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Reproduced from Pitchbook's Universities Report

Stanford University (yet again) topped Pitchbook's annual ranking of undergraduate colleges producing the most tech entrepreneurs who've raised venture capital between 2006 and August 15, 2017. UC Berkeley came in close second, followed by MIT and Harvard.

Why it matters: While many entrepreneurs start their companies years after leaving school, others do so just after graduation or even while students (e.g., Facebook's Zuckerberg or Snap's Spiegel). So looking at these rankings can provide some clues as to what resources or environment can be conducive to entrepreneurial endeavors.

Stanford, for example, has a close relationship with successful alumni across Silicon Valley, along with beneficial geography and a fund that invests in its alumni's startups.

These rankings also underscore how much investors still value pedigree as they continue to fund founders from the same elite schools over and over again—something important to consider in the discussion of diversity in tech.

Girl power: The report also ranks colleges that have produced the most female startup founders—an increasingly important metric to examine as the tech industry continues to grapple with gender imbalance. Stanford also topped this list of undergraduate rankings, with its female alumni going on to found companies like Sunrun, One Kings Lane, Shift Technologies, Revel Systems, and Lever.

Unicorns: Stanford and Harvard tied for the top spot in the undergraduate rankings for companies valued at $1 billion or more, while Harvard is No. 1 on the MBA list.

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”