Is Venture Capital Broken?
From the standpoint of innovation, entrepreneurs may be changing the way they are thinking—they are becoming less ambitious, says Sean Parker, creator of Napster and Facebook.
Sean Parker, the entrepreneur behind Napster and Facebook now turned investor, was talking about the state of the venture capital industry last week when he said: "There's too much money chasing too few deals." At 30, Mr. Parker, who was recently portrayed by Justin Timberlake in "The Social Network," has been thinking a lot about innovation—or the lack of it — in the United States. And he’s come to a depressing conclusion about the money industry that he says used to be "the engine of innovation" for this country. "The risk-reward doesn’t work out in favor of putting money into venture capital anymore," he said.
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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