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People to Watch in Silicon Alley

Like a mother hen (or, perhaps, a father rooster), Mr. Niswander, 52, presides over an unruly group of would-be moguls all trying to create the next big thing. The head of innovation for NYU-Poly and director of its three business incubators, he provides space, advice and student interns to...

People to Watch in Silicon Alley

Look for Mr. Davis at the Varick Street Incubator run by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and he’s invariably huddled with a bunch of young entrepreneurs, helping them plot out the next steps in their game plans. Mr. Davis, 45, is the head of NYC Seed, a seed-stage venture...

Am I hurting my own investment performance?

Several studies suggest you might be. “Buy high and sell low” may be mixing up the old investment adage, but that is exactly what many investors do. Morningstar, Dalbar and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU analyzed the returns achieved by investors over different time periods compared...

Ex Wall Street Employees Fill Varick Street Incubator

A recent article on BetaBeat discussed how many tenants at the Varick Street Incubator in NY are former Wall Street workers who are now working on startups that their old employers will have to compete with, or end up using. The NYU-Poly incubator is currently filled with ex-Wall Street employees...

Bloomberg Markets: 50 Most Influential Persons

Professor Nassim Taleb on Bloomberg’s list of Top 50 Most Influential Persons: Every investor is now hunting the next Black Swan. Taleb wrote the book on them. His latest book consists of aphorisms, such as: “The tragedy is that much of what you think is random is in your control, and...

Lights, Camera, Blast-Off: Kids Explore Space with NASA

Space Camp, Space Buddies, Star Wars, Star Trek, Wall-E, and more recently Mars Needs Moms. Kids have always been fascinated with space-related movies. They have seen astronauts and robots in "reel life," but how often do they get an opportunity to meet them in real life? On August 17,...

Data Crunchers Look to Quantify Chemistry in N.B.A.

Deron Williams and Chris Paul seemed set to leave their teams, and were caught up in the annual frenzy of speculation about where they would fit best. According to a statistical analysis of 4,718 N.B.A. games that looked to determine how well teams played together, both the New Orleans Hornets, who...

Wouldn't It Be Cool If... Finalist Event

In February, we invited kids to dream up AWESOME ideas to make their lives, communities, or even the world more awesome and submit them to our Wouldn't It Be Cool If... competition. Meet the four finalists whose ideas brought them to the crowning event of the competition -- the Wouldn't It...

Nikhil Gupta—Inspired to ask questions and explore to improve life

To help create better safety helmets and other gear, Nikhil Gupta analyzes the way bones breaks and protective foams hold up under stress. (watch video...)

Creating Collaborative Culture Requires Mix Of Spaces For Privacy, Interaction

It sounded like a great way to build collaboration — create an open space where employees could grab a cup of coffee and mingle. The goal was to encourage the informal conversations that are essential to creating a collaborative culture. But instead of mingling and sharing ideas, people...