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  • harvard business school logoLast month I was fortunate enough to serve on the “Leadership in Public Service” panel during annual presentations for Harvard Business School Reunions. I shared the stage with several incredible Harvard grads who have done great things since leaving school. Below is a brief recap of the day’s events.

    Panel – Joining and Serving on Boards
    Moderator: Howard Brod Brownstein (JD/MBA 1975), President, The Brownstein Corporation

    • Lana Lewin (MBA 1995), Treasurer, Planned Parenthood of New York City; Managing Director, Crédit Suisse
    • John T. Mapes (MBA 1995), Managing Partner, Aurora Capital Group
    • John F. Ryan IV (MBA 2000), Managing Director, ONSET Ventures
    • Eric C. Salzman (MBA 1995), Managing Partner, SarniHaan Capital Partners LLC

    Corporate governance is increasingly in the news, including – all too often – the lack thereof. At the same time, serving on boards, both for-profit and nonprofit, is a growing career ambition for many HBS graduates. This panel of accomplished HBS alumni will share their experiences regarding joining and serving on boards and will provide valuable advice about how to join boards and what to expect when one gets there.

    Panel – Leadership in Public Service
    Moderator: Mitchell B. Weiss, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS; formerly Chief of Staff to Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino

    • Aaron Chadbourne (MBA 2011), Senior Policy Advisor, Governor Paul LePage, Maine
    • Mina Hsiang (MBA 2010), Health Data Expert, US Digital Service at the White House
    • Jason Lewis (MBA 1995), State Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Ryan Mackenzie (MBA 2010), Member and Deputy Majority Whip, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    David Linn (MBA 2000), Principal/Cofounder, Oak Point Partners/Cycle for Survival
    Cycle for Survival is the national movement to beat rare cancers. Linn founded the high-energy indoor team cycling events in 2007 with his late wife, Jen Goodman Linn (MBA 1999). Cycle for Survival is now the fastest-growing athletic fundraiser in the country with more than $75 million raised for cancer research.

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  • As you well know, a change to the Maine Constitution requires a vote not only from the legislature but from the Maine people. But the Maine people cannot vote on this unless you pass this resolution. As the Governor has been travelling the state these last several months, he has heard the voice of the people of Maine loud and clear, and he’s asking you to do the same. Give your constituents the respect of letting them decide how they’d like to be taxed. Let the voters decide if it is finally time to eliminate the income tax in Maine. The Governor applauds Representative Fredette and his cosponsors President Thibodeau, Representative Espling, Senator Cushing and Senator Mason for joining him in an effort to let the Maine people take their future into their own hands and prevent future legislatures from reinstating the harmful effect of the State income tax.

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  • The Governor believes that now is the time to move Maine from poverty to prosperity. Rather than keep trying the same thing that we’ve tried for decades and expecting different results, it is well past time to stop chasing capital out of the State of Maine and to stop penalizing hard work and investment in our State.

    While some critics are using scare tactics to talk about funding gaps, imaginary cuts to education, necessity of increasing property taxes – that’s all they are, scare tactics. The people of Maine know better and can judge for themselves when this is put to referendum. Education funding in Maine has far outpaced inflation while our student population has declined.  The Governor and this Administration are committed to raising the bar on the education that local school districts provide to the children in Maine. We stand firmly by our commitment to seniors and to the most vulnerable populations in Maine. The Governor and this Administration reject the idea that the Government knows better than Maine families how to spend your hard earned money. The notion that an income tax cut is a “giveaway to the wealthy,” as some have called it, is offensive. No one is giving away money here. This proposal would let the hard working people of Maine keep the money that they earn. Elimination of the state income tax would provide the largest wage increase in the history of Maine. In all, $1.2 billion would be returned to hardworking Maine families. We need to focus on growing our private sector economy, not growing government spending.

