A terminally ill 78-year-old woman's #dying #wish to see a Rembrandt exhibition was granted by Dutch charity Stichting Ambulance Wens (Last Wish Foundation) this week.
The woman, who suffers from #ALS, was brought to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum with three other terminal patients on Tuesday. The four were transported in hospital beds and given a private, after-hours view of the exhibition.
The list of ecommerce companies is long and varied, but one newly funded startup offers something we didn't know we wanted: crates, crowbars and crazy curated collections.
Man Crates, a service that lets users ship sealed crates filled with themed collections of gifts for men ranging from "The Bacon Crate" to "Retro Gamer Crate," announced closing a $3.1 million round of seed funding on Tuesday.
Jon Beekman founded Man Crates in late 2011 with just $1,000 and was deliberate in bootstrapping operations — so much so, in fact, that he actually launched a website without actually having invested in acquiring any inventory to sell to customers.
"As soon as someone would click 'buy,' we would refund their money and give them a coupon for the next purchase," Beekman told Mashable in an interview. He wanted to figure out how much, if any, interest there was for the crates. "We would talk to customers: 'We’re really sorry. We are a startup. We don’t have inventory to sell you, but what was it that made you want to buy?'"
The measured approach appears to be working for the startup: It expects sales to be "significantly north" of $10 million in 2015, according to Beekman. And unlike some of its competitors, Man Crates is profitable.
Beekman got the idea for Man Crates from a family tradition that revolved around gift giving. Each Christmas, family members would draw names from a hat and exchange gifts, but strict spending limits were attached, forcing them to get clever and sometimes build gifts themselves.
"What we’re trying to do at Man Crates is channel some of that gifting magic that I saw as a kid," he says. "I think people are really bad at giving gifts... The idea [behind Man Crates] is to disrupt any place where a dollar is spent on bad gifts." The idea [behind Man Crates] is to disrupt any place where a dollar is spent on bad gifts."
For the foreseeable future, Beekman remains focused on building a service targeting men. However, he says he won't completely rule out offering a similar service for women or children at some point down the road.
With the new funding, Man Crates hopes to hire another 25 employees — nearly doubling its staff — and move into a larger space in the San Francisco area.
Vomit comets and 43-foot pools: #NASA #astronaut training over the decades
It's been 100 years since the founding of NASA's predecessor — the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA.
While NACA, which was formed in 1915, doesn't have the same recognition that NASA does for, say, landing on the moon or launching Space Shuttles, the organization helped lay the groundwork for U.S. accomplishments in aeronautics and space exploration. During and after World War II, the NACA helped develop vital innovations like retractable landing gear and jet engine compressors, according to a NASA press release.
NACA's 7,500 employees and $300 million in assets transitioned to NASA on Oct. 1, 1958. Eventually, one former NACA employee — Neil Armstrong — was the first human to set foot on the moon.
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