Rocket Ship – St Louis Rocketry http://stlouisrocketry.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stlouisrocketry.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T144115.516-139x136.png Rocket Ship – St Louis Rocketry http://stlouisrocketry.org/ 32 32 WeWork: Or the Making and Destroying of a $47 Billion Unicorn – The ‘Kibbutz Capitalism’ Fantasy https://stlouisrocketry.org/wework-or-the-making-and-destroying-of-a-47-billion-unicorn-the-kibbutz-capitalism-fantasy/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:39:19 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/wework-or-the-making-and-destroying-of-a-47-billion-unicorn-the-kibbutz-capitalism-fantasy/ Written and directed by Jed Rothstein The documentary We work: Or the making and breaking of a $47 billion unicorn, available on Hulu, is about the meteoric rise and mind-blowing collapse of a real estate startup in six weeks. A “unicorn” is a private company valued at over $1 billion. Written and directed by Jed […]]]>

Written and directed by Jed Rothstein

The documentary We work: Or the making and breaking of a $47 billion unicorn, available on Hulu, is about the meteoric rise and mind-blowing collapse of a real estate startup in six weeks. A “unicorn” is a private company valued at over $1 billion.

Written and directed by Jed Rothstein, the film covers the period from 2008 – in the aftermath of the stock market crash – to 2019, and chronicles the operations of Adam Neumann’s WeWork, essentially an office rental business. Billing itself as a revolutionary high-tech company, the company signed long-term leases on office space, subdivided it into smaller areas, and then rented it out on a short-term basis. Born in Israel, Neumann professed a desire to create a more communal business world, which he envisioned as a kind of “capitalist kibbutz.”

The years following the 2008 global financial crisis were marked by speculative free riding reaching stratospheric heights. Neumann’s grotesque New Age company, which he founded with Miguel McKelvey in Soho, New York in 2010, was born under these conditions. Neumann eventually walked away with a $1.7 billion severance package after a failed initial public offering [IPO] in 2019, when the company’s actual financial situation was revealed.

Adam Neumann in WeWork / Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021)

“In retrospect”, the New Republic The magazine suggested in a November 2020 article, “Neumann’s knack for raising billions of dollars in venture capital without a viable business model was one of the biggest scams of the 21st century.”

WeWork grew from two locations in New York and 450 tenants in 2010 to 800 locations in 111 cities in 29 countries, with 527,000 tenants, in the second quarter of 2019. The workforce nearly quadrupled, from 4,000 employees at the end of 2017 to 15 000.

Rothstein’s documentary interviews a phalanx of former employees, journalists and clients, also drawing on extensive Neumann video footage. His pretentious, pie-in-the-sky marketing concepts were crucial in rebranding his company as a pioneering technology company as opposed to a mundane but risky real estate venture. What stands out is how effectively Neumann was able to manipulate people who thought they were following a prophet, not a garden variety peddler.

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Building Lessons: Lego Camp at Spencer-Penn Disguises Learning as Fun | Lifestyles https://stlouisrocketry.org/building-lessons-lego-camp-at-spencer-penn-disguises-learning-as-fun-lifestyles/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/building-lessons-lego-camp-at-spencer-penn-disguises-learning-as-fun-lifestyles/ Legos teach children to build, of course, but they should also teach imagination, acceptance and communication. These are among the highlights of the two-day Lego camp held last week at the Spencer-Penn Center. The first day’s theme was ‘Under the Sea’, and on the second day the children built space and solar system scenes and […]]]>

Legos teach children to build, of course, but they should also teach imagination, acceptance and communication.

These are among the highlights of the two-day Lego camp held last week at the Spencer-Penn Center.

The first day’s theme was ‘Under the Sea’, and on the second day the children built space and solar system scenes and after snack time they were given the task of building a rocket .

“We’re getting a little science lesson,” said instructor Susan Haskins. “Which is the biggest planet, which is closest to the sun, that sort of thing.

“We only have one theme. They can go wherever they want. »

The children worked in groups of four to six. After completing their scenes, each group gave a presentation on their creation.

“He’s working on those conversation skills,” Haskins said. “Everyone in the band has to share something,” even if it’s just to say, “that’s my rocket ship.

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“If that’s all they’re going to say, that’s fine,” she said. “It’s huge to be able to communicate, so we’re working on that communication skill.”

Haskins said an important part of the Lego classroom is for the other kids to accept whatever someone else says a Lego is supposed to represent. For example, she says, if someone says a rectangular Lego is a highway or a circular green Lego is a helicopter landing pad, other kids should see those blocks as those things.

“Whatever you say is what it is and we have to accept it for that,” she said. “We had kids who were brilliant, but when you give them a Lego and say, ‘It’s a highway,’ they look at you like, ‘It’s not a highway; it’s a Lego.

“They can’t get past that literal sense of what it is,” Haskins said. “So it takes them beyond that literal meaning, which I think is really cool…and a great way to get them out of their comfort zone.”

She said the most important thing she wants the children to take away from this program is “communication, cooperation and team spirit”.

Her son Hunter Haskins and Kylie Minter helped out as volunteers with the class.

“We are having a good time. We appreciated that,” Haskins said.

The class started with a cap of 10 children, but was so popular that, Haskins said, it ended up with 31 students in total. This led to the addition of another Lego class in July.

Haskins said that due to the program’s popularity, the Spencer-Penn Center purchased an additional 12 books of Legos. She added that the goal is for each child to have their own box of Legos and their own starting construction plate on which to build scenes.

