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Michael George Haddad

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The world in 50 years

Women are assets

Startups founded by women are getting more funding. Firms with at least one female founder received $46 billion in venture capital in 2018, up from $21.9 billion in 2017. That is still far from ideal—it represents just 18% of the money invested in startups in 2018.

VC funding for startups with at least one female founder more than doubled in 2018

So cool to see this report from All Raise (I’m a member of the All Raise steering committee in Boston) and heartened to see this progress in funding for female founders. It’s so important that we keep this momentum going and continue to build up the entire ecosystem of women and diverse leaders in tech

So cool to see this report from All Raise (I’m a member of the All Raise steering committee in Boston) and heartened to see this progress in funding for female founders. It’s so important that we keep this momentum going and continue to build up the entire ecosystem of women and diverse leaders in tech, starting with having more role models for girls to look up to. As a young woman, I was never able to relate to the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world - but when I met my mentor, Prof. Rosalind Picard of the MIT Media Lab (and my Affectiva co-founder), I saw proof that women could be leaders and pioneers in technology. Young women need to see examples of people like them, pursuing their passions, so they can be empowered to do the same. And it’s not enough just to have more women in tech - we need more female investors and founders to serve as role models and advocates for other women in all stages of their careers.

Are women’s rights conferences a waste of effort? The International Conference on Population and Development is meeting for the 25th year in Nairobi, but has anything been accomplished? Activist Lina Abirafeh tells Quartz, “I hope this is the last time that we meet to talk about women’s rights.”

The case against holding any more women’s rights conferences

This is such an interesting take on what's become a given and should be questioned. The feeling described here, that there's been plenty of talking but not enough action and progress, applies to more than just women's health. I was recently at a women's bar event in DC about the lack of female attorneys

This is such an interesting take on what's become a given and should be questioned. The feeling described here, that there's been plenty of talking but not enough action and progress, applies to more than just women's health. I was recently at a women's bar event in DC about the lack of female attorneys who argue before SCOTUS where some participants said exactly what some Nairobi conference attendees are saying, which is that they can't wait to stop discussing inequality.

How we’ll move

China's business of control

China’s digital currency is all about control. If and when a digital yuan becomes reality, the Chinese government could achieve an unprecedented stranglehold on its people’s money.

China’s digital currency is all about control

Singles' Day came & went, but the digital yuan was nowhere to be found. Still, the PBOC could change everything in an instant—the monetary tools available through digital units could be a new lever in the global currency war.

Africa's fintech

Timing innovation

Motorola launches a new “razr.” The mid-2000s classic is now a folding, all-screen smartphone, with the old name in lower case. It’s not clear if Von Dutch hats are also coming back.

The Motorola Razr is back as a smartphone with folding screen

The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola

The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola told me this is just the start of a new direction for the company, so we’ll see!

The phone definitely wins the nostalgic points. But at USD 1,500 a pop — it’s a pretty hefty price tag.

Growing up

Online learning can’t paper over the cracks in Indian education. Coursera, the US-based edtech platform, has 4.8 million users in India. But only 2 million Indians attend higher ed institutions, so the government has to do much more to encourage in-person learning.

Online learning can keep Indians afloat but can’t rescue India’s education system

Online education, as he rightly says here, can only be a bridge. India has many first-gen internet users and sometimes even digital tools need handholding. Online tools can advance and update the classroom experience in India, which institutions are sorely missing.

Even Nordic dads don’t take enough parental leave. Although these northern European countries are rightly hailed as some of the best places to raise children, the problem of encouraging fathers to play a substantial role in babies’ early lives is also prevalent.

Even Nordic dads don’t take their fair share of parental leave

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might almost be boring to write about. But a new report adds some nuance to the discussion by showing that, even in these progressive havens, fathers avail of relatively little parental leave.

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Netflix subscriber growth beats estimates, shares surge

Netflix subscriber growth beats estimates, shares surge

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From Our Members

  • Growth is largely coming from partnerships rather than from direct. A sub is a sub, yes, but acknowledge the source of that growth. Burning thru $3B in cash this year and next and will have to access the capital markets in a rising interest rate environment. Likely to take multiple years to free cash flow inflection.

  • There are quite a few data points in Netflix’s earnings that are astonishing. They added 7 million new subscribers in just one quarter, of which 5.9 million are in international markets. They are investing >$8B in entertainment programming this year, and more than doubling their original programming

    There are quite a few data points in Netflix’s earnings that are astonishing. They added 7 million new subscribers in just one quarter, of which 5.9 million are in international markets. They are investing >$8B in entertainment programming this year, and more than doubling their original programming in the US. This really speaks to their aggressive growth strategy.

  • Netflix is heavily investing in the specialty / art film genre, which used to primarily be Amazon’s turf. You can point to the recent acquisition of Roma and their funding of Orson Welles’s unfinished Other Side of the Wind. This is going to send ripples through the specialty distribution market. It

    Netflix is heavily investing in the specialty / art film genre, which used to primarily be Amazon’s turf. You can point to the recent acquisition of Roma and their funding of Orson Welles’s unfinished Other Side of the Wind. This is going to send ripples through the specialty distribution market. It seems probable that in a couple years the specialty market will be entirely controlled by the tech companies, and film viewing in the US will be much more democratic in that people outside of major cities will finally be approaching equal access to the specialty market even if it’s not on the big screen. This will be the next great market equalizer after the dvd revolution.

  • Netflix is covering wide spectrum of the contents ahead of the other subscription base video platform.

    I'm subscribing to the Amazon prime where I can enjoy their original contents.

    Netflix has a lot of popular dramas while you can't watch through Amazon.

  • Honestly it’s cause they started giving a fuck about what us the viewers want to see

  • I’m a Netflix user as well as a network tv watcher. I find myself watching more and more Netflix. Time is limited and our lives are busy. When we sit down together to watch tv we want quality, a unique story and quality writing and acting. Network tv must have a formula all shows follow and you can recognize

    I’m a Netflix user as well as a network tv watcher. I find myself watching more and more Netflix. Time is limited and our lives are busy. When we sit down together to watch tv we want quality, a unique story and quality writing and acting. Network tv must have a formula all shows follow and you can recognize it in every show. I think people are a little tired of the formula and that’s why reality tv took off when it was offered . It’s been around awhile now and it’s not as new and surprising as it used to be. It’s no secret that they really aren’t unscripted. People are tiring of it as well as commercial tv’s reliance on a tired formula and rehashing old shows. You have a variety of choices of genre on Netflix and most shows are high quality. I see more and more mainstream actors on Netflix . They seem to have mastered a la carte tv. They seem to have more flexibility than commercial tv probably because they don’t have to please advertisers only subscribers. I think Netflix and similar services will remain kings of at home video entertainment for quite some time.