The traffic light gets a dazzling, 21st century makeover

The traffic light is more than 100 years old. Since it debuted in 1914, technology has moved on. We’ve gotten televisions, computers, hair dyers, frozen food, lava lamps, kevlar, and nine Fast & Furious films! So perhaps it’s time to rethink the three lights hanging in the air, showing us red, yellow, or green.And now, a new traffic light being developed out of Russia is challenging a century of tradition. It’s really not a light at all, but a large, vertical screen. When it turns green, you still go. When it turns red, you still stop. But this new traffic light can do a whole lot more than just that. Read our story on it here.
—Mark Wilson
The traffic light gets a dazzling, 21st century makeover

The stop sign’s days look numbered, too.

Why it’s incredibly rare for companies led and founded by women to IPO

It goes back to the venture capital firms funding them, and even successful female venture partners struggle to raise the capital necessary for their funds.

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These industries are being impacted most by the Great Resignation

While every sector is being hit, some are suffering greater losses than others.

Glitter is terrible for the environment. Is a greener version finally here?

Glitter is made of tiny plastic particles that damage the environment, and brands are on a quest to make it sustainable—but it’s a tougher job than it might seem.

Building infrastructure to stop sea level rise can have an unfortunate consequence

Solutions that block water entirely just push the flooding into other areas. A real solution is coasts that can absorb rising waters.

Virtual pre-K education boomed during the pandemic. Should it continue?

Despite some evidence that it improves literacy and school readiness, remote learning’s value for our youngest students, say experts, is not a sure thing.

Netflix’s Naomi Osaka doc explains why she withdrew this summer without ever addressing it

Once you understand more about who the tennis superstar is and the life she was suddenly hurled into, what happened at the French Open in June makes perfect sense.

Fast Company announces details of seventh annual innovation festival

“The Rebuilders” will explore opportunities to reshape business, community, and culture, post-pandemic.

Blend Labs IPO: What you need to know
The latest tech IPO is due to hit the New York Stock Exchange Friday. Blend Labs, a fintech company that specializes in consumer solutions for online loans and banking, will trade under the stock ticker symbol BLND.
Blend sold 20 million Class A shares at $18 each—hitting the top-line IPO price of $16 to $18 per share. In total, Blend Labs raised $360 million via yesterday’s IPO. When added to its other outstanding shares and employee stock options, Blend now has a market valuation of $5 billion.
Founded in 2012, the San Fransisco-based company operates a platform used by 31 of the top 100 financial firms in America. It helps those firms’ customers facilitate mortgages, loans, and credit card applications.
This year is turning out to be a hot one for fintech companies, with companies like Coinbase and SoFi making their recent market debuts and trading platform Robinhood aiming for an IPO in the near future.
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