Corporate VCs simply see what financial VCs don’t:
semiconductor startups often are a good bet with promising growth opportunities. Corporate VCs know their market best and therefore have a better bargaining position to invest at a set price, help focus the startup on value opportunities and mitigate risk.
Corporate VCs are also effective funders, as they can bring more to the table than just financials, such as seasoned industry perspective, global reach and access to broad and deep resources that can help shape the startup’s future and enable them to focus on their cutting-edge inventions.
via Applied Innovation » Blog Archive » The Changing Face of Semiconductor Investment.
The researchers created the junctions in a small furnace at the UW. First, they inserted a powder mixture of the two materials into a chamber heated to 900 degrees Celsius (1,652 F). Hydrogen gas was then passed through the chamber and the evaporated atoms from one of the materials were carried toward a cooler region of the tube and deposited as single-layer crystals in the shape of triangles.
via Research Alert: August 27, 2014 | Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design Community.
The MindRDR application appears as a line on the bottom of the Glass’s display. As the user concentrates, the line moves up to the top, at which point it snaps the picture that the user is viewing.
via Embedded: Thought-Controlled Camera Confirms Io… | ARM Connected Community.
“The main implications would be that bilayer graphene could be used as an efficient material for solar cells.”
“One could think of structures with many graphene bilayers on top of each other that would absorb a large fraction of the light hitting it”.
via Deeper Dive – Graphene Research – Aug. 27 2014 | Systems Design Engineering Community.
Three years of record low rain and snow have left more than 80 percent of California in extreme drought.
With reservoirs at less than half capacity and water supplies to the nation’s most productive agricultural region rationed, well drilling has doubled and even tripled in some counties.
via California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations – Bloomberg.
Senator Paul talked to us on a wide range of topics, including the rise of Bitcoin, his fight to audit the Federal Reserve, his views on the ongoing Iraq crisis and if and when he might announce intentions to run for President in 2016.
via Senator Rand Paul—The Alpha Pages.
Congress has never been more popular than it was just after 9/11.
Approval of the institution shot from 42 to 84 percent within weeks of the tragedy as the public rallied behind political leaders. It was an astonishing sets of gains for Congress, but like most surges that take place in times of crisis, it did not last.
via When Congress was popular | TheHill.
So the Delaney Act is about pulling out a wedge inhibiting access to a trillion dollars, more or less, and about maintaining our roads and bridges.
It does so by offering a good deal for corporations plus shrewd leverage.
It does so without sticking us taxpayers, even contingently, with the tab. We voters are the big winners.
via Happy Labor Day: How To Bring A Trillion Dollars, And Policy Sanity, Back To America.
“Currency depreciations or crises are caused by substantial misalignments between the real value of the currency and the fundamentals of the country”
via How to spot the signs of the next currency crisis – FTAdviser.com.
It would be great if instead of chocolate, you regularly craved vegetables. And it actually can happen …
via The complete guide to getting yourself to like healthy food – Quartz.
The export-oriented economies of Japan and its Asian clients achieved their highest growth when most Chinese were still wearing drab Mao suits.
via India's Foolish Crush on Japan – Bloomberg View.
Companies are so focused on claiming their share of the “value chain” that they’ve lost sight of the needs of the people who are actually supposed to be using these services.
via Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work – Quartz.
“.. promises are a risky strategy”
“Make the promises you can keep, but you don’t need to exceed them. Just do what you say you’ll do.”
via How Promises Work – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.
When high-impact roles are filled with those who merely think they’re the best and the brightest, society pays a price.
via People With an Inflated View of Themselves Get Others to Believe It, Too – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.
The president’s response to the Ukraine crisis is just one element of a broader foreign policy approach that is drawing criticism from both opponents and allies who fear the White House is being too tentative in the face of global threats.
via News from The Associated Press.
.. with little more than 60 days until the midterm elections, a release of the report could leave Democrats vulnerable to attack from Republicans and other critics who say its details about U.S. intelligence gathering might jeopardize national security.
via Nerves fray over CIA report's release | TheHill.
“Dutch disease”, coined after the discovery of the world’s largest deposit of natural gas in the Dutch province of Groningen, in 1959.
Dutch gas exports soared, bringing in huge amounts of foreign currency and causing the value of the florin to rise sharply. The prices of Dutch products on foreign markets rose, while the cost of imports fell, and Dutch industry declined.
Latin America today is in a similar position.
via China's economic empire – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition.