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    7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

    Between Udacity’s launch of Nano Degrees, General Assembly’s approach to short form focused skills gap training, and Duolingo’s challenge to language tests, there’s blood in the water around credentialing. Peter Thiel may have made the point about the insufficiency of degrees most loudly, but others are building products to fix the problem.

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    Startups Anonymous: A Motivational Speech From The Greatest Entrepreneur, Muhammad Ali

    “I am the greatest!” Muhammad Ali called himself the greatest — In all of boxing and all the history of boxing, among all the famous older, stronger, better boxers of his time, Ali had the audacity to stand on a podium and call himself the greatest.

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    Startups Anonymous: 17 Things Investors Say When Really What They Mean is, “No”

    One lesson I learned the hard way as a founder is that investors never like to say, “no”. They especially don’t like to say, “yes”, but “no” is almost as difficult to get out of them. Why? Well, because they never want to completely close the door on what could eventually be a massive missed opportunity. Or, if all of a sudden you get a16z to pony up, they want to be able to change…

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    Monetizing Murder: Dailymotion allows major brands to advertise on terror videos

    Some of the West’s most popular brands are advertising on, or next to, macabre extremist videos, some involving beheadings, executions, savage beatings and terrorist propaganda. Pando has found advertisements for Barclays, Microsoft, Amazon, Santander, Travel Supermarket, Samsung, Phones4U, Airbus, Google, and Audi on Dailymotion.com  – served with videos made by jihadi propagandists belonging to known terrorist organizations like ISIS, Al-Quaeda or Rayat al-Tawheed. In one instance, Lipton Iced Tea sponsors a gruesome video in which gun waving mujahedeen display the…
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    SquadUP launches with Millennials in mind to reshape mobile event planning

    We’ve all been there: You’re out with a few friends and one of them decides that an everyone-is-invited barbecue is in order for next weekend. Everyone agrees it’d be great, but now what? At the very least you want to know what everyone’s bringing to the table, maybe even charge them; you’ll want to formalize a date and time, making sure everyone is on the same page and nobody is left out. Enter SquadUP, which hopes to solve all…
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    Startups Anonymous: The Founder Meltdown

    A while ago, I broke down. I cried the hardest I’ve ever cried in my life. Like, ugly cried. My chest was tightening, my heart was going crazy and anxiety was taking hold of me. I asked my girlfriend (who was thankfully with me the entire time I was bawling, God bless her) why I was doing all this when my people only cared about themselves and wouldn’t hesitate to leave once the going gets…

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    Aaron’s afterlife

    When Chelsea Manning released a massive set of confidential material to WikiLeaks in 2010, she did so knowing her actions violated the law, and would later plead guilty to 20 charges against her. She hoped her disclosures would spark public debate on American foreign policy. But what came next was a 35-year prison sentence. Manning’s resolve to accept this ruling is seen by her supporters as a way to highlight the cost of whistleblowing. By facing the consequences, her…
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    James Franco, a pilgrim’s progress

     It is never too late  I advise you all  to become rich and famous. - Leonard Cohen, The Energy of Slaves James Franco has written some poems. Well, who hasn’t? But James Franco’s poems matter because he’s James Franco. Yours don’t, because you’re not. That’s really the key fact about Franco’s poems. They can’t be called good or bad; those distinctions are difficult to make when assessing American free-verse poetry. Almost anyone can write passable free verse, but hardly anyone…
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    You can spy on Google’s spy balloons using regular flight-tracking tools

    Google’s Project Loon — “balloon-powered Internet for everyone” — is something you’ve likely heard about. You might even have read concerns about how they could, in theory at least, be used for spying. But, unless you live near South Island, New Zealand, it’s unlikely you’ll have actually seen one of Google’s fancy hi-tech balloons. If you’re curious where they are, though, it turns out there’s a way to find out.  Even though they fly between 60,000 and 90,ooo…
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    Hip-hop, housewives and hot startups: A guide to Atlanta’s startup scene

    Atlanta: Home to hip-hop, housewives and hot startups. Ok, this post, and the guide embedded below, is really only about the last thing on that list, although many people outside of Atlanta are more familiar with the former: hip-hop and “real” housewives. Of those two things, one makes us proud and one makes us, let’s just say not so proud. Hot startups though—we’ve been busy on that front. I’m in Silicon Valley about once a month and I’m constantly asked,…

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