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Evidence suggests microplastics in water pose ‘minimal health risk’ - BBC News
Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
micro  plastic  public  health 
24 days ago by asterisk2a
Konzept gegen Wohnungsnot: Höher, enger, dichter
In deutschen Großstädten fehlen Wohnungen und freie Flächen. Die sogenannte "Nachverdichtung" könnte die Wohnungsnot mindern. Das Potenzial ist groß - doch Anwohner sind oft alles andere als begeistert. [ ... In ballungsgebieten ...] 2030 würden dann bereits eine Million Wohnungen fehlen. [...] Das gelingt nicht immer. Wird zu stark verdichtet, geht das zulasten der Wohnqualität - die Menschen leiden unter mehr Lärm und Verkehr, haben weniger Freizeitflächen in ihrer Umgebung. Entstehen mehrheitlich Eigentums- oder teure Mietwohnungen, ist der neue Wohnraum für viele nicht bezahlbar - das beschleunigt die Gentrifizierung. [... Active change in Planning Laws to allow new types of developments ... ] Die Bundesregierung unterstützt Nachverdichtung, indem sie Kommunen zum Beispiel mehr Spielräume für die Bebauung von Innenstadtflächen einräumt.
Skyscraper  urban  planning  urbanisation  public  transport  public  transportation  pollution  affordability  affordable  housing  standard  of  living  living  standard  city  living  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  Micro  Apartment  minimalism  minimalismus  Gentrified  Gentrifzierung  gentrification  Generation  Rent  mega  city  urban  living  urban  transportation  commute  commuter  commuting 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Good news! B rounds have doubled in value over five years!
B Round! doubling down on (to a certain point) proven ideas as they move to make themselves solid/viable (building business model & continued growth if not even putting some more gasoline on the fire with a B Round - allocation of resources). thus there is competition thus bidding up in a private market. BUT BUT also reflects the rising cost! Rising cost to grow, the war for talent to scale, and the cost in said hubs/ecosystems where the talent are already working on scaling other companies, where rent is sky high and space rare to expand office, ops, ramp up head count, ... // why, on a side note!, ? because global ZIRP, NIRP, QE, hunt for yield, FOMO, property speculation, alternative asset management and allocation (newly minted paper millionaers) have bid up prices in metropolitan and hot cities by credit bubbles around the world. bc financial markets are global, thus your allocation/diversification is global, not limited where ur home addr is. adding to volatiliy too bc of froth!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The frustrating, no-win "Goldilocks Zone" of seed deals
Don’t do party rounds. Raise as much as you possibly can so you don’t get crunched. Don’t raise money from just seed funds. Don’t raise money from just big name VCs unless you know you’ll breakthrough, and then absolutely do. And actually you never know that, so nevermind. Oh, and good luck rationalizing all of this advice, first timers. [...] TL;DR version: Large VC firms may do lots of seed deals but each partner will only do one to two Series A deals a year. So basic math tells you it’s a game of survivor. Most of the seed deals will not get a Series A from that firm. The concern is if you don’t quite make the cut, is the signal so bad to other VCs that you are worse off than if you never raised that, say, $200k from a big name VC to begin with? [ not every product consumer or b2b will not be a 500m/1bn dollar company, thus it's not worth it to raise risk capital and just grind it out!? at a sustainable pace, putting back in what you earned. ] &! bit.ly/1HjO13v
Seed  Round  Party  Round  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Angel  Investor  Micro  VC  Venture  Capital  Series  A  seedround  seedfunding  traction  business  model  Silicon  Valley  economies  of  scale  pageviews  Unicorn  valuation  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sacca: Bad Deals Are Being Done in Silicon Valley - Bloomberg Business
