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1. Редизайн главной страницы YouTube фокусируется на удобстве использования, давая вам контроль над рекомендациями

Компания объявила об обновленном, более чистом дизайне, который устраняет плотность информации, вместо этого предоставляя больше места для видео и их заголовков. Другие новые функции включают опцию «Добавить в очередь» на рабочем столе, настольную версию YouTube, прекратить предлагать функцию и многое другое.

Изменения в дизайне, начавшиеся вчера, касаются версий YouTube для настольных компьютеров и планшетов, а не мобильного сайта или приложения YouTube.

2. Disney + появится в Великобритании, Германии, Италии, Франции и Испании в марте 2020 года.

Disney раскрыл более подробную информацию о своих международных трансляциях. Имейте в виду, однако, что Disney + не будет одинаковым на всех территориях, благодаря соглашениям о правах / лицензировании, которые могут уже иметь место.

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3. Как Microsoft пытается стать более инновационной

По всем направлениям компания пытается найти способы стать более инновационными, особенно в области работы с ИИ. Microsoft также необычайно откровенна в этом процессе и на самом деле сосредоточила внимание на конференции Ignite на этой неделе. (Требуется дополнительное членство в Crunch.)

4. Alibaba инвестирует $ 3,3 млрд, чтобы увеличить свою долю в логистическом подразделении Cainiao

Alibaba удваивает свою логистическую компанию Cainiao через два года после приобретения контрольного пакета акций фирмы. Китайский гигант заявил сегодня, что инвестирует дополнительные 23,3 млрд юаней (около 3,33 млрд долларов), чтобы увеличить свой капитал в Cainiao до 63%.

5. Kepler достигает первой в мире спутниковой широкополосной связи со скоростью 100 Мбит / с к Арктике

Кеплер говорит, что впервые спутниковая сеть с высокой пропускной способностью используется для любого наземного использования в центральной Арктике, и это соединение не просто техническая демонстрация: оно используется для сотен исследователей в группе MOSAiC.

6. Google нанимает бывшего руководителя Disney и Star, чтобы возглавить свой бизнес в Индии

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Санджай Гупта ранее занимал должность управляющего директора в Disney India и принадлежащей Disney Star. Он заменит Раджана Анандана, который покинул компанию, чтобы присоединиться к венчурному фонду Sequoia Capital.

7. Наступление сэра Мартина Соррелла в Силиконовой долине

Сэр Мартин Соррелл добился огромного успеха, построив крупнейший в мире рекламный конгломерат WPP за 32 года. Он также жаждет мести после того, как покинул WPP из-за обвинений в проступках.

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LIVE: Крис Кокс, бывший директор по продуктам Facebook, беседует с Лорен Гуд из WIRED.

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LIVE: Мы живем с Крисом Коксом, бывшим главным директором по продуктам Facebook, с нашего саммита # WIRED25 в беседе со старшим писателем WIRED Лорен Гуд.

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Сообщение от Проводные в пятницу, 8 ноября 2019 года

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Что касается того, что конкретно заставило его уйти, Кокс объяснил, что «это было не то, что я чувствовал, что хотел провести еще 13 лет в социальных сетях. Марк и я видели вещи немного по-другому. , , я думать мы находятся Все еще расследование u00a0как промышленность, как делать вы баланс защищающий Конфиденциальность из народа Информация а также продолжающийся u00a0в хранить люди безопасно, - сказал Кокс.

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Относительно того, является ли переход к шифрованию частью этого процесса, он сказал, что считает шифрование «отличным» и что «оно предлагает огромную защиту», но отметил: «яЭто, безусловно, делает некоторые из этих вещей более сложными »в отношении конфиденциальности и безопасности. Он дополнил усилия Facebook по созданию способов ловли плохих актеров, даже если они защищены шифрованием. Это включает инициативы по цифровой грамотности в Бразилии и Индии в преддверии выборов и предложение систем пересылки для отправки сомнительной информации проверяющим факты. «Я думаю, что у этих систем есть свои плюсы и минусы, и я не сторонник какой-либо из них», - сказал Кокс и отметил, что то, что создает Facebook, «резонирует с тем, что хотят люди».

