Sunday, December 4, 2016

Where Does Trump Get His News?

BuzzFeed News analyzed all the links Donald Trump tweeted since he launched his presidential campaign to determine where the president-elect gets his news.

Trump Twitter Archive

Via the Twitter API and developer Brendan Brown, who has archived Trump’s tweets beyond what is accessible via the API (a stream of data that includes information like tweet text, time, and date) -- here is Trump's Twitter Archive. Worth skimming to see what our President-Elect cares about.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Increase in hate incidents since the US election

US hate incidents appear to be on the rise, with a surge just after the election. Southern Poverty Law Center listed more than 700 acts in week after November 8. Read more in FT.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg Study Finds Racial Discrimination by Uber and Lyft Drivers

A study of Uber and Lyft by university researchers found signs of racial and gender discrimination by drivers: Longer wait times for black customers, more canceled rides for users with "black-sounding names" and longer-than-necessary routes for women passengers. Read more in Re/Code.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Google's Jeremy Wertheimer on why a bit of naiveté can be good for entrepreneurs

Favorite excerpt:
Why entrepreneurs shouldn't over-think things. "If you're looking at (starting a company) rationally, you probably would decide it's not so smart ... We had a lot of self-confidence … we went at it. And once you go at it, then you're committed, and it's too late. So as you keep learning how complex it is, that's alright, because you're ready and you're committed, and your pride is involved. And you have no other options any more, and you're just going at it."
Read more in Boston Biz Journal.

Trump’s overt sexism obscures a more dangerous bias

A return to the past should not blind us to present problems. Check out Anne-Marie Slaughter's post in FT.

Thanks, +Claire Packer 

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Become a C.E.O.? The Quickest Path Is a Winding One

"New evidence shows that a mix of skills, especially technology skills, counts more than simply long experience in one specialty." An excerpt:
These are some of the big findings in a new study of 459,000 onetime management consultants by the social network LinkedIn. Experience in one additional functional area improved a person’s odds of becoming a senior executive as much as three years of extra experience. And working in four different functions had nearly the same impact as getting an M.B.A. from a top-five program.
Good news for (courageous) job switchers:
And two business school professors, Jennifer Merluzzi of Tulane and Damon J. Phillips of Columbia, studied hundreds of graduates of an elite M.B.A. program who went into investment banking. The people who were specialists — who had focused only on banking in the past — received fewer offers and lower starting bonuses than those who had worked across various specialties.
Read more in the NYT.  Thanks, +Ted Sumers 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gates Says Altered Mosquito Is Next Weapon to Fight Malaria

Are we ready to take over the genetic blueprints of the lives on Earth? It's possible with CRISPER and gene drives. Read more in Bloomberg.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This Is Your Brain on Silence

Contrary to popular belief, peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head. Read more in Nautilus.

Thanks, Vini

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TED Talk // Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

The End of Reflection

An excerpt:
There are many moments throughout my average day that, lacking print reading material in a previous era, were once occupied by thinking or observing my surroundings: walking or waiting somewhere, riding the subway, lying in bed unable to sleep or before mustering the energy to get up.
Now, though, I often find myself in these situations picking up my phone to check a notification, browse and read the internet, text, use an app or listen to audio (or, on rare occasions, engage in an old-fashioned “telephone call”).
Read more in the NYT.

Nice find, +Sharyar Aziz 

Can Neuroscience Understand Donkey Kong, Let Alone a Brain?

"Two researchers applied common neuroscience techniques to a classic computer chip. Their results are a wake-up call for the whole field." Read more in the Atlantic.

Computers could develop consciousness and may need 'human' rights, says Oxford professor

Read more in Telegraph.

Women Entrepreneurs

Why does this still happen?
We also found that women non-technical entrepreneurs received significantly lower ratings than non-technical men. In fact, a non-technical degree can raise the ratings for male entrepreneurs, while they are detrimental to women.
Read more at Stanford's Clayman Institute.

Former NASA Chief Develops Brain-Like Chips

Dan Goldin’s startup, KnuEdge, has been working in secret for 10 years on a new kind of computing that mimics the human brain. Read more in the WSJ.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

One Unspoken Reason Behind the Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal

Worth reading in Dealbook. Talks about how LinkedIn steered investors towards adjusted EBITDA, which didn't include its heavy reliance on stock-based compensation -- and how that became a source of pressure to make the acquisition happen.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .