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Zoosk Disney heroines meet their demise in photographer Thomas Czarnecki's take on fairytale endings By Jennifer Madison Updated: 09:45 GMT, 8 February 2012 Disney princesses don't always live happily ever after. At least, not in Thomas Czarnecki's twisted world. The French photographer's series, 'From Enchantment to Down', includes alternate endings for The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and other saccharine heroines. But in his re-imagining, the women meet their demise. A twisted ending: 'The Little Mermaid - On the other Shore', from Thomas Czarnecki's photo series, 'From Enchantment to Down' It's past midnight: Cinderella's glass slipper sits at the top of the stairs in 'Cinderella - Too Fast' Was it the big bad wolf? Crime scene: Alice appears tethered to a chair in an abandoned basement next to the white rabbit in 'Alice - Just a Trap' The Queen got her wish: Yet another heroine was taken by surprise in 'Snow White - My Sweet Prince' Caught: A huntsman takes a beauty as his prize in 'Pocahontas - One More Trophy' Did the genie do it?

Floodgate Fund: Opening the Gates to Success Superangel-ISAI ISAI, a superangel fund started by some of France's most experienced internet entrepreneurs, announced that it has closed his first fund, of 25 million euros (~$33 million). What sets ISAI apart is that it is "by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs" and that it plans to invest in round sizes between business angels and traditional VCs. It will try to be the lead investor in a startup's first round and might follow on in a VC Series A. They plan to do one investment per quarter. A big trend in early stage investing in general and in France in particular is the rise of so-called "superangels," either groups or individuals, often experienced entrepreneurs themselves, who invest in startups as business angels but with the financial firepower of VC. What really sets ISAI apart from other venture investment firms is that they raised only a minority of the fund from institutions. Join the conversation about this story » See Also:

TheFunded.com: The Resource for Entrepreneurs. Flybridge Venture Capital The Top Five Crowdsourcing Mega-trends I had my eyes opened to the massive growth of the crowdsourcing industry at a SXSW panel earlier this year. Ever since then, I have been looking for an opportunity to bring more information on this trend to {grow}. I’m fortunate today to have an expert on the subject, David Bratvold, provide a guest post: If you’re not yet familiar with crowdsourcing, it’s a new work process that involves getting a crowd of people to help with a task typically performed by one employee or contractor. Imagine needing a new logo for your business. While this is a common example, today crowdsourcing extends far beyond simple graphic design and can be broken down into four main subcategories: Microtasks – Taking a project and breaking it into tiny bits as seen on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (“the online marketplace for work.”). (For a more thorough explanation, read “What is Crowdsourcing.”) As the early stages of crowdsourcing continue to gain momentum, there are a few megatrends worth keeping your eye on.

SoftTechVC: Building great companies... Marshall Auerback and Rob Parenteau: The Myth of Greek Profligacy & the Faith Based Economics of the ‘Troika’ By Marshall Auerback, a portfolio strategist and hedge fund manager, and Rob Parenteau, CFA, sole proprietor of MacroStrategy Edge and a research associate of The Levy Economics Institute Historically, Greeks have been very good at constructing myths. The rest of the world? So it’s not a problem of Greek profligates, or an overly generous welfare state, both of which suggest that the standard IMF style remedies being proposed here are bound to fail, as they are doing right now. In reality, the Greeks have one of the lowest per capita incomes in Europe (€21,100), much lower than the Eurozone 12 (€27,600) or the German level (€29,400). One would think that if the Greek welfare system was as generous and inefficient as it is usually described, then administrative costs would be higher than that of more disciplined governments such as the German and French. Of course, these facts don’t matter. So why pursue it? Angela Merkel clearly has Italy in her sights.

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