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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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The Myth Of The Innovation Lab

The Myth Of The Innovation Lab

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    The myth of innovation piece highlighted some important points about risk. Innovation is risky because it often asks us to completely change the way in which we operate and temporarily disrupts the ways of being that we know. The article highlights an important component of innovation that we don’t talk about- many people need to be comfortable with the innovation in order for it to be socially accepted. Social acceptance of innovation is key. I wonder if the entire process of innovation has set up innovators to be alone on the journey as opposed to what innovation can be which is a process everyone enjoys and buys into. At times, I think that innovation is much like power. When co-created, power is remarkable but when one person exercises power we often see decreases in ownership from everyone else. Disengagement within innovation leads to missed opportunities to create a product that incorporates different perspectives.

  • Fascinating discussion. Innovation seems to be coming of age and a priority for the best CEOs. The labs are often unsuccessful as they are not part of the core strategy. Our work with Re_Set demonstrates time and time again that strategy and governance in innovation are paramount. The lab may or may not make the cut

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  • Innovation labs work in an innovative culture. Without the full commitment they become as fake as employee recognition days.

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    Innovation labs need to stop being PR projects and be built both to help the startup

    This is a great breakdown on what corporations are creating. Some are doing significantly better jobs when it comes to building, managing, and growing innovation labs. Unfortunately that number is still the minority.

    Innovation labs need to stop being PR projects and be built both to help the startup ecosystems they can truly help as well as truly help the bottom lines of these corporations.

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