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Video Of The Week: Samir Desai at Slush1

One of the most impressive startup executions I have witnessed in the past ten years is what the team at Funding Circle has pulled off. They have gone from a team of friends with an idea to the largest non bank lender in the western world. In this interview at the Slush Conference, CEO Samir Desai explains how they pulled that off. http://avc.com/2017/12/video-of-the-week-samir-desai-at-slush/

Cyber Monday 201710

The Oatmeal Cyber Monday Sale Use discount code CYBER25 and get 25% off your entire order Exploding Kittens - Party Pack Edition A new expanded version that supports up to ten players. It also plays party music, in case that's your thing. This product is not available on Amazon! Normally $30.00 HOLIDAY PRICE: $22.50 View Party Pack Source: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/black_friday2017

Pearl Harbor Day – “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”

Source: http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/pearl-harbor-day-date-will-live-infamy/ Today is Pearl Harbor Day, which President Franklin Roosevelt called, “a date which will live in infamy.” The Empire of Japan unleashed an hours long sneak attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the early morning hours of a Sunday morning. It was a devastating attack. One of the main targets of the attack was Battleship Row whereat the Japs sunk, destroyed, or damaged: The battleship Arizona — sunk, total loss, 1,177 KIA, remains sunk at Pearl Harbor; The battleship California — sunk, refloated, returned to service February 1944; The battleship Maryland — damaged by direct hits, returned to service February 1942; The battleship Nevada — managed to get underway, beached itself to avoid clogging up the main entrance to Pearl, sunk, decommissioned in 1946, shipped to Bikini Atoll as a target ship for nuclear weapons tests, sunk by Naval gunfire in 1948; The battleship Oklahoma — sunk, total loss, never repaired; The battleship Pennsylvania — damaged by bombs while in drydock, returned to service March 1942; The battleship Tennessee — minor damage, repaired and returned to the fleet in February 1942; The battleship Utah — capsized, never repaired, remains at Pearl Harbor (the Utah is often overlooked as it was not moored on Battleship Row, but was at anchor off Ford Island after returning to Pearl afollowing gunnery exercises); and, The battleship West Virginia — sunk, refloated, returned to service July 1944. In all, the Japs sunk or damaged the battleships above, three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. One hundred and eighty-eight US planes were destroyed on the island’s airfields while 2,403 Americans were KIA and 1,178 were WIA. The Japs did not touch the American aircraft carrier fleet as they were at sea. It was the only good luck for the Americans that day. The Japs attacked Pearl Harbor to prevent the US fleet from interfering in their plans to attack the Philippines, Guam, Wake Island, Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong. That same day, the Japs attacked all of those locations. In the first wave at Pearl, the Japs hit American airfields at Hickham Field, Wheeler Field, Ford Island, Kanoehe Naval Air Station, Bellows Field, and Ewa Marine Corps Station. The Americans were caught sleeping on Sunday morning and the Japs seized air superiority in the first minutes of the attack. Naval Marshal General (Admiral) Isorokyu Yamamoto is alleged to have said, “I feel all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Son of a bitch was right. Two important things happened thereafter. The first was that President Roosevelt addressed the American Congress. The second is that the Greatest Generation dropped their plows, picked up their rifles, and beat the crap out of the Germans and Japs. The Japanese surrender took place on the USS Missouri. It is important that we never forget what happened at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, that we remember who we are — the nation (with our Allies) who defeated evil. This is who America is. We are a bulwark against unbridled evil. God bless America. But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car.    Source: http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/pearl-harbor-day-date-will-live-infamy/

How to receive a crappy Christmas present

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Funding Friday: Brooklyn Cider House

I backed this project today. The idea of a cider bar and restaurant in Bushwick seems so right to me. There is less than 24 hours left on this project. I’m hoping we can help them get across the finish line. http://avc.com/2017/12/funding-friday-brooklyn-cider-house/