The Future of Startup Funding : Paul Graham talks about the rise of super angels and the changing venture capital terrain for new businesses. I see this as a good thing for start-ups as long as the gender imbalance is rectified.
Ode to the Taco Truck: as haute cuisine begins to take mobile food seriously, are we losing some of the immigrant energy and flavor?
Short history of print in two pictures: Print has changed significantly since Gutenberg, and while letterpress specialists would feel at home on one of these machines, I wonder how they’d feel about the new 8 color Heidelburgs? While printing may have changed radically since the 1500’s, it isn’t dead yet.
Is There a Female Funding Model?: Stacey Higginbotham spotlights the inequal spread of venture monies available to women. I suspect bootstrapping/debt funding is more comfortable for women, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be working to increase these numbers to a more equitable spread. Note, too, that diverse teams raise bigger rounds.
I’m delighted to announce the formal launch of our latest project for Graphics Innovations, a Virginia certified master printer.
Designed internally, the new site expands on past content with the addition of help pages for FTP connections, pre-press tips and a how-to guide to preparing inDesign and Quark files for pain-free high quality printing. Architecture for news feeds, blogging and professional forums round out the new platform.
The site also features a custom collections option, allowing the client to edit, expand, modify or change content without the need for in-house development expertise.
London Lives: What was life like in London during the years 1690 – 1800? Discover for yourself what life was like in the first city populated by 1m + residents by touring through London Lives, a collection of manuscripts, databases and archives covering London’s early years.
Twenty Years after ADA, Few Changes: From employment and income to social engagement and life satisfaction, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not helped people with disabilities the improvements hoped for, especially with regard to employment opportunities. Only 21% of working-age people with disabilities have full time employment, versus 59% of people without disabilities.
Today’s edition of links is all about women and entrepreneurship, one of my favorite topics:
XX Combinator: Tereza Nemessanyi takes to the comments of A VC and suggests an XX Combinator program for women. Given that women presently represent less than 5% of seed/incubation programs, it’s a good suggestion, but Fred’s post teases out some of the finer points and offers a rallying point for interested entrepreneurs to jump in.
Incubating Women Entrepreneurs: Audrey Watters from Read, Write Web moves the story a bit further and provides the helpful statistic that just 3% of Y Combinator participants have been women. She spotlights Women 2.0 Labs, which provides incubation services to both men and women, as well as a helpful Kauffman Institute study on the importance of mentoring in supporting female entrepreneurs.
22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America: There are some scary statistics in this article. Without a healthy, confident middle class, the market is not going to tick upwards. The two most critical to me are: 1. In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one. 2. 66% of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
Chris Dixon is thinking about graphs, more specifically, the underpinnings of data structures (like Hunch’s suggestion engine that tells you what you might like) that connect people in the social graphs such as friendships (Facebook) or people and images (Flickr). He’s predicting the rise of several new types of graphs, such as financial, local and taste based graphs.
Paul Graham points out that what you think about in the shower can literally throw you off track, so make sure you are clear about what you’re sharing head space with.
Misfit Entrepreneurs: Vulnerable isn’t one of the adjectives I’d use to describe most of the entrepreneurs I know, but paired with misfit, it works!