Michael Dimitropoulos

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Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

When the Riksbank Prizes in Economic Sciences (a.k.a. the economics Nobels) were announced last fall, the news was greeted with some confusion and amusement. The Swedes had given the award to one guy, Eugene Fama, who is best known for originating something called the efficient market hypothesis, …

Wearables: one-third of consumers abandoning devices

The advert was blunt: a second-hand Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch for sale, priced at "£100 ONO". For a device which cost £299 in September, surely that's a bargain?<p>Yet after a week advertised on the intranet of an non-technical organisation with more than 10,000 staff, it was still unsold. …

Chat App Line Passes 400 Million Registered Users

Japanese messaging app Line is going strong — it revealed today that it has now passed 400 million registered users. This means it has tacked on 100 million users in about five months, given that its total number of registered users exceeded 300 million in November last year.<p>Line notes that growing …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Beaches

How Corporate Investors Can Improve Their Odds

When investing in new growth businesses, corporate leaders are commonly advised to behave more like venture capitalists. VCs, they’re told, take more of a long-term approach, have a greater degree of risk tolerance, and parcel out their funds in stages to mitigate risk.<p>All of this is right, as far …

Midsize Companies Must Prioritize Ruthlessly

The world is littered with the hollowed-out shells of firms that tried to do too much and spent too big trying to grow too fast. Many of those firms were midsize companies; they didn’t have the resources of the big firms to sustain setbacks, nor were they scrappy like most small companies, making …

Radio Is Still the Most Popular Way to Find New Music, Study Says

With the rise of services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and countless others, it's clear that digital music is booming. But when it comes to music …

FireChat sees 100K app downloads a day with a huge uptake overseas

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38 Nutrition Experts Reveal Their Favorite Things To Eat For Breakfast

Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day — and the research agrees. Study after study shows that breakfast boosts brainpower and helps to control cravings later in the day.<p>To see what a healthy breakfast looks like, we asked dozens of nutrition experts what they ate for …

Breakfast

Musings on the Oculus sale

Rendering was never the point.<p>Oh, it’s hard. But it’s rapidly becoming commodity hardware. That was in fact the basic premise of the Oculus Rift: …

More than meatballs: a gourmet guide to Swedish cuisine

Having a muppet as your main culinary ambassador is a lot to overcome, especially for a smallish, out-of-the-way country like Sweden, whose presence in global pop-culture is fairly limited. Swedish food is and forever will be associated with meatballs, flying utensils and the phrase '<i>bork bork …

Seasonal Food

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

The Daily Routines of Geniuses

Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a …

The Limits of Scale

The value of many products and services rises or falls with the number of customers using them. The fewer fax machines in use, for instance, the less important it is to have one. In industries as varied as credit cards, fashion, and online games, these “network effects” influence consumer decisions …

Embracing the cloud: How Microsoft is radically changing its vision

In the heart of Microsoft's city-sized headquarters, amid dozens of self-same office buildings, is a courtyard designed to commemorate the 40-year legacy of the world's most successful software company.<p>Hundreds of stone plaques along the ground bear the names and release dates of various Microsoft …

Medium's new iPhone app helps you read (but not write) long articles

We can't say we know all that many people who routinely digest articles posted through Medium's social publishing platform. However, the readership is bound to go up now that the service has released an iPhone app. The mobile client is more of a story curation tool than anything else. It …

Layar brings augmented reality and a QR code scanner to Google Glass

Google(s goog) Glass got an unofficial augmented reality app on Thursday as Layar introduced its immersive platform to the wearable device. The beta …

Newsbeat app reads you stories from hundreds of newspapers

Apps that read the day's news aloud aren't exactly a new concept, but Newsbeat — launched today by Tribune Co. — is among the sleekest we've seen yet. Newsbeat pulls in thousands of articles every day from hundreds of newspapers including <i>The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times</i>, and websites like …

LinkedIn: Evolution of a Publishing Platform

For you, I, and probably many others, LinkedIn is a bit of an odd beast. We all no doubt have a profile on the ‘social network for professionals’, but how often we actually log in and check what’s going on is another matter altogether.<p>Founded in 2003, LinkedIn garnered somewhere in the region of …

China’s Alibaba invests big in video chat app Tango, leading a $280M funding round

With WhatsApp selling to Facebook(s fb) for $16 billion, its over-the-top communications rivals were bound to get plenty of attention. It looks Tango …

Best ways to see Quito

Way up in a 30-mile long valley of the Andes, Ecuador's capital is undergoing a complete make-over. Quito's Spanish-colonial center helped it become the first city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 35 years ago, and 'Plan Q' has continued to help preservation and rebirth. The plan has pumped a …

Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

Secret app picks up $8.6m in funding from Google Ventures & other notable investors

Less than two months after launching and following rumors of an outside investment, anonymous social network app Secret today officially announced it has raised $8.6 million. That’s a little bit less than the $10 million that it was rumored to be getting, but it’s also picking up some notable …

Anonymous Social App Secret Confirms $8.6 Million In New Funding

Secret, the anonymous social sharing app popular among the Silicon Valley and tech industry crowd, officially announced today it has raised $8.6 million in outside investment. The round included participation from Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, MG Siegler of Google Ventures, …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …