Researchers pinpoint the ideal age for entrepreneurs, and it’s not 20-something

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Silicon Valley’s idolization of smart young upstarts is misguided, but 20-something entrepreneurs do have some advantages. Silicon Valley’s idolization of smart young upstarts is misguided, according to a fascinating meta-analysis of 102 studies of entrepreneurs . Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) found that people who launch businesses in their 50s have greater financial success and higher satisfaction levels than younger entrepreneurs. Read Full Story

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This doula raised $3 million to build a digital platform for reproductive education

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With a $3 million seed round under her belt, Loom cofounder and CEO Erica Chidi is the rare Black woman to have raised more than $1 million in venture capital. After a stint in the fashion industry, Erica Chidi was looking for her next move. She had tried on a number of hats, from art curation to a culinary degree, but nothing stuck. When she started looking into nursing programs and learned about doulas, something clicked. “What I liked about it was doulas are like educators and advocates,” Chidi says. “One of my natural gifts is speaking and helping people understand things.” Read Full Story

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These 11 gifts will delight the home cook, baker, and food lover in your life

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The best gift ideas for foodies and home cooks, including Breville’s new mini espresso machine, Great Jones’s colorful bakeware, and Our Place’s gorgeous, versatile glasses. This season, we might not be able to sit down for that sumptuous holiday feast with all our closest friends and family—but when it comes to gifts, delicious experiences can still be had. For the gourmands, culinary masterminds, and just plain hungry on your holiday shopping list, we rounded up a collection of top treats, smart gadgets, and well-designed dining accessories. Our picks, which range from a 60-second pizza oven to retro-inspired cookware, are sure to please anyone with good taste. Read Full Story

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Is the explosion of COVID-19 conspiracies changing people’s real-world behavior?

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More than 20 million people saw a video filled with lies about COVID-19. Researchers still don’t know how this kind of viral misinformation is impacting people’s willingness to wear masks—or to get an eventual vaccine. On Monday night, Breitbart News launched a video of a press conference from a group of physicians called America’s Frontline Doctors, wherein several doctors repeated inaccurate claims about COVID-19, its treatments, and effects. The video reached over 20 million viewers on Facebook alone before being taken down Tuesday. The fast spread of this video and its false claims raises a big question about how much this kind of information affects people’s decisions to stay home, wear a mask, and ultimately, to get vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Read Full Story

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