KCS-content No cure for cancer and no jetpacks: the twenty-first century is a bust BUSINESS FEATURES EDITORPULLING a dollar from his wallet, Peter Thiel, the 43-year old co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, flaps it to make his point: “Giving people freedom with money is really something deep and fundamental. Government may still have a monopoly on printing these notes, but so long as you have globalisation without one world government, so long as people can move it freely from place to place, that monopoly is much less powerful.”We are sitting in the Berkeley’s Blue Bar. Thiel – played in Hollywood’s The Social Network by Wallace Langham – is in London with Max Levchin, his old PayPal colleague, for the Economist’s innovation awards. They have been collecting a business process award for PayPal, which revolutionised money transfers for the masses and is now part of eBay. PayPal was founded twelve years ago – in internet terms putting it back almost in the Jurassic age – but Thiel says “it seems a world ago and also just yesterday. Some memories of that time are just indelibly etched in my mind.” The idea they had was simple enough – email + money – but Thiel saw from the beginning its potential. Heady dreams of forming a new global currency or making it impossible for corrupt governments to steal their people’s money may not quite have come to fruition, but Thiel still sees it as an achievement that gave people more freedom about which currency to use.Still, Thiel, a serial investor and polymath who was educated at Stanford and born in Germany, is not content. He thinks we all need to worry about how slowly the world is changing. To Thiel, the financial collapse was partly a crisis of technological achievement: people have been betting on extraordinary advances to drive economic growth to cover their debts, and the advances are simply not materialising. We may feel that we are living in a world of amazing new gadgets, but the latest iPhone is a distraction from the absence of an AIDS vaccine or a lunar colony.“Globalisation is essential,” argues Thiel. “There is no good future in which the world is separate. But emerging market integration is overemphasised, and what is underemphasised is the technological innovation that can prevent some Malthusian struggle over resources.” For Thiel, this side of the equation is the responsibility of developed economies and we have been falling badly behind.Some academic evidence supports Thiel’s pessimism. In 2005, Jonathan Huebner produced a graph (right) that shows the rate of innovation peaking as long ago as 1873. In the same year, Ben Jones at Northwestern University discovered innovators were making their first breakthroughs later and later in life, slashing the years they had available for further creative insights. That latter finding makes sense to Thiel, who recently launched a fellowship that will grant twenty entrepreneurs under twenty years old $100,000 each to pursue their innovative ideas. “Somehow innovation has to be restarted. Some of the world’s most transformational technologies were created by people who stopped out of school because they had ideas that couldn’t wait until graduation.”Is the tendency for the cleverest to spend too much time studying instead of innovating part of the reason that Britain has failed to produce its own equivalent of PayPal or Facebook? “The one reason I think is very important why Silicon Valley is so innovative is that it is not considered a bad thing to be an entrepreneur there. In London, at a party if you say you’re an entrepreneur, people are more likely to wonder what’s wrong, or are you unemployed. My guess in the UK is that it’s a social thing. Under what circumstances would the Queen have an event at Buckingham Palace talking to young engineers about building things? Maybe in the Victorian days, but now?”Thiel also blames the stranglehold of regulation for holding back new developments – he sees the online world’s speedy progress as in part a result of its low-regulation. “Imagine if Twitter had to go through the FDA drug approval – how efficacious, how does it affect the brain, phase II, phase III trials.” But Thiel is trying to remedy this through his venture capital fund, the Founders Fund, which is investing in biotech and even SpaceX, which is developing low-cost space launch vehicles.“The idea of a better future seems to be a dated idea,” says Thiel. “George Osborne’s cuts are the right thing to do: where technological innovation has stalled you can’t take on more debt.” But cuts can only be the beginning. Thiel is trying to drive the frontiers of human achievement forward. If he is right, if the developed world has built itself a low-growth trap of over-regulation, over-education and risk-aversion, we all need to be worrying more about the relationship between our poor innovation levels and the global economic outlook.PAYPAL | A BRIEF HISTORY● First meetingMax Levchin attends a finance lecture at Stanford given by Peter Thiel● 1998Confinity is founded by Levchin, Thiel and Luke Nosek● 1999Elon Musk founds the payment company X.com● 1999Confinity launches its milestone project, PayPal● 2000Confinity merges with X.com● 2001X.com changes its legal name to PayPal● 2002eBay buys PayPal for $1.5bnAfter selling PayPal, Thiel founded Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund, that in April 2010 had returned 210 per cent since inception, but had a hard ride in 2009. Funds under management were $7.8bn in 2008, and the fund now manages around $1bn.In 2004, Thiel co-founded Palantir Technologies, which takes some of the ideas that made PayPal’s fraud rate so low and applies them to data analysis in other contexts, most notably the analysis of terrorist networks and the behaviour of the financial markets. 