“It’s a process,” she said. “With anything, you have to build it…the encouragement for me this year was that we had such great turnout and interest in this particular class. It took away the motivation of being able to command these things and knowing that we could use them.

Next week, the center will organize a sports camp but the class is already full. Other programs they will be hosting this summer include: Udderly Delicious, Let’s Stay Warm, What’s on Your Wall, SPCA Pet Ownership, SPC Rocks and More, Squishy World, Candy-Making and Rocket Camp.

For program information, contact spcevents04@gmail.com, and for general Spencer Penn Center information, contact spencerpenn04@gmail.com. The center’s phone number is 286-957-5757.

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Officials: US to send rocket systems and other aid to Ukraine https://stlouisrocketry.org/officials-us-to-send-rocket-systems-and-other-aid-to-ukraine/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:27:06 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/officials-us-to-send-rocket-systems-and-other-aid-to-ukraine/ WASHINGTON — The United States will send an additional $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including additional medium-range rocket systems, U.S. officials said Thursday. The latest package will include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and is expected to be announced later Thursday. The first four HIMARS that the United States previously […]]]>

WASHINGTON — The United States will send an additional $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including additional medium-range rocket systems, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The latest package will include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and is expected to be announced later Thursday. The first four HIMARS that the United States previously sent have already gone to Ukraine and are in the hands of troops there.

An official said the latest package will also include 18 tactical vehicles, 18 coastal and river patrol boats, thousands of machine guns, grenade launchers and ammunition, as well as other equipment and spare parts.

The new aid comes just a week after the United States announced it would send $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, and as the Russian military continues to slowly expand its control in the eastern region of Donbass. Ukrainian leaders have consistently requested more advanced precision rocket systems to better retaliate against Russia. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details ahead of an announcement.

The Russian army captured two villages in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and is fighting for control of a key highway in a campaign to cut supply lines and surround Ukrainian frontline forces, according to British and Ukrainian military officials.

Russian forces have bombarded the city of Sievierodonetsk for weeks with artillery and air raids, and fought the Ukrainian army from house to house. HIMARS gives Ukraine the ability to strike Russian forces and weapons from further away. The systems are mounted on trucks, which carry a container with six precision-guided rockets that can travel about 45 miles (70 kilometers).

It took about three weeks to train Ukrainian troops on the first four HIMARS, before they were moved into combat.

The aid is part of the $40 billion in security and economic assistance passed by Congress last month and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Overall, since the war began in late February, the United States has committed more than $6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including this latest package. The final $450 million will come from the drawdown authority, which means the Defense Ministry will take weapons and equipment from its own stockpile and ship them to Ukraine.

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Meet the rocket-powered kamikaze: the Yukosuka MXY7 Ohka https://stlouisrocketry.org/meet-the-rocket-powered-kamikaze-the-yukosuka-mxy7-ohka/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:46:32 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/meet-the-rocket-powered-kamikaze-the-yukosuka-mxy7-ohka/ One of the most iconic images of the war in the Pacific during World War II is the strategy employed by the Empire of Japan, which involved the sacrifice of some of its young pilots in suicide ramming missions on the fleets. surface alloys. More than 3,000 kamikaze pilots are said to have been specially […]]]>

One of the most iconic images of the war in the Pacific during World War II is the strategy employed by the Empire of Japan, which involved the sacrifice of some of its young pilots in suicide ramming missions on the fleets. surface alloys. More than 3,000 kamikaze pilots are said to have been specially trained and prepared for this courageous task, and Kamikaze attacks sank 34 ships and damaged hundreds more during the war. However several either missed their targets, broke their attachment, or were intercepted and destroyed by Allied fighters and anti-aircraft defenses.

However, too many succeeded, resulting in the loss of approximately 7,000 Allied navy personnel. Most of you are probably familiar with using the iconic Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” as your aircraft of choice, but towards the end of the war pilots began using a new type of aircraft powered by rocket specially designed for suicide attacks and launched from bombers – the Yukosuka MXY-7 Ahka.

A seemingly insane idea on the surface, these aircraft were actually developed, built, and launched against the defenses of powerful Allied fleets in the Pacific theater.

But were they effective? Let’s find out.

What was the name of the Japanese rocket Kamikaze?

The infamous Japanese kamikaze rocket was called Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (which means “cherry blossom”). The aircraft was also nicknamed “Baka Bombs” by Allied troops. “Baka” comes Japanese for “foolish” or “idiot”, since the strategy of using them was, in the opinion of the Allies, reckless.

Image of US personnel disarming a Ohka, circa 1945. Note the size of the warhead. Source: Makthorpe/Wikimedia Commons

It was a human-guided, rocket-powered kamikaze attack aircraft developed and used by Japan against Allied shipping during the Pacific War of World War II. Despite its high speed, the Ohka’s relatively low range required it to be carried into battle as a “parasitic aircraft” by a larger aircraft, such as the Mitsubishi G4M2nd Model 24 “Betty” bomber.

This proved to be a serious weakness as it made them very susceptible to intercepting carrier-based fighters.

Once out of the carrier aircraft, the Ohka first glided towards its target, and when they got close enough, the pilot launched the three solid fuel rockets. It could be done one at a time or all in unison.

With the rocket ignited, the pilot would then fly the missile towards the ship he intended to destroy and do all he could to hit it. It was, needless to say, much harder than it looks.

But, for the target, the high velocity provided by the rockets made it very difficult to counter the threat. Because the aircraft could reach speeds in excess of 400 mph (650 km/h) in level flight and 580 mph (930 km/h) or more in a dive, it was difficult for defenders to concentrate and eliminate the incoming guided missile.

However, Ohkas could sink or damage some escort ships and transport ships during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, but no major warships have ever been sunk. Improved versions that sought to correct the flaws of the aircraft were created too late to be deployed.

For example, on April 12, 1945, the Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer USS Mannert L. Abele became the first casualty Allied ship in the Ohka while hiding in the waters off Okinawa. Over the entire operational history of the craft, Ohkas managed to sink or damage three ships beyond repair and severely damaged three others, accumulating a total of seven US ships damaged or sunk by Ohkas during the war.

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A surviving example of a later model, a Model 22. Source: Sanjay Acharya/Wikimedia Commons

Throughout the war, somewhere in the region, 34 allied ships were sunk (a mixture of destroyers, minesweepers and some larger capital ships and support ships). While hundreds more were damaged by kamikaze attacks – a pittance for the loss of thousands of young past lives.

Several variations of Ohka were designed, built and tested, but by far the most numerous were the Ohka-11 variant.

It was essentially a 2,600-pound (1,200-kilogram) bomb with wooden wings, powered by three Type 4 Model 1 Mark 20 solid-fuel rocket motors. Of all the Ohkas built, somewhere in the region of 755 Ohka-11s were built.

Other variants were developed with mixed success, but only the Ohka-11 actually saw active service. Later versions of the Ohka were intended to be launched from coastal airbases, caves, and submarines with aircraft catapults, although none were ever used in this manner.

Yokosuka MXY-7 Vital States Ohka

Since there were a series of variants, we will provide the details for the most common version, the Ohka-11.

First flight: First unpowered flight March 1944, first powered flight November 1944

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Retirement: [1945[1945

Wingspan: 16 feet and 10 inches (5.12 meters)

Length: 19 feet and 11 inches (6.066 meters)

Propulsion: 3 no. Type 4 Make 1 Model 20 solid propellant rocket engines, 588 lbs/ft (2.62 kN) thrust each

Top speed: 403 mph (648 km/h) at 11,483 feet (3,500 meters) altitude

Interval: 23 miles (37 kilometers)

Armament: A 2,600 lb (1,200 kg) ammonia warhead in the nose. Ammonal is an explosive composed of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder.

Crew: 1 kamikaze pilot

Number built: Around 852

Remarks: Classified as a manned anti-ship (suicide) aircraft / human-guided missile

What is a kamikaze type attack?

During WWII, kamikaze (“divine wind”) style the attacks were a Japanese suicide bombing strategy used to destroy opposing surface ships (the attacks were also used against the B-29 Superfortress, but with very little success).

Pilots intentionally flew their specially adapted aircraft (such as the Mitsibushi “Zero”) towards and into enemy ships.

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A surviving example of the Ohka Model 11. Source: Planes of Fame Air Museum

Suicide bombings of Japanese pilots were also seen in the early stages of the Pacific War, but more as a kind of ultimate, desperate sacrifice once their aircraft were fatally wounded. For instance. During the Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941several pilots used their damaged aircraft as ad hoc flying explosives.

But these were not suicide attacks. In fact, Allied and Luftwaffe pilots are also known to have done similar things with their damaged aircraft. It was rare, but it happened.

“Real” kamikaze attacks, i.e. attacks using specially trained pilots in specially adapted aircraft, did not really begin until around the fall of 1944.

By this point in the war, the tide of war had turned against Imperial Japan. The Japanese forces were experimenting with many tactics in an attempt to cause as much damage as possible to the advancing Allied forces with the dwindling resources available to them.

Kamikaze attacks, including those using Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka, ultimately had little impact on the outcome of the war. While this was a formidable attack to face as a defender, tactics were quickly developed to counter them, making the whole effort completely reckless, or “Baka”, as the allies would eventually call him mockingly.

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The Disco Biscuits drop new songs, welcome Tom Hamilton to City Bisco [Videos] https://stlouisrocketry.org/the-disco-biscuits-drop-new-songs-welcome-tom-hamilton-to-city-bisco-videos/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:27:59 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/the-disco-biscuits-drop-new-songs-welcome-tom-hamilton-to-city-bisco-videos/ Disco Cookies hosted city ​​cookie at TD Pavilion at Mann in their hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend. The band unveiled brand new material and welcomed the guitarist Tom Hamilton (Ghost Light, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) to help close out their fourth and final set of the weekend. The Disco Biscuits kicked off their first […]]]>

Disco Cookies hosted city ​​cookie at TD Pavilion at Mann in their hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend. The band unveiled brand new material and welcomed the guitarist Tom Hamilton (Ghost Light, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) to help close out their fourth and final set of the weekend.

The Disco Biscuits kicked off their first set of the weekend on Saturday with “Spacebirdmatingcall,” which will remain unfinished until they return to the song the following night. They then launched into “Another Plan of Attack”, but the song was cut short when the band lost power onstage, forcing them off stage for an early break. They finished the song when they returned to the stage for the second set after resolving power issues.

After playing an inverted “Crickets”, The Disco Biscuits then launched a new song, “Twisted in the Road”, before launching into a “Digital Buddha” sandwich with the third “Who’s In Charge”, the second “Tourists (Rocket Ship)”, and “Cyclone” inserted in the middle of the song.

The band did not offer an encore, presumably because they planned to return for two more sets the following night.

On Sunday, The Disco Biscuits returned to the City Bisco stage and opened with “We Like To Party” before wrapping up the unfinished “Spacebirdmatingcall” they had started the night before. They continued with “Freeze”, a song the band recently debuted at Candler Park Music Festival in Atlanta.

After playing “Anthem” and the end of “Above The Waves”, The Disco Biscuits left the stage for a break with a DJ set of LP Giobbi. The band jammed as they returned to their respective instruments for the second set, which kicked off with the recent “Lake Shore Drive”, the band’s first studio single in over a decade.

Disco Biscuits then surprised fans with the release of a brand new original, “One Chance”. They followed up the new song with a reversed “Confrontation,” then “Space Train,” which the band debuted earlier this month.

They then offered another newer track with “Vibes”, marking the song’s third release since its debut in March, and closed the set with “Morph Dusseldorf”, on which they invited guitarist Tom Hamilton to sing. Sit.

After leaving the stage for a while, the band returned with Hamilton for an encore which featured a cover of pink floyd“Run like hell”.

Check out fan clips from The Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco sets below.

set list [via Discobiscuits.net]: Disco Cookies | Mann Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 06/18/22

First series: Spacebirdmatingcall [1] > Another plan of attack [2]
Set 2: Jam > Crickets [3] > Twisted on the road [4] > Digital Buddha > Responsible > Tourists (Rocket Boat) > Cyclone > Digital Buddha

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Technical difficulties; the set ended early.
[3] Reverse.
[4] First time played; original tDB.

set list [via Discobiscuits.net]: Disco Cookies | Mann Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 06/19/22

Set 1: We like to party > Spacebirdmatingcall [1] > Freeze > Anthem > Above the Waves [2]

Set 2: Jam [3] > Lake Shore Drive > A Chance to Save the World > Confrontation [4] > Space Train > Morph Dusseldorf [5]

Again: Run Like Hell [5]

[1] End only; ends 6/18/22.
[2] End only.
[3] Taken from LP Giobbi’s set.
[4] Reverse.
[5] With Tom Hamilton.

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Disney Parks and shopDisney Join in the Fun and Adventure of PIXAR’s ‘Lightyear’ Box Office Debut https://stlouisrocketry.org/disney-parks-and-shopdisney-join-in-the-fun-and-adventure-of-pixars-lightyear-box-office-debut/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:30:51 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/disney-parks-and-shopdisney-join-in-the-fun-and-adventure-of-pixars-lightyear-box-office-debut/ Pixar Light year hit the box office on Friday, and Disney announced new offerings at Disney Parks and at shopDisney that will have Guests and fans young and old feeling that spirit of adventure “to infinity and beyond.” ! For starters, guests at the Disneyland Resort in California will be able to say hello (and […]]]>

Pixar Light year hit the box office on Friday, and Disney announced new offerings at Disney Parks and at shopDisney that will have Guests and fans young and old feeling that spirit of adventure “to infinity and beyond.” !

For starters, guests at the Disneyland Resort in California will be able to say hello (and hello) to Captain Buzz Lightyear at Tomorrowland. He just landed and he’s ready to share his adventures with fans of all ages!

RELATED: ‘Lightyear’ Promo Artwork Leaves ‘Toy Story’ Fans Confused (And Enraged)

Can’t get to the parks yet? Its good! You can have your own intergalactic experience at shopDisney.com, where many Light year-inspired items landed. Fans of all ages will be able to find the perfect gift for themselves or someone else who will keep the adventure of Light year alive – to infinity and beyond!

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We love Buzz Lightyear’s adorable sidekick, Sox the Cat (who’s been giving us Baymax vibes so far). You can find Sox at shopDisney.com in his plush form, perfect for bringing home the fun and heart of the new Lightyear movie.

Other additions to shopDisney (also coming soon to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort) include the Laser Blade Buzz Lightyear Talking Figure, which features motion, lights, and over 30 different sounds. This is the perfect action figure for kids and kids at heart!

Laser Blade Buzz Lightyear Talking Figure

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There is also a Lightyear belt bag, inspired by IVAN, Buzz’s autopilot computer system. The bag will help young fans on any mission, big or small, and they’ll look really adventurous carrying it too!

Lightyear belt bag

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According to Disney Parks Blog, fans can find Lightyear-inspired merchandise at shopDisney and the LEGO Store at Disney Springs, and on Amazon.com:

“There are even more goods to complete your mission. Also available on shopDisney are Buzz’s ultimate enemy, Zurgand Buzz XL-15 Rocket, thanks to our licensed reseller partners, Mattel and LEGO (be sure to stop by the LEGO Store at Disney Springs to find the XL-15 Rocket as well). And of course, who can forget Buzz’s friend, Izzy Hawthorne, who can be found in FUNKO Pop form on Amazon!”

LEGO Rocket XL-15

Credit: shopDisney/LEGO

What items will you choose to help you on your next Light year-inspired mission?

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What is Elon Musk’s net worth? 30 facts about the tech billionaire (soon to be billionaire) https://stlouisrocketry.org/what-is-elon-musks-net-worth-30-facts-about-the-tech-billionaire-soon-to-be-billionaire/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 11:52:29 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/what-is-elon-musks-net-worth-30-facts-about-the-tech-billionaire-soon-to-be-billionaire/ Forecasters predicted this week that the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is on track to become a billionaire by 2024, a feat never before achieved by a human being. A report released this week, titled trillion dollar club used data to predict the future wealth of the 30 richest people in the world. The report revealed […]]]>

Forecasters predicted this week that the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is on track to become a billionaire by 2024, a feat never before achieved by a human being.

