In a new report, the World Health Organization estimates that 7 million souls perished prematurely in 2012 as result of the diseases caused by indoor and outdoor air pollution. That’s one-in-eight of all fatalities that year. The vast majority–more than 5 million–were in Southeast Asia (which includes Indonesia) and the Western Pacific (China and the Philippines). Almost all the deaths occurred in lower- and middle- income countries. … [Read more...] about 1 in 8 Deaths Globally Are Linked To Air Pollution
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Time to Build or Time to Finance?: In April, Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z) declared: “It’s time to build.” But in January, it asserted that “every company will be a fintech company.” Which philosophy reigns supreme? It’s a laudable goal—giving employees a chance to buy a home, or offering retail investors a look at significant upside. But right now, these platforms still work best for large shareholders looking to sell and institutional investors with access to company financials willing to buy. One white-shoe secondary broker recalls a pre-IPO founder who had quietly cashed out enough of her stake to build a $15 million house, yet maintained a corporate policy denying secondary liquidity to her employees—a power imbalance that remains all too common. … [Read more...] about If entrepreneurs and VCs want to build, we first need to rebuild financial markets
"Apple stands alone as the only general-purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to nongaming apps even when they include interactive content," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. … [Read more...] about xCloud, Stadia… Why is Apple barring major gaming services from its App Store?
Look for natural adjacencies If you build cars, even if they are great automobiles, your next product probably is not naturally a spaceship (but never say never!). The same rules apply to enterprise software companies. Your highest probability of success comes from leveraging your past experiences and expertise. If your next product doesn’t align with your current portfolio, ask yourself if you’re well positioned to deliver it. Additionally, your brand and value proposition is established, so an adjacent solution allows you to leverage your past investments in go-to-market and marketing as well. Launching a new product does not mean launching a new company, but rather expanding your value proposition in a natural way. … [Read more...] about Yes, you can launch a new product in the pandemic. Here’s how