Day: February 11, 2022

Mapped: The World’s Major Religions

This post is by Anshool Deshmukh from Visual Capitalist

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Religious Composition of Countries

The world has become increasingly more secular in the last few decades. However, religion remains an integral part of many people’s lives, and 84% of the world’s population identifies with a religious group.

The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.

With the help of data from Pew Research Center, we break down the religious composition of the major religions in countries worldwide.

Religious Makeup of the World by Major Religions

Determining the exact number of religions across the world is a daunting task. Many religions can be difficult to categorize or to tell apart for those not intimately familiar with their doctrine.

Pew Research Center organizes the world’s religions into seven major categories, which includes five major religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism), one category that broadly includes all Folk/Traditional religions, and an unaffiliated category.

Globally, Christianity has the largest following of these categories. Around 31% of the world’s population are Christians, closely followed by Muslims at 25%. Jews have the smallest population of major religions, with only 0.2% of the world identifying as Jewish.

Let’s take a look at the religious composition of the world when accounting for regions:

North America74.6%1.3%19.2%0.8%1.6%1.2% (Read more...)

What’s New on VC+ in February?

This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist

If you’re a regular visitor, you know that Visual Capitalist is your home base for data-driven, visual storytelling that helps explain a complex world.

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In today’s fast-paced world, keeping up is a challenge. But if you sign up for VC+, our members program, we do all the hard work for you. Through featured dispatches and a specially curated newsletter, we find the most important visualizations, reports, and data, and deliver them straight to your inbox.

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What’s on the docket for this month? Here’s a summary of what you’ll get in February if you sign up for VC+:

“At a Glance: 5 Takeaways from McKinsey’s Net-Zero Transition Report”

SPECIAL DISPATCH: A Close Look at Future Trends

In today’s hectic world, time is of the essence. In this VC+ special dispatch series, our team does the mental work for you by taking a deep dive into global reports, and neatly covering the key takeaways, alongside context and commentary.

This month’s edition looks at the Net-Zero Transition report from global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. The report gives a detailed overview of what a transition to net-zero emissions would look like, and how it could affect different aspects of the global economy.

Coming February 2022 (Get VC+ to access)

“Visualizing the Evolution of Medical Illustrations”

SPECIAL DISPATCH: A Historical Analysis

The History of Medical illustrations

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Why the 2020s Are A Watershed Decade for Plant-Based Alternatives

The following content is sponsored by The Very Good Food Company

plant-based alternatives infographic

The 2020s: A Watershed Decade for Plant-Based Food

Are you among the millions of people who have been eating less meat in recent years? Plant-based alternatives are exploding in popularity, a trend that has become especially apparent during the pandemic.

This infographic from the Very Good Food Company (VGFC) sheds light on why the global plant-based market is expected to go from a novelty to a new normal within the next decade.

The Market Outlook for Plant-Based Alternatives

Ever since the first vegetarian society was formed way back in 1847, plant-based diets have come a long way.

The U.S. plant-based food market is growing at impressive rates, as plant-based alternatives to conventional meat and animal products are flying off the shelves.

Total U.S. plant-based food marketGrocery sales of plant-based alternativesGlobal plant-based market value
2019: $5.5 billion2019: $850 million2020: $29.4 billion
2020: $7.0 billion2021: $1.3 billion2030P: $162 billion
National growth in sales of plant-based food outpaced regular retail food by nearly double between 2019 and 2020.This represents a 53% increase in just two years.Plant-based alternatives will make up 7.7% of future global protein demand.

Despite a slight dip in U.S. sales in the latter half of 2021, the big picture outlook for the industry remains promising for investors.

There are three factors powering this eye-watering growth: a more reliable supply chain, a boost in conscious consumers, and a move towards local, ethical (Read more...)

Research Director

The National Venture Capital Association (“NVCA”) and Venture Forward are seeking a Research Director to lead their research and data strategy to support the venture capital (“VC”) industry.

As the voice of the U.S. VC and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for VC data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking.

Venture Forward, NVCA’s 501(c)(3) supporting organization, drives the human capital, culture, values, and narrative of VC to promote a strong and inclusive community that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. The organization’s work revolves around four key areas of focus: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); education; research and data; and industry history.

