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Richard A. Chance

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Disney unveils Disney+

Twitter Disney-fied. Ahead of its November 12 launch, Disney posted a massive Twitter thread listing every single movie and show set to air on the service, TechCrunch reports. There's also a 3-hour long YouTube promo.

Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing IP to lean on when trying to convince people to join its service.

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

Economics Nobel prize

The Nobel prize for economic sciences was announced. The joint winners are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for their work in alleviating global poverty.

Three professors won the 2019 Nobel prize for economics for their work on fighting poverty

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any congratulations to only the tenth Nobel laureate of Indian origin.

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that the work of Esther Duflo and her longtime collaborator and partner Abhijit Banerjee (as well as Michael Kremer) has been recognised in this way. That too, just days ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a rather anodyne designation, but now given a new focus. A different-strokes-for-different-folks approach that truly tries to understood how the poor make decisions about housing, healthcare, hygiene products even.

Online in China

China’s propaganda app can snoop into users’ phones. The Chinese Communist Party bills its app as a fun educational tool. But it can learn the habits of more than 100 million users.

An app to teach Xi Jinping thought can study the phones of its 100 million users

Funny, you’d figure the CCP would have co-opted Weibo to do exactly the same thing - but with a great many more users. Of course, there is nothing that says it hasn’t done that also. More of the same from China’s all glorious, just and far seeing Communist Party.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

More places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The growing recognition of the alternative celebration represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

America really must deal with the facts of its history so that we can actually achieve our levels of greatness. How can we know who we are when we won’t acknowledge the darkness we’ve come from?

Acknowledge the REAL historical facts so that we can have some real national pride not this fabrication that’s come from politics.

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity now — to enforce “Gods will” and bring glory to the crown of Spain. His fervor justified the intentional massacre of an entire group of people. And he didn’t hide it either. He’d detail in his journal how many they would kill, methods of killing, and also various observations about the supposed inferiority of the Taino people.

Until reading this article, I knew nothing about the US immigration agenda behind promoting Columbus Day — which is full of irony. Fast forward 400 years later, we have Columbus’ kin people seeking acceptance in a new country, only to be unwelcomed and experience discrimination.

Humans are weird. We’ve created categories all over the world used to impose hierarchies of positional superiority/inferiority. For what reason? Power. Nothing’s really changed. The same game still exists, just different players. But I’d like to hope that public awareness is shifting — thanks to movements like Indigenous People’s Day. History has multiple perspectives.

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Making sure the kids are alright

One in three young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health. Over a six-month period, people who are lonely are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.

1 in 3 young adults are lonely—and it hurts their mental health

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after climate change) will be about how we can help build meaningful social connections and protect the vulnerable, both old and young, from isolation and its corrosive effects on mental and physical health.

Totally true. This is among the many reasons why depression has been reported to be up to six times higher among Ph.D. students when compared to the general population. Their isolation is real...

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Florida's pitch for growth: more diversity

TAMPA — Tens of thousands of new residents — about half of whom arrived from outside the U.S. — flocked to Central Florida last year, making Tampa and Orlando two of the fastest-growing cities in t...

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From Our Members

  • Not sure if it’s that good of an idea to try and get more people to come live in Florida (especially Miami). With sea level rise, much of the panhandle will be under water in the next 50-100 years. And it was interesting that the article talked about climate refugees (without using those words) from

    Not sure if it’s that good of an idea to try and get more people to come live in Florida (especially Miami). With sea level rise, much of the panhandle will be under water in the next 50-100 years. And it was interesting that the article talked about climate refugees (without using those words) from Puerto Rico as part of the rise in growth and diversity in Florida.

    The whole VC idea that only 3 states get most of the funding is certainly worth noting. I think perhaps the biggest opportunity that is being overlooked in this article is that Florida could actually be an early adapter to climate change mitigation and start getting investments from both VC’s and state/national funding to focus hard on the environmental breakdown that is affecting the state and the world. We all could look to Florida as leaders in this area and that would be some solid PR for the state.

    But yes, anyways, good pitch Florida. More diversity is absolutely a great thing. Growth in a time when that is nearly the last thing we should be focusing on though, is missing the mark by a long shot...

  • Interesting stat in an Axios story on Florida’s reimagining its economy and positioning on how narrowly distributed VC activity is today. FLA the third-largest state, got 1.3% of U.S. venture capital funding last year. Just three states — California, New York and Massachusetts — attracted more than 75%

    Interesting stat in an Axios story on Florida’s reimagining its economy and positioning on how narrowly distributed VC activity is today. FLA the third-largest state, got 1.3% of U.S. venture capital funding last year. Just three states — California, New York and Massachusetts — attracted more than 75%.

    Less than 10% of VC funding went to women, and less than 1% to African Americans.

    So great ideas are only made by white dudes in NYCAMA?

  • Disclosure: my perspective is narrow - Wall Street - historically Florida has been phenomenal for back-office operations work because of it's population. The challenge is that the population requires tremendous upskilling and education in order to leverage them to higher-value activities, beyond back

    Disclosure: my perspective is narrow - Wall Street - historically Florida has been phenomenal for back-office operations work because of it's population. The challenge is that the population requires tremendous upskilling and education in order to leverage them to higher-value activities, beyond back office. The reason why California, New York and Massachusetts receive the large Lion's share of VC funding is because of the Brain trust from the universities, and of course Wall Street in New York. This is a practical bias that needs change, however unless the population in Florida receive far better education and training to be up skilled and value generating it is going to be an uphill chicken and egg battle.

  • The concentration of VC money is a shocker. As is the notion that it’s the state of Florida that is behind effort. I feel like it’s been only in the last couple of years that I have had even the slightest image of Florida between the poles of South Beach and Disney. Bring on the diversity!

  • This is not only an issue of rebranding it’s an issue of infrastructure.

  • As a globetrotter I find the simplication of Florida staggering. From Latin strong Miami to Staunch White Tampa to Ignoring Jacksonville Florida has been a true discovery of the last Wild West standing. I love America and have become Floridian. The liberal conchs of the keys have nothing to envy anybody

    As a globetrotter I find the simplication of Florida staggering. From Latin strong Miami to Staunch White Tampa to Ignoring Jacksonville Florida has been a true discovery of the last Wild West standing. I love America and have become Floridian. The liberal conchs of the keys have nothing to envy anybody. The Jacksonville Establishment nothing to fear of NY. This state of Mangroves Mosquitoes and Snakes has nothing but future.....

  • Very interesting article

  • Interesting stats on those top three states. The weather must be the number one thing attracting people...

  • I guess Florida has enough crazy white folks that it needs to diversify the portfolio