A report released this week, titled trillion dollar club used data to predict the future wealth of the 30 richest people in the world. The report revealed that on his current investment trajectory, Musk is on course to hit the trillion-dollar mark by 2024, followed a year later by Adani Group CEO Gautam Adani.

Despite these speculative reports, Musk and his companies have had a tough few months. Tech stocks fell sharply in May, leaving the world’s richest man falling from $340 billion in November to $206 billion this month.

Still, he’s fine, the founder of SpaceX and You’re here The 49-year-old boss leads the nearly $100 billion billionaire peloton, followed by LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault with a relatively modest $137 billion, followed by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. $128 billion and Microsoft founder Bill Gates $121 billion.

Musk’s meteoric rise to the top of the billionaire ladder happened almost overnight, in October 2021, thanks to a pandemic-driven tech stock boom that saw Tesla shares soar nearly $10 billion a day. Musk’s newly acquired net worth of $300 billion christened him the richest man in the history of this planet.

To give this benchmark some perspective, Musk’s wealth was greater than Finland’s annual GDP.

In May, Musk’s net worth soared to even greater heights, peaking in November at just over $340 billion, before dropping to $197 billion last week, according to Bloomberg.

Part of the reason for Tesla’s decline in value has to do with Musk’s 9.2% stake in Twitter, which he bought in April, sparking fears among investors about his continued commitment to the automaker .

Musk, who owns 20% of Tesla shares, was the 35th richest person in the world at the start of 2020. He launched his career as one of the co-founders of PayPal in 2000 and also owns the rocket company SpaceX , which transports astronauts to the International Space Station under an agreement with NASA.



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Musk has previously said he intends to use half of his wealth to “help with problems on Earth” and “the other half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure the continuation of the life (of all species) in case the Earth is hit by a meteor like the dinosaurs or World War III comes along and we destroy ourselves”.

In a series of tweets pinned to the top of his timeline, the billionaire said the reason he wanted the big bucks was “not what you think”. He said he had “very little time for leisure” and had no “vacation homes or yachts or anything like that”.

But what else do we know about the South African billionaire (soon to be billionaire?)? From being bullied as a schoolboy to very unusual kid names, here are 30 surprising facts about Tony Stark’s real life.

1. Musk was born in Pretoria on June 28, 1971, to Errol, a wealthy South African engineer, pilot and sailor, and Maye, a Canadian dietician and model, the day the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali for evading conscription.

2. He is worth $206bn (£170bn), $78bn more than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

3. Musk is 6’2″, eight inches taller than Bezos.



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4. Musk’s IQ is estimated at 155. Jeff Bezos’ IQ is unknown.

5. Musk never took a salary from Tesla — instead, he opted for stock-based compensation plans. When he left South Africa to study in the United States, Musk lived on $1 a day, mostly buying hot dogs and oranges in bulk.

6. When Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket burst from Earth’s atmosphere last year, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the 567th and 568th people to go into space (according to the definition of the International Aeronautical Federation of space flight as any flight over 100 km, or 62 miles: the United States recognizes certain lower flights).



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7. In May last year, almost $15 billion was wiped from Tesla’s valuation after Musk tweeted that its stock price was “too high”.

8. His younger brother Kimbal owns an American restaurant business, the Kitchen Restaurant Group. Her younger sister Tosca is a filmmaker.

9. All three siblings share the middle name Reeve, although a Change.org petition was started in 2016 suggesting Elon should change his middle name to “Gated.” The petition garnered five supporters.

10. Musk was so quiet as a kid that his parents briefly thought he might be deaf.



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11. He, Kimbal and their cousins ​​earned pocket money as kids selling homemade chocolate Easter eggs door-to-door in wealthy neighborhoods.

12. Apparently, Musk read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica when he was nine years old and was a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons. Unfortunately, if he ever writes his autobiography, he won’t be able to call it Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg’s title.

13. As the youngest and smallest boy in his elementary school class, Musk suffered horrific bullying. He was hospitalized after a gang of boys pushed him down a flight of stairs and said he was “almost beaten to death” on one occasion. At 15, he learned karate, judo and wrestling and the bullying stopped.

14. Her father Errol Musk was previously tried for manslaughter and acquitted after shooting dead three men who tried to break into his Johannesburg mansion.



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15. In 2017, Errol had a son with stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout, 40 years his junior, a few years after divorcing his mother Heidi. Elon has described his father as “evil” and they are separated.

16. Musk learned to write computer code when he was 12, creating a video game called Blastar that he sold for $500 to PC and Office Technology magazine.

17. Musk met his first wife, science fiction writer Justine Wilson, when they were students at Queen’s University in Ontario and they married in 2000. After the death of their first child, Nevada , from sudden infant death syndrome at the age of 10 weeks in 2002, they conceived twins Griffin and Xavier in 2004, then triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian in 2006, by IVF.



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18. Musk’s son Xavier is named after Professor Xavier in X-Men. Tesla is named after Serbian-American inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. Had Tesla failed to secure the rights to the name, Musk claims the company would have been called Faraday, after British scientist Michael Faraday, who was born in what is now Elephant and Castle in 1791. Falcon from SpaceX are named after the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.

19. After earning degrees in economics and physics from the University of Pennsylvania, Musk enrolled in a graduate degree in physics at Stanford, but dropped out after two days to ride the wave of the dotcom boom. .