min 3 - normal people have been prices out of SV, SF, Palo Alto and around the region. sw engineers with entitelment and very little compassion. // bloom.bg/1I8NCAM &! bloom.bg/1Hzb5za &! bloom.bg/1BaVBji &! bloom.bg/1Fd2zQf (Amazon, Fb, Google, eBay, all had cash flow during its growth past IPO, Twitter ops too expensive compared to scale, living beyond its means. does not need to invest in warehouses (Amazon) nor data centers (Google)) // &! bloom.bg/1e8mFGd &! bloom.bg/1L2Accs &! bloom.bg/1INBZ7N &! bloom.bg/1TgmWqi &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/06/03/what-twitter-can-be-2/ &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/05/21/i-bleed-aqua/ - Sarah Lacy from pando argues, he bleeds green - pando.com/2015/06/11/the-icahn-was-coming-from-inside-the-house-why-dick-costolos-ouster-changes-the-valley/ &! pando.com/2015/06/12/im-more-similar-to-elon-the-5-silliest-things-chris-sacca-said-yesterday/
Chris  Sacca  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Twitter  runway  burn  rate  cash  flow  business  model  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  hunt  for  yield  distortion  growth  round  SPV  Hedge  Fund  Mutual  Fund  late-stage  funding  Private  Market  Private  Equity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  cash-is-king  Bill  Gurley  Unicorn  Hype  Cycle  inflation  Venture  Capital  Micro  VC  Angel  Investor  war  for  talent 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Anybody who can't make money off iPads or TUAW should get out of the money-making business | iMore
But just because AOL can't make money off a niche blog, that doesn't mean the niche blog is dead: It just needs to evolve. We might be looking at a future where niche blogs stay far away from multi-million dollar corporations, and find different forms of money-making apart from blanket advertising. Ben Thompson wrote a fantastic piece this morning on blogging's bright future that follows those lines: No, it's not scale that is the problem, but rather reach. I am, of course, acutely aware that there is a tradeoff when it comes to the subscription business model: by making something scarce, and worth paying for, you are by definition limiting your number of readers. Stratechery, though, serves a niche, and niches are best served by making more from customers who really care than from milking pennies from everyone.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
LET'S RUTSCH in Richtung 2015 - YouTube
min 30 - selbstdarstellung with New Type of D Promi-"YouTube Star", // business model based on pageviews !!! is the cancer for individualism, idealism, dreaming, hobbies paying just the rent, new creative destruction, the real hussle for artists - that was once told - 10 years of work ... that is gone, sort of. people rather take short-cuts than keep working on their craft. real craft! not talking here about news reels, rehashing of x and commentating. nothing of substance and relevancy for society. but YT seems not to be (is NOT) the platform for mass intelligence. YT is for entertainment, thus comes the painful compromise - optimizing content for pagieviews and KPI's. etc etc // YT Stars are not artists. It's entertainment. content creators are not artists per se. // min42 REAL Hollywood/Music/Entertainment Stars are teached early on to remove themselves from the public. YTbers with Social Media don't do that and thus the trouble he talk about. &! min30+ youtu.be/Vp7n8Wcmexk
YouTube  New  Media  Social  Media  Twitter  status  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  status  anxiety  Instagram  pageviews  Entertainment  Industry  Entertainment  Music  Industry  Hollywood  content  creator  Glossy  Magazine  Tabloid  Selfie  selfish  gene  self-censorship  Multimedia  mainstream  MCN  YouTube  Network  Artist  digital  short-form  content  throwaway  content  digital  content  The  Wars  micro  content  content  discovery  Niche  attention  span  Celebrity  of  You  celeb  culture  Gossip  culture 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
How a fake Star Wars trailer reveals everything wrong with “content journalism” | PandoDaily
But one outlet, eager to compete in what the Awl’s John Herrman calls “The Content Wars,” ( http://www.theawl.com/slug/the-content-wars ie http://www.theawl.com/2014/11/the-john-oliver-video-sweepstakes-finale ) made a huge error in its play for Star Wars trailer traffic: It posted a fake trailer. [...] How many hours a year do bloggers, interns, and homepage editors of news sites spend writing the same article and embedding the same video as their competitors? Couldn’t this time be better devoted to finding new stories or new avenues for analysis? [...] It’s hard to blame publishers. They need clicks to placate advertisers who, after all, are the ones paying most of our salaries. But if this Rolling Stone mess-up teaches us anything it’s that, while competitive click-chasing can be a dangerous game, it’s always easy to cover up your mistakes.
