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Offshore boat nurtures non-US tech startups

May 30th, 2012  |  Source: Springwise.com

Located close to Silicon Valley, Blueseed aims to be the first offshore floating startup community for firms whose employees do not have US work permits.

With plans to launch between the third quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, Blueseed will consist of a large vessel located 12 nautical miles from the coast of California, in non-territorial waters.


The Pennsylvania Ghost Town That's Been Burning For 50 Years

May 27th, 2012  |  Source: Businessinsider.com

It's not completely clear how the fire started, but most historical accounts hold that burning trash in a landfill near an abandoned strip mine ignited an exposed coal vein. The fire spread throughout a labyrinth of coal mines beneath the town, creating a giant underground inferno. 

That was 50 years ago today. 

Half a century later, Centralia, Pennsylvania still burns.  


How aid got smarter

May 26th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

 

Academics, donors and some aid agencies have begun measuring what works. Development is becoming a science

I knew I was going to love this job here,” says Anthony Lake, Unicef’s executive director, pointing at his heart beneath his suit jacket. “But,” he points to his head, “it is fascinating here too. There are no boring bits.”


Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves

May 22nd, 2012  |  Source: CasePlace.org

An insider points out the holes that still exist on Wall Street and in the banking system. Exile on Wall Street is a gripping read for anyone with an interest in business and finance, U.S. capitalism, the future of banking, and the root causes of the financial meltdown. 


A Harvard MBA's radical quest to erase his debt

May 16th, 2012  |  Source: Fortune

B-school grad Joe Mihalic went on an extreme financial diet to pay down over $90,000 in debt in just seven months and charted his story through an anonymous blogging project.

By John A. Byrne


Not always value for money

May 13th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

 

Kai Peters, the chief executive of Ashridge Business School, tells Della Bradshaw, Business Education Editor, that students are not always seeing a good return on their investment, and that French schools have a competitive advantage over British ones because of their ability to merge. 

 

 

Video here: http://video.ft.com/v/1634102653001/Not-always-value-for-money


Why I Hate VC Firms

May 3rd, 2012  |  Source: nxtbookmedia

 

A special guest post by Michael Biggerstaff, Chief Inspiration Officer of Nxtbook Media

 


Brazil’s Vale sees market for 100 mega ships

April 12th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

Vale has signaled it is prepared to commission more than 100 of its controversial giant Valemax ships as the biggest producer of iron ore battles with Australia-based miners for the key Chinese market.

The Brazilian miner expects Chinese appetite for iron ore to remain strong despite the country’s economic slowdown, providing the demand to justify the ships, which rank as the world’s largest dry bulk carriers with decks the size of three football pitches.


Jaguar to launch first sports car in four decades

April 6th, 2012  |  Source: Globe and Mail

Jaguar is taking on German premium carmakers such as Porsche by producing the F-Type, its first sports car in four decades.

The UK car brand, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said at the New York auto show that it planned to unveil a production version of a two-seat convertible later this year. Jaguar previewed its plans for a sports car last September in Frankfurt as a concept vehicle, the C-X16.

The car will be made at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, and go on sale in 2013.


Sturm Ruger a company that can't keep up with demand for its product.

April 3rd, 2012  |  Source: Oakshire Financial

However what is more surprising, perhaps, than a gunmaker experiencing such heated demand for weaponry (are we preparing for a wild west breakdown of civil law?) is the fact that a $950 million company that's been in business for over 60 years, that knows its product and its customer base as well as any company can, and that reports no breakdown whatever in its production capability, could be caught off guard in such dramatic fashion and see orders go unfilled.

 

After receiving over a million orders in the first quarter, Ruger CEO Mike Fifer said:




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