Weekly Digest
15 September 2014

September 15th, EYIF Innovation Weekly Digest

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Tech has a depression problem. Boom. “Start-up founders might seem like they’ve got it made, but long hours, isolation, and stress put them at risk of mental illness”, writes The Atlantic. Based on the stories shared in Startups Anonymous, a network where founders make their confessions, the article analyzes isolation and stress in the blooming tech business world.

Apple Watch, “could be as revolutionary as the first clocks”. The most compelling article we read about this week’s Apple’s announcement looks back to history and states: “Then, finally, came the wristwatch. People no longer had to pull their time-keeping machines out of their pockets to consult them. The technology was now always in view, becoming, in effect, an extension of the human body. Affixed to the wrist, the watch, as the late historian David Landes explained in his book Revolution in Time, became “an ever-visible, ever-audible companion and monitor.” By continually reminding its wearer of “time used, time spent, time wasted, time lost,” it served as both “prod and key to personal achievement and productivity.” The wristwatch, Landes argued, played a major role in spreading the ethic of individualism throughout Western culture”.

The trans-everything CEO, a long profile on Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female CEO in America. “She is Martine Rothblatt, the 59-year-old founder of United Therapeutics—a publicly traded, Silver Spring, Maryland–based pharmaceutical company—who made a previous fortune as a founder of Sirius radio, a field she entered as an attorney specializing in the law of space. But what’s really extraordinary about Rothblatt’s ascent is not that she has leaned in, or out, or had any particular thoughts about having it all. What sets Rothblatt apart from the other women on the list is that she—who earned $38 million last year—was born male”.