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Кокса спросили о главных дебатах о том, должен ли Facebook разрешать политическую рекламу. «Мы считаем, что политическая реклама может быть хорошей и полезной. Это часто благоволит и противостоит действующим сотрудникам ». Тем не менее, проверяя факты, он сказал:« Я большой поклонник », хотя Facebook не применяет это к политической рекламе. Он отметил, что «я думать Компания должен исследовать а также является расследование микро таргетинг , , если есть сотни из варианты существо бегать из творческий тогда u00a0его запутанный в получить твой руки около какой существо сказал. »Он также выступил за дополнительный контекст в пользовательском интерфейсе, различающий политическую рекламу. u00a0

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Крис Кокс говорит на Wired25

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Следующие проекты Кокса

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После ухода из Facebook Кокс присоединился к консультативному совету группы под названием Акроним, что помогает создать кампанию и стек технологий обмена сообщениями для прогрессивных кандидатов. «Этот является площадь где мой восприятие является это прогрессисты имеют было позади на способность в развивать а также использование как команда инфраструктура это помогает вы имеют хороший избиратель файл, как развивать обмен сообщениями - u00a0только что основной политика в 2019.»

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Лорен Гуд из Wired спросила, присоединяется ли он к прогрессивным лидерам, занимает ли он политическую позицию и может ли он сделать это, еще будучи в Facebook. «Абсолютно нет, - ответил Кокс. «А также Почему является это я думать когда Вы в очень u00a0старший роль в Платформа, Вы обязаны быть более нейтральным в своей политике ».

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Затем он выступил со смелым заявлением, которое стало возможным благодаря его независимости. «Я думаю, что Трамп не должен быть нашим президентом. Еще одна вещь, которая меня сейчас волнует, это изменение климата, и он не собирается нам там помогать ».

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Это привело Кокса к обсуждению того, что он также работает над тем, чтобы консультировать стартап в Сан-Франциско. Планета Лаборатории, который использует спутниковые снимки для отслеживания изменения климата. « видение был в строить эти небольшой, около башмакbox-размер спутники с участием солнечный панель панель крылья а также имеют флот из их в пространство, который является в реальном масштабевремя изображений Земной шар."

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Получив эти данные, Кокс пояснил, что вы можете отслеживать пожары, вырубку лесов, угольные электростанции, газообразный метан и многое другое. Затем, "Вы Можно Начало в делать вклад в имеющий здоровье система, где вы находятся в основном изображений земной шар каждый час, а также тогда Вы создание несколько общественности данные установлен с участием инструменты это штепсель в решение должностные лица, банки, страхование компании, политики, инвесторы, журналисты, студенты ... »

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На вопрос об ответственности крупных технологий за решение проблемы изменения климата, Кокс сказал:я думать в очень наименее его изготовление обязательство в существо углерод-нegative «.

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Работа Acronym и Planet Labs переплетается, поскольку Кокс полагает, что климатические данные доказывают необходимость кого-то нового в Овальном кабинете. В то время как Кокс не обсуждал это на сцене, Wired перечислил его в составе Shasta Group, которая является собственным средством Кокса для участия в этих проектах. Тем не менее, он не готов создать свою собственную полноценную компанию в области политики и климата. «Я Все еще так молодой u00a0в это поле это я не имеют довольно уверенность в мой своя умственный модель из Мир."

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Кокс пришел к выводу, что, используя сотрудников большой компании и имея руководителей групп, больше внимания уделяет изменению климата:я делать думать тек Можно свинца.» u00a0

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Мотивационные речи Криса Кокса были в центре новой ориентации сотрудников Facebook. Но после 14 лет работы в социальной сети главный специалист по продуктам ушел в марте на фоне смещения руководства и нового плана Facebook по установлению приоритетов конфиденциальности путем перехода к шифрованию своих приложений для обмена сообщениями. Никаких подробностей о его следующих проектах не сообщалось. В настоящее время (…)

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Джош Констайн - технологический журналист, специализирующийся на глубоком анализе социальных продуктов. В настоящее время он является главным редактором TechCrunch и может выступать с речами.

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Ранее, Constine был ведущим автором Inside Facebook благодаря его приобретению WebMediaBrands, охватывающей все о социальной сети.

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Констин закончила Стэнфордский университет в 2009 году со степенью магистра в области киберсоциологии, изучая влияние технологий на социальное взаимодействие. Он исследовал влияние контроля конфиденциальности на социализацию детей, циклы популярности мемов и то, что влияет на количество переходов по ссылкам, опубликованным в Twitter.

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Констин также получила степень бакалавра искусств с отличием в Стэнфордском университете в 2007 году по специальности «Социальная психология и межличностные процессы».

