FROM Bill Gross
Design Accelerator In recent years, we've seen the rise of the Design Entrepreneur. Micro-funding sites, affordable 3D printing technology, and digital marketplaces are among innovations that make it more possible for young designers to start a small business. Art Center, together with Caltech and Pasadena’s Idealab has created a design accelerator to help students realize their entrepreneurial ambitions.
LA's New Job Czar; Pasadena Green Energy Leader's China Contract Los Angeles may be America's biggest manufacturing center, but it's also notorious as a hard place to do business. Mayor Villaraigosa has begun what he calls "a total refocusing of economic development and job creation" in the City of LA. The first step is appointment of Austin Beutner to the newly created position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy. In an unprecedented grant of authority, he'll oversee no less than 13 city departments, including the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles and development at the Los Angeles World Airports. Meantime, a Pasadena company has just announced " the biggest solar-thermal deal ever ," a $5 billion deal to build a massive project using California-based technology. But the project will be constructed in China.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.