    Although the Governor is calling for BOLDaction, the Governor is asking you to take responsible action. If the Legislature passes LD 1367 and voters approve the amendment to the Maine Constitution, Governor LePage is convinced that, by working together, the state can develop a tax system free of the individual income tax that will achieve the same objectives he has fought for in each budget proposal, including fairness.  In the past, the Governor has proposed mechanisms such as the Property Tax Fairness Credit and the Sales Tax Fairness Credit, and there is no reason similar mechanisms would not be possible in a Maine without an income tax.

    The Governor is not linking the elimination of the income tax to eliminating any specific programs or other revenue-generating solitons. There are many other revenue streams the State could consider to fund essential programs and activities – which, by the way, the government should have to continuously justify to the people of Maine who fund the government’s activities. We believe that this committee, in the future, will have the important task of being creative, innovating, and finding responsible ways to fund the government. Rather than spend time debating which exemptions and credits to offer, rather than picking winners and losers, rather than have the government decide what qualifies as something requiring an income tax exemption, let’s exempt all people in Maine from the income tax and let the people who earn the money decide where to spend it.  To those who clamor that eliminating the income tax will necessarily increase property taxes – that’s not what we’ve proposed. The income tax is a state-level tax proposal and it would have no impact on local property taxes.  That continues to be a local decision.

    The Governor is asking the legislature to act. He rejects the scare tactics that we’ve already started to see from special interest groups, and would ask that the legislature engage in this debate thoughtfully and responsibly, in the best interest of the one special interest group we all serve – the people of Maine. This brings me to my final message.

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  • The Tax Foundation currently ranks Maine as having the 9th highest top marginal individual income tax rate. Were it not for Vermont, New Jersey, and New York, we’d have the highest top marginal tax rate on this side of the Mississippi River. Their top individual rates kick in at more than $400,000; $500,000; and $1 million of taxable income, respectively. Maine’s current top rate starts at $20,900. With this proposed Constitutional Amendment, Maine has the opportunity to become the 10th state in the nation with ZERO income tax.

    Maine residents already pay significant income tax to the federal government, and we believe the federal government has cornered the market on it. While US tax policy should ensure we are making the nation competitive globally, we have an obligation to make Maine competitive with other states. We want to attract job creators. When an out of state company buys a growing Maine business, we’d like them to keep the corporate headquarters in Maine and move more high paying jobs into the state, not out of it. When a person at a company gets offered a promotion that requires a move from Dallas, Texas or Chattanooga, Tennessee to Maine – we want those people to come. We want to see the investment and activity that you see in states like Florida, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada. I’ve heard this committee before discuss why people move to Florida and suggest it’s not just for the income tax. Well, I’ve heard from tax accountants and estate planners that there are certainly some that do. But let’s say someone has their primary residence in Maine and a second home in Florida to get away from winters like the one we just had. If you’re already spending 3 months a year in Florida and could protect your pension by increasing that stay to 6 months and a day, I’m pretty sure you’d consider it. We want people to maintain their primary residence in Maine and their second home in Florida, not the other way around. We already have a high share of the second home market – lets grow the number who are proud to call Maine their primary residence. Let’s create incentives for the many young people of Maine who leave home for school and to start their careers to move back to a Maine without an income tax, where they can keep the money they earn and where they can invest, buy homes, raise their families and have fulfilling careers.

    The Governor understands that the income tax is not a silver bullet and is not the only step we need to take to make Maine more competitive. You’ve seen him work hard to lower energy cost, advocate for education reform, and continue to ask for business reforms like the Right to Work. I’ll not discuss any of those proposals now other than to note that this Governor will keep fighting on all fronts to help people of Maine move from poverty to prosperity, and he believes that elimination of the income tax is one of the most powerful steps we can take to inject new activity into our economy and give Mainers the most meaningful wage increase the state has ever seen.

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  • My name is Aaron Chadbourne. I am a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor and I am here today to testify in support of LD 1367 “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Eliminate the Income Tax.”

    Today is a historic day. We are here to talk about an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Maine. It’s something that has been done over a hundred times in the past and something that should never be done lightly, so I would like to thank the Committee for your consideration today and urge a unanimous Ought to Pass report to send the proposed Constitutional amendment to the voters of Maine.

