Day: October 12, 2022

Reimagining Surrogacy with Dr. Brian Levine of Nodal


This post is by MPD from @MPD - Medium


On today’s episode I chat with Dr. Brian Levine, the Founder and CEO of Nodal.

Nodal is a marketplace that matches surrogates with families that want to have children. Their mission is to significantly reduce the time and cost required to secure a surrogate by cutting out the middlemen who currently control the market. If they succeed, they will help more families have children.

There’s a lot of nuance in this market. We discuss stigmas, the impact of Roe v Wade being overturned and challenges caused by profiteering in the overall healthcare system. If you’re interested in healthcare, this is a great one for you. Enjoy.

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Visualized: The Best Universities in America


This post is by Avery Koop from Visual Capitalist


The Best Universities in America

Visualized: The Best Universities in America

The United States is home to many world-class universities like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, which boast innovative research programs, famous alumni, prestigious awards, and students and faculty from all over the world.

But which schools are actually the best ones in America?

This ranking uses data from U.S. News & World Report to rank America’s 50 best universities from the Ivy League to public institutions. Additionally, this visual shows the average tuition and acceptance rate of each school.

The Methodology

Here’s a look at how different categories are scored in the ranking. It is worth noting that U.S. News relies on each university’s independent reporting of data and information and does not standardize or corroborate the reported information themselves.

How categories are weighted:

  • Graduation & Retention Rates = 22%
  • Undergraduate Academic Reputation = 20%
  • Faculty Resources = 20%
  • Financial Resources per Student = 10%
  • Graduation Rate Performance = 8%
  • Student Selectivity for Fall Entering Class = 7%
  • Social Mobility = 5%
  • Graduate Indebtedness = 5%
  • Average Alumni Giving Rate = 3%

The Top Schools

Ivy League universities are often assumed to be the top schools in America, but in reality, only four of the eight make the top 10.

Here’s a closer look:

RankUniversityAcceptance RateSchool TypeTuition and Fees (Private or Public Out-of-State)In-State Tuition (Public Institutions Only)State
#1Princeton University4%Private, Ivy League$57,410N/ANew Jersey
#2Massachusetts Institute of Technology4%Private$57,986N/AMassachusetts
#3 (Read more...)

Newsletters Don’t Stay Newsletters…


This post is by Howard Lindzon from Howard Lindzon


Good morning everyone…

I really like this thought from Byrne Hobart that ‘Newsletters Don’t Stay Newsletters’…

My daily newsletter, Stocktwits and my tweets have been a great way for Social Leverage to network with founders and source investments on the one hand, but I have also been exploring what else my newsletter might become or morph into as the audience/community grows.

A recent example of how writing helped us source an investment we made is ‘beehiiv‘ the newsletter platform built for growth.

I am currently transitioning my blog/homepage/newsletter to beehiiv but I already have a sense for newsletters on beehiiv that won’t stay newsletters.

One of those is ‘Exec Sum‘ (Litquidity Capital on Twitter and Instagram) and another is Milk Road’. The founders of both of these newsletters have actually now invested in beehiiv as well. Here is Exec Sums newsletter explaining why they invested in beehiiv.

As the world turns…

Have a good day.

Ten years ago at the blog — the terrestrial superstation thread has aged well



You heard it here first.

If you go back 10 years or so and look at what media and business reporters were saying about the future of television, you'll notice that pretty much everything turned out to be wrong. The future of streaming was supposed to be the single tier, ad-free model of Netflix based on original programming. Basic cable was dying and over the air television was already dead. Outside of the Chicago and to a lesser extent, LA papers, there was virtually no coverage of the industry other than the occasional opinion piece arguing for selling off its share of the spectrum. 

Now even Netflix is moving away from the Netflix model, the basic cable show Yellowstone is arguably the biggest thing on television, and over the air television is coming off more than twelve years of steady profitability and growth with channels like MeTV and Bounce beating deep-pocketed competitors and almost all of the majors playing some kind of catch up. Hell, The Wall Street Journal just did a profile of the newly retrocool Svengoolie. 



Friday, October 7, 2011

Free TV blogging -- Why Weigel Broadcasting may be the best business story that no one's covering -- part I

[I should start with the disclaimer that all of the information I have about Weigel comes from two sources: Wikipedia and way too many hours of watching television. It's entirely possible that a competent journalist could discover that the truth here is something entirely different, but if competent (Read more...)