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Month: June 2014

COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

One can always rely on COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT to push the boundaries of shirting season after season. Often carrying the torch for bold patterns and colors in conjunction with menswear’s staple button-up, a well-represented range of the aforementioned design elements was on full display. Some of the more vibrant offerings inclusive of matching shorts may not have been for everyone, but reinterpretations of traditional stripes in blue are arguably for those looking to move past the common and traditionally-cut shirt that currently resides in their wardrobe. Article source:...

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A Further Look at the Pigalle x Nike Air Raid

First off an initial unveiling very recently in Paris, we get a further look into Pigalle‘s latest effort with Nike. Taking a shoe not often subjected to collaborations, the Nike Air Raid receives a Pigalle re-design featuring two monotone colorways in fuschia and white. Both styles bring forth a detail-orientated approach with subtle branding. Denoted as a shoe destined for the outdoor, special messaging at the heel reads “FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.” Stay tuned for more details on a launch as Pigalle continue with their basketball heavy activations. Article source:...

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Unscaling The Healthcare Economy

Editor’s note: Hemant Taneja is a partner at General Catalyst.  Healthcare delivery has always been among the top targets for founders seeking to dramatically improve our lives while building great businesses. Yet, with very few exceptions, most founders find it difficult to build scalable software-defined businesses for providing high-quality care. It is obvious that we are hitting the scale limit of our present system, while virtually bankrupting our nation in the process. The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation in the world. And according to the CDC, there are 210,000 active general practitioners in the American health delivery system and they will handle about 555 million patient visits. This impending healthcare crisis is finally forcing us to think differently, and we are witnessing some of the most out-of-the-box developments in healthcare delivery I have seen in the past decade. Changing our approach to chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity could save hundreds of billions of dollars alone if we move to software-defined health delivery. I will go on record and say that we can reduce our costs for managing diabetes in America by at least $100 billion if we move to software-defined health delivery. Developing Software There are really two fundamental shifts that are leading us to software-defined healthcare. First, consumers are starting to play with mobile health apps and wearable devices, partly due to curiosity and partly due to rising...

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The Most San Francisco Wedding Happened Today, Thanks To Uber

Friends and family gathered to witness Sosh’s CTO Rod Begbie marry his sweetheart of three years this afternoon. Only this was no ordinary wedding. Begbie and his bride-to-be, Lacey Shaw, sent a GroupMe message and a tweet earlier today, asking all their friends to meet them in Alamo Square Park to see them get hitched on Uber’s dime. Begbie and Shaw had lightly discussed eloping the last couple of weeks, but decided today was the day to take advantage of an Uber marketing stunt intended for SF’s Pride Week. The problem was that a lot of other couples had the exact same idea: This particular wedding party had been desperately trying to get an Uber Wedding car to come their way for going on two hours when I came upon them. While some in the party seemed a tad delighted they now had a reporter in their ranks, most were more focused on the fact that I had a phone with a good amount of battery left. “Oh, ya, you can help us keep trying Uber. Perhaps if they see enough activity from here they’ll send a car,” said wedding guest JK Ogungbadero. She knew the happy couple when she worked with Begbie at Slide, before Google bought it. I wasn’t quite sure that’s how it worked but I thought “hey, why not,” and joined in. I even started tweeting on their behalf, hoping to get Uber’s attention: But we...

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The Supreme Court And Your Software Patents

Editor’s note: Michael Gulliford is the Founder and Managing Principal of the Soryn IP Group,a new breed of patent management and advisory company that provides a host of patent-centric services to a select group of innovators.   The Supreme Court recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, known more affectionately in many circles as the Supreme Court case deciding whether software is patentable. Although the Supreme Court did not tackle that broader question in its June 19 opinion, it did address whether CLS Corp. should be allowed to patent the concept of mitigating settlement risk implemented in software. And the Supreme Court’s analysis of that issue should have important implications for anyone with interests in software patents. Alice Corp. owns several patents related to computerized schemes for mitigating “settlement risk” – i.e. the risk that only one party to an agreed-upon financial exchange will satisfy its obligation. Although the practice of risk mitigation had existed long before Alice Corp. sought to patent the software version of doing so, Alice Corp. argued to the Supreme Court that it should be able to patent the process of implementing risk mitigation so long as a computer implemented that process. The Supreme Court disagreed. It has long been recognized that “abstract ideas” are not patentable. Although difficult to ascertain the line between a patentable software invention and an unpatentable abstract idea, the Supreme...

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