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This Week’s Best Reading
Start-Ups' Greatest Advantage
How in the world are tiny start-ups supposed to compete against huge, entrenched incumbents? Shockingly, they do just fine. See why here.
Counterpoint: Dinosaurs for the Win
“For all the talk of ‘disruption’ in today’s economy, it’s better to be a big, old incumbent dinosaur than it is to be a lean, mean start-up.” So says fire-breathing Annie Lowrey of New York Magazine: Read her controversial piece here.
How to "Get Lucky" in 4 Easy Steps
Famed investor Fred Wilson stumbled upon some research about lucky vs. unlucky people, then boiled down “good luck” into four basic principles. As it turns out, these principles are just the ticket for success as an early-stage investor. Read the post here.
Start-Ups “High” on Burgeoning Cannabis Industry
Many say that today's marijuana industry is the modern-day Gold Rush. But the drug’s stigma is doing a great job keeping the big companies away. So start-ups are seizing the opportunity and asking, "Are you guys high?!?"
New Competition for Bitcoin?
An up-and-coming start-up called Stripe has invested millions into the development of a new digital currency project. Is this competition for Bitcoin… or something else entirely?Find out here.
Does Kickstarter Have A Brand New Bag?
A handful of recent crowdfunding campaigns signal that Kickstarter might be relaxing its standards. Read more here.
Could Squishy Lego Blocks Build the Robots of the Future?
Imagine a robot that can inflate itself, bend at crazy angles, and channel liquids. That’s what scientists at Harvard University have created – and it’s pretty darned cool. Check out the article and video here for more.