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Tesla-Werk in Brandenburg: Musk weist Bedenken zu Wasserverbrauch von Fabrik-Anwohnern zurück

Tesla werde nicht an jedem Tag so viel Wasser verbrauchen, schrieb Musk. „Das ist möglicherweise ein seltener Fall einer Spitzennutzung, aber nichts, was jeden Tag vorkommt“, betonte er. Zudem sei der Wald auf dem 300 Hektar großen Gelände kein natürlicher Wald. Anwohner hatten immer wieder kritisiert, dass zugunsten des Werkes die Bäume gefällt werden. Er sei zur Kartonherstellung angepflanzt worden und nur ein kleiner Teil werde für die Fabrik verwendet, sagte er.

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17 Motivating Quotes About Reinventing Yourself

We all need change in our lives from time to time to shake things up and approach our work and careers with a refreshed enthusiasm. But some people aren’t looking to just improve themselves–some need completely new beginnings and instead seek to reinvent themselves entirely.

The good news is that you can always attain a future that is different from your present. Here are 17 motivating quotes that will help you seek out and attain major changes for yourself and your life.

1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Elliot

2. “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” — Marianne Williamson

3. “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.” — Mireille Guiliano

4. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

5. “The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps.” — Bob Black

6. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — Simone de Beauvoir

7. “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” — Jon Krakauer

8. “People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.” — Warren Bennis

9. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

10. “I thought, I need to reinvent myself. I want every day of life to be wonderful, fascinating, interesting, creative. And what am I gonna do to make that happen?” — Karen Allen

11. “If you are not where you want to be, do not quit, instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.” — Eric Thomas

12. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

13. “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create.” — Robert Fritz

14. “There’s nothing more addictive or incredible in life than reinventing yourself and allow yourself to be different every day.” — Thalia

15. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” — Guy Finley

16. “Wherever you are is the entry point.” — Kabir

17. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler

Published on: Jan 25, 2020

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The Next Campaign Text You Get May Be From a Friend

“Relational organizing is just organizing,” said Betsy Hoover, one of Higher Ground’s cofounders. “But this allows campaigns to say, ‘Now is the time for you to prioritize your network’ and, two, to say, ‘This is how that outreach impacted my outcome.’ And that’s a really important piece that gets us to another level of voter contact. That, we’re seeing, is just way more effective than the cold outreach.”

“In general, the effects are big,” said Donald P. Green, a political scientist at Columbia and one of the country’s leading experts on get-out-the-vote tactics. When it comes to raising turnout, Green explained, face-to-face canvassing is at the top of the effectiveness scale. At the bottom are spammy, impersonal techniques like mass emails, texts, and paid social media ads. But when those texts or Facebook posts are coming from someone you actually know, the early research suggests that the turnout effect can jump up to levels similar to in-person canvassing. Plus, unlike paying for an army of in-person canvassers, digital relational organizing is easy and cheap to scale.

Democrats have been quick to integrate these tools into their campaigns. In 2018, the Tuesday Company partnered with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to implement its Team app in 70 “red to blue” swing districts, most of which ended up flipping to the Democratic column. Was relational organizing part of the reason for the blue wave? As you’d expect, the people behind the technology argue that it was. Somewhat more surprisingly, some of their Republican Party opponents agree.

Among them is Eric Wilson, a Republican strategist who served as digital director for Ed Gillespie’s 2017 Virginia gubernatorial campaign. Polls on the eve of Election Day showed Gillespie trailing Democrat Ralph Northam by only a few points; he ended up losing by 8.9 percent. Wilson thinks his side was outgunned on relational organizing. “There was one county just outside of Richmond that we were the first [Republican] campaign to lose in 50 some-odd years statewide, and it’s because this group of women self-organized using these tools,” he said. “And that was the wakeup call for me.”

Heading into 2020, Democrats still are far ahead of Republicans in adopting relational organizing technology. So far, some campaigns are using it in primary contests, but the real test will come in the general election, when tech-enabled Democrats find out whether their spiffy apps offer a meaningful counterbalance against Trump’s advantages of incumbency and the social media juggernaut that is his reelection campaign.

When it comes to state and local races, Wilson predicts that, similar to 2018, Democrats may have the advantage again. “There are going to be a lot of Republicans who wake up after Election Day and say, ‘How did this happen—how did I get beat?’” he said. “And it’s going to be relational organizing.”

Democrats’ relational organizing edge is part of the typical pendulum swing of political innovation. Just as Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, lacking a traditional ground game, developed novel approaches to social media, Democrats have been scrambling since then to find new tools to win back power. “They got there first because they were having to climb back out of the hole,” said Wilson.

To help his side catch up, Wilson founded Startup Caucus, a conservative response to Higher Ground Labs, in August 2019. The fund has given money to Swipe Red, an app still in beta which aims to do for Republicans what apps like Team have done for Democrats. (Sadly, “Swipe Right” was trademarked.) One candidate giving it a spin is Mark Koran, a Minnesota state senator using Swipe Red for his state’s February caucus.

