Instagram для тестування на приховування подібних рахунків у США, які можуть зашкодити впливовим – TechCrunch


"Ми будемо приймати рішення, які шкодять бізнесу, якщо вони допоможуть добробуту та здоров'ю людей", – каже Instagram Генеральний директор Адам Моссері. З цією метою на наступному тижні Instagram розширить свій тест на приховування відліків лайків від усіх, окрім автора публікації, для деяких користувачів у Сполучених Штатах. Але є основні питання щодо того, чи зміна зачепить впливових людей.

Моссері розкрив план сьогодні на конференції Wired25, сказавши в Instagram "Ми повинні бачити, як це впливає на те, як люди ставляться до платформи, як це впливає на те, як вони користуються платформою, як це впливає на екосистему творця ».

Генеральний директор Instagram пояснив, що "Ідея полягає в тому, щоб спробувати знизити тиск в Instagram, зробити його менше конкуренцією і дати людям більше місця для того, щоб зосередитись на зв'язку з людьми, яких вони люблять, і речами, які їх надихають ". "Зменшити тривожність" та "зменшити порівняння в соціальних мережах".

Ще в ході бесіди, в якій також брали участь актор та генеральний директор Трейсі Елліс Росс, Моссері обговорив зростаючий інтерес Instagram до покупок, а також про те, як він може забезпечити нових джерел доходу для власників. Він також описав тристоронній підхід Instagram до добробуту, де він визначає та вирішує гострі проблеми, такі як мова ненависті, знаходить позиції, куди це може призвести, як при боротьбі з знущаннями, та переосмислює основи того, як працює платформа, як приховування Like Count.

Instagram почав тестувати це в квітні в Канаді і в липні розширив його до Ірландії, Італії, Японії, Бразилії, Австралії та Нової Зеландії. Facebook розпочав подібний експеримент в Австралії у вересні.

Хоча, мабуть, ймовірність того, що зменшення кількості Instagram в конкурсі на популярність може допомогти пересічному користувачеві, Instagram повинен пам’ятати, що це не суттєво зменшує залучення творців чи впливових організацій та бізнес-успіх. Ці виробники контенту є життєво важливими для успіху Instagram, оскільки вони підтримують основу своїх шанувальників з кожним днем, навіть якщо друзі користувачів стають черствими.

Нове дослідження HypeAuditor, яке повідомляло Social Media Today, виявило, що впливові в різних рівнях підрахунків підписників майже одноголосно побачили, як їхні показники подібних показників падають у країнах, де був активний тест прихованих підрахунків. Сподобалось знизитись на 3% до 15% у всіх країнах для тих, хто вплинув, з 5000 до 20 000 підписників.

Тільки в Японії, і лише для тих, хто впливає на людей з 1000 до 5000 або 100 000 до 1 мільйона прихильників, зміни призвели до збільшення рівня подобається – приблизно 6% в обох групах. Тим часом, впливові компанії побачили найбільші втрати Лайків на бразильському ринку. Ці тенденції можуть стосуватися того, як користувачі в певних країнах можуть почувати себе комфортніше Сподобається щось, якщо вони теж не знають, хто ще є, а в інших країнах користувачі можуть покладатися на менший менталітет стада, щоб знати, що їм подобатися.

Якщо Instagram вважає, що вплив тесту є занадто негативним на впливових, він може не виконувати зміни. Хоча Моссері заявив, що компанія не побоюється зашкодити власному підсумку, погіршення кар'єри впливових може бути неприйнятним, якщо тільки позитивний вплив на добробут не буде достатньо вагомим.

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LIVE: Кріс Кокс, колишній головний керівник продукту, Facebook, у розмові з WIRED Лорен Гуд

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LIVE: Ми живемо разом Кріс Кокс, колишнього головного директора з продукту, Facebook, під час нашої зустрічі на вищому рівні WIRED25 у розмові з WIRED старшою письменницею Лорен Гуд.

