Newport-based GoCompare.com has appointed former Facebook director Joe Hurd as an independent non-executive director. Joe is a Silicon Valley-based angel investor and entrepreneur, serving on the advisory boards of a number of technology companies, including purse.us, Psychability and exciteM. Until recently, Joe was the director of emerging business at Facebook, where he was responsible for cross-functional strategy, operations and go-to-market planning for Facebook’s advertising monetisation efforts. Between 2009 and 2012, Joe was an Obama administration appointee, advising the US Secretary of Commerce on trade policy and serving on the White House Business Council. Prior to this, he held senior business development roles at Gannett Broadcasting, VideoEgg, Friendster and AOL. He started his professional career in London as a corporate securities lawyer at Linklaters. Joe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the North American Group of the Trilateral … [Read more...] about GoCompare welcomes Silicon Valley tech executive Joe Hurd
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China's artificial intelligence papers cited by third parties grew to some 90 percent of that of the US 0SHARES Share Tweet Email People watch a robot painting demonstration during the 19th China Hi-tech Fair in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, November 16, 2017. PHOTO: XINHUANET China’s technology industry has been catching up with the United States far faster than expected, with e-commerce and mobile payments already overtaking America, The Economist reported. For example, China’s venture capital funding was less than 10 per cent of the United States’ five years ago. But the latest data shows it to be more than 80 per cent. India’s top court steps in to help thirsty tech hub China’s artificial intelligence papers cited by third parties grew to some 90 percent of that of the United States, a sign that it’s catching up in hard science, the report noted. China’s e-commerce transaction level was already … [Read more...] about China’s tech industry catching up with Silicon Valley “faster than expected”
THE so-called ‘Google manifesto’ by a right-wing staffer has exposed more cracks at the troubled tech giant than any outside exposé could ever have achieved.Despite already being under investigation for its gender pay gap and releasing its own figures as proof of a lack of diversity, it took an insider’s rant to highlight Google’s problems.But the memo worth reading is not the anonymous worker’s ten-pager that falsely claims women have traits that make them biologically less suited to certain jobs, but the response from Google’s CEO.Sundar Pichai said the claims in the controversial memo were offensive and “not OK”.However, he also said that “people must feel free to express dissent” at the firm and that the author “had a right to express their views”.The latter comment seemed to lose value when it emerged the author had been fired for doing just that.How many people will be fired for establishing gender … [Read more...] about It’s about time Silicon Valley tech giants Google and Twitter wrote a womanifesto
DONALD Trump has been offering the peace pipe to some of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley.The president-elect called the high powered group together at his Manhattan headquarters on Wednesday in a bid to smooth over any friction after his election campaign.After branding the group "amazing" he said they all had to like him "a little bit" thanks to the recent upswing on the share market which had benefited their businesses.Among some of the tech billionaires rubbing shoulders at the round table held in Trump Tower were Apple's Tim Cook, who was a supporter of the Republican, and Tesla founder Elon Musk, who had a private meeting with the businessman after the pow wow.Peter Thiel, who was his one prominent Silicon Valley backer at the meeting - he was the one who orchestrated the get together.Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, was also at the face-to-face, along with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Alphabet's Larry Page and Jeff Bezos from Amazon.com.He is also the the owner of the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump schmoozes with Silicon Valley tech titans calling them ‘amazing’ and brags about being responsible for US stock market ‘bounce’
Of all things to launch onto an unsuspecting public in Germany, Greg Koch picked American beer. A 51-year-old Californian with an impressive beard, Koch has been experimenting with coffee and chocolate flavorings in his hometown San Diego. And he thinks Europe is ready for a taste of his concoctions. Koch spent the last four years looking at 130 different locations in nine countries, ranging from Iceland to Italy. But he opted for Berlin in the end, where his company "Stone Brewing" is setting up its own brewery. It's the first ever European subsidiary of a US craft brewer. "The challenge with the German beer market is there's not much choice. It's full of industrial Pils," Koch said, adding that many people don't want to try his beer because it's American. Germans have a rather low opinion of industrially produced American beer, and - so far - an underdeveloped awareness of the very different, far more flavorful beers made by American craft brewers. "For the rest of us who want … [Read more...] about Berlin start-up scene: Europe’s ‘Silicon Valley’?