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Today the Mac Turns 36 Years Old. Here’s Why It Still Matters Today

For most people, the story of the Macintosh begins with the famous Super Bowl ad directed by Ridley Scott. In reality, the story started long before that (5 years before, to be exact), but it wasn’t until a few days later that the world would meet the first mass-market truly ‘personal’ computer. The Macintosh included a graphical user interface (GUI), a mouse for navigation, and a built-in display, all of which were revolutionary at the time. 

Today marks 36 years from the day the original Mac was introduced by Steve Jobs. In the first of what would become Job’s signature product launch keynotes, Apple showed off its new computer. Oh, and Jobs wore a bow-tie while pulling off a canvas bag to reveal the first Macintosh.

That Mac featured an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, a 9-inch black and white display, and 128K of RAM. It also carried a price tag of $2,495, which is roughly $6,000 in today’s dollars. It kind of makes the newest Mac Pro seem affordable in comparison. 

It’s hard to imagine today how monumental the Macintosh was at the time, but in addition to the computer itself, Apple’s launch was something completely new. The company turned the tech product launch into a media event, borrowing a page from its CEO at the time, John Sculley’s, former company, Pepsi. 

It worked. The Mac was the most popular personal computer in its first year, outselling Apple’s own Lisa, as well as the IBM PCjr. It sold almost 250,000 units that first year, but its long term success was hampered by the lack of applications that took advantage of its GUI. In fact, despite promising more than 70 software titles, there were generally fewer than a dozen widely-available applications. 

The Mac has come a long way since 1984, and has taken on a variety of shapes and forms. From the original Macintosh 128K, to the iMac, to the PowerBook and MacBook Pro, Apple has consistently set the direction for the industry and every other manufacturer. 

While Apple’s most recent financial success is largely attributed to the iPhone, it’s worth remembering that the introduction of the Mac was the moment that Apple first broke into the mind of the public. It generated a loyal fanbase that has grown over the last 36 years, reaching cult-like status in many ways.

And today, it remains a symbol of the ethos and design innovation that has become Apple’s signature. 

That seems like a pretty big success after all. 

Published on: Jan 24, 2020

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Microsoft Looms Over the Privacy Debate in Its Home State

One of the new proposed bills is a broad privacy law, which, like a California law that took effect this month, allows consumers to ask companies to delete some personal data, or refrain from selling it. Microsoft has said it already offers the core rights provided by California’s law to all US customers.

The proposed Washington privacy law also requires companies to inform consumers when facial recognition technology is in use in publicly accessible places. That could mean posting notices in stores, for example. Companies operating such systems could not add a person’s face to their database without consent, unless there’s reason to believe they were involved in a specific criminal incident, such as shoplifting.

The second bill, with Nguyen as the lead sponsor, is concerned with government use of facial recognition. It requires agencies to publish accountability reports in advance of procuring the technology with information including the system’s capabilities and limitations, and what data it will use. It specifies that law enforcement agencies need a warrant before using the technology for ongoing surveillance, unless there is imminent danger of serious physical injury.

Nguyen, the son of Vietnamese immigrants, says his work on the issue springs from a concern over potential misuse of facial recognition, not his day job at Microsoft. State legislators in Washington are part-time. “I’d love to not have to work at Microsoft, but because I have three kids and a mortgage that’s reality,” he says, pointing out that his bill will need many votes besides his own to become law. “I’m putting more regulation and oversight over the tech industry.” He says he’s met with representatives of large tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple—and Microsoft.

Nguyen describes his bill as designed to prevent harmful uses of facial recognition, like tracking protestors, while allowing beneficial uses, such as finding a kidnapper. The ACLU of Washington says he has struck the wrong balance.

Nguyen got into a testy exchange at last week’s hearing with Jennifer Lee, a project manager at the ACLU, after she said his bill ignored the interests of marginalized communities. Nguyen said he had met plenty of community representatives; Lee said truly respecting such groups would require pausing use of facial recognition until the public could say whether it wanted the technology to be used or not. “Washingtonians deserve good privacy regulations,” she says. “Just because Microsoft is here doesn’t mean we should have a corporate-friendly privacy bill.”

Nguyen’s facial recognition bill may become more corporate-friendly. Senator Reuven Carlyle, primary sponsor of the larger privacy bill, said he is talking with Delta Air Lines, which wants to make sure its rollout of facial recognition check-in will not be disrupted.

TechNet, the tech lobbying group whose members include big tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, asked that any rules governing private use of facial recognition exempt apps a person uses on their own device, for example to edit photos, or perhaps Face ID. Motorola said requiring a warrant for law enforcement use of the technology in public was too onerous, while Axon expressed concern that requiring allowing outsiders to test facial recognition technology could allow leakage of private data or trade secrets.

Nguyen’s bill and the privacy bill with commercial facial recognition rules must pass through committees and floor votes in both houses of Washington’s legislature to become law. They will also have to withstand criticism from within state government.

At last week’s hearing, a representative of the state attorney general supported allowing consumers to initiate lawsuits for violations. The Washington Association of Police Chiefs complained that since no one has an expectation of privacy in public, the requirement for a warrant before using facial recognition for public surveillance was unnecessary.

