When I first met Marc Ecko, the designer-publisher-VC had just been onstage at Uncubed telling an audience of New York techies about how much the word entrepreneur sucked: Hard to say, hard to spell, and “it’s French.” The ecosystem needs a new vocabulary, he said, and his venture capital fund has its beginning in as its name: Artists & Instigators. advertisement advertisement With partners Wayne Kimmel and Tony Bifano, Artists & Instigators has invested over $30 million in 36 companies, with a focus on tech-enabled consumer brands, from the lux-electric carmaker Fisker Automotive to credit-card bypassing Dwolla and way-sexier-than-Craigslist Zaarly. They haven’t been the lead investor in these companies; what they add is robust networks, marketing savvy, and strategic positioning. But that is all standard fare in the VC racket, part of the continued conversation between founders, VCs, and the people snooping on them, from the Valley to the … [Read more...] about How Marc Ecko Is Rebranding Venture Capital With Artists & Instigators
Do a Google search for “YouTube for Good” and you won’t get too many relevant hits. There certainly isn’t a landing page on YouTube. But YouTube can be a platform of change, even in the midst of thousands of cat videos and people doing bedroom renditions of Beyonce songs. So says Hunter Walk, the director of product management at YouTube and head of YouTube’s Social Good Initiative Team. advertisement advertisement I spoke to Walk at the Social Innovation Summit, where he explained what YouTube for Good (founded in 2011) is all about. “It’s really more about YouTube as a whole than a separate program. It’s comprised of some efforts to ensure that nonprofits, educators, and activists are as successful on YouTube as entertainers, comedians, and athletes,” he explains. If it’s not a separate program, where can we find YouTube for Good in the larger YouTube universe? One place to start is the YouTube Nonprofit Program, … [Read more...] about YouTube For Good Wants You To Watch World-Changing Films Alongside Cat Videos
When Wall Street executives received hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses after receiving billions in government bailout money during the financial crisis, the popular reaction was outrage. Yet some on Wall Street were actually outraged by the outrage: The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitchforks and their hangman nooses,” said former AIG CEO Robert Benmosche. advertisement advertisement In the wake of the crisis and recession, despite the fact that nearly all the gains of the recovery have gone straight into the bank accounts of the wealthy, America’s billionaires keep doing things like comparing themselves to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany and talking about the ever-popular pitchforks. Many aggressively denounce policies designed to redistribute wealth as “class warfare.” It’s been noted extensively that if there is any class warfare happening, it’s the wealthy … [Read more...] about Where Are These Pitchforks That Billionaires Are So Scared Of?
Check out all of our 2019 Innovation by Design winners and honorees here, and read more coverage of the winning designs here. advertisement In the year following the horrific February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, 1,200 children were killed by guns in the United States. But while the Parkland shooting made headlines for weeks, many of these other young victims received little attention. Now, an interactive website called Since Parkland aims to tell each one of their stories. The Trace, a digital news organization that covers gun violence, teamed with the Miami Herald and 200 teenage reporters to gather as much information as possible about each child, sourcing mostly from online obituaries, GoFundMe campaigns, and social media accounts. Some of the more advanced young journalists also reached out to the kids’ family members and friends. The teens “bring with them an undeniable moral weight to their reporting,” says Akoto Ofori-Atta (below, second … [Read more...] about Since Parkland pays tribute to 1,200 American children killed by guns
In what is thought to be a first, a teenager who acquired a vaping-related lung illness that has been on the rise across America has received a double-lung transplant to save his life, reports Yahoo. The teenager, a healthy, athletic 16-year-old male in Michigan only first came down with symptoms of EVALI, or “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury,” in early September. Just over two months later, his EVALI worsened to the point that he was “days” away from death if not for the double-lung transplant, his doctors say. When the teen first reported with symptoms, doctors thought it could be pneumonia. However, as the teen’s symptoms worsened doctors diagnosed him with EVALI, and soon had no choice but to put him on life support. In a press release, Dr. Hassan Nemeh, a thoracic surgery specialist who led the radical procedure, called the effects of EVALI an “evil”: What I saw in his lungs was something I’ve never … [Read more...] about ‘This is an evil I haven’t faced before,’ says surgeon of vaping-disease teen who received double-lung transplant