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Venture Capitalists Sealing More Deals With Smaller Checks

Tomio Geron at Forbes has a story today about Intel Capital, a venture arm of Intel Corp. that focuses on tech investments, rising above a difficult time for venture capitalists, complete with a reference to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” It gets most interesting at the end where Geron calculates the average investment per company in the […]

An idea for a kinder philosophy of success

I stumbled on a TED talk a few days ago and have since been hooked on many more (Oh hello assignments–give me a second). An old one stood out to me in the context of Occupy Wall Street. Here is an engrossing discussion of meritocracy and an attempt at shaping “A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of […]

How to appease the 99 percent

Smaller Wall Street bonuses? Robin Hood Tax? No drums? How about this: large banks like Citi, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Bank of America reported shiny third-quarter earnings, but not so much from stellar performance as from booking profits on their own worsening credit. In other words, they aren’t doing as great as their earnings […]


Indonesia: Too few roads and too much credit

Car makers are drooling over Indonesia’s record number of auto sales, which could top one million vehicles by 2013, according to GAIKINDO, the Joint Indonesian Automotive Industries. GM, Tata Motors and BMW are upping their bets in the country. Toyota, already the largest car maker there by revenue, said they’re investing $387 million more in […]

Japan Crisis Has Minor Impact on U.S. Economy

International trade is my beat for Business and Economics Reporting class. This is an enterprise piece on the effect of the crisis in Japan on the U.S. economy. The crisis in Japan has had a major impact on its economy but a minor one elsewhere, underscoring the country’s slipping prominence in the global economy. The […]

Why You’re Paying More at the Gas Station

Gas prices in New York have risen to $3.74 in April from $3.08 per gallon last December, which means that if your car has a 15-gallon tank, you are paying about $12 more at the station—money we all can afford to save. Many factors near and far affect gas prices, including conflict in the Middle […]


Higher Exports in February May Narrow the Trade Deficit

I am tracking the U.S. International Trade of Goods and Services indicator for my Business and Economics Reporting class. Here is a forecast post for February. The trade deficit likely narrowed in February due to growth in exports. A consensus survey of 71 estimates show a median trade gap of $44 billion, a 5 percent […]

U.S. Farmers Rapidly Losing Market Share in Panama

International trade is my beat for Business and Economics Reporting class. This is an enterprise piece on the U.S.-Panama FTA. For American farmers, the pending trade agreement with Panama is no longer about potential gains but about preventing the loss of existing export markets. Since 2007, when the agreement was signed, U.S. share of Panama’s […]

Trade Deficit Widens due to Unexpected Surge in Imports

I am tracking the U.S. International Trade of Goods and Services indicator for my Business and Economics Reporting class. Here is the report for January’s numbers. The U.S. trade deficit widened by an unexpected 15.1 percent to $46.3 billion in January due to a 5.2 percent jump in imports. Economists surveyed expected a gap of […]


U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in December

I am tracking the U.S. International Trade of Goods and Services indicator for my Business and Economics Reporting class. Here is the report for December’s numbers. The U.S. trade deficit widened by 6 percent in December, adding up to a record-high annual trade gap with China. The trade gap with China lessened by 19.1 percent […]

About Face: How Paris Bought Me One Extra Year

In Feature Writing class, Professor Roslyn Bernstein assigned us to write an “about face” piece –a writing exercise on a turning point in our lives. Mine happened in kindergarten. His name is Andre. Not Andrew, with its sloping end and refined intonation. It ends abruptly instead, harsh æ pronouncing the menace’s presence wherever he makes […]

Fairer, Not More, Funding for Better Education

During a debate last month, Cuomo said that more funding is not the solution to improving student performance, considering that the New York State spends the most per student nationally while still ranking 40th in achievement. Instead, he pledged to improve funding distribution. “The way we fund education, through the property tax system, by definition […]