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Why Digital Money Hasn’t Killed Cash - The New Yorker
The traditional definition of money says that it is a medium of exchange, a unit of accounting, and a store of value. It might seem logical that as cash becomes displaced as a medium of exchange—and that is assuredly happening—it would also become less important as a store of value. And yet, if anything, the increasing demand for hundred-dollar bills—still with their image of the famously frugal Benjamin Franklin—indicates the opposite.
money  cash  longevity  review  NewYorker  2016 
23 hours ago by inspiral
The new-world insurance agent | TechCrunch
Incumbent carriers are asleep at the wheel of innovation and will likely stay asleep for the next few years. But taking a selfie to get life insurance is not far away — the innovation will come from the Valley. I’m bullish on insurance startups. New carriers will be born and incumbent carriers will hopefully wise up.
insurance  insurtech  disintermediation  opportunity  startup  channelconflict  PolicyGenius  TheZebra  Insurify  PolicyBazaar  Cover  Embroker  review  Techcrunch  2016 
yesterday by inspiral
Medieval Fight Club
Medieval Fight Club Saved for Later, Recently Read kottke.org http://kottke.org/
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yesterday by bhr1
2017 Aston Martin DB11 Prototype Drive – Review – Car and Driver
A FIRST TURN IN THE MOST IMPORTANT NEW ASTON IN YEARS.
Prototype Drive
We often get invited to drive what automakers assure us are prototype vehicles, but which turn out to be carefully cosseted show ponies rather than hardworking test mules. Doing so allows automakers to provide an early taste of a new model while still offering the plausible deniability of being able to say, “That’s not the final spec,” if we don’t like something.
A Feral Fug
That’s not the case here; we have no doubt that this gnarly looking Aston Martin DB11 is a well-worn development prototype. For starters, there’s the ugly dazzle-pattern camouflage that is peeling off in places, and it has a feral fug that suggests lots of engineers have spent many hours sweating inside of it. Yet the biggest surprise is the baby-blue leather trim. “Hideous, isn’t it?” says our chaperone for the day, Aston head of chassis development Matt Becker. Apparently the company’s prototypes are often finished in the colors nobody actually orders. “They must have had a fair bit of this left lying around. I can’t think why,” he adds, with a nice bit of English understatement.
cars  aston  prototype  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
Ars Cardboard: Codenames, the secret agent party game you’ve been seeking
The other board game I managed to get was Codenames and it’s a fun spy game. Here’s a review of it:
games  review  spying 
yesterday by joeo10
It’s not a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘how’: the impact of FinTech on insurance - FinTech
The insurance landscape is changing, and quickly. FinTechs - or more particular for insurance - InsurTechs, are shaking-up the status quo and encouraging insurers to think in a different way. Yesterday, 15th March 2016, marked the launch of our first global FinTech survey “Blurred lines: How FinTech is shaping financial services”. We interviewed over 500 executives from 46 countries on what FinTech means to them and their business.

The results are interesting; and what they do show is that insurers need to harness the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of FinTechs, rather than shy away from it. FinTechs, on the other hand, recognise the opportunity in the insurance space, the value they can create - and they are determined to make an impact.
insurtech  insurance  fintech  opportunity  customerservice  personalisation  BigData  dataanalytics  blockchain  review  PWC  2016 
yesterday by inspiral
What Apple Has to Fear from China - The New Yorker
No company wants to report that its sales have declined. But when you’re Apple, which has consistently seen its revenues grow for more than twelve years, it’s not just bad news but a serious kink in a joyful narrative of boundless possibility. Earlier this week the company—the most valuable in the U.S.—told shareholders that revenues had declined by thirteen per cent. Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, did his best to spin the numbers—temporary currency fluctuations were to blame; sales will rise again as the iPhone SE continues its rollout; the company will rebound thanks to “the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem.” But Cook couldn’t assuage fears about the biggest reason for the revenue decline: a twenty-six-per-cent drop in sales in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, accounting for fifty-eight per cent of the over-all decline in Apple’s growth. The company’s stock price promptly plummeted.
Apple  revenues  decline  censorship  iTunes  iBooks  China  review  NewYorker  2016 
yesterday by inspiral
Tech Upended Banks and Stock Trading. Insurance Is Next | WIRED
These kinds of tracking devices, along with smart cars and homes, may lead not just to safer lives but more personalized insurance, McWaters explains. That’s because in theory, if insurance companies can better track what you do, when, where, and how, they could proactively manage your risk—and charge you accordingly. Your car could tell you what route to take when your normal drive home is blocked in a snowstorm. It knows you tend to skid in the ice. Your smart house could send you alerts to remind you that your iron is still on. It knows you’re the forgetful type. And your wristband could tell you to get up and take an extra walk. It’s good for your health—and for your policy.
insurance  insurtech  opportunity  growth  review  aggregator  personalisation  quantifiedself  MarmaladeInsurance  InsuretheBox  Beam  BizInsure  GoCompare  GoogleCompare  Oscar  Vitality  Wired  2015 
yesterday by inspiral
In Technology, Small Fish (Almost Always) Eat Big Fish | Stanford Graduate School of Business
Your rallying objective should be to build something truly great for the low end of the marketplace, solving an important problem with a simple, low-friction product in a segment of the market that's underserved by the incumbents. Once you've achieved excellent market traction in this arena, you can nibble your way upward until you're competitive with the heavyweights of your industry.
disruption  strategy  startup  RocketLab  ZenPayroll  Dropbox  Box  Salesforce  review  StanfordBusiness  2015 
yesterday by inspiral

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