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November 4, 2013 4 minute read

The Demographics of Obamacare—And Those Who Oppose It

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

Despite its troubled rollout, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will help an estimated 25 million uninsured Americans purchase health insurance. But as is obvious, these 25 million Americans are not a representative sample of America; many demographic groups are poorly insured, while others are overwhelmingly covered.

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Analysis

October 23, 2013 4 minute read

The Red Sox and Cardinals. Again.

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

The World Series starts tonight and I couldn’t be less excited. This year’s playoffs featured the Pirates for the first time in 20 years, one of the best young starters of all time, a nearly back-to-back Triple Crown winner, and the Atlanta Braves. But we ended up with, for what feels like the umpteenth time, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.

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Analysis

October 17, 2013 7 minute read

Is Seed Round Funding from VCs Good for Startups?

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures recently wrote an interesting article on the effect the well-documented boom in seed funding is having on startups and VCs. He argued that the number of companies receiving seed financing has taken off, that many VCs are now involved in these deals, and this involvement has generally been beneficial for VCs.

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Analysis

October 15, 2013 3 minute read

The Market for U.S. Debt - Too Big to Disrupt

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

By waiting until the 11th hour (again) to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, U.S. policymakers are walking across a very dangerous economic tightrope. Even if last night’s deal wins the approval of Republican Congressional leaders, politicians in Washington are taking huge risks by potentially disrupting the biggest financial market in the world.

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Analysis

October 9, 2013 2 minute read

The Best - And Worst - Playoff Teams in Recent Sports History

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

As a lifelong Braves fan, the Braves' Monday night loss to the Dodgers - and their familiar early elimination from the playoffs - still stings. After the Braves fought back to take a 3-2 lead against the best pitcher in baseball, Juan Uribe put them behind for good in the bottom of the 8th with a two-run homer to left.

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Analysis

October 3, 2013 5 minute read

Mapping the Price of Weed: An Interactive Visualization of Marijuana Sales

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

During a recent walk through the Tenderloin in San Francisco, a man asked me if I wanted to “trade a joint for a cigarette.”

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