TED Teams Up With PBS On Ideas For Education
First time accepted submitter edwardins writes "TED has teamed up with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York public broadcaster WNET to create an hour long special called, 'TED Talks Education.' From the article: 'The Corporation for Public Broadcasting paid for the show's $1 million costs under the auspices of an initiative that addresses the high school drop-out problem in the United States. "It was the perfect marriage of ideas that matter and our core value of education," said Patricia Harrison, the corporation's chief executive.'"
Bar Power Is A Nightlife App To Help You Be Less Of A Douchebag At Bars
Once you’ve had a few drinks at a bar it’s easy to let loose and blow off steam. Unfortunately, while you’re having fun, you could end up annoying others around you, namely the staff at the venue you’re at. By acting like a fool, you’re jeopardizing your future visits, since bartenders tend to remember who was a jerk and who was a great customer. A project at our Disrupt Hackathon called “Bar Power” is an app that will remind you to “not be a douchebag.” It’s somewhat of a game, walking you through nice things to do when you enter a bar. For example, the app will suggest that you say hi to the bartender and introduce yourself. If you do it and mark it as down in the app, you get some karma points. The really interesting part of the app comes into play when you’ve done something wrong. Did you drop a glass? Fall down? Mark that down, too. Naturally, you’ll lose those karma points that you gained by being the perfect customer. I chatted with the team who built it, Patricia ...
Autistic Workers Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs
For those with Autism, the social isolation of staring at a computer screen all day may be a welcoming environment. NPR has an uplifting story about how engineers with the socially challenging Aspergers syndrome are thriving in technology jobs. “We’ve got this one guy, for example; his productivity is three times as productive as the person doing his job who did not have cognitive disabilities before him. And his error rate is 2 percent. He is 98 percent accurate. He’s a phenomenal worker,” explained Alliance Data Vice President, Jim Pierce, who has hired a dozen workers with intellectual disabilities. Aspergers syndrome is considered a “high-functioning” disorder on the Autism spectrum; while those with Aspergers may have trouble recognizing emotions and acting in accord with social convention, the are more often able to hyper-focus on technical tasks. “They may really flourish at engineering type task or computer design, where their interaction with people is somewhat limited,” ...
Patricia McCormick, Bullfighter Who Defied Gender Roles, Dies at 83
Ms. McCormick, the first woman from North America to be a professional bullfighter, performed in hundreds of bullfights in the 1950s and received top billing in stadiums worldwide.
Considering Convertible Debt? Don't Sell Yourself Short
Editor's note: Patricia Nakache is a general partner at Trinity Ventures where she invests in early stage social commerce and entertainment companies. The prevailing wisdom among entrepreneurs these days is that they should initially fund their startups with a $1-2 million convertible note. The logic is that raising a convertible note, even a capped one (as most are), is less dilutive, and perhaps faster, than raising a priced round from an institutional venture capital firm that typically seeks a minimum ownership level. But in many cases founders are shocked at the dilution they suffer when, after having raised a convertible note, they raise their first priced round. Too late, some realize they would have been better off skipping the note and raising a full series A right off the bat.