September 8, 1987 |
"You've probably never seen worse financials in any company that's taken a public offering." That's the assessment of Corporate Capital Resources in Westlake Village--not from a disgruntled shareholder, but from the company's founder and president, Daniel D. Weston. : CorpCap was set up as a publicly traded venture-capital firm that would invest in new companies with terrific ideas in exchange for a stake in those businesses.
August 17, 1986 |
B.F. Skinner, sometimes likened to Hitler and shunned for decades in a fearful, skeptical world, still dreams of saving the human race. But the famous psychologist has grown pessimistic with age. At 82, the father of a behavior modification technique that he calls operant conditioning knows that it is probably already too late to see his hope of a society made better through positive reinforcement come true. He is not so sure anymore that it ever will.
February 26, 2013 |
The email that could change Meg Jay's life came in December without warning, containing little more than a link. Clicking on it opened a Web page that offered Jay the most significant invitation of her career: "We're honored to have this opportunity to invite you to give a talk at TED. " Without hesitation, she accepted. And just like that, the Virginia clinical psychologist, who specializes in "twentysomethings," or the study of people in their 20s, was swept into the slipstream of a cultural juggernaut that has expanded well beyond its original focus on technology, entertainment and design.
May 25, 2009 |
If we have the Great Depression to thank for inventions such as the Twinkie, Monopoly and the photocopier, this recession may be remembered for inspiring a biodegradable shower mat, a tie that holds iPods and a gadget that breaks the vacuum seals of jars. That's because some self-starters among the ranks of the unemployed, sick of trudging off to job fairs and sending out resumes, are starting businesses to finally launch that invention they've been mulling over for years.
July 10, 1986 |
The words are familiar: venture capital, start-up needs, problem-solving, leverage, entrepreneurs, change makers, path-breakers. But the context in which Bill Drayton uses them to describe the Ashoka Society is not. He uses them to describe the society's search for and support of people working in public-service jobs in developing countries who have good ideas that can bring about social change.
February 20, 2011 |
David Seidler first sparked to the idea of writing a movie about the life of King George VI in 1980. A stutterer himself, he found the real-life narrative of the English monarch's struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer moving and profoundly relatable, but Seidler understood that it wasn't going to be easy to see his script turned into a feature film. First, he had to wait for the Queen Mum to die; he had asked the royal matriarch for her blessing to tell her husband's story, and she had requested that he wait until after her passing, since the memories of that time were still too painful.
March 27, 2000 |
Peter Berg is a morning person. This morning, Berg, who is probably best known as Dr. Billy Kronk in "Chicago Hope," is sitting in the office of Dr. Robert Berger, who is the real-life director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Bellevue Hospital Center. Around a corner and down the hallway, behind several sets of bars and a phalanx of police, is a psychiatric ward. Inside are 27 of the most dangerous people in New York.
December 29, 2012 |
Before iPads, smart phones and even computers, there was the page: a tangible place to jot down thoughts, work out ideas, write a novel, love letter, thesis or equation. "Pages," an exhibition at the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, focuses on the simple piece of refined pulp as a place for formal and finished ideas and a space for creativity. "It's a way of celebrating the page as our human external memory of choice for the last two millennial," said co-curator and gallery director Stephen Nowlin.
August 7, 1997 |
It was a screwy saga with a scientific twist. In late April, two physicists announced in a prestigious physics journal that empty space spiraled like a corkscrew around some previously unknown axis, and that due to this mysterious turn of things, the universe had an upside and a downside. This meant, in effect, that the universe contained a kind of "north star" that oriented the cosmos.
December 13, 2012 |
In the 15 years since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for their "Good Will Hunting" screenplay, Damon has worked with some of Hollywood's best directors, become a humanitarian in Africa and even parodied himself with the help of Kevin Smith and Jimmy Kimmel. What he hasn't done is write another script. Until now. In partnership with John Krasinski of "The Office," Damon, 42, has returned to the blank page, co-writing "Promised Land," a script that he initially intended to direct, about a young comer in the natural gas industry who is selling the controversial practice of "fracking" to homeowners in struggling rural communities.