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In the News 17.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Photography by Georgianna Lane

Photography by Georgianna Lane

Photography by Georgianna Lane

Photography by Georgianna Lane

Photography by Georgianna Lane



1. Tracing Nasty Gal’s Trajectory From Hot Startup to Lawsuit Magnet

“In 2012, Nasty Gal landed almost $50 million in two rounds of funding from Index Ventures that piled in within months of each other. This was the first time Amoruso had taken on outside investment; for the previous six years, she had run Nasty Gal without any outside financing or marketing. It was a stunning feat to many people, including Danny Rimer, one of the lead investors at Index.”

Read the rest of this article at Racked






“Neurosurgery involves the surgical treatment of patients with diseases of the brain and spine. These are rare problems so there are only a small number of neurosurgeons and neurosurgical departments in comparison to other medical specialties. I never saw any neurosurgery as a medical student. We were not allowed into the neurosurgical theatre in the hospital where I trained – it was considered too specialized and arcane for mere students. Once, when walking down the main theatre corridor, I had a brief view through the small port-hole window of the neurosurgical theatre’s door of a naked woman, anaesthetized, her head completely shaven, sitting bolt upright on a special operating table. An elderly and immensely tall neurosurgeon, his face hidden by a surgical facemask and a complicated headlight fixed to his head, was standing behind her. With enormous hands he was painting her bare scalp with dark brown iodine antiseptic. It looks like a scene from a horror film.”

Read the rest of this article at Literary Hub





3. New York vs London: Which Is the World’s Fashion-Tech Capital?

“Many fashion-tech businesses have benefited from New York and London’s own investor communities. London-based firms with fashion-tech investments include Balderton Capital, Index Ventures, Vitruvian Partners and Advent Venture Partners. And, at the start of the month, former Advent Ventures partner Frédéric Court launched Felix Capital, a $120 million London venture capital fund focused on backing Europe-based tech start-ups in the fashion and lifestyle space. In New York, venture capital firms RRE Ventures, Stripes Group and 14W — as well as companies including Condé Nast and individual investors like Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory — have taken stakes in fashion-tech start-ups.”

Read the rest of this article at Business of Fashion





4. Who Will Own the Robots?

“Only 68 percent of men between 30 and 45 who have a high school diploma were working full time in 2013, according to a recent report by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based public-policy group. Earnings for the typical worker haven’t kept up with the growth of the economy for decades. Median earnings for a man without a high school diploma fell 20 percent from 1990 to 2013, while wages for those with only a high school diploma dropped 13 percent. Women have fared somewhat better, though they still generally earn less than men. Over the same period, earnings for women without a high school diploma dropped 12 percent, while earnings for those with a high school diploma actually rose by 3 percent.”

Read the rest of this article at MIT Technology Review





5. Hooking Up

“Fast-forward 2,000 years or so to a couple of students in their early 20s in a bedroom in Leeds, using electricity in a bid to make their lives better and easier. A brain stimulation kit bought on the internet includes the wires, electrode sponges, headband and basic device needed to get them started. A 9-volt battery is not included.”

Read the rest of this article at Bloomberg Business



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