Space for Humanity Seeks Citizen Astronauts, Emotional Intelligence Tests & More

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1. Space for Humanity Seeks 10,000 Citizen Astronauts

By Debra Werner –

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Dylan Taylor, a space industry angel investor and SpaceNews columnist, is eager to share the experience with 10,000 people through a nonprofit organization, Space for Humanity, that will pay for the trips. Read More

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2. The US may be Home to Uber, but Another Country is Dominating the Ride-Sharing Race

By WeForum

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Even in the US, home of Uber and rival firm Lyft, only 30% of the population aged 14-65 has ever used a personal mobility app. But in China, more than half of respondents (51%) in China had used a personal mobility app. Read More

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3. This Emotional Intelligence Test Was So Accurate It Was Creepy

By Rich Bellis – Fast Company

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency

Curator: Miriam Meima

Self awareness is a key ingredient for change. You’ve heard that from me before and you’ll hear it from me again. I cannot recommend highly enough that you become a student of YOU. The more clearly, fully, accurately you can see you strengths, patterns, desires, abilities, etc. the more successfully you can create a life and career you love. Read More

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4. Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

By Joanna Glasner – Techcrunch

Digest: Bev Tech

Curator: Vincent PÉTRÉ

Booze-related startups, which typically account for a noticeable but not huge chunk of venture investment, continued to rack up funding in the past year. A Crunchbase analysis of the space found that at least two dozen companies with liquor-related business models raised a round of $1 million or more since the beginning of last year. Altogether, boozy businesses raised more than $280 million in that period. Read More

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5. The latest in the Binary Capital blowup — and what it means for startup investing

By Connie Loizos – TechCrunch

Digest: Diversity & Inclusion

Curators: Lilibeth Gangas, Silvia Li Sam, Dontae Rayford

Binary Capital, the San Francisco-based early stage fund whose cofounder, Justin Caldbeck, resigned, is shutting down for all practical purposes. A source tells Bloomberg that the young firm, which had closed its second fund last year with $175 million in commitments but barely begun to invest that capital, will be wound down. Read More

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