20. He sold his first software company Zip2, which he co-founded with Kimbal, for more than $300 million in 1999 and the same year co-founded the online bank X.com, which became PayPal. In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion. He founded SpaceX in 2002 and joined Tesla in 2004 as chairman, after helping fund the company. He has since founded AI and neuroscience companies and a tunneling company called The Boring Company to dig tubes to improve car traffic and create a new high-speed public transportation system called Hyperloop. “I think public transport is a pain. It sucks,” he told Wired.



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21. He reportedly once told a potential investor, “My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku [ritually disembowel himself] than to fail.

22. Musk agreed to serve on two Donald Trump business boards in 2017, but resigned from both the same year in protest at Trump’s withdrawal from the United States from the Paris climate change accord.

23. Robert Downey Jr based his portrayal of Tony “Iron Man” Stark in the Marvel Avengers movies on Musk. However, Stan Lee originally based Tony Stark on Howard Hughes, whom he described as “an inventor, adventurer, multibillionaire, ladies’ man, and finally crackpot”.



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24. Musk made a cameo in Iron Man 2 and also appeared as himself in The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory and South Park.

25. In 2013, Musk bought “Wet Nellie,” the customized Lotus Esprit from the 1976 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, which he says inspired Tesla cars.

26. The Tesla Cybertruck launched in November 2019, the month and year Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner takes place.






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27. In 2018, Musk used his own Tesla sports car as the payload for the successful launch of his Falcon Heavy rocket, with a dummy called Starman at the wheel, with Space Oddity and Bowie’s Life on Mars on the stereo. . The car is now orbiting the sun. You can follow him on whereestroadster.comwhich also notes that the car exceeded its 36,000 mile warranty more than 31,000 times.

28. Musk was named a member of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn (Fifth Class) by the King of Thailand for his efforts to free 12 boys trapped in the flooded cave of Tham Luang in 2018, along with a mini-sub sailor (although this was somewhat overshadowed by a row with British caver Vernon Unsworth, a salvage adviser, in which he called Unsworth a “pedo” on Twitter). Musk then won the libel suit.



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29. Musk met his second wife, actress Tallulah Riley, at Mayfair’s Whiskey Mist nightclub in 2008, and proposed to her the same year. They married in 2010, divorced in 2012, remarried in 2013, and divorced again in 2016.

30. Although Musk and his former partner, the singer Grimes, called their baby boy X Æ A-12 (later changing it to X Æ A-Xii to comply with California legal guidelines), they apparently call him “Little X”. In March 2022, the couple welcomed a baby girl, naming their second child Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, nicknamed “Y”.

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What weapons has Ukraine received from the United States and its allies? | News infographics https://stlouisrocketry.org/what-weapons-has-ukraine-received-from-the-united-states-and-its-allies-news-infographics/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:15:42 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/what-weapons-has-ukraine-received-from-the-united-states-and-its-allies-news-infographics/ Defense ministers from NATO countries and other parts of the world will meet on Wednesday to discuss arms deliveries to Ukraine. The meeting comes as Kyiv seeks a significant increase in weapons to combat Russian forces. Ahead of the talks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said allies would continue to deliver heavy weapons and long-range […]]]>

Defense ministers from NATO countries and other parts of the world will meet on Wednesday to discuss arms deliveries to Ukraine.

The meeting comes as Kyiv seeks a significant increase in weapons to combat Russian forces. Ahead of the talks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said allies would continue to deliver heavy weapons and long-range systems to Ukraine.

Since the Russian invasion on February 24, Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of arms and military equipment from at least 28 countries.

Twenty-five of the 28 countries providing military assistance to Ukraine are NATO members, including the United States and the United Kingdom, which provide Kyiv with sophisticated weapons such as multiple rocket launchers ( MLRS).

Despite its growing arsenal, Ukraine, which has only 200,000 active military personnel, is vastly outnumbered by Russian forces.

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Countries that have supplied Ukraine with weapons and military equipment are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany , Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

These do not include countries providing non-lethal aid or fuel, such as Ireland and Japan.

What weapons has Ukraine received?

The military aid sent to Ukraine includes conventional weapons as well as more advanced equipment and armaments.

Below is an overview of the weapons pledged by some countries, some of which have been delivered and some of which have not yet been sent. This is not an exhaustive list, as some countries keep their transfers secret.

Weapons include artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles, reconnaissance and attack drones, helicopters, small arms, ammunition, and body armor.

Artillery:

Howitzers were supplied by countries such as Estonia and Norway. The United States also promised M114 155mm howitzers – long-range artillery launchers.

Anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons:

Shoulder-fired MANPAD systems, NLAWs, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Stinger missiles, Javelin anti-tank missiles, MILAN anti-tank guided missiles and Cheetah anti-aircraft missiles are among the weapons promised to Ukraine.

Armored vehicles:

The UK has supplied Ukraine with Mastiff armored vehicles that can carry a crew of two plus eight soldiers. Australia has pledged M113 armored personnel carriers and Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, the latter of which can deploy 10 troops. T-72 tanks were also promised by Poland.

Reconnaissance and attack drones:

Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, US-made Phoenix Ghost tactical drones and Puma unmanned aerial systems are among the drones promised to Ukraine.

The Bayraktar drone in particular attracted attention during the war when Ukrainian forces used the weapon to destroy Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles.

The TB2 has a wingspan of 12 meters and can reach 25,000 feet. It was also used in conflicts in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq and Libya.

Helicopters:

The United States and the Czech Republic sent Mi-24 attack helicopters to Ukraine.

Small arms:

A number of countries send automatic rifles, machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, submachine guns, pistols and ammunition to Ukraine.