    When Governor LePage was sworn into office in January, he reaffirmed that his long term vision is simple: It’s Maine without an income tax. Today, it is an honor to be here advocating for another step forward toward the Governor’s vision and ask for the legislature’s help in letting Maine people decide for themselves whether it’s finally time to eliminate the State of Maine’s income tax once and for all.

    Let me be clear – this effort did not begin with the Governor’s second term. As you’ll recall, in 2011 the Governor proposed and the legislature enacted the largest tax cut in Maine history, lowering Maine’s top income tax rate from 8.5 percent to 7.95 percent and eliminating the income tax liability of 70,000 low-income Mainers. In the biennial budget proposed earlier this session, Governor LePage took the next step in requesting the legislature continue to phase out the income tax by lowering the top marginal tax rate to 5.75 percent – the lowest rate since Maine established its income – tax and proposing the state remove the burden of the income tax from an additional 60,000 low income Mainers. The Governor has repeatedly said publicly that his goal is to achieve reduction in the top marginal tax rate to 4 percent by the end of his second term and have a firm date set for the elimination of the state income tax – a tax that penalizes work, investment, and economic growth in the State of Maine. So as we talk about the proposal and the timeline, I’d like to remind the Committee that this is a nearly decade-long journey we’ve embarked on, to go from 8.5 percent top marginal tax rate in 2010 to 0 percent by 2020. For those who would compare the Governor’s plan to what happened in Kansas, I’d ask you to take another look at the way that the Governor has consistently taken a responsible, measured, balanced approach to phasing out the State’s income tax.

    There are three messages that I would like to stress during my remaining time before you today. First, Maine is not competitive. Second, it is time for bold action – we can’t rely on the status quo to promote prosperity in Maine. Third, and finally, we should let the people of Maine decide how they want to be taxed.

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    Our planet’s diverse, thriving ecosystems may seem like permanent fixtures, but they’re actually vulnerable to collapse. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? Kim Preshoff details why the answer, to a large extent, is biodiversity.

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    We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

    Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Sharon Colman.
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    Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping.

    Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Steve Belfer Creative.
  • How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.

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  • As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.

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    With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that’s wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the backbone of science — and shows that theorems, not diamonds, are forever. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

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    Tom Thum: Armed with just a microphone, Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create incredible soundtracks of impossible beats and phenomenal sounds, with scratched vinyl, the Michael Jackson back-catalogue, the didgeridoo and an entire fifties jazz band amongst his vocal repertoire.

    You can follow Tom on FaceBook (TomThummer) and Twitter (@tomthummer)

    Quoting from ABC's Triple J Unearthed website:

    "TOM THUM, THE VERSATILE VOICEBOX 'Tom Thum appears to have swallowed an entire orchestra and several backing singers' The Guardian (UK)

    'There are not enough superlatives to describe the wonder of this beatboxing virtuoso - I am still trying to figure out how he got those sounds out of his mouth' The Daily Telegraph (UK)
    'The mic master seems to have an orchestra living in his throat: trumpet blasts, guitar strums and samples from classic songs including Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" effortlessly spout from his mouth' Time Out, NY

    These are apt quotes to describe the performance of one of Australia's most prominent and respected beatboxers and serial pests. Only in his mid-twenties Tom Thum has achieved and experienced more than most artists could hope to achieve in a lifetime. From winning the team battles (alongside Joel Turner) in the World Beatbox Championships in 2005, to fulfilling every artists dream and performing on Broadway in New York with the Tom Tom Crew, Tom has seen his fair share of accolades and well and truly paid his dues. Raised by the small but accommodating Brisbane hip hop scene, Tom started out as a graffiti writer and a Bboy but slowly rose to recognition through his ability to produce unhuman sounds and his natural knack for performing and weaselling his way on stage...

