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What Motivates Silicon Valley, Smaller Firms Look to Self-Insure, Obamacare Deadlines: May 29

What Motivates Silicon Valley, Smaller Firms Look to Self-Insure, Obamacare Deadlines: May 29

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If Silicon Valley is obsessed with solving the problems of wealthy twentysomethings, as George Packer writes in the New Yorker, what’s with all the business-to-business companies, asks Ezra Klein. [Washington Post]

A group of Harvard professors wants greater oversight of the massive open online courses the university offers, Steve Kolowich reports. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

UnitedHealth (UNH) is administering self-insurance plans for companies with as few as 10 members, write Christopher Weaver and Anna Wilde Mathews, as small businesses seek to reduce health costs once the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year. [Wall Street Journal]

Alex Nussbaum reports on states’ struggles to get health exchanges up by the Oct. 1 deadline required by the ACA. [Bloomberg News]

3×1 founder Scott Morrison says bringing customers into his workshop is one of the keys to selling expensive, custom-made jeans (video). [Fox Business]

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Clark is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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