Updated, 1-22-20, 12:30pm ET: This article has been updated to include a statement from Microsoft.


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Telltale Signs That You Shouldn’t Be Raising Venture Capital

Standing outside of the Mercy Virtual facility in St. Louis on an unusually cold fall day, I was on the phone with two founders who were pitching me on a new blockchain startup. They had a few customers and some early traction, but nothing to indicate product-market fit. And yet, they had raised $3.5 million from crypto investors in an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) to grow the team and build product. Remarkably, the $3.5 million they raised was non-dilutive, meaning they didn’t have to give up equity in their business the same way you would have to through traditional venture capital. 

“We’re planning on raising traditional venture because it’s a great time to do so,” said one of the founders. “Our friends have raised at $45 million and $50 million valuations on Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and the money’s there.” 

“Yeah, OK. I get that. Good strategy,” I responded. “But, do you actually need the money to grow the company? What is the use of proceeds?” 

“If it’s there, let’s take it,” was the founder’s thinking.

This anecote exemplifes how, over the past decade, venture capitalists have plowed more than $500 billion into startups, and accelerator programs have proliferated as entrepreneurs from around the nation started looking to take advantage of healthy capital markets. If you wanted to build a startup, many founders believed the first step was to raise venture capital. Unfortunately, the data does not support this contention. Only 1 percent of entrepreneurs are able to raise any form of venture capital. Even more disconcerting, of those that do, only 42 percent are able to raise Series A financing and beyond.

Related: VC 100: The Top Investors in Early Stage Startups

Put simply: You do not need to raise venture capital to build a great business. In fact, many entrepreneurs are now refraining from raising venture investment because of both the pressure it places on founders, as well as issues centered on dilution of ownership. 

Fortunately, there are some clear signals you will encounter indicating as much. Chief amongst these is asking yourself the question as to whether the type of business you are building is “venture backable” or not. Second, you should ask yourself: Just because capital is available, does your business need it? And third, you should look to understand how much dilution of ownership and control you are willing to accept. 

Is Your Business “Venture Backable”?

Recently, I was sitting in the middle of a Blue Bottle with a friend of mine who was starting a mobile application for people looking to spend time with other owners’s dogs. No, this is not a joke. This founder was having trouble raising capital. I told him the market was too small and said that if he expanded the concept to include a market for pet food and services, he could transform his business into something “venture backable.” 

What this entrepreneur failed to grasp was the difference between a “venture backable” business and a “lifestyle business.” A venture backable business is a company whose business model and technology have the potential to generate significantly outsized returns, often 100 times or more of the valuation of initial investment and a $1 billion plus valuation. By contrast, a lifestyle business is a company whose business may be successful, even immensely profitable, but lacks the opportunity to scale into a market dominant position. This may be due to limits in the overall size of the market, growth being related to adding team members rather than automating processes or lack of network effects.

Many first-time entrepreneurs fail to grasp the important distinctions between these two types of businesses. Just because an entrepreneur is passionate about a given market, idea or product does not mean it will automatically be “venture backable.” Founders need to ask themselves whether the scale of opportunity, the marketplace dynamics, customer acquisition opportunities and ability to generate network effects places their business in the venture backable or lifestyle categories.  And if you are building a “lifestyle business” that you are passionate about, do it! Just because it’s not venture backed doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea.

Just Because It’s There Doesn’t Mean You Need to Take It

Let’s go back to my conversation at the beginning of this article. Repeatedly, the founders indicated that they were raising capital “because they could.” And yet, they did not indicate how they would deploy their capital. They just figured they should “because it’s there.” 

For entrepreneurs good at raising capital, this is a bad trap to fall into. Smart investors look for a clear plan of action for use of proceeds, hiring, scaling sales and product investments. The best investors are looking to understand how capital raised today is going to be deployed to ensure the business’s capacity at raising capital tomorrow. Just raising “because you can” is not good enough. Entrepreneurs need a plan of action for capital deployment after fundraising. 

Understand Dilution Before Raising

When raising capital, many entrepreneurs underestimate the amount of dilution they will face when including external investors on their cap table. Roughly, dilution is the percentage of ownership in your company offered in exchange for capital. Investors often drive a hard bargain here; their goal is to get into the company with the lowest variable valuation. This often results in a high level of dilution for the original founding team. If you a founder concerned about dilution or uncomfortable with the level of ownership you will have to give away, you should refrain from raising traditional venture capital. 

There are other sources of financing available. You can raise angel money from friends and family. If you have some revenue, you can raise venture debt from Silicon Valley Bank or other specialized lenders. If you have real property assets, you can take out a more traditional loan or line of credit. You do not have to accept dilution you find unacceptable just because you want to raise capital. 

Related: What Venture Capitalists Look for in Startups

When starting a business, entrepreneurs should understand the leading indicators demonstrating why they shouldn’t raise venture capital. Key among these is understanding the difference between a venture backable business and a lifestyle business, not taking capital just “because it’s there” and understanding the dilution that comes alongside raising venture money. 

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