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Venture capital needs geographic diversity

The U.S. high-technology industry looks like it may be too concentrated. One sign of this is the lack of geographic diversity in the venture...

Why don’t companies offer tenure?

Academia doesn’t pay that well. According to the American Physical Society, in 2013-14 a graduate with a doctorate in physics could expect to earn...

The working poor need help

Bloomberg recently reported on some interesting new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The percent of Americans earning poverty wages – pay that would...

Protecting workers from robots

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web, once declared that the spread of computers and the internet...

Regular work schedules benefit employees, profits

Over the years, many employers, especially retailers, have moved away from reliable, fixed schedules where workers have the same hours every week. The initial...

Why execs are playing down possibility of raises

Corporate executives speaking at a Federal Reserve event recently ruled out broad pay raises for workers. Maybe that’s a hint companies do not intend...

How to rescue neighborhoods

More and more, American leaders are realizing that economic policies must be designed with a specific region in mind. Usually, the context is discussion...

Is this as good as tech will get?

One of the scariest ideas in the world is the possibility that technological progress is petering out. Without it, there can be no long-run...

Public transit outlook not all bad

Public transit has always played a crucial role in sustaining American cities. Now, those cities must decide whether to keep investing in transit, or...

Do cities need tech hubs to succeed?

There’s a standard playbook for reviving cities by turning them into technology clusters. But not every town can become the next Silicon Valley, or...
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