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Автор: РОЗШИРЕНИЙ у п’ятницю, 8 листопада 2019 року

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Щодо того, що конкретно змусило його піти, Кокс пояснив, що: «Це було не те, де я відчував, що хочу провести ще 13 років у соціальних мережах. Ми з Марком бачили речі дещо інакше. . . Я думати ми є ще розслідування u00a0як ан промисловість, як робити ви баланс захищаючи то конфіденційність з людей інформація і продовження u00a0до тримати Люди безпечно, - сказав Кокс.

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Щодо того, чи рухався до шифрування, було частиною цього, він сказав, що вважає, що шифрування є "чудовим: і що" воно забезпечує величезну кількість захисту ", але зазначив" яt, безумовно, ускладнює деякі з цих речей »щодо балансу конфіденційності та безпеки. Він доповнив намагання Facebook створити способи лову поганих акторів, навіть якщо вони захищені шифруванням. Це включає ініціативи цифрової грамотності в Бразилії та Індії перед виборами, а також пропонують системи переадресації для відправки сумнівної інформації до перевіряючих фактів. "Я думаю, що у цих систем є плюси і мінуси, і я не є прихильником жодної з них", - сказав Кокс і зазначив, що те, що будується в Facebook, "резонує з тим, що люди хочуть".

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Кокса запитали про велику дискусію щодо того, чи повинен Facebook дозволяти політичну рекламу. «Ми вважаємо, що політична реклама може бути хорошою та корисною. Це часто надає перевагу і прихильникам, а не учасникам. "Проте, перевіряючи факти, він сказав:" Я великий фанат ", хоча Facebook не застосовує це до політичної реклами. Він зазначив, що "Я думати то компанія повинен досліджувати і є розслідування мікро націлювання. . . якщо є сотні з варіанти буття бігати з то креативний тоді u00a0його хитрий до дістати свій зброї навколо що буття Він також виступав за додатковий контекст у користувальницькому інтерфейсі, що відрізняє політичну рекламу. u00a0

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Кріс Кокс виступає на Wired25

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Наступні проекти Кокса

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Після виходу з Facebook Кокс приєднався до консультативної ради групи, яка називається Акронім, яка допомагає розробити стек технологій кампанії та обміну повідомленнями для прогресивних кандидатів. "Це є ан область де моє сприйняття є що то прогресисти мати були позаду на то здатність до розвиватися і використання як а команда інфраструктура що допомагає ви мати а добре виборця файл, як це зробити розвиватися обмін повідомленнями - u00a0просто базовий політика в 2019. ”

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Провідник Лорен Гуд запитав, чи він узгоджується з прогресистами, займає політичну позицію і чи може він це робити, перебуваючи ще у Facebook. "Зовсім ні, - відповів Кокс. "І чому є що Я думати коли ти в а дуже u00a0старший роль у а платформа, у вас є обов'язок бути набагато більш нейтральним у своїй політиці ».

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Потім він вийшов із сміливим твердженням, яке забезпечувало його незалежність. «Я думаю, що Трамп не повинен бути нашим президентом. Інше, про що я зараз дуже хвилююсь - це зміни клімату, і він не збирається нам допомагати ».

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Це призвело до того, що Кокс обговорив, що він також радить консультувати стартап у Сан-Франциско Лабораторії планети, яка використовує супутникові знімки для відстеження змін клімату. "The зір був до будувати ці маленький, о взуттяящик-розмір супутники з сонячна панель панель крила і мати а флот з їх в простір, котрий є справжній-час візуалізація то Земля ».

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За допомогою цих даних Кокс пояснив, що ви можете відстежувати пожежі, вирубування лісів, вугільні електростанції, газ метану та інше. Тоді, "ви може почати до сприяти до маючи а здоров'я система, де ви є в основному візуалізація то Земля кожен година, і тоді ти створення деякі громадські дані набір з інструменти що вилка в рішення виробники, банки, страхування компанії, політики, інвестори, журналісти, студенти ... »

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На запитання про відповідальність великих технологій у боротьбі зі змінами клімату, Кокс сказав:Я думати у то дуже щонайменше його виготовлення а прихильність до буття вуглець-ннегативний ».

