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COVID hit startups badly – but something surprising is happening

At the end of last year, the Middle East's startup scene was on the up and up. The region's ride-hailing service, Careem, was acquired by Uber in a $3.1bn deal, and the wider industry witnessed record levels of engagement. 

Research from MAGNiTT, a startup data platform, revealed that $704m was invested across 564 different startups across the region in 2019. "To put it into perspective, 2009 saw $15m of funding in five venture deals," the company noted. 

"The story remains success breeding success," Christopher Schroeder (SHS 1982) co-founder Next Billion Ventures and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, told ZDNet. "The massive mobile penetration [is] attracting investment from within the region," Schroeder observed, and that investment is coupled "with more global tech companies exploring ways to enter".

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Author And Journalist Tom Ricks: Founding Fathers Expected Today's Political State

Tom Ricks spent decades as a journalist, including covering the U.S. military for newspapers and writing books about the war in Iraq.

Then he decided to take a step back, moving to an island in Maine where he's been reading the words of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others.

He says it's important to read the works of these founders, "because we still live in the house they designed."

Ricks has written a book called First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country.

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Aaron Sorkin Explains Why 'The Newsroom' Felt Like a "Pebble in the Shoe"

Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979) was never able to get The Newsroom to where he wanted it to go, which happened for a number of reasons.

In a recent video interview with Vanity Fair in which he discussed his entire career, the Oscar-winning screenwriter dove into the issues he faced with the HBO series.

"I was never able to get it quite right," Sorkin began. "I always felt like I had a pebble in my shoe. I felt like I could write a good scene. I could put a couple of good scenes together." Sorkin compared the situation to a football team that can put together two good quarters of play, but not a full game's worth.

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Media Multitasking Disrupts Memory, Even in Young Adults

The bulky, modern human brain evolved hundreds of thousands of years ago and, for the most part, has remained largely unchanged. That is, it is innately tuned to analog information—to focus on the hunt at hand or perhaps the forage for wild plants. Yet we now pummel our ancient thinking organ with a daily deluge of digital information that many scientists believe may have enduring and worrisome effects.

“This is an impressive study,” comments Daphne Bavelier, a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, who was not involved in the new research. “The work is important as it identifies a source of interindividual variability when one is cued to remember information”—the differences in attention among the study participants. “These findings are novel and tell us something important about the relationship between attention and memory, and their link to everyday behavior ..., [something] we did not know before,” adds Harvard University psychologist Daniel L. Schacter (SHS 1970), who was also not involved in the study.

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Aaron Sorkin Explains Why 'The Newsroom' Felt Like a "Pebble in the Sho

Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979) was never able to get The Newsroom to where he wanted it to go, which happened for a number of reasons.

In a recent video interview with Vanity Fair in which he discussed his entire career, the Oscar-winning screenwriter dove into the issues he faced with the HBO series.

"I was never able to get it quite right," Sorkin began. "I always felt like I had a pebble in my shoe. I felt like I could write a good scene. I could put a couple of good scenes together." Sorkin compared the situation to a football team that can put together two good quarters of play, but not a full game's worth.

 

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Visiting Fellow Tom Ricks’s Book Examines How Founding Fathers Were Influenced by Classical Thinkers

Acclaimed military historian and journalist Tom Ricks came to Bowdoin in 2018 as a visiting fellow in history to research his next book. That project has now come to fruition and his new book, First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, is to be published next month by HarperCollins.

The book takes a new look at the Founding Fathers, examining how their educations were influenced in particular by the work of Greek and Roman philosophers. Ricks, who, as a prize-winning journalist, wrote about military affairs for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, then shows how those influences shaped the ideals of the newly found United States.

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Chegg Reports Strong Q3 2020 Financial Results and Raises Full Year 2020 Guidance

Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG), a Smarter Way to Student®, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

"We have always said that the future of education was inevitable; to become increasingly online, on demand, and more affordable," said Dan Rosensweig (SHS 1979), CEO & President of Chegg, Inc., "The trends we are seeing in the industry and the momentum we are experiencing globally give us the confidence to raise our guidance again for 2020 and provide our initial outlook for 2021."

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Sneak Peek of Montclair Film Festival ‘In Conversation with Aaron Sorkin’ (VIDEO)

Academy-Award winning writer and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin(SHS 1979) sits down with Stephen Colbert to talk about The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin’s latest project which he wrote and directed.

Colbert, at the beginning of a wide-ranging conversation, says of Sorkin’s gift for dialogue: “You give the people who need to say the right thing, the right thing to say. And I wish you wrote my life sometimes.”

Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with A FEW GOOD MEN. He followed this success with screenplays for MALICE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, and STEVE JOBS, which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for “Best Screenplay.”

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What's in my bag? — Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff (SHS1979) is the author of Team HumanPresent ShockThrowing Rocks at the Google Bus, and a bunch of other books on media and society. He's host of the Team Human podcast, and currently adapting some of his novels to TV.

I got that backpack for around $10 on sale at the Vans store when I was getting my daughter some sneakers. She picked it out. I figured it would break pretty fast at that price, but it's lasted 5 years and been around the world. It works because it's super light, has lots of easy-to-find compartments, and the zippers haven't failed.

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Nicole Eisenman (1983), Martin Puryear, and 100 Other Artists and Intellectuals Call on Museums to Reinstate the Postponed Philip Guston Retrospective

Nearly 100 artists, writers, and scholars, including Adrian Piper, Martin Puryear, Matthew Barney, Coco Fusco, Benjamin Buchloh, and Zoe Leonard, have signed an open later admonishing four art museums for postponing a major retrospective of Philip Guston until 2024.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston announced their joint plan to move the show, “Philip Guston Now,” citing the artist’s depiction of hooded Ku Klux Klan figures

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