Tide Tips: Technology, Innovation, Patents and Startups C2: Volume 20

 

Tide TIPS: Volume 20

You are reading Tide TIPS, a weekly round-up of all things Technology, Innovation, Patent, and Startup related.

 

Say Cheese!

Black holes are something we’ve always heard of, and many people believe are real, but there has never been photo evidence of them… until now. Ever since Einstein predicted their existence in his theory of gravity, astrophysicists have come up with large amounts of evidence from hearing vibrations and gravitational waves from black holes colliding. Now, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope has been able to capture a picture after two decades of work. This is a huge accomplishment for the scientific community, and one to be very excited about. Now, we will be able to learn much more about this mystery in our universe. (Wired)

An Answer to Student Debt

With student debt at almost $1.6 trillion last year, it’s no surprise that people want to do something about it. Amira Yahyaoui is a Tunisian human rights activist who is working on doing just that. Not being able to attend college due to the oppressive regime in her country has led Yahyaoui to feel very passionate about enabling others to do so. She has traveled all the way to San Francisco to launch her startup, Mos, which is a tech-enabled platform for students to apply for financial aid. She is already backed by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and has raised $4 million in a seed round, so it’s safe to say Mos is on its way to help combat student debt. (Tech Crunch)

A Call for Environmental Sustainability

Amazon employees are calling for a company-wide climate change plan. They want a complete end to the use of fossil fuels, a halt to all solutions designed for the fossil fuel industry, any goals to be consistent with the IPCC’s climate change report, among other requests. If Amazon complies, their emissions could be cut in half by 2030 and at zero by 2050. This request has come from an open letter published by 3,541 Amazon employees. It’s hard to say if Bezos and and the other executives will comply with this call to action, but it is admirable that these employees are taking a stand. (Entrepreneur)

We Need to Step Up Our Game

Calling the U.S. the “only country in the world without a startup strategy”, former Cisco CEO John Chambers is working to make technological innovation in this country more competitive. Chambers says that nations such as India are doing it right and are dominating the world in technological innovation as a result. He believes that the U.S. is behind and plans to fix it by replicating Israel and France’s relationships with startups to create this kind of success in the U.S. Chambers closed his speech by saying, “If we don’t get the startup engine going at least three times the current pace, America’s heartland gets left behind.” That one definitely hits close to home. (Forbes)

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