On May 19, 2014, The New Yorker magazine’s James Surowiecki wrote “Epic Fails of the Startup World” about how entrepreneurs tend to be over confident or optimistic about the likely success of their startup companies. Failing has become a cult in Silicon Valley. Past failure may predict future failure. Most may try but few will succeed.
Alec Wilkinson wrote “A Voice from the Past” about Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Prof. Carl Haber’s efforts to salvage and restore old audio recordings. Essentially they scan old wax cylinders, paper player piano rolls and ceramic records and create new digital sound files.
Dale Russakoff wrote “Schooled” about how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to improve the Newark public schools.
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On May 28, 2012 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Unequal Shares” about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg creating two classes of shares in the IPO in what is called a dual class structure. Google, Groupon, LinkedIn, Yelp and Zynga did the same when it went public. It is a strategy to keep control of a company and avoid short term pressure from investors but the stock can under perform in the market. IPOs are not as attractive as remaining private or being bought by another company.
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On Sep. 20, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Second Helpings” about the government’s successful 2009 economic stimulus program and Republican opposition to a second stimulus program. It is hard to take credit for preventing a worse disaster.
Jose Antonio Vargas wrote “The Face Of Facebook” about Mark Zuckerberg and the movie “The Social Network.”
Louis Menand wrote “Parodies Lost” about humor being hardwired into humans.
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