• The end of second chances ?

    July 25, 2010

    One of the great virtues of technological progress is that it enables people to reinvent themselves.  An ex-convict can use a pc and a stack of used cd’s to mashup a hit rap song.  A cobol programmer can re-train himself to develop lucrative mobile apps for the iPhone.  A Greek immigrant can run for political […]

  • Carmat captures investors’ hearts in its successful IPO

    July 7, 2010

    Truffle’s portfolio company Carmat SAS, a French company that’s developing an artificial heart, successfully completed an IPO yesterday above its target. The IPO will allow the company, founded in 2008, to complete pre-clinical trials on the artificial heart and start testing the device on humans. The implantable organ closely resembles a human heart, featuring right […]

  • Way to go, Marino !

    July 4, 2010

    What an amazing performer.  Marino Vanhoenacker, the Belgian champion triathlete, has just secured his fifth consecutive victory at Ironman Austria.  And it wasn’t a cheapie either.  Vanhoenacker crushed the second place finisher and with his sub-8-hour time, clocking the fourth fastest Ironman time ever.  Wow ! The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling […]

  • Blogs behind the paywall

    July 2, 2010

    There is an interesting debate raging on Charles Bremner’s blog about The Times’ (the UK newspaper for which Charles Bremner blogs) new pricing policy. The Times and The Sunday Times this week began charging for access to their websites.  Readers must pay £1 for a day’s access and £2 for a week’s subscription.  It’s definitely […]

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