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Джош Констайн - опытный оратор, он модерировал более 120 интервью на сцене в 15 странах с лидерами, включая генерального директора Facebook Марка Цукерберга, осведомителя Эдварда Сноудена (посредством видеоконференции на сцене) и сенатора США Кори Букера. Он может модерировать панели и чаты у камина, выступать с речами и судить хакатон и соревнования по питчу.

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Констайн цитировалась The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate и другими, плюс была показана на телевидении в «Доброе утро», Америка, The Today Show, Центральное телевидение Китая и Fox News. Constine считается самым цитируемым техническим журналистом № 1 в престижном новостном агрегаторе Techmeme.

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(Раскрытие информации: Джош Констайн временно проконсультировал стартапа по обмену социальными местоположениями подруги по колледжу под кодовым названием «Сигнал», который базировался в Сан-Франциско, до роспуска в 2015 году. Эта консультативная роль была прояснена с редакторами AOL и TechCrunch и завершена. соучредитель стартапа Founders Embassy. Двоюродный брат Constine Даррен Лахтман является основателем влиятельной рекламной стартапы Niche, которая была приобретена Twitter, и с тех пор он покинул и основал студию контент-контента Brat. Constine не пишет о Founders Embassy или Brat. знакомства, основанные на поступлении в колледж в 2007 году, с основателями Skybox Imaging (ныне Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat и Robinhood, но они не поддерживают с ними тесных социальных связей и не влияют на его написание. Иногда Константин проводит оплачиваемые выступления на конференциях, но только те, которые финансируются компаниями, которые он не покрывает. Constine принадлежит небольшая должность в Ethereum и Биткойн-криптовалюты, не торгуют день, и раскрывают свои позиции непосредственно в статьях, где это уместно. Констин не занимается консалтингом, инвестированием ангелов или публичной торговлей акциями, за исключением публичных инвестиций в имущество своих родителей, которые он не играет никакой роли в управлении или консультировании.)

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Джош Констайн - технологический журналист, специализирующийся на глубоком анализе социальных продуктов. В настоящее время он является главным редактором TechCrunch и может выступать с речами.

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Ранее, Constine был ведущим автором Inside Facebook благодаря его приобретению WebMediaBrands, охватывающей все о социальной сети.

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Констин закончила Стэнфордский университет в 2009 году со степенью магистра в области киберсоциологии, изучая влияние технологий на социальное взаимодействие. Он исследовал влияние контроля конфиденциальности на социализацию детей, циклы популярности мемов и то, что влияет на количество переходов по ссылкам, опубликованным в Twitter.

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Констин также получила степень бакалавра искусств с отличием в Стэнфордском университете в 2007 году по специальности «Социальная психология и межличностные процессы».

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Джош Констайн - опытный оратор, он модерировал более 120 интервью на сцене в 15 странах с лидерами, включая генерального директора Facebook Марка Цукерберга, осведомителя Эдварда Сноудена (посредством видеоконференции на сцене) и сенатора США Кори Букера. Он может модерировать панели и чаты у камина, выступать с речами и судить хакатон и соревнования по питчу.

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Констайн цитировалась The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate и другими, плюс была показана на телевидении в «Доброе утро», Америка, The Today Show, Центральное телевидение Китая и Fox News. Constine считается самым цитируемым техническим журналистом № 1 в престижном новостном агрегаторе Techmeme.

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(Раскрытие информации: Джош Констайн временно проконсультировал стартапа по обмену социальными местоположениями подруги по колледжу под кодовым названием «Сигнал», который базировался в Сан-Франциско, до роспуска в 2015 году. Эта консультативная роль была прояснена с редакторами AOL и TechCrunch и завершена. соучредитель стартапа Founders Embassy. Двоюродный брат Constine Даррен Лахтман является основателем влиятельной рекламной стартапы Niche, которая была приобретена Twitter, и с тех пор он покинул и основал студию контент-контента Brat. Constine не пишет о Founders Embassy или Brat. знакомства, основанные на поступлении в колледж в 2007 году, с основателями Skybox Imaging (ныне Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat и Robinhood, но они не поддерживают с ними тесных социальных связей и не влияют на его написание. Иногда Константин проводит оплачиваемые выступления на конференциях, но только те, которые финансируются компаниями, которые он не покрывает. Constine принадлежит небольшая должность в Ethereum и Биткойн-криптовалюты, не торгуют день, и раскрывают свои позиции непосредственно в статьях, где это уместно. Констин не занимается консалтингом, инвестированием ангелов или публичной торговлей акциями, за исключением публичных инвестиций в имущество своих родителей, которые он не играет никакой роли в управлении или консультировании.)

