Tennis star Serena Williams says her five years as a venture investor have helped inform her newest entrepreneurial foray—a fine jewelry line with pieces priced from $299 to $10,000. advertisement advertisement Williams, who revealed in April that she’d quietly been investing in early stage companies since 2014, tells Fast Company that the experience of investing has made her keenly aware of the importance of business structure and strong partnerships. Serena Ventures is an investor in more than two dozen companies, including Tonal, Brandless, The Wing, MasterClass, and Andela. “If you’re going to partner with someone, make sure you have good partners,” Williams says. She also notes: “Make sure you have a great business plan on how to do it and how to structure it.” The jewelry line, which Williams launched via Instagram last week, is produced in collaboration with K.P. Sanghvi, a global diamond manufacturer. Williams says the jewels … [Read more...] about What Serena Williams has learned from venture investing
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?
Wi-Fi signals are constantly zipping through the air around us, invisible to human eyes. But what do they look like to machines? advertisement advertisement Amsterdam-based artist and designer Richard Vijgen has created a contraption that depicts them. His device records and draws Wi-Fi signals in real time, depicting the electromagnetic landscape around it at any given moment. Wi-Fi Impressionist, is composed of an antenna that picks up the signals, a tiny computer to process them, and a device that can draw a representation of those signals. As the antenna scans the world around it, it picks up on devices sending data through Wi-Fi. The computer then translates the horizontal and vertical angle of the antenna combined with the strength of the signal into a point on the page—effectively creating a visual illustration of each signal. “Once positioned and oriented, a drawing becomes denser over time depending on the density of networks around it,” writes … [Read more...] about Beautiful drawings reveal millions of Wi-Fi signals all around us
If you were on Twitter early this morning, you probably noticed the hashtag #ImpeachmentDay was already trending before most people were awake, but it’s not because actual impeachment proceedings are happening yet. Rather, today marks the first day of open hearings on the inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In other words, we’re still at the stage where Congress is trying to decide if the president’s past behavior has risen to the level of an impeachable offense. (To recap, Trump has been accused of exerting his influence to pressure Ukraine’s president to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, aka a political rival.) For today’s hearings, lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from William Taylor, an ambassador and chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. The impeachment hearings are set to begin today … [Read more...] about How to watch the impeachment hearings live online without cable
Sending holiday cards may seem like just one more thing on your to-do list this month. But if you rush through it, you’re missing a chance to really nurture social ties and build goodwill. advertisement advertisement “The mortal sin of holiday cards is to just sign your name,” says Samara O’Shea, author of For the Love of Letters and a former professional letter writer. People take this approach because “they feel obligated to send Christmas cards, and this is the easy way to do it.” But it’s a false economy. The easiest way to do it is not to send cards in the first place. If you’re going to bother buying cards, signing them, addressing them, and sending them, why not take a few more seconds to do it right? “What an opportunity to get your brand in front of someone–to communicate with someone whatever your values are,” says William Arruda, a personal branding consultant and author of Ditch, Dare, Do. … [Read more...] about Transform Your Holiday Cards Into Something Actually Useful