Is Occupy Wall Street An Effective Change Platform?

Say what you want about the Occupy Wall Street movement, but we can surely agree it has garnered attention and sparked debate. The question is why. Why has the Occupy Wall Street movement — and the related activities it has spawned — tapped our interest and emotions? What is there to learn from this change platform? I can tell you I have questions about the movement, especially its beginnings. Were people hired to protest? Where the protestors put in place by a powerful, quietly controlling organization? Is the march on Wall Street a made-for-media event not unlike that depicted...

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A Venture-Capital Newbie Shakes Up Silicon Valley

Marc and Ben have a great formula for winning. It’s the same one that made them successful when they worked together inside companies. They’re operators. They’ve been there. They’ve positioned companies to win. They’ve scaled companies to make a difference. And they have keen insights into winnable market spaces and the talent to make winning a reality. Their firm is a great asset for an economy in need of stimulation. BY PUI-WING TAM, GEOFFREY A. FOWLER AND AMIR EFRATI MENLO PARK, Calif.—As a newly minted venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen, co-founder of...

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