The second cohort of Emergent Ventures winners

Here is the list of the second set of winners, in the order the grants were made, noting that the descriptions are mine not theirs:

Kelly Smith has a for-profit project to further extend a parent-run charter school system in Arizona, using Uber-like coordinating apps and “minimalist” OER methods.

Andrew L. Roberts, Northwestern University, a small grant to further his work on how sports relates to politics.

Stefan de Villiers, high school student, to create podcasts on the decisions of other high school students and how/why they become successful.

Brian Burns is working (with Samo Burja) on the history of mathematics and career networks, with special attention to the blossoming of innovation in 18th century Göttingen: “The secret to producing flourishing mathematical and scientific traditions may lie in a careful study of institutions. I will undertake this investigation and in the process uncover lost mathematical knowledge.”  Gauss, Riemann, and Hilbert!

Can Olcer is one of the two entrepreneurs behind Kosmos School, a K-12 school that exists only in virtual reality, a for-profit enterprise with an emphasis on science education.

Anonymous, working on a board game for ten years, aimed at teaching basic economics, including supply and demand and the core ideas of Ronald Coase.  The grant is for marketing the game.

Sophie Sandor is a 23-year-old Scottish film-maker making films with “noticeable themes [of] rational optimism, ambition and a rejection of the victimhood notion that millennials are prone to.”  She is also interested in making documentaries in the education space.

Nicholas Dunk has a for-profit to bring voice recognition/machine transcription to the daily tasks of doctors.  The goal is to solve paperwork problems, free up doctor time, encourage better record-keeping, and improve accuracy, all toward the end of higher quality and less expensive health care.

Lama Al Rajih, a young Saudi CS student, building Therma, among other projects, she received a travel grant to visit potential mentors.

I am very excited by this new cohort.  Here is a list of the first round of winners, and here is the underlying rationale for Emergent Ventures.  You can apply here.


"She is also interested in making documentaries in the education space."

When economists start using "space" in this sense, we know it's all over.

A brief check of her bio shows that she's done stints at the adam semith institute and the IEA. Two of our slightly more wingnutty think tanks.

So all she's doing is peddling political correctness for the right. Not hugely surprised Tyler liked her.

Regarding Brian Burns work, I think he's onto something, since often I notice networks foster 'like-minded individuals' to come together in a region; nature or nurture?

(Wikipedia): Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet,Emmy Noether,John von Neumann, Bernhard Riemann, David Hilbert, Felix Klein, Constantin Carathéodory, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet and a number of significant mathematicians made their contributions to mathematics in the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Bonus trivia: some of Leonhard Euler's works have STILL not been translated! Fact!

Bonus trivia 2: the straightest distance between two points on a curved surface was shown by Riemann to be a Great Circle, but, strangely, airplanes often do NOT take the Great Circle on short routes, but, due to air traffic corridors, flight 'straight lines'. It turns out that the optimal distance for fuel efficiency for a jumbo jet is about 2500 nautical miles, so anything very below or above this figure does not require fuel to be the 'gating factor' or most important thing, hence the 'straight lines'. Fact!

On my Bonus Trivia 2: obviously I mean 'shortest' distance between two points is the Great Circle, not 'straightest' distance, which would be a Euclidean plane shortest distance.

These kids are smarter than most dopey MR readers, especially dumb Southerners like Sessions. They are almost as smart as a very stable genius like me. Almost.

Another Uber app like winner? No surprise, accept possibly that in the second round, no more coyness about profit.

The charter school just being the lunar rover at the very top of the moonshot launch pad. Or franchising opportunity, as the case may be.

Well profitability is a good measurement on the value a service provides, so good for them.

Good sports: Do sports affect politics or do politics affect sports? Down here in the South college football affects, well, everything. Indeed, college football promotes all manner of irrational beliefs. Or is that backwards: do the irrational beliefs of the fine folks down here in the South promote college football? Highly partisan politics is often blamed on partisan political talk radio shows, but partisan political talk radio shows had their genesis in sports talk radio shows: indeed, they have the same listeners. In fact, as partisan political talk radio shows had their ascent, sports talk radio shows experienced a decline. For those who question giving a grant to study how sports affects politics, think again.

"Anonymous, working on a board game for ten years, aimed at teaching basic economics, including supply and demand and the core ideas of Ronald Coase."
I would very much like to purchase this game. Please send me a link to buy it!

Please share the board game when it's available!

Thiel giving money to Brits to promote right-wing victim-blaming politics. All I can say is, he should try it in Germany and see the reaction (sic!).

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