Month: August 2022

The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements

This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist

periodic table showing elements and whether or not they are scarce

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The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements

The building blocks for everything on Earth are made from 90 different naturally occurring elements.

This graphic made by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), shows a periodic table of these 90 different elements, highlighting which ones are in abundance and which ones are in serious threat as of 2021.

ElementFull NameStatus
AcActiniumPlentiful supply
AgSilverSerious threat
AIAluminumPlentiful supply
ArArgonPlentiful supply
AsArsenicSerious threat
AtAstatinePlentiful supply
AuGoldLimited availability
BBoronLimited availability
BaBariumPlentiful supply
BeBerylliumPlentiful supply
BiBismuthLimited availability
BrBrominePlentiful supply
CCarbonPlentiful supply / serious threat
CaCalciumPlentiful supply
CdCadmiumRising threat
CeCeriumPlentiful supply
CIChlorinePlentiful supply
CoCobaltRising threat
CrChromiumRising threat
CsCesiumPlentiful supply
CuCopperRising threat
DyDysprosiumRising threat
ErErbiumPlentiful supply
EuEuropiumPlentiful supply
FFlourinePlentiful supply
FeIronPlentiful supply
FrFranciumPlentiful supply
GaGalliumSerious threat
GdGadoliniumPlentiful supply
GeGermaniumSerious threat
HHydrogenPlentiful supply
HeHeliumSerious threat
HfHafniumSerious threat
HgMercuryLimited availability
HoHolmiumPlentiful supply
IIodinePlentiful supply
InIndiumSerious threat
IrIridiumRising threat
KPotassiumPlentiful supply
KrKryptonPlentiful supply
LaLanthanumPlentiful supply
LiLithiumLimited availability
LuLutetiumPlentiful supply
MgMagnesiumLimited availability
Mn (Read more...)

Grow or Die: A Framework for Turning Your Company Around Fast

This post originally ran here. Most great teams would agree, there’s nothing more powerful for executing on big ambitions than a clearly defined and well-communicated goal. But sometimes the stakes are much higher than usual. In these instances, a goal requires even more focus, execution, and clarity. All of these can be achieved through a... Read More

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Ranked: The Most Popular Fast Food Brands in America

This post is by Avery Koop from Visual Capitalist

fast food brands ranked by systemwide sales in 2021

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Ranked: The Most Popular Fast Food Brands in America

Ever since the McDonald brothers created the concept of fast food in 1940, the restaurant’s golden arches have continued to beckon customers to its quick, cheap, and tasty meals.

McDonald’s is still the most popular fast food brand in America today—with $46 billion in systemwide sales last year.

This graphic uses data from a report on America’s top 50 fast food chains by Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Magazine. The popular brands are sized by their 2021 systemwide sales and broken down into six broad categories: Burger, Chicken, Snack, Pizza, Sandwich, and Global.

Note: a number of these figures are estimates. Unofficial figures are noted in the graphic with an asterisk.

The Most Popular Fast Food Companies

It’s indisputable that McDonald’s is America’s favorite fast food restaurant, if not the world’s. McDonald’s sales are almost double the second the place restaurant’s, Starbucks—totaling $46 billion compared to the coffee shop’s $24 billion.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:

RankCompanySystemwide Sales (2021)Category
#1McDonald's$46.0 billionBurger
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Overlooked Ventures

Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to Janine Sickmeyer of Overlooked Ventures.

Janine Sickmeyer

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Overlooked Ventures invests in early-stage companies with one or more historically ignored founder(s). Fund I is a  pre-seed/seed-stage fund investing in tech and tech-enabled startups building for humanity, wellness, and industries lacking innovation. 

 We’re a founder-first venture firm with a focus on adding value and helping portfolio companies to the next round. As a 2x entrepreneur, I co-founded Overlooked Ventures to leverage my experience and provide hands-on support to OV portfolios. 

What defines your portfolio?

Overlooked Ventures invests in diverse, scrappy founders who are in the early stages of building billion-dollar businesses. 

Tell us about how your portfolio companies are navigating through the current market environment.  

The fundraising landscape looks a lot different than it did in 2021. We’re seeing valuations drop and startups having a harder time raising capital. Historically ignored founders including but not limited to Black, Latino, disabled, and women founders have always started businesses in these conditions. The founders that Overlooked Ventures invests in are not as impacted by the market downturn and are  building great profitable and investable businesses. 

What are the benefits of being an NVCA member? 

As an Emerging Fund Manager, I was searching for a community and network that I could join. When I came (Read more...)

Student loan forgiveness

This is Joseph.

Mark mentioned this briefly yesterday but I thought it was worth a full post. 

In the United States there has been some controversy about student loan forgiveness and the modest amount of debt relief that was recently given. I understand the reasons why it was good to do something and also why the time isn't optimal as it could have an inflationary impact. Still, the amount of inflation, according to Paul Krugman, is about 0.2% and much larger sums were forgiven for business support in covid-19. It is quite reasonable that the lockdown could have made student loans worse than expected for some people and so forgiveness is a reasonable policy.

It was then attacked for funding very left wing educational opportunities -- the exact phrase being "lesbian dance theory". Now, one thing to consider is that very few students take classes in identity. Here is a statistics from the far more left wing province of Ontario in Canada:

That's less than 1%. As expected, in the United States it is even lower:

There are more philosophy majors than in these fields!

Looking at the linked tables from the Department of Education (USA), we see that the top two majors are business and health sciences, together making up 32% of bachelor degrees (that is 1/3). There are five times as many students studying agriculture than "Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies" which is lumping a lot of different things together (are (Read more...)

Continuing Down The NFT Rabbithole – Media and Ticketing

This post is by Howard Lindzon from Howard Lindzon

Good morning from Toronto.

It’s a gorgeous day here so far which is nice.

I landed last night and met my buddies as always at House of Chan.  This morning it was Bagel World (the best bagel in world) and now I am off for a day of meetings.

Yesterday, flying out of San Diego I nabbed a few great pictures of the beautiful Coronado from the North and from the South…

I downloaded a few podcasts related to my personal favorite areas of NFT and Blockchain potential – media and ticketing.

The Neustreet team is doing a great job.

Two to start with that I really enjoyed…

Keith Grossman who is running Time and Reimagined the Brand.

Asher Weiss the founder of Tixologi (we are lead investors) on the future of ticketing.

Have a great day.