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SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

  Kaitlin Gately On September 1, a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired prior to launching, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite intended to be delivered into orbit.   While the cause of the blast is still unknown, it occurred while the 604-ton Falcon 9 rocket wasContinue Reading SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

The Threat of AirBnB to Traditional Hotels

The Threat of AirBnB to Traditional Hotels

With over one million listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries, recently-valued $25-billion company Airbnb [1] is growing at a rate alarming the traditional hospitality industry. However, expert opinions differ on the actual impact of Airbnb on hotel profits. While events like Pope Francis’ recent US visit demonstrate the power of Airbnb, the extensive legalContinue Reading The Threat of AirBnB to Traditional Hotels

Segovia: Transfer Payments Modernized

Segovia: Transfer Payments Modernized

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn Corp, announced on Thursday, September 17th that he would be leading a $13 million initial investment round for Segovia Technology Co., along with investors such as Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund Inc., and Arif Naqvi, CEO of Abraaj Capital Ltd. The New York-based company, founded in 2014 byContinue Reading Segovia: Transfer Payments Modernized

Improving Efficiency in Third World Agriculture

Improving Efficiency in Third World Agriculture

Since the Industrial Revolution, the role of agriculture in the global economy has steadily shrunk, and it currently makes up only 3.2 percent of the global GDP. However, farming remains vitally important to developing economies. Agricultural activity makes up 12.9 percent of the GDP of sub-Saharan Africa, and occupies an astounding 60 percent of itsContinue Reading Improving Efficiency in Third World Agriculture

Transforming India Through Mobile Commerce

Transforming India Through Mobile Commerce

When Bill Gates announced on November 16th that he was investing in Unitus Seed Fund, an India-centric impact investing fund, he highlighted an increasingly evident fact: India is ripe for impact investment.A Despite almost eight percent annual GDP growth over the past decade, two thirds of India’s population still earns under $2 per day.B Furthermore,Continue Reading Transforming India Through Mobile Commerce