Last week the UK announced that it would give Ukraine M270 multiple launch rocket systems, which can hit targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement, “As Russia’s tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine. These high-performance multiple launch rocket systems will better protect our Ukrainian friends against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to raze cities.

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What weapons did the United States supply?

During the Russian invasion, the United States committed at least $54 billion in aid to Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in military support approved by Congress in May, as well as a number aid programs approved in March.

On June 1, the Department of Defense announced authorization for the eleventh DoD inventory drawdown for Ukraine since August 2021, with U.S. President Joe Biden saying the U.S. “will continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment to defend itself”.

The DoD package includes:

  • High mobility artillery rocket systems and ammunition;
  • Five counter-artillery radars;
  • Two air surveillance radars;
  • 1,000 javelins and 50 command throwing units;
  • 6,000 anti-armour weapons;
  • 15,000 155mm artillery shells;
  • Four Mi-17 helicopters;
  • 15 tactical vehicles;
  • Spare parts and equipment
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Advanced weaponry

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on Western nations to send more heavy weapons to his country, arguing that this is the only way to prevent Russian forces from turning the war into “an endless bloodbath “.

On June 1, the Biden administration said it would provide Ukraine with High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) on the condition that Ukrainian forces Do not use to hit targets inside Russian territory.

The M142 HIMARS is a lightweight, high-tech rocket launcher that can hit targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away. This is almost double the range of the current M777 howitzers, which the United States promised to provide earlier in the conflict.

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The M142 HIMARS is seven meters long, 2.4 meters wide and 3.2 meters high. It has a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour (53 miles per hour) and a maximum range of 480 km (298 miles).

Ukraine already has Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) capabilities, but the HIMARS is a modernized system. The GPS-controlled M142 HIMARS can carry a pod of six 227mm guided missiles or a large pod loaded with a tactical missile.

A worn pod can be removed and a new one loaded by a small crew in minutes.

HIMARS will provide Ukrainian forces with the capabilities to strike Russian lines deeper from a greater distance.

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SpaceX awaits long-awaited Starship decision on Monday https://stlouisrocketry.org/spacex-awaits-long-awaited-starship-decision-on-monday/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 01:00:23 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/spacex-awaits-long-awaited-starship-decision-on-monday/ SpaceX could finally be cleared on Monday for the first orbital launch of its next-generation Starship rocket that could one day send astronauts to Mars. The private space company led by Elon Musk is awaiting a decision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has spent months evaluating the suitability of SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility […]]]>

SpaceX could finally be cleared on Monday for the first orbital launch of its next-generation Starship rocket that could one day send astronauts to Mars.

The private space company led by Elon Musk is awaiting a decision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has spent months evaluating the suitability of SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas as a site for orbital launches involving what will be the most powerful rocket ever to fly.

After several earlier delays in releasing its verdict, the FAA said in late May that it would still need a few weeks to complete its so-called programmatic environmental assessment, the results of which will determine whether SpaceX can launch the Starship from Boca Chica. .

The delay is partly due to the FAA needing more time to complete its consultations with various government departments, and also to complete the review of all of the more than 17,000 public comments that were submitted. during the assessment process.

If Monday’s decision goes against SpaceX, engineers will have to transport the flight system – including the Super Heavy first stage and the Starship upper stage – from Boca Chica to a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. about 1,000 miles to the east.

While SpaceX has already tested the Starship’s upper stage in several high-altitude test flights, the powerful Super Heavy booster has yet to fly.

The first orbital test flight of the entire vehicle could, if the FAA’s decision is in favor of SpaceX, take place within the next two months. The entire mission is expected to take around 90 minutes, with the Super Heavy rocketing the ship into orbit in 170 seconds before the two components separate.

Eager to get the rocket off the ground and send it into space, Musk recently tweeted a photo of the Super Heavy’s 33 Raptor engines.

33 Raptor rocket engines, each producing 230 tons of force pic.twitter.com/flQLb62MgZ

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 11, 2022

NASA is following events closely as it hopes to use the reusable spaceflight system for crewed missions to the Moon by the end of this decade, as well as possible missions to Mars.

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Silicon Valley job cuts add to recession worries https://stlouisrocketry.org/silicon-valley-job-cuts-add-to-recession-worries/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://stlouisrocketry.org/silicon-valley-job-cuts-add-to-recession-worries/ Placeholder while loading article actions After a decade of exuberance, Silicon Valley start-ups, venture capitalists and established tech companies are cutting investment and laying off workers, prompting some in the tech world to openly predict that a recession American is on its way. Facebook and Amazon have slowed their frantic pace of recruitment, while high-flying […]]]>
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After a decade of exuberance, Silicon Valley start-ups, venture capitalists and established tech companies are cutting investment and laying off workers, prompting some in the tech world to openly predict that a recession American is on its way.

Facebook and Amazon have slowed their frantic pace of recruitment, while high-flying new companies, including scooter company Bird and email client Superhuman, have laid off workers. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk recently told employees he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy, and venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners warned in a blog post that ” the boom times of the last decade are unambiguously over”.

On Thursday, fashion tech company Stitch Fix said it was cutting about 15% of salaried positions, or a total of 330 positions, sending its stock price plummeting. People who were losing their jobs were notified that morning, Chief Executive Elizabeth Spaulding wrote in a memo to employees.

“In light of our recent business momentum and an uncertain macro environment, we have taken a fresh look at our business and what is needed to build our future,” Spaulding wrote.

The general industry slump deepened on Friday, when the tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell 3.5%. It is now down 28% for the year.

