On the Eleventh Day of OZY … - OZY | A Modern Media Company

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To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700-plus times OZY has put you ahead of the curve.

By OZY Editors

OZY just turned 5, so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (with the corresponding number of stories for each day in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700-plus times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.

OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — both lovers of great storytelling — looked out over the media landscape six years ago and saw a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to deliver stories to curious readers that would excite them about the world.

So OZY set off to do just that — and to this day, we feed the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — we’re offering everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in New York City — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes). And come back for Day 12, our final Day of OZY.

On the eleventh day of OZY, we proudly help you revisit 11 hot trends you heard about from us first.

  1. Back in 2013, we told you all about a Netflix for books. While some public libraries around the country offer digital copies of books, the selections are generally rather limited. But a pair of new services is putting the entire card catalog at the fingertips of tablet and smartphone owners.
  2. OZY revealed how America was years behind Kenya in terms of mobile money. 
  3. Success struts. Israeli bridal fashion is proving cutting edge and oh so sexy. The more daring the better, seems to be the approach, and it’s leading to stunning designs.
  4. Printing homes via 3D printer may not seem farfetched now, but it did back in 2014. Check out how forward-looking we were about the possibilities. 
  5. Europe is now home to 12,000 wolves, twice the wolf population of the U.S., and in an area that’s half the size and more densely populated.
  6. The legal profession will soon look a lot more like another branch of corporate services. In areas like document discovery and due diligence, automated systems that accelerate legal work are already relatively widespread. 
  7. As El Chapo faces the early stages of his trial in a maximum-security prison in New York on drug trafficking and homicide charges, business is booming for the Sinaloa cartel.
  8. While couples have been hitched with the help of futuristic technology — livestreams and postscript 360-degree films that allow friends and family to attend remotely — now they’re increasingly navigating toward virtual reality venues for saying “I do.”
  9. Amid despair, dining out has emerged as a way for Damascus inhabitants to blow off steam. And that’s spawning an explosion of restaurants and cafés — from fast-food joints to high-end brasseries — inside the fortified city limits.
  10. Chinese policing is taking a revolutionary, and robotic, turn. Find out how machines are cracking down on crime in Asia.
  11. With bold new ideas for multigenerational living, you could spend your golden years cavorting with tykes you’re not related to — and that might just keep you young

Why You Should Care: Because we want to vault you ahead.

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