Creative Class Becoming Obamacare Cannon Fodder

By Michael Hendrix
December 20, 2013
General Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation reads the Internet so that you don’t have to, sharing a short list of curated blog posts for your Friday reading.


The creative class has become cannon fodder for Obamacare.

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Here’s how Shazam uses Big Data to find music’s next big artists:

Shazam combines critics' reviews alongside the number of people that have used Shazam to find a song to understand which artists are generating the most interest. This means that instead of only relying on what the criticism (positive or negative) of the music has been, Shazam is able to use consumer behavior to better judge the artists that have already started to pique the interests of listeners and are starting to gain traction.

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James Pethokoukis highlights why the shrinking U.S. labor force is bad for the future of economic growth.

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For the Internet of Things to thrive, it will need a common language. As Chris Mims explains at Quartz, “What engineers lack is a universal glue to bind all the of the “things” in the internet of things to each other and to the cloud.”

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Joel Kotkin finds where working-age Americans are moving.

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Jay Ireland has a very insightful post at GE’s IdeasLab on the landscape of innovation in Africa.

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The technology industry’s biggest problem may come from a surprising source: the high cost of housing and office space.

The challenge of expanding housing supply in the right places has a lot to do with hidebound local government and can't be solved with an app. That doesn't usually stop the ever-creative founder type, though (even if it means embarking on a high-profile political campaign). The startup that comes closest to actually making progress, a crowdfunding platform for investing in real estate called Fundrise, comes out of Washington. And if it scales, that could free up capital to put into housing projects that might ease prices. But for a community that's pretty good at solving its own problems, the tech sector writ large seems at a loss for how to fix something that stares it in the face every single day.

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Even in the era of cheap digital communication and mobile technology, most people still just like to talk to their neighbors.