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December 9, 2013 7 minute read

Are Stanford Grads Good Investments?

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

Aileen Lee’s popular article on “unicorns”—startups with billion-dollar or more valuations—uncovered a number of potential signals for identifying successful founders. Based on her findings, founder age, experience, and prior working relationships all could be indicators of future success. One of the strongest and most concrete potential signals is where founders were educated, and particularly, whether or not they went to Stanford—a third of the 39 unicorns were founded by Stanford graduates.

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November 28, 2013 9 minute read

10 Charts San Franciscans Should Be Thankful For

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

In this season of giving thanks, it’s worth taking a step back from our lives in San Francisco and not only notice just how fortunate many of us in this city are, but also recognize those who made such prosperity possible. To paraphrase Jim Harbaugh, not many people are as lucky as us.

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November 20, 2013 5 minute read

What Can Moneyball Teach Us About Unicorns?

Peter Fishman

Chief Strategy Officer

Aileen Lee’s article on the building of billion-dollar companies, which she calls the “Unicorn Club” because they represent 0.07% of venture-backed startups, has become a common reference in many Silicon Valley conversations about startups. As an employee of one of these unicorns, Yammer, I’m proud to have been a part of our growth over the past three years. I believe that the founders of Yammer, David Sacks and Adam Pisoni, can offer many insights on what it takes to start something special.

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November 13, 2013 6 minute read

Does Daylight Saving Time Change When We Commute? Evidence from DC's Capital Bikeshare

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

On November 3, we all went through the familiar ritual of changing our clocks back an hour at the end of daylight saving time. Originally introduced to reduce energy consumption during World War I, DST (which is when clocks are ahead an hour—when it gets darker later—during the summer) potentially affects things far beyond how light it is when we get up. TV-watching patterns, crime rates, and our drinking habits could all be altered by this twice-annual change.

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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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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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