Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jun
27
2011

Pure awesome All-American fun

27, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

Disneyland

By Katie Kieffer Minnie and Mickey Mouse Apple pie. Baseball. And Disneyland? I never thought of visiting Disneyland as “All-American” recreation on par with watching a baseball game—beer in one hand, hot dog in the other. But, last week, I vacationed in California. Before I left, my friend insisted, “You have to go to Disneyland. It’s practically un-American not to go.”

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Jun
20
2011

Entrepreneurship helps animals

20, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

Vicuña

By Katie Kieffer Koala I’m going out on a limb with the koalas to say that entrepreneurs are better caretakers of animals and endangered species than politicians who call themselves environmentalists. Last month, the journal Nature published a study showing that mathematical models for determining species extinction are unreliable and may be leading us to overestimate extinction probabilities by up to 160 percent. The study’s authors encourage the scientific community to not become complacent, but, rather, adopt better mathematical models for forecasting extinction rates.

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Jun
12
2011

Fear not, buy an iPad

12, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

iPad

By Katie Kieffer iPad If Steve Jobs’ name were Lindsay Lohan and he were looking for work starring as the wife of John Gotti Jr. in a mobster film, confrontation with the law would be the best thing that ever happened to Apple. We all know Lohan can serve jail time and then spend weeks defending herself in court on new charges only to walk away flashing an ankle monitoring bracelet above her five-inch heels and … drum roll … land an acting gig next to John Travolta. For LiLo, fighting the law appears to be a remunerative gold star on her resume. For tech companies like Apple, not so much.

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Jun
01
2011

Why college is not for everyone

01, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

Peter Thiel. Image credit: "TEDx Silicon Valley - Peter Thiel presentation" by {link url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyinghorsepix/4186550363/"}Suzie Katz{/link} on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

Peter Thiel is rocking the boat of higher education. The libertarian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and co-founder of PayPal is sending liberal college administrators into a tizzy with his latest push to encourage young innovators to ditch college for two years and pursue entrepreneurship.

Last week, Thiel awarded 20 young people with “20 Under 20” Thiel Fellowships: $100,000 and two years of mentorship to develop entrepreneurial ventures in science and technology. Continue reading

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