How exponential change helps explain virus transmission This visualization effectively explains a number of things, both visually and mathematically. To start with, it clearly lays out how virus transmission works and describes exponential change, showing how it’s about trending—not fixed—numbers. It also explains the difference between exponential curves and logistic curves, particularly how all logistic curves look like exponential curves in the beginning, until they reach their inflection point. The video’s emphasis that, “If people are sufficiently worried, then there’s a lot less to worry about” is the cleanest description of the need for social distancing I’ve read yet. —Eric Rodenbeck, creative director, Stamen … [Read more...] about The best charts for tracking coronavirus, according to visualization experts
Seven years later, much of that initial promise seems optimistic given the failure of the Arab Spring, the collapse of Syria and Libya, and the emergence of the vicious terrorism of ISIS. But one of the cornerstone projects to emerge out of Obama’s shift in tone, a high-powered initiative to spur entrepreneurship overseas, still holds out hope for the prospect of a new era. The promise of opportunity and hope can serve an alternative to the “siren call” of terrorist organizations, the Obama administration believes. Give young people the chance to build their own futures, and they will choose to create rather than destroy. … [Read more...] about Can Entrepreneurship Fight Violent Extremism?
Elissa Freiha, Angel Investor, 27, UAE Company: WOMENA. Sources startups for direct angel investment by its women members, and educates women with resources on how to add value to startups.CV: Emirati-American who grew up in Paris. Graduated from the American University of Paris.Accolades: First woman to win Investor of the Year at the Arabian Business Startup Awards. Arabian Business’s 100 Most Influential Arabs in the World.Notable Investments: AlemHealth (now a Y Combinator company). Bayzat. Souqalmal.Inspiration: The funding ecosystem in the Middle East is still nascent, and investors used to working with traditional asset classes don’t always understand how to find and assess startups.How the focus on women came about: Many family offices in the Middle East are run by men, who were skeptical about what Frieha and her cofounder, both women and just 23 when they started, could teach them.What Middle Eastern entrepreneurs could do with Silicon Valley money: “A … [Read more...] about These Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Middle East’s Startup Scene