Economics & Economy

Your pension fund could be invested in tech

19 hours ago

The economics of the tech industry is a chain with a bunch of confusing links. Startups get their money from venture capital firms, and we've talked about how that works and why it heavily influences who becomes key players in tech and what products end up in your hands. But how do venture capital firms get their money? Limited partners, or private corporations; state, county and city entities; and universities. Now, continue to follow me down the chain.

10/19/2017: How venture capital gets its funding

19 hours ago

The tech industry’s economy hinges on venture capital. But what does venture capital’s economy hinge on? Private corporations, city entities and universities. These groups, called limited partners, fund firms with endowment money and pension funds, or part of your paycheck. On this episode of Marketplace Tech, we look into the world of limited partners.

To sell his tax plan, President Donald Trump is trying a send message to ordinary Americans: that cutting corporate taxes will benefit you too. Speaking in Pennsylvania last week, Trump claimed that his current proposal — which calls for lowering corporate taxes from 35 percent to 20 percent and which allows companies to bring back overseas money at a low tax rate — will actually translate into a $4,000 pay raise for a typical American household.

Getting more women into coding, one girl at a time

Oct 18, 2017

Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code after running for Congress ... and losing. During her campaign, she toured a number of computer science classrooms and was puzzled at how rare it was to find women taking those courses. So she launched Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that introduces middle school and high school-aged girls to coding through after school clubs and summer programs.

What China's party congress means for the average Joe

Oct 18, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the 19th Communist Party Congress today in Beijing, delivering a more than three-hour speech. The party congress itself may be tough to decipher for many around the world, so Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down with Marketplace Shanghai correspondent Jennifer Pak to discuss what the meeting of Communist Party heavyweights means for the average person on the street.