• If someone asked me what I wanted to do in five years, I would say, “I have no clue.” That’s because I’ve switched roles every year for the past three years. My current boss probably has the 10-month mark on her calendar as a time to start getting nervous.

    But if you asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up? I would say, “I want to have made a difference. And I don’t have to wait to grow up to do that.”

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  • - Washington spends $16,698 per student, the second highest in the country after Boston, yet:

    - In 2007, 61% of D.C.'s fourth graders scored below basic level in reading, and 51% below basic in math.

    - Of America's 100 largest school districts, D.C. Public Schools spent the most on administration (56% of budget) and the least on instruction (41%), in 2004 -- 2005.

    - Twenty-nine percent of D.C. high-school grads enroll in college within 18 months versus 48% nationwide, and only 9% of them graduate within five years.

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  • Most of Vinod Khosla's environmental startups are efforts to reduce our dependence on petroleum -- both by making better use of oil and by finding other sources of liquid fuel. The rest address solar and geothermal power and desalination of seawater. Very broadly, his green-tech portfolio falls into three clusters:

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  • 1. Paper Route
    USA Today became the nation's largest daily newspaper by getting inertia on its side. Twenty-two percent of its average daily circulation of 2.3 million readers comes from getting its paper distributed in hotels.

    2. Spend to Save
    Wachovia's Way2Save program is a real-world version of Thaler's Save More Tomorrow experiment. With each use of its check card or online bill payment, Wachovia transfers $1 into a savings account that has a 5% annual percentage yield.

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