January 4th, 2016

The Short: 'The eccentric, heroic life of Samuel W. Francis, inventor of the spork'

by Phil Edwards

"The spork seems like it was made for combo meals at Boston Market or for a field trip school lunch. But the man who created it wasn't a fast food scion. He was part of New York's early medical elites."

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The Long: 'In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All'

by Om Malik

"In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was 'early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.' Yesterday, though, a mere fifteen months later, Sidecar’s co-founder and chief executive, Sunil Paul, announced that the company is turning off its ignition.”

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