Global North America 

Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one

Michael Ovitz didn’t invent the idea of a talent agency, but one might argue that he perfected it. He founded the CAA in 1975, and grew it into the world’s leading talent agency, serving as chairman for 20 years. Now, Ovitz is investing in a brand new type of talent agency called Human Capital. Human Capital is a hybrid organization, one part VC fund, one part recruiting business and one part creative agency. (Human Capital did not invest in its agency startup from its VC fund.) The Human Capital VC…

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Global Healthcare North America 

Scots asked to help little boy with cancer fulfil final wish by sending postcards to Canada

Scots are being asked to help a talented young cancer sufferer see as much of Europe as possible – by sending postcards to him in Canada. Zac Connolly, who is bilingual, was due to visit the UK and Europe but his trip had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown and his poor health. He first beat the disease after being diagnosed with fourth stage high rush neuroblastoma as a two-year-old toddler. But he relapsed last year, with the cancer being much more aggressive second time round. Now 11,…

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Europe Global 

The businesses crowdfunding to survive

“Running a small business is touch and go at the best of times,” says Rachel Ho, director of an independent coffee shop in Tottenham, north London. And these, it seems fair to say, are far from the best of times. Ahead of warnings the UK’s economy could shrink by 35%, the Treasury set aside billions to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. But for many, access to that funding is proving too difficult or too slow – and fewer than 2% of the 300,000 inquiries to the government’s loan…

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Global North America 

Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.

Political leaders and health experts urged Americans celebrating Good Friday and the Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus to avoid church gatherings and observe the holidays at home as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 18,600. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and other health officials pointed to declining rates of coronavirus hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units – particularly in hard-hit New York state – as signs that social distancing measures are paying off. “Now is no time to back off,” Fauci told…

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Global North America 

Democrat Groups Begin Digital Assault of Trump Over Coronavirus

Swing state voters are being targeted with political ads hammering President Donald Trumps response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the organizations behind the ads are taking steps to ensure that they and their funders remain shrouded from public view. This week, Not In Our America, a new Facebook advertiser, began buying up promoted space on the platform to attack the administrations coronavirus response in the key 2020 states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona. The ads are the newest addition to a handful of Democratic and progressive groups going…

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