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The Capital Note: Semiconductors, Social Distancing & Scientific Stagnancy

A social distancing marker on the USC campus in Los Angeles, Calif., August 17, 2020 (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about business, finance and economics. On the menu today: semiconductors, social distancing & scientific stagnation. Nvidia Moore’s Law, according to which computing power doubles roughly every two years, has long been…

The Capital Note: Financial Obligation, Windfalls, and Catastrophe

( geckophotos/Getty Images) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about finance and economics. On the abbreviated — Daniel Tenreiro is caught up in other projects — menu today: Debt and the waste of windfalls, the lockdown reflex, oil tankers as warehouses, green protectionism, and the (partial) vindication of October. Debt and Complacency When I…

Dawn Capital closes another $400M fund to concentrate on B2B software application

Dawn Capital, the London-based VC that focuses on B2B software, has closed its fourth and largest fund: $400 million that it plans to use to continue investing in early stage startups. Oversubscribed and closed (all remotely) within six months of launching in the midst of a global health pandemic, the news underscores how VCs —…

The Capital Letter: Week of August 31

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, March 9, 2020. (Bryan R Smith/Reuters) Good employment numbers, stock-market uncertainty, New York City’s suspended animation, and more. It is beginning to seem as if I can begin this letter the same way every Friday: “Another week has passed in…

Capital Note: Stock-Market Selloff & the Fate of the Euro Zone

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before the closing bell, March 17, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about finance and economics. On the menu today: the stock-market selloff, weakness in the euro zone, and a look at Bush v. Gore. Stock Selloff Big-tech…

The Capital Note: Stimulus, in your home & Abroad

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 28, 2020. (Franck Robichon/Reuters) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter (coming soon) about finance and economics. On the menu today: Abenomics, the elusive “V,” and a look at Japan’s land bubble. A Review of…

The Capital Letter: Week of August 24

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington, D.C., March 3, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Changes at the Federal Reserve, ‘Stakeholder Capitalism,’ Economic Nationalism, and more. It is beginning to seem as if I can begin this letter the same way every Friday: “Another week has passed in our strange sort…

Venture capital firms to include “diversity riders” in term sheets

Ten venture capital firms on Wednesday will announce that they're now including "diversity riders" in term sheets submitted to startups, requiring that best efforts are made to bring underrepresented investors into the deals.Why it matters: This is a tangible effort to diversify cap tables and, in so doing, expand access to investors who have historically…

The Uppercase: Week of August 17

A child runs across East Capitol Street, a normally busy street outside of the Capitol building, as the coronavirus outbreak continues in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Another week has passed in our strange sort of stasis, with no real movement on another stimulus package. Nevertheless, the economic data are providing ever more…

The Capital Note: The Taxman Cometh

A tax preparation office in Los Angeles, Calif., April 26, 2017 (Mike Blake/Reuters) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter (coming soon) about finance and economics. On the menu today: California Taxes, Corporatism in Japan, and a bit on Adam Smith. The Taxman Cometh One sign that a jurisdiction’s taxes are too high is when…

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Here are the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes to make you laugh, then believe

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Trump Administration Invests More Than $7 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural South Carolina

ReConnect Funding to Connect 5,263 Rural Households to High-Speed Broadband WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in South Carolina. This investment is part of the $550 million…

This NFL Star Walked Away to Join the Frontline Against COVID

LM Chabot ON A BLAZING MORNING this past summer, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif arrives at a soccer field in the suburbs of Montreal, hoping to find some open space for a workout. Hordes of face-mask-clad kids have already claimed most of the turf—a bad sign for social distancing—so the six-foot-five, 321-pound offensive guard of the Super Bowl–winning…