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Робота акронімів та лабораторій планет переплітається, оскільки Кокс вважає, що кліматичні дані доводять потребу в новому офісі. Поки Кокс не обговорював це на сцені, Wired перерахував його як частину Shasta Group, яка є власною ланкою Кокса для участі в цих проектах. Проте він не готовий заснувати повноцінну власну компанію в політиці та кліматі. "Я ще тому молодий u00a0у це поле що Я не мати достатньо впевненість в моє власний ментальний модель з то світ ».

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Кокс зробив висновок, що, залучаючи працівників великої компанії та керуючи командами, більше уваги приділяють зміні клімату, "Я робити думати техн може вести. " u00a0

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Мотиваційні виступи Кріса Кокса були основою нової орієнтації на співробітників Facebook. Але через 14 років у соціальній мережі головний керівник продукту пішов у березні серед виконавчого тремтіння та нового плану Facebook щодо надання пріоритетності конфіденційності, перейшовши на шифрування своїх програм для обміну повідомленнями. Деталей щодо його наступних проектів не було виявлено. Зараз (…)

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Джош Констін - технологічний журналіст, який спеціалізується на глибокому аналізі соціальних продуктів. В даний час він є великим редактором для TechCrunch і доступний для спілкування з виступом.

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Раніше Констін був провідним автором сайту Inside Facebook через придбання WebMediaBrands, висвітлюючи все про соціальну мережу.

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Констін закінчив Стенфордський університет у 2009 році, отримавши ступінь магістра кіберзоціології, вивчаючи вплив технології на соціальну взаємодію. Він досліджував вплив контролю конфіденційності на соціалізацію дітей, цикли популярності мемів та те, що впливає на швидкість натискання посилань на Twitter.

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Констін також отримав ступінь бакалавра мистецтв з відзнакою в Стенфордському університеті в 2007 році, з концентрацією в галузі соціальної психології та міжособистісних процесів.

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Джош Констін є досвідченим публічним спікером і модерував понад 120 інтерв'ю на сцені у 15 країнах з лідерами, включаючи генерального директора Facebook Марка Цукерберга, винищувача Едварда Сноудена (на сценічній відеоконференції) та американського сенатора Корі Букера. Він доступний для модерування панелей та чатів біля вогню, надання ключових приміток, а також суддівських змагань з хакатону та кроку.

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Констіна цитують The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, World World Magazine BBC, Slate та ін. Констін займає перше місце серед найпопулярніших технічних журналістів на престижному агрегаторі новин Techmeme.

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(Розкриття інформації: Джош Констін тимчасово порадив стартапу товариша з коледжу розпочати спільне розташування під кодовою назвою "Сигнал", який був заснований у Сан-Франциско перед розпуском у 2015 році. Цю консультативну роль було усунуто редакторами AOL та TechCrunch і було завершено. Константин наречений Андрі Гардінер Співзасновник прискорювача запуску Посольства засновників. Двоюрідний брат Костіна Даррен Лахтман є засновником рекламного стартапу Niche, який придбав Twitter, і він з тих пір залишив і заснував студію контенту для підлітків Брат. Констін не пише про Посольство засновників чи Брат. знайомства, що виникають з коледжу житла близько 2007 року, із засновниками Skybox Imaging (зараз Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat і Robinhood, але не підтримує з ними тісних соціальних зв'язків і не впливає на його написання. але лише ті, що фінансуються компаніями, які він не покриває. Констін володіє невеликим становищем в Ethereum і Криптовалюти Bitcoin не здійснюють торгівлю днями та розкривають свої позиції безпосередньо у статтях, де це доречно. Констін не займається консалтингом, інвестуванням ангелів чи публічною торгівлею акціями за межами державних акцій, що мають власність батьків, що він не має ніякої ролі в управлінні та консультуванні.)

