Category: Startups

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Udacity Talks: Yoky Matsuoka, CTO at Nest

Yoky Matsuoka, currently CTO at Nest, has been described as “Silicon Valley’s most in-demand robotics professor.” This episode of Udacity Talks presents has Sebastian Thrun and Yoky Matsuoka together in an unscripted conversation powered by questions from Udacity students. She is a MacArthur genius grant winner, a co-founder of Google...

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How To Start a Business in the Chatbot Industry

Speaking of chatbots, here’s an interesting video about the opportunities in that space. Startups featured in this video: http://poncho.is https://ghostbot.burnerapp.com http://www.donotpay.co.uk https://botlist.co/bots/573-hm https://www.onsequel.com https://www.motion.ai https://chatfuel.com https://digitalgenius.com https://api.ai https://chatbotsmagazine.com https://botlist.co http://venturebeat.com/events/

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The Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

Bill Gross founded a lot of startups and incubated many others. He got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others and it surprised...

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How AI Startups Must Compete with Google

Dr Fei-Fei Li recently joined Google as Chief Scientist of AI and Machine Learning. Her primary areas of research are in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and cognitive and computational neuroscience.  She has published more than 150 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences and invented ImageNet and the...

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Annapolis Startup is taking Alexa to the Next Level

An Annapolis startup is taking the Magic Mirror and Alexa to the next level by combining the two. Cofounders KC Beard and Max Randall are rolling out a product called the Daptly Display that adds new features around the voice control assistant. They developed the idea while attending college together....

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Why Can’t My Town Be the Next Silicon Valley?

What makes Silicon Valley a hub for startups and innovation?  What created it? And what can other cities and locations do to foster more innovation? When I was working as an evangelist for Microsoft, these questions came up a lot. There was always a civic leader, politician, policy maker, etc who...

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Eric Schmidt on Structuring Teams that Can Rapidly Scale

Here’s an interesting interview with Eric Schmidt about his experience in rapidly scaling up companies. Fun Fact: I have a friend who used to work with Eric’s brother and I said hello to him once via speakerphone. This was 1996 and I did not realize the enormity of the moment...