Angel investors, A concise definition and discussion

What are Angel investors? Definition and discussion

So-called angel investment arrangements have long been existing even prior to the popular use of the terminology. Etymologically, the term angel was ascribed to individuals who provided financial support in staging Broadway shows. It was in 1978 when William Wetzel, while in the pursuit of completing his research about sources of seed capital, borrowed the […]

History of money: From clay tablets to legal tenders

History of money: From clay tablets to legal tenders

The history of money also parallels the history of human civilisation. It would be impossible to fully embrace modernity without embracing money. After all, the use of money pervades across critical facets of modern living. Money is not a product of the modern contemporary society however. This begs the questions: Who invented money? When did the […]

Angel investors and venture capitalists, Comparison

Angel investors and venture capitalists: A comparison

Angel investors and venture capitalists are two of the most common albeit alternative source of fundings. Apart from bank loans, government grants, and public stock offering, angel investment and venture capital are a viable funding source for startup business organisations and budding entrepreneurs that depend heavily on financial resource and backing to become fully operational. […]

What is venture capital, Who are the venture capitalists

What is venture capital? Who are the venture capitalists?

Although it is still considered as an alternative source of funding, venture capital is formalised and organised. In his research paper, P. A. Gompers mentioned that venture capital or venture capitalists emerged around late 1970s and gained more prominence during the 1980s. Take note that large companies during the 1970s remained a potent force for […]

Minimalist sportswear from Outdoor Voices

Sportswear should not only perform but also look good and fit well. But finding balance between technical design and casual styling in popular sportswear brands can be a challenge. Nonetheless, Outdoor Voices, a young clothing company based in New York, is redefining the way people suit up for sports and workouts. “Outdoor Voices makes apparel […]

Poor economic growth, education, and healthcare are political development traps

Poor economic growth, education, and healthcare are political development traps

Modernity has undeniably promoted economic and political development across the globe. However, while some countries have successfully developed within a short span of time, others have remained disadvantaged. Development economists have identified several development traps to shed light to this phenomenon. Still, the relationship and interaction among these traps remain unexplored. Using a mathematical approach, […]

Starbucks Mexico donates high-yielding coffee plants to Chiapas farmers

Starbucks Mexico donates rust resistant coffee plants to farmers in Chiapas, Mexico

As part of its Todos Sembramos Café community initiative, Starbucks Mexico has donated 180,000 rust resistant and high-yielding coffee plants to farmers in Chiapas, Mexico in February. The company has donated three variants of coffees known for better yields, higher cup quality, and improve resistance to rust. These are the Costa Rica 95, Guacamaya, and […]

Austerity measures linked to sharp and sustained rise in Greece suicide rates

Austerity measures linked to sharp and sustained rise in Greece suicide rates

Records from 2012 revealed Greece suicide rates reached a 30 year all-time high. The sharp and sustained upward trend was prominently observed beginning June 2011—a period in which the Greek government implemented more austerity measures to manage the struggling Greek economy. In the study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers learned that the sharp […]

Will technology make certain jobs obsolete

Will technology make certain jobs obsolete?

The reputed man versus machine best characterized job obsolescence. Since the Industrial Revolution, technological advancements have taken away jobs originally performed by men and women. The invention of machine-operated farm equipment and production processes for example had led to reduction and reorganization of agricultural and manufacturing workforces. In 19th century England, several textile artisans found themselves […]

Spider-Man joins Marvel cinematic universe; Here’s why it is a big deal

Spider-Man joins Marvel cinematic universe; Here’s why it’s a big deal

On February 9, 2015, Marvel Studios announced it would coproduce Spider-Man together with Sony Pictures Entertainment, thus plotting a new direction for the entire Spider-Man film franchise and new possibilities for the entire Marvel Universe storyline. Marvel Studios has been producing films involving several Marvel characters. As a backgrounder, Disney bought Marvel in 2009 for […]

Google invests in space transport company SpaceX

Google invests in space transport company SpaceX

The Internet search giant now owns a sizeable portion of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation or SpaceX—an American space transport services company founded by former PayPal founder and Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk. SpaceX has confirmed in January 21 receiving $1 billion worth of investment funds from Google and Fidelity Investments. Both companies now collectively […]

Amazon will now make movies

Amazon now makes movies

Electronic commerce company Amazon has announced its major expansion into movie business, thereby committing to producing feature films and film acquisitions. This marks a big step forward into the world of Hollywood. Under Amazon Studios, the company announced its intent to produce 12 feature films a year. Like any other major film production outfits, the […]

Disney exec Nikki Katz recognized for diversity leadership

Disney exec Nikki Katz recognized for diversity leadership

Nikki Katz, Vice President for Product Management & Mobile Network at Disney Interactive, was recently included in the 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders 2014 list. Organised and presented by STEMConnector, the list is part of an annual publication that lists down and profiles corporate executives whose works and accomplishments have promoted workplace diversity in their respective organisations. […]