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Surprising industries profiting from mass incarceration

March 5th, 2015 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

Mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., so it’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world. This industry generates huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are […]

What can Bitcoin teach us about education

March 5th, 2015 at 6:15 pm » Comments Off

The digital currency and network protocol, Bitcoin, has commanded a great deal of attention lately.  Money has poured into Bitcoin related businesses from investors, and many people believe that it will has the same disruptive potential today as the internet did in the mid-1990s.  So what does education have to do with Bitcoin?

Solar business employs more Americans than coal mining

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

As its production costs have fallen far enough in some regions to compete economically with fossil fuels, companies like Apple are now buying mass quantities of solar power.

Marc Andreessen’s 16 ideas for a more dynamic US economy

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm » Comments Off

In a recent “tweetstorm,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the number of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.”

China has used more concrete in 3 years than the US did in 100 years

February 27th, 2015 at 4:53 pm » Comments Off

Beijing construction 2011 China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 than the United States in the entire 20th century, 6.6 gigatons vs. 4.5 giatons, according to the USGS cement statistics.

Warning: rapid finance sector growth is bad for the economy

February 26th, 2015 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

One huge political issues in recent years has been that Wall Street has done better than Main Street.  the Bank for International Settlements has a new study that shows exactly why rapid finance sector growth is bad for the rest of the economy.

Can coding bootcamps save the day?

February 26th, 2015 at 2:40 pm » Comments Off

It used to be that if you graduated from college with no marketable skills but dreams of a safe career path, you went to law school.  For three years and about $150,000.  Now people skip law school and go to a computer coding bootcamp.  For just three months and $15,000 or less. NOTE:  Anyone interested in […]

Global stocks comparison, 1899 and 2014

February 24th, 2015 at 3:46 pm » Comments Off

The global stock market had a very different look 145 years ago than it does today.  

Silicon Valley investors betting against banks

February 24th, 2015 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

WorldRemit a London-based money transfer startup, has announced a new $100 million funding round, with a reported valuation of more than $500 million.  Silicon Valley venture capital firm TCV, which has previously invested in everyone from Facebook to Spotify and Netflix, will lead this round.

China Mobile zero to 100M 4G subscribers in 14 months

February 20th, 2015 at 3:45 pm » Comments Off

According to the newest data from China Mobile, the company now has just over 100 million 4G subscribers.  This comes only 14 months after the nation’s top telco switched on China’s first 4G network.  

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