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Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) 2012 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileSwan Life Limited (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Limited) offers services such as life assurance, pensions, actuarial, and investment businesses in Mauritius. The company also provides life, car, home, health, travel, and boat insurance products, education and retirement plans, investment plans, wealth management, and stockbroking services for individuals. Swan Life Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Swan Life Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
ArchDaily STABO Housing Projects Technical Engineer:STABOBudget:6.500.000,00 euro excl. vat and feesTiming:Competition design 2010 – Completion 2014Awards:Nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 Special mention in the category Collective Housing, ArchiZinc Trophy 2014City:HoeilaartCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© BOGDAN & VAN BROECKText description provided by the architects. The existing architecture, heterogeneous in style and typologies, has partially disrupted the historical identity of the village. The incomplete perimeter and lack of structure in the interior of the urban block participate to the poor appearance of the site. Compared to the rest of Flanders, the current building fabric of Hoeilaart shows a low density.Save this picture!IsometricThe project therefore aims to densify the building block while respecting the original identity of the village. Through this densification, the existing fragmented space will turn into into a qualitative and coherent whole. Closing and redefining the perimeter of the block will help reinforce this central area of the village.Save this picture!© Frederik VercruysseA wide variety of typologies offers a qualitative range of dwellings. The outdoor space is designed as an extension of the bicycle and pedestrian network, while the inner green area is designed as a water garden referring to a historical stream.Save this picture!© Frederik VercruysseThe project’s volumetry relates in a contemporary way to both historical and local urban qualities. The volumes, articulated with gable roofs, refer to the historical greenhouses of Hoeilaart, the Flemish town-square as well as to the archetype of the dwelling. The impact of the densification is limited: the volumes are kept low and compact, and don’t disturb the sightlines of local residents.Save this picture!© Frederik VercruysseProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: The Construction of AMO’s “Infinite Palace” for Prada in a 32-Second TimelapseArchitecture NewsEstúdios Capelinha / Arquitetos AssociadosSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Borreweg, 1560 Hoeilaart, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Groep Van Roey NV Area: 6133 m² Area: 6133 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Structural Engineer: Belgium Den Travoo / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK Save this picture!© Frederik Vercruysse+ 27 Share Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/594404/den-travoo-bogdan-and-van-broeck-architects Clipboard Year: Contractor: Den Travoo / BOGDAN & VAN BROECKSave this projectSaveDen Travoo / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK photographs: Frederik Vercruysse , BOGDAN & VAN BROECKPhotographs: Frederik Vercruysse , Courtesy of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK “COPY” “COPY” 2014 CopyAbout this officeBOGDAN & VAN BROECKOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingSocial HousingHoeilaartHousingResidentialBelgiumPublished on February 15, 2015Cite: “Den Travoo / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK” 15 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944866/modest-apartment-ycl-studio Clipboard Save this picture!© Andrius Stepankevičius+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Share Architects: YCL Studio Area Area of this architecture project Lithuania ArchDaily CopyApartments, Renovation, Apartment Interiors•Vilnius, Lithuania Apartments “COPY” Modest Apartment / YCL StudioSave this projectSaveModest Apartment / YCL Studio Photographs Photographs: Andrius Stepankevičius Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: Modest Apartment / YCL Studio Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944866/modest-apartment-ycl-studio Clipboard 2020 CopyAbout this officeYCL StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentRenovationInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsVilniusOn FacebookLithuaniaPublished on August 25, 2020Cite: “Modest Apartment / YCL Studio” 24 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Mecca Bingo has launched a new national fundraising scheme with charity partner Whizz-Kidz that will turn peoples’ unwanted mobile phones into cash to support the independence of young wheelchair-users in local communities.