    Although the stage seems the ideal habitat for Tom he is also no stranger to community and has been helping the scene improve through conducting a plethora of workshops in many places that usually wouldn't have access to such knowledge and skill. Tom has travelled from the very top of Australia teaching in the Indigenous communities of Mornington and Thursday Islands all the way to the very bottom with a series of workshops in Tasmania and Adelaide.

    He has also spent considerable time teaching on Palm Island and in Charleville and many other places that would otherwise be Starved for education about proper hip hop and the positive message that music preaches.

    As Tom's experience within the music industry expands, he plans to push the limits of the human voice as far as inhumanly possible. Enrolling the help of numerous loop stations, Tom has been conducting DJ sets using only his voice and nothing else, propelling crowds across the country into a frenzy of jaw-dropping disbelief, as he re-creates and remixes classic joints and jams from all eras and genres. At present Tom is working on an album ranging across many different generes and features and hopes to have it finished by early 2012. You might see him on a stage at a festival looping up a storm or supporting anyone from the Hilltop Hoods to Blue King Brown, or you might catch him annoying the hell out of commuters on public transport. Either way, you will notice him soon enough. Keep an ear out for Tom Thum."

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  • A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur — who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all.

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  • aaron chadbourne maine legal hero blogAnnie Webber, founder and CEO of Legal Hero, recently published a 2-part blog on splitting equity between co-founders. You can find the article at Legal Hero.

    Starting a new business comes with a lot of excitement, little sleep, and a to-do list that seemingly never ends. Amidst the excitement, it is increasingly easy to avoid a difficult, yet necessary conversation about splitting equity between co-founders. While the topic is easy to postpone, you do not want to deal with the potential fallout and subsequent tougher conversation down the road.

    Most assume that co-founders should split equity evenly. This is not necessarily flawed thinking, but there are plenty of reasons this argument does not hold up. Most co-founders divide equity equally for the following reasons:

    • Avoiding the awkward conversation, potential arguments, and parting ways.
    • Everyone is equal, so they all deserve an equal share.
    • An even split simplifies everything. Now they can focus more important things.
    • Co-founders want to make every important decision together.

    These are honorable positions on the issue, but not exactly the most beneficial for the company. Running a business requires difficult, yet constructive conversations. Learning this early will be vital to your success. It is also important to understand that co-founders ultimately offer different skill sets. As Annie notes in her blog, “to suggest these skill sets and resources are equally valuable is a bit silly.”

    Visit Legal Hero for further details on splitting equity, including a detailed framework to help resolve the issue.


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  • Watch as Bernardo Rodrigues screams his way through a beautiful rope swing ride in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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  • Join us as we immerse ourselves into the heart of Brasileiro culture and futebol. From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the Estadio Municipal of São Paulo, see first hand what it truly means to live, love, and play as a Brazilian.

    Tune in each Wednesday from June 18th - July 2, for episodes of our aventura Brasileira...Shot 100% on the HD HERO3+® camera from ‪http://GoPro.com.

    Valeu, Brasil!

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    Pedro Peracio
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    Diego Ornellas
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  • Divers off the coast of Mexico save a sea turtle that became tangled in rope.

    Special thanks to Colin Sutton & Cameron Dietrich who freed the turtle and shared their footage with us.

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  • Justin Mayers and a crew of backcountry riders ventured out into Wyoming's uncharted mountains in seek for fun untouched lines.

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  • The fifth of the HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K series.

    Two friends dream of experiencing something different in their lives, and decide to travel to one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland, in Boom, Belgium.

    With featured guest artists, Steve Aoki, Krewella, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike leading the way, venture into all that Tomorrowland has to offer.

    This is your life, make it legendary.​

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    Max Elto
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    “Alive”
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    Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
    “Waves (Tomorrowland 2014 Anthem)”
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  • Dori Bjoss captures rider Þórður Atli hydroplaning his snowmobile over rapids on the Ytri-Ranga river near Mt. Hekla, Iceland.

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    Insightful "I Think I'm Better Off Dead"
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