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Sadly, the condition has already claimed the lives of at least 39 people, and more than 2,000 cases have been reported collectively from every state but Alaska. At present the only advice offered has been to stop vaping altogether,

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In a media teleconference, the heads of the investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained the basis for pointing the finger at Vitamin E acetate. The substance was cited as a possible problem early on but only recent testing has established it as a bona fide suspect, the team explained.

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Samples taken from the lungs of 29 victims of the condition were sent in from 10 different states, and vitamin E acetate was found in all of them. “These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate as the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC ,

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Although she agreed that this evidence is a “breakthrough,” she noted that it is at present merely a correlative finding u2014 more research is required to establish causation, namely the mechanism of harm, though other work has been done in that area.

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“Previous non-CDC research suggests that when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung function,” she said.

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“It’s important to note that these findings do not rule out other possible compounds or ingredients that may be causing these lung injuries,” she continued. “There may be more than one cause of the outbreak.”

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Equally important are the statistics involved with the sources of the substances in question. As mentioned earlier in the investigation, a huge proportion of those suffering from this condition were using THC products, and specifically ones acquired through unregulated channels like street dealers.

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The vitamin E acetate may have been added for the purpose of essentially cutting the product, Schuchat mentioned in response to a question on the call.

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Other potentially dangerous chemicals have been identified in vape products when heated and aerosolized, including many that even the creators might not have predicted,

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Knowing a potential culprit doesn’t get at the heart of the problem, which would be that this chemical (perhaps among others) has already built up over months or years in the lungs of frequent vape users. Treatment is a parallel line of research, but knowing at least one substance responsible should be helpful.

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Last month, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) general partner Chris Dixon объявленный at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school. And the company is officially launching its school today. Applications are now open and you have four weeks to apply.

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With this initiative, a16z wants to democratize cryptocurrencies. Dixon and the a16z team has been involved in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space for seven years, and the firm now wants to share some of its learnings with entrepreneurs.

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This way, it could give a boost to the crypto community, which could create investment opportunities for a16z down the road u2014 a16z says clearly that participating in the crypto startup school doesn’t mean you’ll receive an investment from a16z. It also positions a16z as a thoughtful investor when it comes to crypto startup investments u2014 not just for participants of the crypto startup school but for the crypto community at large.

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The a16z Crypto Startup School will be a seven-week program that starts February 21, 2020. The program is free and a16z doesnu2019t take any equity.

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Lectures will take place in Menlo Park, so you have to be based in Silicon Valley or willing to spend a couple of months there. And because a16z knows that it can be challenging to move to another country just to attend this program, the firm will also be recording all lectures. Anyone will be able to watch videos and download curriculum materials later.

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  • What are Crypto Networks, and Why Do They Matter?
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As you can, itu2019s a mix of lectures purely focused on cryptocurrencies as well as broader startup 101 lessons (fundraising, go-to-market strategy, etc.).

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The program is looking for 20 to 25 teams, which should represent approximately 40 participants. You should have prior experience when it comes to building software products, but you donu2019t need to be a crytpo expert. Participants can expect 12 to 15 hours of lectures, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities per week.

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodou00a0announced a desire to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta to the East Kalimantan region, citing environmental concerns, the most exigent of these being the fact that Jakarta is literally sinking due to the uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Widodo said he wished to separate Indonesiau2019s government from its business and economic hub in Jakarta.

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However, what would a move from Jakarta do to Indonesiau2019s burgeoning startup economy?

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Shifting administrative governmental hubs

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According to Widodo, studies have determined that the best site for the proposed new capital is between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara, both located in East Kalimantan. The basis of this selection is due to studies highlighting the regionu2019s relative protection from natural disasters, especially when compared to other regions. This would definitely be a benefit for the governmental heart of Indonesia, ensuring continuous administrative functions in a disaster-prone region. Other governments have separated administrative centers from their economic hubs with varying degrees of success, with some examples being Brazilu2019s creation of Brasu00edlia, as well as Koreau2019s projected move from Seoul to Sejong.