The Research Director is responsible for creating, managing, and executing on the research and data strategy for both NVCA and Venture Forward to ensure they fulfill their respective missions. The research and data strategy supports VC advocacy efforts; informs VC investors on trends and activity; keeps team members apprised of important industry developments; and provides education on the impact and importance of VC on the U.S. economy and innovation.


• Create, manage, and execute the research and data strategy and pipeline for both NVCA and Venture Forward, including policy priorities, DEI, and VC impact
• Educate stakeholders, including policymakers, VC investors, academia, and the media, on critical industry trends and startup activity
• Work (Read more...)

Six Questions For Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is one of my favorite writers. His columns at The Atlantic explore everything from movies to why people are quitting their jobs to Covid stats. He does it in a way that I think is the highest form of good writing and thinking: with insights that are both obvious and that I often hadn’t considered.

I recently asked him six questions.

What aren’t people talking about enough?

For the world, carbon removal technology. It’s the most obviously important nascent technology on the planet, given the fact that even if we shift immediately to 100% renewable energy, that still leaves all the carbon dioxide we’ve already spewed into the atmosphere, which will stay there for decades. We have to find a way to vacuum the skies to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

What have you changed your mind about in the last decade?

So many things. But nothing more important than this: In politics, there’s a vague assumption that high-income, high-education people think about voting like an economist—obsessing about details in taxes, spending, growth, unemployment—while less educated people are just into culture wars. I think it might be the other way around. Low-income people think like an economist: How will this politician or program help me? Rich colleged types think more like a sociologist: What does supporting this politician or program say about me? If the future of politics in a country of rising education and wealth is all culture war, that means politicians need to get (Read more...)

Top Tips for Mentoring and Developing Teams

This post is by David Gipstein from Georgian

This article was originally published on Georgian’s Growth Network, a private community designed to help Georgian companies scale their businesses through peer-peer collaboration and knowledge transfer. All employees from Georgian companies are invited to join the Growth Network here.

During my career, I’ve had several strong mentors, managers and coaches who have challenged me and helped me grow, both personally and professionally. On the flip side, I have been in the manager seat for almost 30 years (currently, I’m the Vice-President of Information Technology at Tracelink). I’ve also been a volunteer softball coach for more than 10 years and participated in a highly rewarding mentorship program called American Corporate Partners that helps military veterans transition to their next careers.

Being on both sides of the mentoring/managing/coaching relationship has taught me some important lessons about developing teams, and I’m pleased to share some tips with my peers in the Georgian community.

I think of these tips as sort of a continuum, beginning with the talent acquisition process and rippling through the talent development lifecycle:

Phase 1: Acquire

Find out what makes someone tick

During the talent acquisition phase, it’s critical to understand what motivates each individual who may join your team. I take the time to personally interview all finalists for all positions. When I’m talking to candidates, I want to understand what they’re passionate about, what drives them and what ignites a spark. You can tell when someone lights up because they’re talking about something truly meaningful. (Read more...)

From ConnectU to SumZero, The Journey of Divya Narendra

This post is by MPD from @MPD - Medium

Divya Narendra is the Founder & CEO of SumZero, an investment community where peer-reviewed professional investment research is shared amongst its members. Its network of analysts is growing rapidly and offers some extraordinary insights. If you’re interested in public equities — check it out.

In addition to SumZero, Divya sits on the board of Gemini, one of the leading crypto exchanges, so — as you can guess — we went down the crypto rabbit hole.

Before his professional career, Divya attended Harvard where he became friends with the Winklevoss twins. If you’ve seen the movie The Social Network, Divya is the 3rd founder of ConnectU. Divya shares some fun stories about that chapter of his life — including crashing the set of The Social Network.

Big thanks to Divya for joining me on the pod to share his story.

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From ConnectU to SumZero, The Journey of Divya Narendra was originally published in @MPD on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

How to Use Massive AI Models (Like GPT-3) in Your Startup

As machine learning technology has matured and moved from research curiosity to something industrial-grade, the methods and infrastructure needed to support large-scale machine learning have also evolved. Taking advantage of these advances represents both opportunities and risks for startups – almost all of which are leveraging machine learning in one way or another as they... Read More

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