Archive for June 2014

Redefining Ownership: the Rise of the Sharing Economy

The recent lawsuits surrounding Uber, Airbnb, and Aereo have brought a new form of business to the mainstream: the sharing economy. Spurred by dramatic improvements to the smartphone and to cloud infrastructure, a horde of companies have popped up in recent years that have redefined the concept of ownership for younger generations. With the peer…

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Verizon Launches Virtual Doctor Appointments App

Will a large corporation fare better in mHealth than a startup? Verizon announced yesterday that it is releasing a new mobile health platform called “Verizon Virtual Visits”, which will allow doctors and patients to hold short virtual appointments, provide referrals, and send prescriptions out to a pharmacist. Patients will be able to request a video…

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The Rise of the Social Impact Bond in the US

As the Millennials (those born 1980-2000) enters adulthood, their cultural tendencies are being brought to the forefront.  This has encouraged the recent rise in social impact and socially responsible investing, where the investment is expected to return a profit to the investor while still achieving a positive outcome for society. Many financial advisers are now specifically…

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AT&T and Udacity to Introduce Alternative to the College Degree

AT&T and Udacity recently announced they will partner to create the “nano” degree, an online, one year program for those at a high school math level that directly prepares the student for an entry level software job at AT&T. As we covered in more detail in our whitepaper on the US educational system, one of…

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US Ranks Dead Last in Healthcare Among Wealthy Nations

According to a new report released by the Commonwealth Fund, the US ranks last for our healthcare among wealthy, developed countries. Using data from the OECD and WHO, the Commonwealth Fund found in this year’s update to their annual Mirror, Mirror report that the UK, Switzerland, and Sweden came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall, respectively. In contrast,…

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Did the Rothschilds Have it Right all Along?

The Return of the Family Bank Most of the  conversation surrounding the “Family Bank” has focused on using the construct to control wayward heirs and to save on taxes (see this NY Times blog post and this article from Forbes). While this is true, perhaps the most meaningful outcome from creating a Family Bank- usually through…

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The Tech 2.0 Renaissance in NYC

While at the Northside Innovation Conference last week in Brooklyn, we got to hear Daniel Doctoroff (CEO of Bloomberg) speak about his greatest career “failure”: the unsuccessful bid for NYC to host the Summer 2012 Olympics. In a talk that would have made a great college convocation speech, Doctoroff shared 9 lessons learned from his…

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