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Visions of Earth 2012 – stunning global photo gallery

Here is a breathtaking photo gallery from National Geographic - Visions of Earth 2012

Why I chose these shots:

  • It’s summer and I feel like this orangutan (loungin!)
  • Our neighborhood now has raccoons, two of them. They are weird too. Last week, I was writing outside and they popped up on the fence, right in front of the dog, and started cooing at me. Like they wanted milk or something. Then the other night, like 3am, there was an epic battle on a neighbor’s tree between the raccoon’s and possibly the possum who used to patrol this territory. There was all sorts of scratching, hissing, branches shaking, and yelling to wake us up.
  • Just to show you how awe-inspiring the gallery is – Dolomites, Italy (part of the Alps).

 

 

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Switzerland – Silicon Alps – joins the start-up ecosystem

Ah, Switzerland. The land of chocolate, cow-bells, skiing and prices that make you want to cry. A place that has built a global brand on providing a safe, risk-free haven for other people’s money and not being disruptive or belligerent. Clean, orderly and wonderfully peaceful — yes, the clichés are true.

Not then, you might think, a country especially suited to launching a startup — but you’d be wrong. Long a hub for high-tech and medical sciences, Switzerland now boasts an ecosystem of Internet entrepreneurs that’s blossoming as fast as the proverbial Edelweiss in spring.

“I don’t know any other country on Earth that is so good at seed funding,” enthuses Johannes Reck, co-founder and CEO of GetYourGuide. His story is illuminating — after founding GetYourGuide in 2008, his team was approached by a local bank with a seed funding offer, an out of the blue reversal of roles that typifies what’s happening here.

“In literally every other country in the world I’ve been to, entrepreneurs struggle so hard to get their first seed funding,” he says. “In Switzerland you have a lot of institutions who provide money, literally for free, very early on.”

 

via TNW Europe

 

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Read about start-ups scenes in L.A. and Berlin:

 

And, some beautiful photos of Switzerland:

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