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Only 1 in 20 HBS MBA students use Twitter

I find the quote below from Phil Sanderson fairly incredible - only 1 in 20 HBS MBA students use Twitter! Phil goes on to argue that...

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Rats absolved!

Nothing like a plague and death to draw a little interest on a Sunday morning!

This comparison of the genome of Yersinia pestis - ...

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Japan on the brink...

It seems people on the street in Japan are buying gold, at least in part in anticipation of a Yen collapse. If they are right (and of...

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Word of mouth and the 1.1 effect

This article is mainly about why "growth hacking" is nonsense but half way through, Josh Elman @joshelman is quoted. What he says...

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The IRS makes an important ruling on Bitcoin

The IRS has ruled bitcoin should be treated as property, not as currency, for tax purposes. That could be awkward, as the WSJ points...

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Fortress, Benchmark and Ribbit Buy Stake in Pantera Bitcoin

Our little firm Trade Block (formerly The Genesis Block) that graduates from YCombinator next week will be itching to help these guys...

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Wall Street Wildlife

Why 'waste' money conserving biodiversity? This is something i have genuinely been asked before. In short, we simply can't afford not to.

Environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev estimates that the cost to the world of not preserving ecosystems and biodiversity could be between...…

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Why not apologise for dooring?

The thing I just don't get about this video clip is that neither the cyclist nor the pedestrian apologise to each other.

It strikes me...

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No long tail in VC?

Tomasz Tunguz @ttunguz has written another excellent piece about where VC funds are allocated.

As can be seen in the...

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Jaguars and Lions

James Whatley's @Whatleydude "Five things on Friday" bit.ly/1ilaYcj is always a great read.

This week he had a National Geographic...

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Bill Gates' time management

This article is about leadership and how to organise your time brought to mind a story I was told several years ago about Bill...

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Widest or deepest in groceries

This article focuses on the need for change in the supermarket business. Toward the middle of the piece, Dan Mitchell draws attention...

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The good that starting a business can do

This short post by Bill McNeely is one of the most inspiring things I have read in weeks.

In all the talk about business models and...

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Anonymity good for money but bad for chat?

I was struck by a conversation started by Marc Andreesen on social systems that encourage negative behaviour.

He is entirely right,...

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On blogging

Slicktiger's marvellous, if very sweary, post on the hard work that is old school blogging. He points out two problems:

1. It's just...

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Flypay could help us queue jump

This is a really interesting development. Using NFC or QR to settle a restaurant bill.

It could also work as a pre-order service for...

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Trust and surveillance

Nick Grossman wrote about the changing model of trust recently, pointing out that many new services (like eBay) establish trust by...

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Guiding Cars With Magnets

It's interesting to see Volvo investigating the use of in-road magnets to guide self-driving cars. It would absolutely make it easier...

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Unregulated crowdfunding? No thanks.

This post by Fred Wilson suggests that unregulated crowdfunding would be a good thing. The advantages are clear - it would be open up...

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25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

I remember being hugely excited about first using the JANET network when I was at college at the beginning of the 90s. I was able to send...

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Why the boss gets the corner office

I came across this article via a tweet from Roelof Botha @roelofbotha . The thrust of the article is that multitasking and distractions...

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Information Overload

One of Isaac Asimov’s 1964 predictions for how the world would look in 2014 was that “Mankind will suffer badly from the disease of...

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Nosebleed valuations

This is a new term to me but the underlying common sense of Seth Klarman's comments is unarguable.

The trouble, of course is...

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Brands as content companies

This article by Daniel Newman @danielnewmanUV made me think differently about the relationship between brands and content.

The...

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Why is there no Long Tail in music?

Robert Cookson's @robert_cookson article in the FT is fascinating - it seems Chris Anderson's Long Tail is not happening for music...

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500px launches its Prime service, a new commercial stock photo service

500px has entered the world of commercial photo licensing. They have launched 500px Prime which will give photographers 70% of revenue...

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Collective Intelligence

The internet is just so fantastic. Just when you start taking it for granted you read an article like this...

The thought that a 13...

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Google's Robotics Purchases

When Google went on a robotics buying spree last year, a lot of people wondered what they were up to. But in reality, it is a fairly...

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Adding value to curation

Adam Townsend has an intriguing take on curation; that if it were good enough, that is, if it were personalised to the recipient, it...

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Microsoft walking off a cliff without falling

The "Microsoft's dead" theme is so old and yet the company is so profitable that it is easy to think the company has some way of walking...

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Why Flexcoin and Mt Gox don't matter

Whilst I have huge sympathy for the individuals that have suffered losses from the recent hacks, to focus on the flaws in Bitcoin or...

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