Oxford University has won Europe number one for ‘unicorn’ start-ups

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOxford University has produced more start-ups valued in excess of $1 billion than any other university in Europe over the past decade, a new study has revealed.Oxford alumni have founded eight such ‘unicorn’ companies in the last ten years, so named as they are exceedingly rare.The report, published by British software firm Sage Oxford, puts Oxford seventh globally, but firmly leading in Europe. Cambridge does not feature in the top fifteen.Oxford still has a long way to go before catching up with Harvard (51 billion-dollar companies) and Stanford (37).However, Oxford’s closest European rivals, French business-school INSEAD and German Management school WHU, lay claim to five unicorns each.Companies founded by Oxford alumni include Linkedin, created by former Wolfson college philosophy student Reid Hoffman, and ticketing platform Eventbrite launched by Kevin Hartz who read History at the University.Start-ups have gained increasing support from Oxford in the past few years. Last month Cherwell reported that Alex Snow, former chief executive of Lansdowne, had left the company to focus on his involvement with Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI).OSI, the University’s technology and research commercialisation company, has currently raised more than £580 million to support spinoff start-ups from the university.A spokesperson for OSI told Cherwell: “The news that Oxford University is leading in generating founders of billion-dollar companies in Europe is a strong testament to the teaching quality of Oxford.“The downside is that none of these companies continue to contribute to the Oxford tech cluster, and we must all do more to attract potential founders to remain in the area and engage with our innovation ecosystem.“Through our work in broadening our offer to Humanities and Social Sciences, our incubator’s increased activity, our partnership with Oxford Sciences Innovation, and more, OUI is continually enhancing the entrepreneurial offer of Oxford University.“But innovation works best when all parties collaborate, and we all need to pull together to ensure that the next billion-dollar startup founder knows that Oxford is the place to launch and grow their company.”Ukaire Onyinyechi, a visiting Biochemistry student from Tufts University, Massachusetts, said: “Oxford University doesn’t get enough credit for the fantastic work that it does in supporting technology start-ups creating meaningful change in the world.“I’d anticipate many more companies being launched over the next few years out of the university perhaps even rivalling the success on this list of top American universities”Maya Mobbs-Walton, a Law student at Worcester College, told Cherwell: “It’s great to see so many innovative companies coming out the university and it’s a testament to the support of organisations such as Oxford Entrepreneurs and Oxford University Innovation that so many great companies are being founded.”last_img read more

Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin Keep All Bases Covered at the Music Pier