The  Content  Wars  throwaway  short-form  digital  creator  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  contextual  curation  paid  distribution  branded  BuzzFeed  NYTimes  discovery  Niche  Content  micro  algorithm  Newsfeed  Facebook  Twitter  YouTube  Platform  Upworthy  Huffington  Post  business  model  pageviews 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
RocketBeansTV. Der YouTube Bankrott. - Videoamt - YouTube
Support Rocket Beans (3min) youtu.be/GaLW7jDRbf4 & Support Rocket Beans - Almost Daily #117 (30min) - Rocket Beans TV financed through Rocket Beans Entertainment production company income out of "Game One" for Viacom/MTV. Rocket Beans TV loss leader 2 years. youtu.be/H74GdZs_n04 & tubefilter.com/2014/04/16/youtube-list-google-preferred-channels/ - no democracy, beneficial treatment, divide between haves and have nots. & Jason Calacanis - blog.launch.co/blog/i-aint-gonna-work-on-youtubes-farm-no-more.html & allthingsd.com/20130304/youtubes-show-me-the-money-problem/ & youtu.be/DgakG4X25Fg "YouTube Star / YouTube als alleinige Einkommensquelle" & Follow-up "Youtube, was passiert gerade mit dir?" youtu.be/7bB-yGN8ZFo & "Don't build your business on other peoples (businesses) platform." & via BeHaind youtu.be/Xm8BCParWBE - Was auf YT works & what not & was man machen kann, ie paywall mit homepage, prerolls, werbung (yt freemium bits and pieces); alternative media. & youtu.be/1RGQPY5g3Bw
production  production  value  YouTube  business  model  pageviews  content  paid  content  interactive  content  attention  span  youthification  Millennials  babyboomers  digital  content  content  creator  original  content  creativity  branded  content  advertorial  micro  content  Niche  advertisement  advertising  Platform  TOS  Google  native  advertising  MCN  Mediakraft  Maker  Studios  Studio71  landingpage  destination  page  affiliate  marketing  Personal  Brand  freemium 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
How Jonah Peretti and BuzzFeed Got to $850 Million | Re/code
BuzzFeed +500 people. Even if you want to slight the company as nothing more than a Reddit repackager, someone has to do that repackaging. But if you’re only looking at BuzzFeed as a media company, then that $850 million might seem optimistic. Last year, people around the company pegged BuzzFeed’s 2013 revenue at $60 million, and now they’re supposedly on track for $120 million. Which means Dixon and his co-workers at Andreessen Horowitz are likely valuing Jonah Perreti’s company at something like 10x trailing 12-month sales. Investors value the New York Times at 1.2x sales. Time Inc. is at 0.77x. Time Warner, which mints money, is at 2x. + Are There Internet Dialects? http://youtu.be/SDPasRas5u0 Transporting Internet language, dialects, memes etc and ideas how to present stuff in an enlightening manner to mainstream. Still, thank god, there is a gap and lets hope there will always be a gap. ++ !! "most revenues come from creating ads for other brands" !! ++ http://bit.ly/1r64hlX
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Native advertising remains an awkward — but very necessary — mess | PandoDaily
http://bit.ly/1rRdtax "“We can buy page views… but we can’t buy time spent,” Segrist said, euphorically. The New York Times jumped “full force” into native 12 months ago, according to Tomich. “It’s been incredibly successful,” he said. “Success is limitless with this type of advertising.”" | http://bit.ly/1nZKdcB + http://bit.ly/1rzyfxM + http://bit.ly/1umjzEp + http://bit.ly/1zbHXYd + http://bit.ly/1rzJEMB "Facebook is no longer a social network. It’s the world’s most powerful news reader [...] I no longer go to the New York Times front page to start my day. I get there through the ‘side door.’ Facebook. [...] Facebook drives massively more referral traffic than Twitter, and publishers I’ve surveyed confide that the ratio can be as high as ten or twenty to one. [Even Pinterest comes before Twitter]" + http://bit.ly/1A0SAhX + http://bit.ly/1xbawCh
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV (July 3rd, 2014)
