For years, pundits have declared the United States has split into "two Americas". A nation divided by politics, geography and the economy. But one tech icon believes he can help even out the playing field. Steve Case, the man who co-founded America Online and injected the jingle "You've got mail!" into the American lexicon is now trying to steer venture capitalists and their money to areas they've typically overlooked. Mostly, small towns and cities in the middle of the country. His vehicle to do that is a $150 million dollar investment fund and a 35-foot long, bright red bus. 60 Minutes Overtime: Opioids and unemployment: stopping the cycle We joined the billionaire on his bus for a recent road trip and soon found ourselves aiming for the edge of a wheat field in Tennessee. Steve Case is here to meet a few entrepreneurs who say they've created a new technology that could revolutionize the way America farms. These robots are actually miniature tractors that are operated … [Read more...] about Venture capitalist spreading funding to Middle America
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout Globe Staff November 14, 2018 And now . . . 2022.In Massachusetts, where politics is both blood sport and parlor game, it’s never too early to think about who might run for governor in four years.Okay, okay, it’s too early! But days after Governor Charlie Baker won a resounding reelection victory, political insiders, prodded by the Globe, are already talking about who might run next time around. Advertisement In interviews with 22 of them (22 on ’22!), Attorney General Maura T. Healey, a Democrat who just won a second term, is beloved by the grass roots, and has cut something of a national profile, is running a mile ahead of the pack. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more … [Read more...] about It’s way too soon to wonder who will run for Massachusetts governor in 2022. Or is it?
Ten years ago today, someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto sent an academic paper to a cryptography mailing list proposing a form of digital cash called "Bitcoin." The pseudonymous Nakamoto, whose true identity remains unknown, described an idea for "mining" a limited amount of this virtual currency through a peer-to-peer scheme that wouldn't depend on a bank, government, or any other central authority. Once people started using bitcoin, it would be impossible for a government to pull the plug, as happened with previous attempts to create digital money like E-Gold. Today Bitcoin is a global phenomenon. Individual bitcoins sell for thousands of dollars. The price has dropped steeply from its peak of nearly $20,000 in December 2017; but recall that at the beginning of 2017, one bitcoin sold for less than $1,000. Meanwhile, hordes of other "cryptocurrencies" have launched, though none has attracted quite as much interest from users or investors as bitcoin, and venture capitalists pour … [Read more...] about After 10 Years, Bitcoin Has Changed Everything—and Nothing
Last week, I wrote about a report from the Brookings Institution and the Walton Family Foundation on the “state of the Heartland.” The report uses a nontraditional definition of the Heartland. Their version of the Heartland is a region encompassing 19 states across the Midwest and southern United States, stretching from Oklahoma up to North Dakota, across to Ohio and Michigan, and down to Louisiana. I wrote about how some of the data indicated that the Heartland was struggling to retain young talent. One of the sources I spoke with for the article, a VP with the Illinois Technology Association, noted that while many of the college students startups interview are eager to move back to the Midwest eventually — they still think that they need to move out to the West Coast to initially start their tech career. In this section, I write a lot about (just last week in fact!) about how startup communities can do a better job … [Read more...] about Heartland Tech Weekly: Midwest companies need to do a better job of retaining college grads
Andrew Chapin joined Uber in 2011, back when the company only had about 30 employees. Two years at Goldman Sachs had helped prepare him for stressful environments, but he still suffered from anxiety as he worked his way up in the ride-sharing company, eventually becoming an executive focused on global financing. He exercised, meditated, and did yoga, but therapy never seemed accessible. The problems that Chapin — co-founder and chief executive of a new startup called Basis — lists are familiar to anyone who has tried to navigate the world of mental health services. Therapy was too expensive. He didn’t have time to find a therapist and attend regular appointments. And there was still a stigma around needing therapy in the first place. Basis, Chapin tells me, hopes to “create a much more acceptable, convenient alternative to seeing a therapist.” Clients use the app or website to book a session with one of their unlicensed specialists. It’s cheap: $35 … [Read more...] about Mental health startup Basis wants to replace therapy, but mostly provides a friend for a fee