The sudden change is giving many players in the industry a boost. Uncertainty has settled over Silicon Valley as venture capitalists, tech founders and regular employees debate whether the pessimism is overblown or if tech really is the canary in the coal mine, already suggesting a broader slowdown in the US economy.

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Tech startups serve as a “leading indicator” for the economy, said Till von Wachter, a UCLA economics professor. Higher interest rates can mean it’s harder to raise money to fund new businesses, which usually take a while to show a profit.

“They are one of the most sensitive sectors to changes in interest rates,” von Wachter said. “They are very dependent on what we believe to be the future.”

Technology has benefited enormously from the roaring bull market of the past decade, with soaring valuations enriching not only owners and investors, but also hundreds of thousands of employees who have been paid in shares on top of their regular salaries. The pension plans and 401(k)s of millions of Americans have benefited as companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have crossed the trillion dollar mark and become as valuable as the annual production of whole economies like Italy or Brazil.

Year after year, rising valuations have created a pervasive sense that there is nowhere to go but up. An entire generation of tech workers and founders has never worked in an industry without long lists of open jobs, new projects approved easily, and employers offering them a flood of perks like free meals and unlimited vacations.

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Money has also flowed into smaller tech companies as investors, including traditional venture capitalists to government-run sovereign wealth funds, have looked for ways to participate in the tech boom that never seemed to end. Stop.

Technology has faced tough times in the recent past. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans lost their jobs and tech stocks, along with the rest of the market, fell rapidly. But it rebounded almost immediately, and many got even stronger during the pandemic as government spending boosted the economy and people spent more of their money on e-commerce and digital services.

For some top tech luminaries, this moment feels different.

“We don’t believe this is going to be another steep correction followed by an equally rapid V-shaped recovery as we saw early in the pandemic,” venture capital firm executives wrote. first-order Silicon Valley Sequoia Capital in a May presentation to its portfolio companies that was published by technology news organization The Information. “We expect the market downturn to impact consumer behavior, labor markets, supply chains and more.”

It follows warning signs, including pandemic darlings feeling the pressure: Shares of exercise company Peloton have crashed and celebrity video app Cameo has laid off staff. Amazon also said it had expanded its warehouse space and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi warned of tougher times ahead. Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Tesla and Google have all lost at least 20% of their market value since the start of the year.

Even Twitter, which is in talks to be acquired by Musk, has been pulled below the price it’s willing to pay by a market pessimistic about the deal’s success, as well as the company’s business prospects. .

A new wave of economic uncertainty has swept the world as Russia’s war on Ukraine continues, China’s economy reels from new pandemic restrictions and the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to attempt to control inflation. This uncertainty hit Silicon Valley early, with stock prices beginning a steep decline in January.

Amid global chaos, the tech industry takes a rare fall

Lack of investor confidence quickly spread to start-ups as well.

For years, investors poured money into start-ups hoping they could go public and get a big return, but that route no longer seems so reliable and profitable. Venture capitalists whose money is tied up in not-yet-profitable tech companies are telling them to cut spending and prepare to last longer without so much money.

These companies, in turn, are beginning to respond to the market downturn with layoffs and hiring freezes.

And many companies pay close attention to costs. Bird, the e-scooter and e-bike company, said this week it had to lay off around 23% of its employees as it cut costs.

“While the need for and access to transporting micro-electric vehicles has never been greater, macroeconomic trends affecting everyone have accelerated our path to profitability,” said the communications director. Rebecca Hahn in a statement.

Global venture capital funding fell to $39 billion in May, its lowest level since November 2020, according to Crunchbase, which noted that later rounds were hit harder than seed funding.

“We’re just seeing more caution from investors because of what’s happened in public markets,” said Gené Teare, data editor for Crunchbase News.

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Seattle-based investor Greg Gottesman said he and other investors advise companies to be cautious, but he noted that many tech start-ups still succeed during economic downturns.

“The focus is more on smart growth,” said Gottesman, chief executive of Pioneer Square Labs. “Put the right number of people in the right places and try to grow smartly rather than aggressively.”

The broader economic concerns are real, but cutting investment and spending across the board can create new problems, said Antoine Nivard, co-founder and general partner of Blank Ventures. Many start-ups sell software to other tech companies, which makes them particularly vulnerable when the industry in general slows its pace of spending.

“There is also a self-fulfilling prophecy there. The first demand that evaporates are start-ups selling to each other,” Nivard said. “I wish there was a little less panic and a little more thought about nuance.”

Whether the slowdown means a broader recession affects other sectors remains open. Not everyone sees technology as an indicator for the whole economy. Instead, the tech industry could have more downside than other sectors simply because it received more funding, driving valuations to levels the companies didn’t deserve.

“People come back and realize, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t have priced the amounts we were making,'” said Jake Hare, founder of start-up incubator Launchpeer.

Amid global chaos, the tech industry takes a rare fall

A pullback in investment in start-ups is an example of the kind of thing the Federal Reserve is trying to trigger as it works to cool the economy and reduce inflation, said James Wilcox, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. It does not mean a recession.

“This party is over,” Wilcox said. “It’s not necessarily that there will be a terrible hangover.”

The pessimism of senior venture capitalists may also be part of an effort to educate the younger generation and encourage them to cut spending in the face of a downturn.

“If you’re funding 28-year-olds, they don’t know roller coasters, all they know is a rocket ship,” Wilcox said. “They haven’t seen what a financial winter looks like. They haven’t even seen a cold spring.

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