‘Mobiles for Mobility’ asks that the public bring their old mobile phones into Mecca bingo clubs across the UK – with the money raised through recycling, funding powered and manual wheelchairs and other equipment via Whizz-Kidz.Simon Wykes, Managing Director for Mecca Bingo says: “The Charity partnership with Whizz-Kidz is something we’re really proud of at Mecca as the feedback from both team members and customers has been extremely positive. National campaigns such as Mobiles for Mobility are a great way to bring all of the clubs together to work towards a common goal but at the same time make a difference to the local communities in which we operate.”Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, added:“We are absolutely thrilled with the enthusiasm and inventiveness of all Mecca team and club members. In 2008 they raised over a quarter of a million pounds to support young wheelchair-users’ independence.“Disabled children stand virtually no chance of getting a powered wheelchair on the NHS. Through Mecca Bingo’s funding of powered and manual wheelchairs and training, more children now have the opportunities previously denied them. Please help us raise even more money to make real differences to young lives.”As part of the ongoing ‘Mecca Wheel Difference’ campaign, Mecca clubs across the UK raised over £286,000 in 2008.For more information contact Rob Dyson, Whizz-Kidz PR Manager on 020 77986103 or [email protected] Tagged with: corporate mobile phones Recycling Mobiles for Mobility: Mecca Bingo launches national fundraising initiative Howard Lake | 14 April 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 45 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Previous articleSurvey Reports on Sow Gestation TrendsNext articleKey Farm Bill Vote Set for Thursday Gary Truitt RFS Battle to Continue SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 6, 2012 Facebook Twitter Home Energy RFS Battle to Continue Source: NAFB News Service Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says we need to put the renewable fuels debate – back into perspective. Speaking at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop, Dinneen noted he is confident that ethanol could stand up to the scrutiny provided that oil and other fuels were given equal and honest examination as well. Dinneen says – if you are going to do a ‘seed-to-wheels’ analysis of ethanol, that is fair enough. And – how about the war-to-wheels analysis of oil? But Dinneen is confident the RFS program will not come unraveled this year or even next year. The battle will be strung out in the courts. Still, he says, – it’s really important for the industry to know that the wolves are at the door. Dinneen made two points, first, we must obliterate whatever intellectual justification might still exist for corn-based ethanol among policy elites. And second, we must demonstrate to policy makers at the state and federal level that there is a political price to allowing ethanol policy to drive up the cost of food.
to go further Receive email alerts “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en News News June 4, 2021 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh The Azeri authorities have accused privately-owned news agency Turan of disinformation over a 9 September 2005 report in which it said Gallup had denied carrying out a poll giving a high popularity rating to President Ilham Aliyev.Official and pro-government media hit back after Turan published Gallup’s refutation of the poll that showed 77% of voters planning to back the current president in November elections. They carried a report from the government news agency Azertaj, accusing Turan of disinformation “These machinations demonstrate the determination of the authorities to discredit the country’s independent and opposition media in the run-up to legislative elections on 6 November“, said Reporters Without Borders.“We urge President Aliyev to restore all the key conditions for a return to genuine press freedom in this critical period,” it added.Pro-government media put out false news and information in May citing Gallup as the source. From 6-10 August, the premises of four opposition newspapers came under mob attack from members of the pro-government party, Yeni Azerbaijan, plainclothes police officers and Baku municipal officials.More recently, on 15 September, three grenades were found in the offices of opposition organisation, Yeni Fikir, within the premises of opposition daily Azadlig. The organisation’s members are convinced the munitions were planted there in a bid to compromise them. Follow the news on Azerbaijan News June 8, 2021 Find out more News April 9, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News agency Turan accused of disinformation after reporting Gallup denial of pro-president poll AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information