[youtube MOuqGmbQy-k] Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a versatile artist. How else can you explain a guy who can cross seamlessly across The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, to 50/50, Don Jon and a note-perfect adaptation of a YouTube classic? The actor’s next big budget showcase is next year’s The Walk, a 3-D rendition of Philippe Petit’s infamous tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers. advertisement advertisement But before all that big budget Hollywood action, you can also see him in a new short film called “In a City,” co-directed and created by the actor and his collaborative production company hitRECord. The film was crowd sourced from a global collection of cinematographers, musicians and lyricists and explores the rhythm of daily life for the people of Cairo, Rio De Janeiro, London, Prague, Tokyo, Sheffield and Los Angeles. Gordon-Levitt also partnered with Samsung, a sponsor of the film, shooting it in 4K with the new Samsung NX1 … [Read more...] about How Joseph Gordon-Levitt Creatively Crowdsourced His New Short Film
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advertisement advertisement The recently released Forbes list of America’s billionaires is chock-full of the usual suspects–oil-magnates, captains of the computer industry, and world-famous financiers. But one person seems incongruous among the bunch. Tied with the ever-present and ever self-promoting Donald Trump as the 153rd wealthiest person in the country is Ty Warner. For those of you who don’t recognize or remember the beanie baby craze of the 1990s, Mr. Warner is the creator of that era-defining product. Mr. Warner has since expanded his empire to include real estate and other holdings, but the foundation of his wealth was this simple stuffed animal. On March 10th, Rovio, the company that created Angry Birds (Apple’s most popular app), announced that it received $42 million in Series A venture capital funding–just a day after the Forbes list was announced. When a rapidly growing and profitable firm takes on venture capital, it clearly has … [Read more...] about Will the Angry Birds Phenomenon Match the Beanie Baby Craze?
The world is smart, and it is getting smarter. advertisement advertisement Deborah Magid at IBM’s Venture Group knows this better than most. A 12-year IBM veteran and Silicon Valley insider, she helped found their SmartCamp program, a three-year-old competition designed to identify entrepreneurs around the world who are aligned with IBM’s Smarter Planet vision. With events in cities across the globe, including Moscow, Warsaw, Rio, Istanbul, and Cape Town, SmartCamp is a round-robin competition that brings together the most interesting new businesses in each geographic region to trade and present ideas, get coaching, and connect with other smart people. “This year we held 20 events,” says Magid, noting the rise of global entrepreneurism. Magid recently discussed with Fast Company three SmartCamp companies she loves, all from outside the U.S. Kuala Lumpur: a remote landslide-sensing system The Malaysian company TMC uses mapping, 3-D scanning, and smart … [Read more...] about Smarter Oil And Landslide Predicting: Here’s How The Internet Of Things Is Changing The World
advertisement advertisement Around the country, a new career-minded education standard is slowly edging out the old academic focus on Lord Of the Flies book summaries and five-paragraph essays. So far 42 states have pledged to adopt the (coercively) voluntary standards championed by President Obama, the National Governors Association, and billionaire education crusader, Bill Gates. While educators are slowly dipping their feet into the pool of critical thinking, persuasive communications, and exploratory learning, the Gates foundation is looking to swing the direction of the standards with a mega-investment in digital learning. Gates has previously financially supported YouTube sensation Sal Khan, funded the game-centered Quest2Learn school, and most recently, invested millions more in educational video games, hoping their addictive quality can lead to scientific curiosity. And this week the Gates Foundation announced $20 million in grantspress release, “$2.6 million … [Read more...] about Bill Gates Takes On Education’s Biggest Bureaucratic Beast With Video Games