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The University of Nothing – The Bylaws

I’ve said several times on this blog that the education system is broken and is in desperate need of change. I now think we are finally starting to see the emergence of a new era in education reform. One led by the private sector. The issue I still struggle with is how to balance the intersection, or lack thereof, between cutting edge methods of education …

Will.i.am is the Man – Creating a New Era of Music Media Platforms

I always knew there was something super advanced and different about the Black Eyed Peas. My first sign was when I saw them perform at Intel’s private launch party for their Core 2 Duo processor at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (thanks to Marc Harrison – pictures below). It was the first time I ever experienced a collision of mainstream music, technology, …

The internet is growing up. Please welcome NYTimes to Social Media and the Social Internet

Consider this (courtesy of Wikipedia): September 18, 1851 – The New York Times was founded (although originally named New-York Daily Times).Newspaper. 1995 – The Times has a strong web presence and is ranked one of the top sites. The content is generated by the Times staff. March, 2005 – The New York Times Website has 555 Million page views. Content is still generated by Times staff. 2008 – The domain nytimes.com attracts at least 146 million visitors annually according to a Compete.com study. …

Are You In College And Thinking About Your Career?

Fred Wilson recently wrote a post about one of his portfolio companies and its search for interns in the NYC area. In the Post… Greg Yardley, founder/CEO of our portfolio company Pinch Media tells the following story about graduating from college and facing the career question: When I finished school, I had a MA in Russian history and absolutely no idea what to do with …

Educating youth with subject matter that matters

A while back I wrote about the relevance (or lack their of) of the systematic approaches taken by the public school systems and large universities. I would argue that practical and relevant hands-on approaches need to be implemented to better educate the youth in such a competitive global economy. In many instances, parents recognize the need for specific types of education. In fact, one of …

Fred Wilson – “And Who Do The Other 17% Think Will Win?”

The anticipation of who will be the democratic nominee is growing. Fred Wilson posed a great question today in his post titled “And Who Do The Other 17% Think Will Win?” “My other thought when looking at this chart was “if these were two stocks, what would people be doing with them?” – Fred Wilson Behind any investment, their must be substance. Which candidate is …