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the only thing money can't buy

Penelope Trunk:

Investors say, "We invest in people not ideas," but what they mean is, "My life is boring, and the only thing money can't buy is interestingness, but I'm trying by investing in your company."

Serena Saitto:

More than 50 U.S. technology companies reached a valuation of at least $1 billion in the past two years, according to CB Insights. Other startups such as Airbnb Inc. and Snapchat Inc. have surpassed a $10 billion valuation, while Uber Technologies Inc. has reached $40 billion, the highest for a U.S. startup.

Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier:

Few start-ups find a viable business model, let alone a sustained market. In the digital economy, a few lucky individuals will find significant or sustained income and security, while many more unlucky ones will see their employers go bankrupt and have to seek new ways to make ends meet.

Casey Johnston:

While Kickstarter projects' delivery rate seems unreliable, it's significantly better than businesses that operate from venture funding.

big gulp


During the Cold War, forces prepared to operate in an environment where access to communications could be interrupted ... Through years of practice and exercise, a culture of resilience took root in the military and units were ready and prepared to operate in contested environments. Since the end of the Cold War, however, a younger generation has grown increasingly more accustomed to an environment of connectivity. In the face of an escalating cyber threat, the lessons of the previous generations must now be passed down.

Robert Spalding III and Adam Lowther:

[In the nuclear MAD era,] for every two dollars of defense, the enemy only had to spend one dollar on offense to defeat it. If we wanted to protect 90 percent of the American population it became an astronomical 6:1 ratio.

Gideon Rachman:

The days in which the US alone accounted for almost half of the world's military spending are long gone; by 2014, the Pentagon accounted for "just" 38 per cent.

The Economist:

The real cost of each active-duty service member has jumped by 76% in the past 16 years. If they were to continue to rise unchecked, personnel costs would swallow the entire defence budget by 2039.


Kathryn Schulz:

Prairie-dog homes are known as towns (and divided, like New Orleans, into wards), but could more aptly be called nations. In 1901, scientists found one such town in Texas that covered twenty-five thousand square miles and contained some four hundred million prairie dogs, making it, population-wise, almost twenty-five per cent larger than the United States.

Emily Badger:

In 1960, 63 percent of American commuters got to work in a private car. Now, 85 percent of us do. And three-quarters of us are riding in that car alone. In 1960, 3.5 percent of U.S. households lived in a home where bedrooms outnumbered occupants. Today, 44 percent of households do.

Deepak Singh:

Only in the United States have people offered thanks for coming to their homes or parties. Initially I was surprised when people thanked me for visiting their house when they were the ones who'd invited me, but then I learned that, "Thank you for coming to my home" actually meant, "It's time for you to get out of my house."

they do things differently there

Martin Wolf:

The reason we are impressed by the relatively paltry innovations of our own time is that we take for granted the innovations of the past.


Once we realize what we can do, we wonder whether we should.


If you've got the right perspective on things, the fact that you can wash dishes is totally amazing.

staying power

Mark Perry:

"Can you get there?" Robert E. Lee asked. The commander nodded and said he could. But it's staying there that's the hard part.

Sean Parker:

The moment anyone begins to worry about what the establishment thinks, it's probably an indication that they've become a part of it.


Once we realize what we can do, we wonder whether we should.

an accord of sorts

Teri Robinson:

The U.S. and China said they've reached an accord of sorts, a code of conduct for cybersecurity going forward.

James Clapper:

You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did.

Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih:

As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry.

hiding in the hold

Bill Wasik:

If digital imperialism is happening -- if smartphones and other gadgets are bearing cultural freight as they cross borders -- there is little doubt as to which nation's values are hiding in the hold.

Mike Isaac:

For Google, payments are a hook to reel people into its ecosystem of services and another way to gain insight about consumers.

ZestFinance's motto:

All data is credit data.

Christopher Gates:

Our shared conversations are increasingly taking place in privately owned and managed walled gardens, which means that the politics that occur in such conversations are subject to private rules.

Brian Barrett:

A whopping 73 percent of Facebook's $3.32 billion advertising revenue (which accounts for nearly all Facebook revenue) came from mobile devices last quarter. Nearly nine out of 10 Facebook users accessed the service from a mobile device in that same time. As a result, according to IHS, Facebook owns 46.8 percent of mobile display ad revenue worldwide. Google comes in a distant second at 23.6 percent, and Twitter is the only other company that hits double digits.

a powerful leap into an astonishing future

Cornelius Baur and Dominik Wee:

We define Industry 4.0 as the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions: the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks; the emergence of analytics and business-intelligence capabilities; new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented-reality systems; and improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3-D printing.

Michael Fertik:

Say goodbye to Big Data as a dominant concept -- it's time to recognize its evolutionary next leap: Big Analysis.

James Gleick:

Humans seem to crave the precision that is available.


DHS has already begun to revamp cybersecurity defenses to incorporate the powerful potential of big data security analytics.

Gary Bernhardt:

Consulting service: you bring your big data problems to me, I say "your data set fits in RAM", you pay me $10,000 for saving you $500,000.

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