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Джош Констін - технологічний журналіст, який спеціалізується на глибокому аналізі соціальних продуктів. В даний час він є великим редактором для TechCrunch і доступний для спілкування з виступом.

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Раніше Констін був провідним автором сайту Inside Facebook через придбання WebMediaBrands, висвітлюючи все про соціальну мережу.

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Констін закінчив Стенфордський університет у 2009 році, отримавши ступінь магістра кіберзоціології, вивчаючи вплив технології на соціальну взаємодію. Він досліджував вплив контролю конфіденційності на соціалізацію дітей, цикли популярності мемів та те, що впливає на швидкість натискання посилань на Twitter.

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Констін також отримав ступінь бакалавра мистецтв з відзнакою в Стенфордському університеті в 2007 році, з концентрацією в галузі соціальної психології та міжособистісних процесів.

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Джош Констін є досвідченим публічним спікером і модерував понад 120 інтерв'ю на сцені у 15 країнах з лідерами, включаючи генерального директора Facebook Марка Цукерберга, винищувача Едварда Сноудена (на сценічній відеоконференції) та американського сенатора Корі Букера. Він доступний для модерування панелей та чатів біля вогню, надання ключових приміток, а також суддівських змагань з хакатону та кроку.

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Констіна цитують The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, World World Magazine BBC, Slate та ін. Констін займає перше місце серед найпопулярніших технічних журналістів на престижному агрегаторі новин Techmeme.

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(Розкриття інформації: Джош Констін тимчасово порадив стартапу товариша з коледжу розпочати спільне розташування під кодовою назвою "Сигнал", який був заснований у Сан-Франциско перед розпуском у 2015 році. Цю консультативну роль було усунуто редакторами AOL та TechCrunch і було завершено. Константин наречений Андрі Гардінер Співзасновник прискорювача запуску Посольства засновників. Двоюрідний брат Костіна Даррен Лахтман є засновником рекламного стартапу Niche, який придбав Twitter, і він з тих пір залишив і заснував студію контенту для підлітків Брат. Констін не пише про Посольство засновників чи Брат. знайомства, що виникають з коледжу житла близько 2007 року, із засновниками Skybox Imaging (зараз Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat і Robinhood, але не підтримує з ними тісних соціальних зв'язків і не впливає на його написання. але лише ті, що фінансуються компаніями, які він не покриває. Констін володіє невеликим становищем в Ethereum і Криптовалюти Bitcoin не здійснюють торгівлю днями та розкривають свої позиції безпосередньо у статтях, де це доречно. Констін не займається консалтингом, інвестуванням ангелів чи публічною торгівлею акціями за межами державних акцій, що мають власність батьків, що він не має ніякої ролі в управлінні та консультуванні.)

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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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“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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“That may be done for the illicit purpose, or the profit purpose, of diluting the materials, making it look nice and perhaps not having to use as much THC or other active ingredients,” she said.

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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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These alchemists of allusive include Collette Ballou, the founder of the eponymous Ballou PR; Katy Turner, the managing director of Multiple; and longtime public relations pro, Joanna Kirk.

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Ballou began her career in European public relations in the aftermath of the dot-com collapse in the U.S. in 2001. Both an investor and an entrepreneur, Ballou has worked with startups and investment firms including 83 North, Accel Partners, Box, Criteo, Eventbrite, Facebook, GoEuro (now Omio), Lakestar, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, Stripe, TransferWise, Twilio, Waze, WhatsApp and Zendesk. She also is an investor in venture funds, including Cavalry Ventures and Connect Ventures.

