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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.

Socialist countries hire more women in STEM fields. A Soviet-era blueprint introduced gender quotas, parental leave, and state-subsidized kindergarten, leading to more females in math and science fields. Western capitalist states could learn from it.

What the US can learn from women in the Soviet workforce

There is one aspect here in terms of playing a role in discouraging girls from entering STEM that I always wonder, but only very few researches have studied the effect. That aspect is Religion.

Besides the State involvement and labor shortages as the article points out, a more significant difference

There is one aspect here in terms of playing a role in discouraging girls from entering STEM that I always wonder, but only very few researches have studied the effect. That aspect is Religion.

Besides the State involvement and labor shortages as the article points out, a more significant difference between socialist countries like the Soviet Union or China today and non-socialist countries is that rudimentarily in the establishment of a socialist or communist society, atheism is a core pillar. In Private Property and Communism (1845), Marx said that "Communism begins from the outset with atheism; but atheism is, at first, far from being communism."

The idea of building a society abolishing a state religion and replacing with atheism may have helped a great deal to validate women's ambitions and unchain their minds in pursuing STEM without being denigrated or judged by their more religious roles.

The studies also show that religious women in STEM are even a more vulnerable minority. And Religion might be one of the whys "girls in the East felt less anxious and more confident about their aptitude in math than their counterparts from West Germany and were less likely to be intimidated in competitive situations with boys."

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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Facebook reveals it gave 61 companies access to widely blocked user data

Facebook reveals it gave 61 companies access to widely blocked user data

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From Our Members

  • This story won’t go away ... we only uncover more and more. There was a moment in time before the hearings that it seemed like there was a window for change. But post hearing it’s not that clear. Is that cynical?

  • Facebook seems to just let these wounds fester...what can consumers do to protect themselves if these incidents aren’t reported into much later? Shakes any faith that these companies have any interest in preserving user trust...

  • This headline is very misleading since it comes across as if FB allowed access to data that was never before exposed to companies. Instead, FB mislead overseers about it's corrective actions: "Facebook introduced stricter guidelines for third party apps in April 2014 and gave businesses a year to transition

    This headline is very misleading since it comes across as if FB allowed access to data that was never before exposed to companies. Instead, FB mislead overseers about it's corrective actions: "Facebook introduced stricter guidelines for third party apps in April 2014 and gave businesses a year to transition to the new rules before forcing compliance – except for the 61 firms named in the documents, 60 of which received a six-month extension." This lack of transparency is still troubling, but not as alarming as the headline suggests.

  • This is just 61 companies that we know about. Can’t wait for more stories to trickle in about Facebook pimping out our data.

  • In high school I did a stock and research report on GoPro cameras. I read and heard investors talk about data sharing as real income drivers for these large internet companies since 2014. It’s amazing the ripple effect of one high profile scandal.

  • I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with me but I have reached a point where I really just don’t care that Facebook did this, nor do I care that they’re more then a bit evasive about the matter. Perhaps it’s political and corporate corruption/scandal fatigue. Tomorrow I may be more inspired to lament Facebook’s latest debacle.