Facebook feed a/b test - psychology/sociology study. Twitter product vision and leadership ... revenue/user ... history repeats itself; see Yahoo! - Wall Street fetish with GROWTH $$$: 'Either u get more users or more money per users. But we want to see the money!!!' << Unsustainable long-term, no long-term view. +++ where to post your content, types of content - intentions, where is the most and best engagement - ROI. +++ Linkedin's vertical content strategy to remain relevant (in an age where you are a media company and then X) and thus increase engagement and uniques and distribution. << adding value with this type of product - a product/feature adjacent to core product value proposition !!! Adding value to consumer - 99% free [do they have promoted content feature - paid content promotion?]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Why AOL Should Not Have Bought Huffington Post And Patch - Forbes
AOL's media business not profitable ie Huffpost and Patch not profitable. ... Q can large scale internet only media units not be profitable? - Is that a law? like gravity? Why is gawker profitable, because it doesn't have the excess, overhead and perks AOL's media unit got. << lots of execs, vp's, directors, lots of reporting that isn't really work, vertical structure - hierarchy. || Gawker Media is a Cayman Islands-incorporated online media company and blog - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawker_Media "In 2009, the corporation was estimated to be worth $300 million, with $60 million in advertising revenues and more than $30 million in operating profit.[3]" || >> Lesson - don't build overhead, stuff that is not doing actual work for the business to turn a operational profit. || http://bit.ly/1q1BQ4G + http://bit.ly/1i29pU0 + http://read.bi/1lqvmg9 + http://bit.ly/1pyGZ6j + http://bit.ly/1kWGL6i ||
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Bob Iger Explains Why Disney Bought Maker Studios | Re/code
“We look at it, first and foremost, as a successful distribution platform,” Iger said. “One that can command more eyeballs, more consumption and more advertising revenue.” + Beyond that, Iger said, the Maker team has a depth of expertise in creating short-form video that Disney lacked internally. +++ Big Data ( each channel has an audience (interest, location, age) = better targeting of advertising campaigns. >> “We think there’s a huge marketing opportunity for this company,” Iger said.
Maker  Studios  YouTube  content  distribution  advertisement  advertising  content  network  Sales  Funnel  PR  communication  waltdisney  Disney  acqui-hire  acquisition  customer  acquisition  acquihire  war  for  talent  Top  war-for-talent  skill-biased  technological  change  skills  short-form  content  content  creator  micro  content  audience  Big  Data  attention  span  marketing  Millennials  generationy  digital  natives  analytics 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Binge Media Culture Finds a Receptive Audience in Americans - NYTimes.com
“With the things that get us to really crave the news, the tenor of the story tends to have a negative impact on the way we see the world more generally,” he said, referring to the controversial and scandalous subjects that draw in chronic readers and viewers. “We become more cynical.” Does he regard his own bingeing on these topics as escapist? + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aAJrJB6h0 + http://alaindebotton.com/news-users-manual/ “Absolutely,” he said. “You forget about your life for 30 minutes while you read about Chris Christie’s implosion.” Joshua Ferris’s forthcoming novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” is about “the obsessive-compulsive nature of your own personality emerging through these platforms, and disliking the person who is taking advantage of them,” he said. Mr. Ferris, 39, confessed to bingeing on news, TV and YouTube videos, though he recently took a six-month purgative sabbatical.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
WordPress.com Parent Automattic Has Raised $160 Million, Now Valued at $1.16 Billion Post-Money | Re/code
