advertisement advertisement Eric Kuhn, 41, is the founder and CEO of FoundersCard, which offers networking opportunities, discounts, and perks for entrepreneurs and innovators. Since its founding at the end of 2009, FoundersCard, which is profitable, has been growing steadily–but more slowly than Kuhn might let it, since part of its value comes from its exclusivity. How’d you get the idea for FoundersCard? It was when I was on the roadshow for Varsity Books [his first company], which was going public, back in the Internet 1.0 days. The investment bankers were coordinating all the travel. Every night I stayed in a different city. I remember staying at amazing hotels: the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons. I remember talking to [the bankers], asking, How much does this cost? It turned out they could travel in this kind of style because they received these incredible deals because of who their companies were. That struck me as odd, that it was the investment … [Read more...] about Fast Talk: How FoundersCard Brings Exclusivity To The Startup Set
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India and Australia, whose main sporting rivalry is on the cricket pitch, switch codes to soccer at the Asian Cup on Monday with Australia the overwhelming favourites to hand out the equivalent of an innings victory.Australia are also among the favourites to lift the Asian Cup while India, appearing in the tournament for the first time in 27 years, are just hoping to escape the kind of beating Australia have just suffered in the Ashes series against England.Everyone involved in the India squad, from coach Bob Houghton downwards, however, knows that some decent performances against three of Asia's top sides, Australia, South Korea and Bahrain in their Group C matches, could have a big impact on soccer in the sub-continent.For well-documented historical, cultural, social and organisational reasons going back to the beginning of organised sport in India, soccer has never been the country's top sport, giving way to hockey and cricket.FIFA president Sepp Blatter said again this week that … [Read more...] about Indian revolution begins with Socceroos test
Language is more than just a series of words strung together. A sentence must have some essential structure, some system of rules governing words and clauses–a grammar. You don’t have to be Strunk or White to recognize this system at work; it’s automatic in the brain. In Noam Chomsky’s famous example, people know that the meaningless sentence “colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is grammatically correct the very first time they see it. advertisement advertisement Psychologist Neil Cohn of University of California at San Diego believes comic strips operate the same way. Far from just a series of panels strung together, comics represent to Cohn a coherent, complex “visual language.” His research over the years–culminating in a new book called The Visual Language of Comics (Bloomsbury)–suggests that our brains register the presence of a grammatical system in the funny pages just as they would in a book’s pages. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Comic Strips
Navid Khonsari was 10 years old when the Iranian Revolution began. advertisement advertisement “My grandfather actually took me out to walk in the early parts of the revolution,” he says, recalling tanks rolling through streets and protesters filling the air with chants. Khonsari eventually fled with his family to Canada. But the revolution continues to influence his life: The 44-year-old is putting his memories into a new video game called 1979 Revolution, which transports players directly inside the Iranian conflict. Khonsari has a deep pedigree in the gaming world, having directed multiple games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise as well as the first two Max Payne games, but he says creating this game is different–it’s personal. The central character in the game is a young man named Reza who is neither political nor religious, but inspired by the atmosphere of change. The gameplay, which is similar to Grand Theft Auto, includes guiding characters … [Read more...] about Can A Video Game About The 1979 Iranian Revolution Create A Revolution In Gaming?