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The archetype of the eccentric genius goes back way before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, before Marie Curie and Nikola Tesla, before Mozart and Shakespeare. Think of Sappho and Pythagoras or even to myths like Icarus and Daedalus and Cassandra. In the 20th century, we added a new twist: the eccentric genius billionaire, like John D. Rockefeller and Howard Hughes.

There’s an obvious reason why the genius needs to be eccentric—the better to see the world not as it is, but as it could be. Change is hard, the forces of stasis powerful, the views in favor of the status quo entrenched.

Which brings us to the case of Elon Musk.

Lately, we’ve been focused on the first half of the archetype, the eccentric, with him. It’s almost hard to remember that Musk helped pioneer online payments despite the power of the credit card industry, pioneered private spaceflight despite the power of defense contractors and government space agencies, and pioneered the first popular electric car in a century despite the powers of …

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We live in uncertain times. As the continues to suffer from the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s becoming harder for corporations and entrepreneurs alike to plan for the future. Many people have already been laid off, and it’s entirely possible more layoffs will continue. While these are uncertain times, they may also be opportunistic ones. If you cut back on your hours or lose your job, it may be a great time to finally launch that you’ve been dreaming about.

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Evan Kimbrell is the founder and director of Sprintkick, a referral-based, full-service digital agency in San Francisco. At Sprintkick, Kimbrell has overseen the development and launch of more than 100 web and for clients ranging from and

Uber Technologies CEO Dara Khosrowshahi outside the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the company’s IPO, May 10, 2019.

Uber is leading a $170 million investment round in scooter company Lime, Lime announced Thursday.

Bain Capital Ventures, Alphabet and separately its venture capital arm GV are also participating in the financing round, Lime said.

Under the deal, Uber will transfer its own electric bike and scooter company Jump to Lime and the companies will further integrate their apps. Lime global head of operations and strategy Wayne Ting will become CEO of Lime while outgoing CEO Brad Bao will stay on as chairman.

The announcement did not disclose the valuation for Lime in the deal. The Information reported on talks between Uber and Lime earlier this week and said the $170 million investment would value Lime at $510 million, 79% below its previous valuation. The report said the companies had discussed giving Uber the option to buy Lime between 2022 and 2024 at a specific price. 

On Wednesday, Uber announced it would lay off 3,700 employees, or 14% of its workforce, as the coronavirus pandemic has hurt the business. Uber’s global gross bookings are down 80%, according to a report

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted the unemployment rate for April could be between 16% to 20% when it’s released Friday. That would be its highest level since the 1930s.

But the unemployment rate that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases this week will significantly undercount the actual level of joblessness.

That’s because of the way the BLS numbers are compiled. Only people without jobs who are also looking for new positions are actually categorized by the BLS as unemployed and included in the jobless rate. But a Fortune-SurveyMonkey poll of 4,717 U.S. adults* between April. 25-28 finds that 17% of workers who recently lost their jobs aren’t currently looking for work.

Some laid-off workers may be waiting for the stay-at-home orders to be lifted before starting their job search. Others may prefer to stay home and receive the boosted jobless benefits at a time when a deadly pandemic is raging the country. While economists have speculated this would happen, the Fortune-SurveyMonkey poll is the first to put a figure on the share of unemployed who are being undercounted.

“With entire swaths of the economy shuttered in April, it is unrealistic to think that most laid-off …

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Bridgewater CEO David McCormick published a 37-page piece in the Texas National Security Review calling for a much more active government role in developing and promoting American technology and economic power in the world. McCormick and his coauthors call for a national innovation policy to help build a wide range of key technologies like 5G, A.I., bioengineering and more. And he calls on policy makers to “integrate economic and national security policy” to address growing concerns about “the rise of China, the erosion of the American dream, the perceived failures of American leadership, and America’s relative loss of power.”

I spoke with McCormick yesterday, and asked him why the head of the world’s largest hedge fund is calling for a vastly expanded national industrial policy. He cited “a very personal set of experiences”—he is a West Point graduate who served as Undersecretary of the Treasury in the Bush administration before joining Bridgewater in 2009—that has convinced him that “national security and economic security is very bifurcated” in the U.S. government, and needs to converge. “The world is changing a …