Wordpress - democratising publishing. Wordpress VIP plus its new corporate communication platform geto2.com - will compete with the likes of Yammer (MSFT owned) and Slack, atlassian's platforms as well as Salesforce's platform. smart raising a round when money is flushing around - hunt for yield. taking the money for the long-term. likely giving them +5 years runway and solidifying their publishing platform might. there will be acqui-hires along the way I guess. + Automattic’s competitors have certainly been investing, noted Mullenweg. In their last rounds, Weebly raised $35 million, Squarespace $40 million and Medium $25 million. In addition, Wix is currently valued at around $730 million, raising $127 million, in an IPO. ... Automattic's aim is, to become cash-flow positive - I guess. Not in a hurry but naturally with pushing mobile, e-commerce and the Freemium model (driving up conversion) on Wordpress.com.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
YouTube's Secret Algorithm - Computerphile - YouTube
engineering ... iteration, iteration, a/b testing, ... and sometimes you have to experiment with a small user base sample, to discover something new - not so obvious user behaviour. ala Occrams Razor theory, sometimes the simplest thing is the best and most elegant solution. ... only hands on experience and mentorship can teach you such things. not college degree. no masters degree. only real world application.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
At annual narrative conference, storytelling’s power remains as it changes | Poynter.
But at the heart of narrative and the conference “is a concept that informing the public involves telling true stories,” he said. “And stories don’t only involve a sequence of events, but they involve a storyteller.” [...] “Good stories are good stories,” he said, “and we can all learn important lessons in technique from them no matter in what medium they are told.” [...] Journalists now have to be flexible, she said, able to tell strong stories and open to how best those stories work. “When you’re paying attention to what the story is, it will tell you what the right form is,” she said. [...] Narrative endures, he wrote in an email to Poynter, but how it’s delivered has changed.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Bertelsmann Invests in YouTube Fashion Network StyleHaul - Peter Kafka - News - AllThingsD
StyleHaul is one of several YouTube-focused video networks that have sprung up in recent years that produce their own content and aggregate many clips by amateurs and semi-professionals, as well. That’s the technique, for instance, that Machinima has used to generate billions of views for its videogame clips. It’s not a coincidence that Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise is a StyleHaul investor. Many of these “multi-channel networks” (terrible name, but it might stick) are now also looking to build businesses outside of YouTube, and StyleHaul is on that path, too. Horbaczewski says she’ll use the money to build out her direct-sales team, and to build her own destination site; earlier this week, she hired former Yahoo executive Alvin Fong as her COO. At a minimum, you can see the investment as another sign that lots of big-media players are trying to get their heads around YouTube as well as lay some bets on the site.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Warner Bros. Gets Ready to Bet on YouTube With a Machinima Investment | Re/code
Machinima’s long road for this round is partly a reflection of its own problems — several of the company’s top executives have left in the last year, it has had multiple layoff rounds, and is looking for a replacement for CEO and founder Allen DeBevoise — and may also be related to issues many video producers are having as they try to make money on YouTube. Even companies that garner lots of eyeballs on the world’s biggest video site — and Machinima says it generates billions of views a month — have had a hard time turning that into a profitable business, because ad rates are low and much of the money they do make goes back to YouTube.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? - YouTube
when you sleep certain genes are switched on, responsible for restoration (recovery), energy savings, brain function (efficiency, learning, storing into long-term memory, creativity enhanced, problem solving enhanced), metabolism, .... ie study has shown people who have no REM sleep for 3 days turn shizophrenic. ie studies have shown, sleep deprivation slows down metabolism. body is stressed and slows down the metabolism. stress hormone cortisol goes up. you tend to eat more. get fat over time vs normal sleep and normal cortisol levels.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a

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