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Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Tory Burch Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic could be the tipping point to reverse brain drain from the Midwest, Steve Case, AOL co-founder and venture capitalist, predicted Tuesday at an Axios event.

What he's saying: "So the question that we look for is how can we keep some of that talent in place, slow the brain drain and actually create a bit of a boomerang of people returning? And I think this crisis may be a tipping point. There are a lot of people who are rethinking things and using this as an opportunity to take a step back and reflect."

  • "The next wave of innovation isn't going to be about just apps on your phone. It's going to be about better ways to teach. It's going to be about better ways to deliver health care, food, agriculture."

The big picture: Case also emphasized that nearly 75% of all venture capital funding goes to three states: New York, California and Massachusetts.

  • "We can't lose sight of the fact that startups really create the jobs. ... Essentially all job creation comes from young startups. Not from big companies or small businesses."
  • "As a result, people with that entrepreneurial mindset, not just the tech sector, but other folks, startup sectors tend to go to the coast. So if we want to create jobs everywhere, we want to level the playing field in terms of opportunities."

Go deeper: The coronavirus' domino effect on startup layoffs

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.

Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, CFPB

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why it matters: Both picks are progressive allies of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and viewed as likely to take aggressive steps to regulate big business.

The perils of organizing underground

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Researchers see one bright spot as far-right extremists turn to private and encrypted online platforms: Friction.

Between the lines: For fringe organizers, those platforms may provide more security than open social networks, but they make it harder to recruit new members.

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