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October 2017: News, Insights & Interests

A Collection of Articles We Enjoyed this Month

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Crowdfunding Cows

This article from Quartz by Chase Purdy titled, “A crowdfunding startup is working with ranchers to let people become “steakholders” in individual cows” explores a new method of purchasing beef. Purdy states, “Crowd Cow users purchase shares of a cow, and in doing so become official “steakholders.”” This is an interesting concept that really highlights the changes in the way we buy food.

Another Side of Charleston, SC

We enjoyed this article from Bloomberg BusnessWeek by Jon Gluck titled, “Here’s One More Reason to Visit Charleston This Fall.” He focuses on the Charleston’s outdoor activities while also giving some top notch restaurant and hotel recomendations. As he puts it, “What many people don’t know about Charleston, however, is that it’s also a world-class outdoor-adventure haven.”

A Brief History in Livestock Genetic Improvement

Read “This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows” by Adam Piore on Bloomberg Businessweek. A highlight from the article, “Last year, Recombinetics, the 35-person company he founded in 2008 with three other geneticists from the University of Minnesota, introduced its first genetically edited farm animal, a hornless Holstein milk cow.”

An Open Psychedelic Secret

This article by Tamarah Webb titled, “Stealing Fire” gives a good synopsis of the book with the same title. She states, ““Stealing Fire” describes how Navy SEALs, Google developers, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, the United Nations, Nike, Red Bull execs, Burning Man devotees and others are seeking the enlightened consciousness of “ecstasis” to increase collaboration, productivity and creativity in an altered state of mind.”

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Wall Street Learns New Moves

We enjoyed this article by James Tarmy titled, “Wall Street’s Best-Kept Secret Is a 72-Year-Old Russian Chess Expert.” Tarmy states, “Alburt was repeatedly exposed to Western culture through the many international chess tournaments he attended, but his defection in 1979 wasn’t about the American quality of life. “To leave wasn’t to look for a better life,” he says. “I knew I’d be much better off economically if I stayed in the Soviet Union.” His decision was a reaction to what he called “the lies that surrounded me.” Books were censored, movement restricted, whole lives predetermined. In a story he tells often, Alburt says he’d made up his mind to defect, lost his nerve, and then, after reading an issue of Pravda on the plane and becoming disgusted with Soviet hypocrisy, his resolve returned. On a trip for a chess competition in Cologne, in West Germany, he took a taxi to a police station and asked for asylum.”

An Interview with Ginni Rometty

Megan Murphy interviews Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, on programming and Artificial Intelligence.  Rometty provides the following insight, “When we started over a decade ago, the idea was to help you and I make better decisions amid cognitive overload.”

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Fraud Scheme that Began in Rock Hill, SC

This article by Jennifer Surane, titled “Scammers Are Constructing Fake People to Get Real Credit Cards” details an elaborate indecent of credit card. She explore, “a newly defined front in the war against credit card fraud. Known as synthetic identity theft, the scam relies on creating identities rather than stealing existing ones.” 


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