May 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTwenty years ago, Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin were main-stage acts on North America’s first female-only music festival, founded by Sarah McLachlan. The resulting “Lilith Fair” was successful enough in Summer ’97 to warrant an encore in Summer ‘98, again featuring Osborne and Colvin. With their recent show at the Music Pier still fresh, it’s too early to guess if they’ll be back in Ocean City next summer. But if so, much of this week’s crowd would welcome their return.Joan Osborne is best remembered for her Grammy-winning, 1996 Top 5 Billboard pop hit, “One of Us”. What may be less known is that she’s one of the better song interpreters currently working. This reviewer had some idea, having witnessed her perform “Little Red Corvette” with Philadelphia’s The Roots at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 1999, plus watched her reverent take on “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted” with The Funk Brothers, in 2002’s acclaimed Standing in the Shadows of Motown film documentary.What this OCNJ Daily critic and Bob Dylan fanatic didn’t realize, was that Osborne has a new album of Dylan covers coming out in September.  So, to call Osborne’s set, comprised entirely of Dylan songs aside from her trademark hit, a pleasant surprise might be underselling it a bit. Equally unprepared, were Andrea & Herb Brunhoffer, a Philadelphia couple visiting Ocean City, seated nearby in row two. Andrea has been visiting Ocean City for 49 years. She was at the Music Pier last summer for Colin Hay, another one of her favorites, but calls Bob Dylan “my number one, easily”. When Osborne introduced the night’s program, before launching into “High Water”, from 2001’s Love & Theft, delighted smiles over our luck were exchanged.Osborne has shown another side of Dylan before, covering “The Man in the Long Black Coat” on her 1995 debut. If this performance was any indicator, this recent self-described “deep dive”, will unearth more treasures. Osborne’s set was an eclectic, hand-picked mix from Dylan’s extensive catalog. It featured deep cuts (“Spanish Harlem Incident”), protest anthems (“Masters of War”) and big hits (“Rainy Day Women”). “Women”, the highest charting number of Dylan’s career, was rendered nearly unrecognizable. Between session ace Jack Petruzelli’s electric guitar riffing and Osborne’s blues wail, “everybody must get stoned” gained sexier undertones. This rendition gaining steady play on Philly’s WXPN 88.5, who hosted the evening, would not be surprising.Joan excelled with some inspired assistance, both in the form of Dylan’s songbook and her company onstage. Petruzelli, a New Jersey native and member of “The Fab Faux”, provided bittersweet acoustic six-string underpinning to make “Buckets of Rain” shine. He also moved to piano late in the show, so Osborne could “Ring Them Bells” for everyone scuffling through “this very intense time”.On the encore, Osborne brought out Shawn Colvin, for the first time on this tour. “When’s the last time we’ve sang together?” Osborne asked her, once Colvin belatedly made her way out onstage and the sound synced. “I have no idea”, mumbled Colvin, “the nineties?!?”. Osborne, having plenty of recent practice, clearly had full command of the lyrics to the Dylan classic “Tangled up in Blue”. In addition to singing her verses, Osborne helpfully cued up Colvin’s on her iPad. It was a sweet bit of impromptu teamwork, giving their sets a baton-passing feel.The headliner, Shawn Colvin, is more commonly known for her songwriting. She’s respected enough by peers, like Steve Earle and Richard Thompson, to instruct at Earle’s Camp Copperhead songwriting retreat. Colvin, a South Dakotan armed with a charmingly self-deprecating, salty sense of humor, claims she doesn’t have much insight on the writing process. “I don’t know what to tell these campers”, then stated “thievery, sleep and deadlines” were the three keys over her thirty-year career.Following a headliner in her own right, who just performed a set of songs penned by the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, is a tall order. Undaunted, Shawn Colvin was able to rise to that challenge. She did so by piggybacking on the momentum Osborne’s set built, while highlighting their differences as well.Colvin, who performed solo, utilizes “alternate” guitar tuning, a la Joni Mitchell. This occasionally led to her having to re-tune between songs on Monday night. Luckily, if Colvin ever craps out as a concert draw, or a guitar tech, she’s got a possible future as a comedian. While playing with nobs and testing strings, her riffs on touring life, aging and ill-advised romance, struck a chord. When they weren’t clapping or listening intently, Colvin had the crowd laughing with her.This isn’t to say Colvin didn’t also mine the songwriting Hall of Fame archives. Her encore included takes on “Ol’ 55” by Tom Waits and Talking Heads’ “Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place)”. She was bold enough to break out Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest” mid-show. “I know, it’s pretty nervy to try to do a Boss song, while playing in Jersey”. The crowd, appreciating the acknowledgement, let her know she pulled it off.Colvin primarily stuck with her own creations, selections from her “long catalog of breakup songs”. One of those was 1997 Song of the Year Grammy Award Winner, “Sunny Came Home”. “Sunny’ has been described by Steve Earle as “the ultimate break-up song”. Colvin once asked Earle, no stranger to breakups himself, why he thought so. His reply was simple: “because it’s a murder ballad”. Fair enough. An appropriate bit of Gallows’ humor there. 20 years after Lilith Fair, it’s nice to have Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin still out there, walking on the wire.Joan Osborne Set (All songs by Bob Dylan except where noted by asterisk):High Water (for Charley Patton)Spanish Harlem IncidentDon’t Think Twice, It’s AlrightRainy Day WomenLeopard-Skin Pillbox HatBuckets of RainMasters of WarHighway 61 RevisitedOne of Us*Ring Them Bells (with Jack Petruzelli on piano)Tangled Up in Blue (with Shawn Colvin)Shawn Colvin Set:American TuneTroublePolaroidsShotgun Down the AvalancheWichita SkylineTougher Than the Rest (Bruce Springsteen cover)These Four WallsSonny Came HomeRicochet in TimeRound of BluesEncore: Ol’ 55 (Tom Waits cover, on piano) If I Were Brave (on piano) Diamond in the Rough Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place) (Talking Heads cover)last_img read more