On a Friday afternoon, the Information Technology Park on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City appears to be abandoned. But in one of the offices at the site, tech developers at the startup Mimosatek are working hard on technology that will help farmers with watering their crops. "With millions of farmers, agriculture is still one of Vietnam's most important sectors," Lan Anh Le, chief operating officer at Mimosatek, told DW. "The question is always how to know how much water is needed for the plants, so we designed a tool that makes irrigation automatic and measurable." Mimosatek is only one of many tech startups in Ho Chi Minh City, the economic center of Vietnam. Over the past few years, thousands of young Vietnamese entrepreneurs have come to the city to start their own company - whether it is developing innovative apps, mobile games, e-commerce or other tech solutions. This emergence was quickly recognized by Vietnam's communist-led government. With an initiative titled 'Vietnam … [Read more...] about Tech startups are finding fertile ground in Vietnam’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Kara Swisher started as a tech journalist at the Wall Street Journal in 1997, where she covered digital issues. Today she hosts tech conferences in Silicon Valley and is a co-editor-in-chief at the blog Re/code. She has a reputation for breaking news and having some of the best scoops in an otherwise secretive industry. She has even had exclusive interviews with Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Some say it's her discretion, while others attribute her unique access to her sharp tongue. Either way, Swisher is a woman who knows what she wants and what she doesn't. I, for one, want more time with her. She denies my request. I want to watch her work. She says she'd "never let you tape one of my interviews." It's 11 a.m. in her office in downtown San Francisco. Swisher, sporting aviator sunglasses and exuding something between charm and arrogance, utters a brief hello before turning back to her Macbook. She seems busy and keeps me waiting. By the time the recorder finally … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley’s most feared journalist
Narendra Modi's tour of Silicon Valley marks the first visit by an Indian prime minister to the US West Coast in more than three decades. As part of his trip, Modi met top leaders in the US tech industry: Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple's chief Tim Cook and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Indian-Americans Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and Shantanu Narayen, who are respectively the bosses of Google, Microsoft and Adobe. The tech-savvy Indian premier - who regularly uses Twitter and Facebook to communicate with millions of his followers - aims to increase US tech investment in India and encourage tie-ups between technology companies in both countries. Furthermore, Modi has expressed his desire to bring all of India's villages online by expanding Internet connectivity across the vast country. The PM has called on the US corporate sector to seize the market opportunities offered by India and pledged to carry on with his efforts to reform the economy and reduce bureaucratic red … [Read more...] about Indian PM Modi launches ‘charm offensive’ in Silicon Valley
Stone Edge Farm is situated among the rolling hills of the Sonoma wine-making region, 70 kilometers north of San Francisco in California. As well as wine, the farm produces vegetables, herbs and olives. And soon, it will expand its output to include solar power for the surrounding community. "We have the means to supply electricity to our neighbors within a radius of up to 2 kilometers," says Craig Wooster, Stone Edge Farm's technical director. Power to spare This has been made possible by 500 solar panels, seven battery storage units and a host of other gadgets, which have been digitally integrated into a virtual network. The self-sufficient electricity grid does away with dependence on traditional energy companies. "With a mini-net like this we can produce much more electricity than we need ourselves," says Wooster. "That makes a micro-grid the ideal solution to sell power very affordably to those who don't have the opportunity to generate it themselves." The … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley aims to conquer the energy sector
I'm surprised NASA even got a look in during the Q&A session of Tuesday's Breakthrough Starshot announcement. It came in the form of a question to Pete Worden, a former employee of NASA's Ames Research Center. If memory serves, he even mentioned the European Space Agency (ESA). Both were apparently happy and involved with the Starshot project. The Starshot project aims to create a flotilla of nano spacecraft, each weighing less than an apple, and have them blasted via an Earth-based laser to the Alpha Centauri star system in search of life. Wow. It sounds so Kubrick. And just as terrifying, too. Call me a Luddite or plain stupid, but the problem is the involvement of tech billionaires. In this case, the headliners are Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg, I regret, needs no introduction. Milner, meanwhile, is a somewhat lesser-known Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist, who has featured on Bloomberg's list of 50 most influential people. When it comes to … [Read more...] about Opinion: Stop Silicon Valley colonizing space!