Epic Fails of the Startup World: “The fact that most new businesses fail is hardly a secret. So why are so many people gambling on ventures that are likely to end badly?”


by James SurowieckiMAY 19, 2014

We live in the age of the startup. It’s never been easier to build a product and start a company. And, thanks to the boom in angel investing and crowdfunding, it’s never been easier for startups to raise money. The analytics firm CB Insights logged more than seventeen hundred seed-investment deals in the U.S. tech industry in 2012, more than three times the number from three years earlier. But there’s a catch: starting a company may be easier, but making it a success isn’t. Competition is fierce, profits are scarce, and venture capitalists aren’t generous when it comes to later stages of funding. As Gideon Lewis-Kraus shows in “No Exit,” a new Kindle Single about startup culture, the life of a new company is often brutish and short. Though we may be seeing a “Cambrian explosion” of new companies, as The Economist recently put it, there’s a mass extinction going on, too. Read more of this post

Michael Gerson: Americans’ aversion to science carries a high price

Michael Gerson: Americans’ aversion to science carries a high price

By Michael Gerson, Tuesday, May 13, 7:45 AM

Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “[m]ost supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont recently required labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs), though GMOs have “been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects,” according to theJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Read more of this post

A Brave New World for Bond Investors; After a three-decade bull market in bonds, investors like BlackRock’s Rick Rieder are using a variety of techniques to make money when rates start to rise

A Brave New World for Bond Investors


It’s easy to get William Eigen III riled. Just ask him how fixed-income managers are rethinking their approach to investing now that a 30-plus-year bull market in bonds is not only coming to a close but will likely go down in economic history as a freak occurrence. Eigen, a longtime bond manager who is part owner of an auto service shop and restores American muscle cars like Camaros and Challengers, says most of his peers are stubbornly sticking with what’s worked for three decades. He believes that managers instead need to start using a mix of traditional and hedge fund techniques to make sure investors continue to get what they’ve always expected from fixed income: capital preservation, diversification and income. Read more of this post

2014 Money Masters: Profiting in a Slow-Growth Economy

MAY 08, 2014

2014 Money Masters: Profiting in a Slow-Growth Economy

The winners of our fifth annual U.S. Investment Management Awards have an uncanny ability to make money regardless of the strength of the economy. Read more of this post

AT&T could become a television giant, too, with a $50 billion DirecTV merger

AT&T could become a television giant, too, with a $50 billion DirecTV merger

By Brian Fung Updated: May 12 at 6:22 pm

The rumors keep escalating. AT&T might be willing to pay $100 a share to acquire DirecTV, one of the nation’s few satellite TV operators, according to Bloomberg. The deal would amount to about $50 billion. Read more of this post

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