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What is most interesting to note from prior examples is that these newer branched-out cities are non-surprisingly, heavily government-centric. In Brasu00edlia, roles tied to the government make up nearly 40% of all jobs, while in Sejong, a lack of facilities like public transit and commercial mall space cause many to commute into Sejong for government work, instead of permanently settling in the area. Given the semi-undeveloped nature of East Kalimantan, these anecdotes are quite troubling if the government is actually moving to North Penajam Paser or Kutai Kertanegara.

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These facts raise the question of economic impacts of such governmental moves. In fact, one may even opine that while these moves do allow for governmental growth, ultimately, they may hurt the country economically due to a divestment between both government and economic hubs. In this specific instance, it is most important to analyze the impact of such a move on Indonesiau2019s startup economy, as the nation is one the worldu2019s leaders in startup growth.

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Indonesiau2019s startup economy

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Indonesia has emerged as a startup hub within Southeast Asia in recent years, with its population of over 260 million marking it as the worldu2019s fourth-most populous country. Additionally, Indonesiau2019s mobile-first population has enabled the full embrace of the internet era, with 95% of all internet users in Indonesia connected to the web via a mobile device.

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Similarly, startup growth has boomed in the island archipelago, with several Indonesian-based unicorns disrupting local, regional, and global economies. Softbank-backed ecommerce giant Tokopedia is currently in talksu00a0for a pre-IPO funding round, while emerging super-app Gojek controls significant portions of the ride-sharing industry in Asia, simultaneously expanding intou00a0separate industriesu00a0to include digital payments, food delivery, and evenu00a0video-streaming, Additionally, online travel portal Traveloka (in which Expedia has a minority stake) has recentlyu00a0entered the financial services space, furthering its impact within Asia. These specific examples of high-growth startups demonstrate a population hungry for innovation, further driving the developing startup economy.

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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re earning a minimum income.

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The model aligns education providers with students’ career outcomes, and one startup is staking a claim to be the leader in the space; Kenzie Academy, a year-long program with a physical campus in Indianapolis u2014 and a student body that’s 66 percent online u2014 announced a partnership with Community Investment Management (CIM) earlier this week that provides $100 million in debt to cover the operating costs associated with students who defer payment through ISAs.

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Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.

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I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, how it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years. Here’s the transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

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Eric Peckham: The landscape of software developer training programs is crowded. Where did you see an opportunity to do something different, and how do you position Kenzie relative to others in the market?

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Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps. These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees. I would say that they are disrupting the masters’ program space. We saw a major gap in programs that serve a much larger demographic of people who are much earlier in their development. People who never went to college, or did a little bit of college and dropped out, or just never had a professional work experience. A three-month training is insufficient to get them to a point where they could land a technical job and be successful.

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We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length. For about two-thirds of our students, this is their first post-secondary credential training.

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We are giving them not just the technical skills, but elements from a traditional four-year college as well, like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

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Compared to those other bootcamps or training programs, is Kenzie targeting different job outcomes for its graduates?

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We did a survey of our students that asked them to name the top five tech companies they desired to work for. None of the Silicon Valley companies made the list other than Salesforce. Indianapolis is the second largest Salesforce office outside of San Francisco. The rest of the companies our students named were companies like DMI and Zylo that people in Silicon Valley don’t hear about but are doing very well in the Midwest. Their friends work there. They’re a fabric of the community. If we really want to create job opportunities for the rest of America, we cannot adopt the Silicon Valley mindset.

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Kenzie Academy co-Founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

Kenzie Academy co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

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So how do you evaluate technical aptitude and critical thinking in the admissions process? What’s that process look like, and how has it evolved over the last couple of years? What have you learned in order to make that more effective?

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Prior to founding Kenzie, I started a company nine years ago called AglityIO. The model for AgilityIO was similar to companies like Andela. We were trying to solve the talent crunch in the Bay Area by recruiting and training people with the raw talent in Vietnam. Today, that company works with Google, Uber, NerdWallet, Meetup.com and 150 other tech companies. So Iu2019ve experience in developing processes to identify raw talent in this context.

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As people are doing the online assessments, we collect data points of how long it takes for them to solve the problem, what their different decision points are and things like that. Then as they get enrolled in Kenzie, we continue to collect attendance data, grades, and then placement data and use that to look at success and failure cases. We constantly refine our assessment.

