Luxe Coffee Reads & Views (Vol 8) from Caffè di Artisan

It's time once again to curl up in your favourite reading nook - indoors or outdoors - with your preferred Caffé di Artisan coffee drink and these intriguing Reads. We have curated pieces across quite a range of topics for you.

How does an education system which has schooling start at seven, has no formal exams and no school selection, produce students that rank among the best in the world? Did Julian Assange of WikiLeaks have a hidden agenda for releasing Hillary Clinton's emails? Will the golden days of funding for startups return? Can exercise change aspects of your life beyond the mere physical? Answers to these compelling questions inside. Enjoy....

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The Tech Bubble Didn’t Burst This Year. Just Wait

Things were different in Silicon Valley in the distant year of 2012, when a talented entrepreneur could walk into a venture capitalist’s office, say his startup was a mobile-first solution for pretty much any problem (payments! photos! blogging!), and walk out with a good-size seed investment. “That pitch was enough to get going...It’s not enough anymore.”

The Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer—an index that considers capital raised and number of deals, first financings, and successful acquisitions or initial public offerings—remains high by historical standards but has fallen 21 percent since November 2015. The industry has splintered into a few sure bets with sky-high valuations, and everything else. Read on....

Inside The Strange, Paranoid World Of Julian Assange

To an outsider, the WikiLeaks of today looks totally unrelated to the WikiLeaks of 2010. Then it was a darling of many of the liberal left. Now it is the torch-bearer of the alt-right, revealing hacked emails seemingly to influence a presidential contest. The WikiLeaks founder was out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and reassert himself as a player on the world stage, says an ex-insider who worked for Assange at WikiLeaks. Read on...

A late start to schooling, no exams, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

In Finland, whose comprehensive school system has sat at the top of Europe’s rankings for the past 16 years children don’t start school until they are seven, but what happens before that is even more important. In all Finnish daycare centres, the emphasis is not on maths, reading or writing but creative play. Driven by a commitment to equality, it outlaws school selection, formal examinations and streaming by ability. Competition, choice, privatisation and league tables do not exist. “Teaching to the test” is an alien concept. Here's how a different approach to learning results in excellent, measurable results...

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym

We all know and expect exercise to reshape our body. But could it be doing more than that: reshaping the rest of our life, bringing a positive effect in other areas and changing our physiological approach to stress. Could something that is uncomfortable, even painful, transform your life. Read on for the evidence...

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