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Before founding Multiple, Turner worked in several different roles across the tech industry in the U.K. and Europe. She began her career at Orange (in a time when it was actually cool to work for a mobile operator, she says). That role led to positions at Eden Ventures, Videoplaza and as the chief marketing officer at Tech City UK. In addition to her work at Multiple, Turner also serves as a mentor for Seedcamp and Techstars and sits on the investment committee for the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Fund.

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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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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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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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A move to East Kalimantan would allow for further development in the startup industry, with a focus on ecommerce and sustainability-focused enterprises.

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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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The 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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The 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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This Cato Institute analysis estimates individuals born in China and India face waiting eight and nine years, respectively, for an EB-1 green card.u00a0Despite the small and growing backlog for EB-1 green cards for individuals born in China and India, it still remains one of the quicker options.
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“We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s well-being and health” says Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri. To that end, next week Instagram will expand its test of hiding Like counts from everyone but a post’s creator to some users in the United States. But there are major questions about whether the change will hurt influencers.

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Mosseri revealed the plan at the Wired25 conference today, saying Instagram “We have to see how it affects how people feel about the platform, how it affects how they use the platform, how it affects the creator ecosystem.”

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Instagram’s CEO explained that “The idea is to try to depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition, and give people more space to focus on connect ing with the people they love and things that inspire them.” The intention is tou00a0“reduce anxiety” and “reduce social comparison”.

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Elsewhere during the talk that also featured actor and CEO Tracie Ellis Ross, Mosseri discussed Instagram’s growing interest in shopping, and how it can provide new revenue streams to influencers. He also described Instagram’s three-pronged approach to well-being where it identifies and addresses acute problems such as hate speech, finds positions where it can lead as with fighting bullying, and rethinks fundamentals of how the platform works as with Like count hiding.

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Instagram began testing this in April in Canada and expanded it to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand in July. Facebook started a similar experiment in Australia in September.

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While it seems likely that making Instagram less of a popularity contest might aid the average user, Instagram has to be mindful that it doesn’t significantly decrease creators’ or influencers’ engagement and business success. These content makers are vital to Instagram’s success, since they keep their fan bases coming back day after day, even Ifu00a0 users’ friends are growing stale.

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A new study by HypeAuditor reported by Social Media Today found that influencers across tiers of follower counts almost unanimously saw their Like counts fall in countries where the hidden Like count test was active. Likes fell 3% to 15% in all the countries for influencers with 5,000 to 20,000 followers.

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Only in Japan, and only for influencers with 1,000 to 5,000 or 100,000 to 1 million followers did the change lead to a boost in Likes — of about 6% in both groups. Meanwhile, influencers saw the biggest loss of Likes in the Brazilian market. Those trends could relate to how users in certain countries might feel more comfortable Liking something if they don’t know who else is too, while in other nations users might rely on more herd mentality to know what to Like.

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If Instagram finds the impact of the test to be too negative on influencers, it may not roll out the change. While Mosseri stated the company wasn’t afraid to hurt its own bottom line, impairing the careers of influencers may not be acceptable unless the positive impacts on well-being are significant enough.

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Instagram CEO Announces Platform Will Test Hiding Likes in the US

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WATCH: Instagram CEO Адам Моссері announces that the platform will start hiding likes for US audiences starting next week. It's the latest step in Instagramu2019s quest to become the safest place on the internet. Learn more: https://wired.trib.al/nbNQ7nb

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(Disclosures: Josh Constine temporarily advised a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors and has concluded. Constine's fiancu00e9e Andee Gardiner co-founded startup accelerator Founders Embassy. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of influencer advertising startup Niche that was acquired by Twitter, and he's since left and founded teen content studio Brat. Constine does not write about Founders Embassy or Brat. Constine has personal acquaintances stemming from college housing circa 2007 with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood, but does not maintain close social ties with them nor does that influence his writing. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences, but only those funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, does not day-trade, and discloses his positions directly in articles where appropriate. Constine does not do consulting, angel investing, or public stock trading beyond public stock invesments by his parents' estate that he has no role in managing or advising.)

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