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Alix O’Neill – The Wolves of Silicon Valley: how megalomaniacs in hoodies became tech’s answer to Wall Street

Free food, sleep pods and graffiti walls. Few places are so enshrined in urban myth as Facebook, Google and other companies of their ilk. Silicon Valley has long been considered the Neverland of corporate life – a place where office slides and oversized Lego figures are as ubiquitous as water coolers. But what’s it really like to work at one …

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David H. Freedman – Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Matt Krisiloff is in a small, glass-walled conference room off the lobby of Y Combinator’s office in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, shouting distance from some of the country’s wealthiest startups, many of which Y Combinator has nurtured and helped fund. Krisiloff, who manages the operations of the tech incubator’s program for very early-stage companies, is explaining why it …

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It’s All About Food – Eugene Wang with Susan Carskadon and Michael Neeley – 05.31.16

Part I: Eugene Wang, Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood

Eugene Wang grew up immersed in the vegetarian food business. For 20 + years his family has led the way in quality manufacturing of vegetarian food and distributing it throughout Asia and in North America. He took all he learned and in 1996, began consulting and leading food companies in the vegan and vegetarian food categories. Since 2004, his vision for launching the first Vegan Seafood has manifested into a viable category innovation lauded by the press and social media thought leaders, as well as natural trade industry leaders. The Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood phenomena has brought him the accolade ‘Vegan Visionary’.

Eugene is an experienced entrepreneur and leader. His broad scope of professional experience makes him uniquely qualified to assist vegetarian/vegan companies to the next level of success. For example, as President of Super Elephant, Taiwan, in 2004-2010, he acquired national distribution for the top US natural distributor, UNFI, where he became highly skilled in all aspects of developing sales in the natural and specialty marketplace in Asia for leading US natural product companies. In 2001, he founded a software company in Silicon Valley that built web-based CRM software, and in 1999, he joined Sherpa Research Limited, Tokyo, to spearhead a leading Japanese company into the Chinese market by developing important alliances and creating proactive, strategic marketing plans. Mr. Wang started his career in 1995, at a management consulting firm in New York City, shortly after earning his MBA from Columbia University, Columbia Business School, New York.
Susan Carskadon, Sophie’s Kitchen Marketing, PR, Social Media, Advertising
Susan Carskadon has been launching state-of-the-art products in the natural and mainstream industries, domestically and internationally, for over 35 years. Her specialty is taking little known, new concepts to full consumer visibility.
Part II: Michael Neeley, The Conscious Life Summit 2016
Michael Neeley is a former professional actor and medieval knight turned writer, motivational speaker, personal development coach, author of the upcoming book, The Art of Forgetting, and host of the highly-rated new podcast, Consciously Speaking. Michael is a student of Buddhism and is a certified Dharma teacher and meditation guide. He is committed to living a conscious lifestyle and helping guide others to do the same. He’d like to personally invite you to The Conscious Life Summit 2016, where he will be hosting 24 guest experts, including the amazing Caryn Hartglass, herself. It begins this Friday, June 3rd and runs through June 10th. It’s online, and it’s free.

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Sarah Zhang – DNA GOT A KID KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL—AND IT’LL HAPPEN AGAIN

The situation, odd as it may sound, played out like this. Colman has genetic markers for cystic fibrosis, and kids with the inherited lung disease can’t be near each other because they’re vulnerable to contagious infections. Two siblings with cystic fibrosis also attended Colman’s middle school in Palo Alto, California in 2012. So Colman was out, even though he didn’t …

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Nellie Bowles – Silicon Valley braces itself for a fall: ‘There’ll be a lot of blood’

A sharply dressed French investor is leaning against a doorway, arms folded and his expression slightly bemused. Philippe Suchet is considering the latest raft of hopeful new technology entrepreneurs that have presented at 500 Startups – a major hothouse for up-and-coming Silicon Valley talent. There’s no shortage of enthusiasm and ideas in the valley, but Suchet is sceptical. “Things have …

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Tana Ganeva – Guess What? You Can Pay $600 a Month to be Homeless in San Francisco

In the past few years, San Francisco’s massive rents have displaced long-time residents and worsened the city’s already epic homelessness problem, sending more people into encampments or forcing them to live in cars or doubled up. Now, residents have the opportunity to experience that glamorous lifestyle by paying $600 a month to live in a FedEx truck. The SF Weekly reports [3] that an …

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Adam Taggart – The Death Of Hopium

As many readers know, I spent 15 years working in Silicon Valley before partnering up with Chris to start Peak Prosperity. I got my MBA at Stanford in 1999 when the dot-com bubble was at its zenith, and worked for both a VC-funded start-up as well as one of the biggest Internet juggernauts (Yahoo!). I lived in Palo Alto, the central core of the …

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JIM RUSSELL – What the Rust Belt Can Teach Us About White Flight, Gentrification, and Brain Drain

The dying cities of the Rust Belt shouldn’t have brain gain. But they do. Real estate appreciation within an urban core suffering from demographic decline doesn’t make any sense. Yet these neighborhoods exist in places such as Buffalo and Pittsburgh. To be young, college-educated, and white means to flee where manufacturing used to rule. Boom goes Detroit. Concerning migration, expect the unexpected in America’s …

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The Gary Null Show – 09.17.15

Prof. David Vine is an associate professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington DC where his research focuses on US foreign and military policy, militarization and human rights, race and ethnicity, and other related topics. He is a steering member of the Network of Concern Anthropolgists which published a text he co-authored: The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or Notes on Demilitarizing American Society. David is a frequent contributor to Tom Dispatch and Foreign Policy in Focus, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian, Mother Jones and others. His just released book is “Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America” which dismantles the myth that the US’s military expansion around the world makes us safer and more secure. His website is DavidVine.net

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Lillian Mongeau – Silicon Valley’s Skyrocketing Housing Costs Shut Teachers Out

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Skyrocketing housing prices in Silicon Valley, the red-hot center of tech entrepreneurship and one of the most highly educated enclaves in the world, are making it hard for teachers to call the area home. “Housing is one of the biggest reasons we lose teachers from one year to the next,” said Dave Villafana, president of the …