0 Have your say Glasgow University’s plans for a high-tech campus at Govan could be as important as shipbuilding in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli. Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli is an intelligent person, an expert in international finance, Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow University and chair of the influential Russell Group of leading universities.So when he says that new-fangled industries based on “quantum technology, nanofabrication and precision medicine” could become as important to 21st century Glasgow as shipbuilding was in the past, it is worth taking seriously.True, he was speaking as his university unveiled plans for a high-tech campus on the banks of the Clyde, so he had an interest in talking up its potential and the historical comparison with Govan’s illustrious past may have proved too tempting to avoid.READ MORE: Scotland must adapt, the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us – Ian … [Read more...] about Scotland’s new ‘Silicon Valley’ offers hope and a warning – leader comment
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IF YOU WANT to go unicorn spotting, take a turn around the brand-new park on top of San Francisco’s Transbay bus terminal. This is not because it is perched on a spectacular, undulating building that itself looks quite like a mythical beast (Moby-Dick, in this case) nor because its tastefully planted flora, all native to flower-power California, offer a particularly enticing equine habitat. It is just that, as a would-be icon of San Francisco’s business district, the park is conveniently placed for looking out on their corporate headquarters. There are 88 privately held startups worth more than $1bn each in the San Francisco Bay Area, more than in any other region in the world, and a fair few of them, including Slack, a corporate messaging service, and Instacart, a delivery firm, are hard by the Transbay terminal. You can’t quite see the headquarters of Lyft and Uber, two ride-hailing services, from its leafy roof, but were you to climb the swanky Millennium Tower … [Read more...] about The wave of unicorn IPOs reveals Silicon Valley’s groupthink
Europe’s first nootropic drink, WOW Focus, launched for sale nationally in Asda this week, promising to “take your brain power to a (potentially) untapped level”. Otherwise known as smart drugs or cognitive enhancers, nootropics contain ingredients that promise to improve performance, particularly with regards to memory, creativity, and motivation. They’re billed as brain-enhancing “bio-hacks” in Silicon Valley. As an apparent shortcut to success, they've proved popular with entrepreneurs as a means to lift the dreaded brain fog while coding or creating. They’re not new in the UK by any means: search for “nootropics” on UK Amazon and you'll find around 719 results for pills, powders and capsules.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Are Silicon Valley’s brain-boosting ‘smart drinks’ as clever as they seem?
Elizabeth Holmes, who was once tipped to be the youngest self-made female billionaire, was said to never blink. Her invention was going to mean that “no one ever has to say goodbye too soon”: a tool that could analyse diseases from the prick of a fingertip and avoid the “torture” of needles. Where blood tests provide a snapshot of human health in time, micro-samples taken from a single drop of blood could screen a moving picture. Holmes’s mythos has captivated reporters, film makers and podcasters. Just what makes her story so compelling? In The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, a documentary recently screened on HBO, the latest of two made about the saga, director Alex Gibney portrays Holmes’ rise, fall, and gratifying exposure. She quit Stanford University in 2004 at the age of 19 to start Theranos (a portmanteau of “therapy” and “diagnosis”), a biomedical company nestled in a leafy Palo Alto research park. For … [Read more...] about Theranos: how a medical fraud exposed Silicon Valley’s cult of disruption
NEW YORK – How do you define success? This was one of the many questions that entrepreneurs Leonard Mazur and Yaroslav Azhnyuk addressed during a far-ranging discussion at the inaugural event of the Ukrainian American Business and Professionals Association (UABPA). Ivana Lotoshynski, president of People Wealth Matters LLC and the chair of the UABPA board, moderated the highly anticipated event, held on the evening of February 23 at the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York, and introduced both of the featured entrepreneurs. The UABPA, established in 2016, is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower current and future Ukrainian American entrepreneurs and professionals through business support, education and networking. Mr. Mazur, director and chairman of the board of Citius Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CTXR), is the son of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the late 1940s. During his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he … [Read more...] about Pharmaceutical and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs grapple with the definition of success