VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 31, 2014

Subscribe to VICE News here: The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Libyan soldiers and militias battle for city of Benghazi, heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem, Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo suffering worst drought in 80 years, and legal questions raised over tactics used in an FBI sting in Las Vegas, LIBYA Government Troops and Militias Vie For Control of Benghazi Reports of hundreds dead over the last two weeks as pro-government forces fight to recapture the eastern city from armed Islamist groups. ISRAEL Tensions Continue to Rise in Jerusalem The shooting of a hardline Jewish activist and temporary shutdown of Al-Aqsa mosque sparked mayhem across the Old City on Thursday. BRAZIL Severe Drought Could Push Sao Paulo to Collapse The city only has about two weeks of drinking water supplies left thanks to the worst drought in eight decades. U.S.A. Questions Over Legality of FBI’s Las Vegas Sting Men accused of international gambling operation say federal agents broke the law to collect evidence against them. Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Have an Insane Startup Idea? Try This Investor

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Most investors want to find a startup idea that will going to make money. To do this, they shy away from companies that might seem a bit crazy, choosing the safer bets instead.

But Bryan Johnson isn’t one of those investors. Instead, the serial tech entrepreneur turned investor goes after those ideas that seem impossible. He tells Fortune:

“I want to get a company from ‘crazy’ to ‘viable.’ With today’s technology, we can now create in days, weeks or months what previous generations couldn’t do in a lifetime. Where DaVinci could sketch, we can build. Yet, we don’t have sufficient resources and people pursuing these goals.”

To date, he has invested $15 million in seven startups. One of those companies is Planetary Resources, which wants to mine asteroids for precious metals. Vicarious, which is building a computer system that learns like the human brain, is another. And Human Longevity aims to lengthen the average human lifespan to 120 years.

These are admirable goals, and certainly could have huge impacts if successful. But the likelihood of that happening is low, Johnson admits. And it’s also harder to measure the likelihood and risk for companies that don’t fit into an existing market.

When looking at companies like tech startups, investors are able to assess a business’s ability to succeed and make money fairly easily. There are already tried and true ways for products like apps and services like social networks to bring in revenue. So investors can make some pretty good estimates about whether or not a company is likely to be successful, just by examining its business plan.

But a company that wants to mine asteroids for precious metals is going to be a little tougher to evaluate. The risk doesn’t stop him though. Johnson is more concerned with ambition and big ideas. He says:

“I invest in entrepreneurs who understand generally where the world is going, the enormous power of their tools and the enormous stakes that we have.”

While taking the easy path with your business might help you better gauge your future success, pursuing a less conventional approach might bring even greater rewards in the long run.

Don’t forget about the insane success experienced by companies like Google and Apple. Maybe your next business idea should be a little bit crazy too.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 27, 2014

Subscribe to VICE News here: The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Lebanese army battles Sunni militants in northern city of Tripoli, Egypt puts off Gaza talks following Sinai violence, Pakistan’s first female superhero fights polio in animated series, and homeless models in the Colombian capital take the runway to raise awareness of the difficulties they face. LEBANON Army Fights Militants in Northern City of Tripoli Clashes intensified after a raid on an apartment in a nearby town where fighters hid weapons and ammunition. EGYPT Government Puts Off Gaza Talks After Sinai Violence President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is blaming Friday’s attacks, which killed more than 30 soldiers, on ‘foreign hands’. PAKISTAN Country’s First Female Superhero Battles the Polio Epidemic ‘Burka Avenger’ seeks to stress to parents the importance of vaccinating their children. COLOMBIA Homeless Models on Display at Bogota Shopping Center Six young, disadvantaged people participate in a fashion show to raise awareness of the plight of the city’s nearly 9,000 homeless people. Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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The True Power of Coal: West Virginia Midterms

Subscribe to VICE News here: This year’s midterm elections are projected to be the most expensive in American history. One of the most notable races, where outside interests are pouring in millions of dollars, is in West Virginia’s third district — and the campaign is centered on one thing: coal. The coal industry has dominated West Virginia for the past 150 years, exerting great influence over its economy and politics. Obama’s push to drastically reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change has convinced many West Virginians that the federal government is waging a “war on coal” and, in turn, on West Virginia, as mines close and jobs are cut. The backlash has placed 19-term Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall under fire for his perceived affiliation with Obama. The Koch brothers and other out-of-state energy interests have seized this opportunity to oust Rahall, leading Democratic State Senator Evan Jenkins to switch parties and run as a Republican. VICE News traveled to West Virginia’s third district to cover the race between the two candidates as they fight to prove who will be coal’s greatest champion, and spoke with locals about coal’s outsized importance in the region. Check out “Voters In Colorado and Kansas Are Tuning Out This Year’s Election” – Check out “Environmental Groups Target Key Midterm Fight For North Carolina Senate Seat” – Check out “Get Ready For More False Claims By Big Polluters” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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