Is the Corporation a Dying Business Model?
An investment firm that generously funds startups in their early stages is creating a powerful network of resourceful and experienced businesspeople. Could it replace corporations?
What's the Latest Development?
A California investment firm that generously funds startups has created a wide community of professionals which, by combining the intellectual resources of many small companies, could replace our corporate model of business. Called Y Combinator, the firm's co-founder Paul Graham describes the idea as a 'peer-to-peer replacement' for the traditional company. "Comparing himself to an air-traffic controller, Graham says much of his time is spend making introductions and helping the YC community solve problems within the network."
What's the Big Idea?
Y Combinator principally calls for new business ideas, investing about $18,000 into each startup it wants to fund. It is already responsible for innovative companies like Dropbox and Airbnb which, while certainly benefiting from the seed money, also drew on the unique talent pool of Y Combinator alumni. There are 317 new startups in the latest group of potential companies the firm has decided to fund. "Now," says Graham, "you have 1,000 people you can go to to deal with problems, and you don’t have all the restrictions of a big company."
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Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world's got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around.
- While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
- We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
- Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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