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Are you seeing any particular pattern or cluster in the applications youu2019re receiving or the candidates youu2019re accepting in terms of prior field of employment or aspect of their background?

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Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems.

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These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways to integrate Microsoft Research’s innovations into the rest of the company.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI, and it’s putting processes in place to do so. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it somewhat of a focus this week at Ignite, a yearly conference that typically focuses more on technical IT management topics.

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At Ignite,u00a0Microsoft will for the first time present these projects externally at a dedicated keynote. That feels similar to what Google used to do with its ATAP group at its I/O events and is obviously meant to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that happens inside of Microsoft (outside of making Excel smarter).

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To manage its AI innovation efforts, Microsoft created the Microsoft AI group led by VP Mitra Azizirad, who’s tasked with establishing thought leadership in this space internally and externally, and helping the company itself innovate faster (Microsoft’s AI for Good projects also fall under this group’s purview). I sat down with Azizirad to get a better idea of what her team is doing and how she approaches getting companies to innovate around AI and bring research projects out of the lab.

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“We began to put together a narrative for the company of what it really means to be in an AI-driven world and what we look at from a differentiated perspective,” Azizirad said. “What we’ve done in this area is something that has resonated and landed well. And now we’re including AI, but we’re expanding beyond it to other paradigm shifts like human-machine interaction, future of computing and digital responsibility, as more than just a set of principles and practices but an area of innovation in and of itself.”

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Currently, Microsoft is doing a very good job at talking and thinking about horizon one opportunities, as well as horizon three projects that are still years out, she said. “Horizon two, we need to get better at, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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It’s worth stressing that Microsoft AI, which launched about two years ago, marks the first time there’s a business, marketing and product management team associated with Microsoft Research, so the team does get a lot of insights into upcoming technologies. Just in the last couple of years, Microsoft has published more than 6,000 research papers on AI, some of which clearly have a future in the company’s products.

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Securing a green card can feel overwhelming for people in Silicon Valley who were born in India and China. But with the right help and guidance from a skilled immigration attorney, the process can be simpler, smoother and more successful.

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Limits written into existing immigration laws on both the number of green cards issued each year, as well as the number of green cards available based on country of origin, leave some waiting half a century or more for a green card, with people from India and China facing the longest wait times for employment-based green cards.

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In this fiscal year, which ended on October 31, 226,000 family-sponsored green cards and 141,918 employment-based green cards were available. And the per-country cap, which is the maximum number of green cards available to individuals born in a particular country, was 25,754.u00a0

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Although these U.S. laws pose an extra challenge for people born in countries with the highest demand for green cards, if you were born in India or China, there are some things you can do to mitigate this wait.

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EB-1A green card for extraordinary ability does not require an employer sponsor or even a job offer, which means itu2019s one of the few self-petition green cards. To demonstrate eligibility,u00a0you must be able to show you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and that you and your work have received national or international acclaim.u00a0

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Individuals who apply for the EB-1A do not need to obtain labor certification (as required of employers). That means the process is simpler and can be much faster than typical employment-based green cards. Also, an individual applicant may have more flexibility to change jobs than if an employer applied on their behalf.

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EB-1B green card for outstanding researchers and professors requires an employer to sponsor you. Candidates for the EB-1B green card must demonstrate great achievements in their academic field.u00a0

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And finally, the EB-1C green card for multinational managers and executives enables an employer to bring an executive or manager who has been working abroad over to the U.S. to live and work. The EB-1C candidate must have worked outside the U.S. for the employer for at least one year.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it a focus at this week’s Ignite conference. (Требуется дополнительное членство в Crunch.)

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4. Alibaba to invest $3.3B to bump its stake in logistics unit Cainiao

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Alibaba is doubling down on its logistics affiliate Cainiao, two years after acquiring a majority stake in the firm. The Chinese giant said today it would invest an additional 23.3 billion yuan (about $3.33 billion) to raise its equity in Cainiao to 63%.

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6. Google hires former Disney and Star executive to head its India business

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Sanjayu00a0Gupta previously served as a managing director at Disney India and Disney-owned Star. He’ll be replacing Rajan Anandan, who left the company to join VC fund Sequoia Capital.

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7. Sir Martin Sorrellu2019s Silicon Valley charm offensive

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Sir Martin Sorrell has enjoyed huge success, having built the worldu2019s biggest advertising conglomerate, WPP, over 32 years. Heu2019s also out for revenge, after he left WPP due to allegations of misconduct.

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