Universal employee fired for flashing controversial OK sign

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgA Universal employee was terminated after flashing a controversial upside-down ‘OK’ sign in a Colorado family’s photograph.The family was outraged after discovering that an Orlando employee dressed as the ‘Despicable Me’ character Gru was flashing what some believe is a white power symbol.The photo in question was taken in March, but the family did not notice it until months later while selecting images for their 6-year-old daughter with autism’s school project.Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, and her husband, Richard Zinger, who is white, then went through their smartphone photos and videos to find more evidence of what they were seeing.Shortly after, they found a 29-second clip that confirmed “their worst fears.”The photo and video in question features the couple’s two biracial children, who were six and 2-years-old at the time, at a character breakfast hosted by the Universal Loews Royal Pacific Resort.A Universal representative spoke out about the controversy Tuesday, confirming that the employee in question no works at the theme park.“We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable, and we are sorry, and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again, said Universal spokesperson Tom Schroder. “We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here.”“We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right,” Schroder added.The Zinger’s are reportedly planning to take legal action.last_img read more

Olympics must not get carried away by Premier League inclusion – Pappoe

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBoard member of Accra Great Olympics, Fred Pappoe, has urged the club to be united and up to the task in their return to the Ghana premier league.Olympics, together with King Faisal, were reinstated to the Ghana Premier League for the 2019/2020 football season at the GFA Extraordinary Congress last Friday.The two clubs had been asking to be part of the new league structure after they both deemed to have been victims of some acts of injustice and those acts led to their relegation.The move means that the new league season will have 18 teams instead of the standard 16 which has been the norm for many years, with 5 teams to be relegated at the end of the season, bring the number of competing teams back to 16 at the start of the 2020/2021 season.Pappoe says they cannot get carried away by the huge opportunity presented to them, and must fight hard to retain their place in the league when the competition starts.“It is a source of great joy for the club and the supporters, but it also signifies the need for hardwork and unity in the club,” he said.“We know that we cannot just jubilate because of this decision and forget the task at hand.“It calls for a lot of hard work and unity in the club, and I’m sure the club will rise up to the challenge,” he added.last_img read more

Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany

January 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Yet the feelings of joy were genuine and spontaneous.With Mexico’s chances of advancing to the knockout stage under dire threat, the fans had turned their attention from the pitch in Yekaterinburg to their smart phones to watch the simultaneous game in Kazan.In a wide open Group F, all they could hope was an upset result in the other match featuring defending champion Germany against South Korea. Mexico fans were hoping for a shocking upset — and the South Koreans delivered that with two goals in stoppage time for a 2-0 victory.That result sent the Mexican squad into the knockout round along with Sweden, despite their loss on Wednesday.“We advanced to second phase, and thanks to Korea!” said Mexico City resident Edmundo Robert, who was at the game with his son and father of law. “Yes, it was sweet. A victory is sweet — and this is a kind of a strange victory.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Plastic cups and beer were flying high as the fans were jumped and danced and sang.It was the kind of celebrating supporters from the soccer crazy country would do for a World Cup victory by El Tri.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut this was different. Mexico was trailing Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and moments earlier the mood of the Mexicans had been bleak.READ: Sweden blanks Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Groups of Mexicans were still chanting “Korea, Korea,” as they left the arena.READ: Germany crashes out of World Cup after 2-0 loss to South KoreaJose Alcocer was jumping with friends in a circle long after the match, chanting: “Bye-bye Germany.”“We lost but we’re in the next round,” Alcocer said, “So, we’re very happy.”Mexico has reached the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, but this one will long be remembered.“I never felt such happiness,” said Carlos Preciado, a Mexican who lives in San Francisco.” I cannot explain this happiness that exploded in one second. I never felt like that. Honestly, it was the best celebration of a Korean goal. It was the best thing, we just passed to the next round, and the World Cup champion is out.”Germany became the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage, finishing with a one win — in stoppage time against Sweden — and losses to Mexico and South Korea.Mexico next faces the winner of Group E and, Alcocer concedes, “We have to more careful about everything.”center_img View comments Mexican fans celebrate after the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — It was a surreal atmosphere at the end of Mexico’s World Cup game against Sweden.In the dying minutes, the Mexican fans — who well outnumbered the Swedes in the packed arena — erupted in wild celebrations.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. German fans stunned by World Cup elimination last_img read more