Hello” to the World’s First Large-Scale Tidal Power Farm

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Self-driving car kits, Microsoft’s anti-cancer mission, and large-scale tidal power farms. Cheers, Peter, Marissa, Cody, Kelley, Greg, Sydney and AJ P.S. Send any tips to our team by clicking here, and send your friends and family to this link to subscribe to Abundance Insider. The Age of Bionics: Paralyzed Pregnant Woman Completes the Great North Run What it is: Claire Lomas recently completed the U.K.’s biggest half-marathon at the age of 36... Read more →

Abundance Insider: July 29 Edition

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Backyard robotic farmers, the world’s first CRISPR-Cas9 human trial, and Tesla’s second “master plan.” Cheers, Peter, Marissa, Cody, Kelley and Greg P.S. Send any tips to our team by clicking here, and send your friends and family to this link to subscribe to Abundance Insider. The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyard What it is: The FarmBot Genesis is a turnkey, tech-savvy solution to growing your own food. When installed... Read more →

#52Women52Weeks: Erin Schrode May Be the Youngest Person Running for Congress But That’s Not Only How She’s Changing Politics

Today the those aged 18 to 35— a.k.a. MILLENNIALS—have surpassed the Baby Boomer generation as not only the largest living generation, but also are now the biggest voter population in the country. Millennials are also those hardest hit by unemployment. Which means, starting now, politics are about to change dramatically. Enter 25-year-old Erin Schrode, the co-founder (along with her mom) of Turning Green. Erin is the youngest candidate ever running for US Congress, hoping to unseat a Democratic... Read more →

How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek. Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers. Governments and businesses aren’t going to invest in conservation without data showing the effectiveness of those initiatives. So this is a great opportunity for us – environmentalists – to give them that data. But the research-based evidence they need isn’t... Read more →

Lessons in Design from 30,000 Feet

The US travel season kicked off this Memorial Day weekend with an audible groan. Long security lines at airports across the country prompted a burst of complaints aimed at the TSA, as average waiting times increased significantly compared to previous years. What might be done? Despite being a very frequent flier and also a designer, I can’t offer any easy answers. Let’s face it, the folks at the TSA think about these issues all the time. (I know this to be true, as we worked with them briefly... Read more →

#WeAreNotAPunchline: Showtime’s New Low

I want to add my voice to Tim Shriver’s, of the Special Olympics, in denouncing the Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself special on Showtime—in particular how the comedian attacks and ridicules his developmentally and intellectually challenged cousin. Many people in the #WeAreNotAPunchline movement are expressing appropriate outrage at Mr. Owen’s words and Showtime’s decision to air them—and doing so much better than I ever could. So I’d like to turn the conversation to something positive. I... Read more →

Why I’m Not a 40-Year-Old Virgin (on Snapchat) Anymore

“Hey Snapchat!” is how 48-year-old Mark Suster starts off his daily Snapchat videos, looking straight into his phone camera. This type of greeting would be natural coming from a teenager using the app. However, with his grey hair and Gingham shirts, seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalist Mark comes across as a fish out of water … well, at least to the casual observer. After all, Snapchat is the cool social network for teens … not dads. Sixty percent of its users are under the age of... Read more →

The Customer Is Always Right As Long As You Want Their Money

For some context, I grew up in a retail store where we would have 100s, and eventually 1000s, of people come through the store every day and buy product. Transaction after transaction, I heard the phrase “the customer is always right.” I also heard it on the news and television and who the heck knows where else. Oddly, it’s a motto that my dad never imposed on me, but I slowly understood what it meant and it’s something that I’ve always believed in. It was a mantra that became the backbone... Read more →

More Momentum for Clean Energy

You may remember hearing about a big conference in Paris last fall where world leaders came together to make some commitments on climate and energy. I was honored to join 20 of them to announce Mission Innovation and the Breakthrough Energy Coalition—two related efforts to develop new energy sources that are reliable and affordable and do not emit greenhouse gases. Paris was an amazing moment, but it was just the start. We knew that the hard work would come in the months after the announcement.... Read more →

It Is The Best Time To Be A Media Operator & Entrepreneur

Because everyone else is saying it is not. Media scenesters are exiting. Because silly venture money is out of media, you will do it for the right reasons. Because the future of media is the present of media, as the present is the past of media. Media is the simplest of businesses: find a topic you really care for, report the shit out of it, find multiple ways to ask for money. Because everyone else is overcomplicating it. With Great Media-Tech Cleansing of 2016, costs are coming down, more talent... Read more →
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