Sunday October 22, 2017

Silicon Valley is more than a region, it is a culture

Perkash said an important characteristic is that Silicon Valley is a culture that embodies entrepreneurship.

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  • Silicon Valley is not just a region in California that stretches from San Francisco to San Jose, and it is not just the home of tech giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook
  • She and her two co-founders wanted to form a startup using technology to improve the lives of people
  • Perkash said Silicon Valley’s connectedness and collaborative nature fuel the startup culture here

Running a company with a treadmill inside, in the middle of Silicon Valley, is not what Monisha Perkash had imagined when she and her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal.

“When I first moved out here, I got a call from my father, who was living in Texas, and he said, ‘You know, Monisha, I’ve looked all over the map and I can’t find the Silicon Valley anywhere,'” Perkash said.

Silicon Valley location. Image Source: www.siliconvalleyrelocation.net
Silicon Valley location. Image Source: www.siliconvalleyrelocation.net

Silicon Valley is not just a region in California that stretches from San Francisco to San Jose, and it is not just the home of tech giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook. Perkash said an important characteristic is that Silicon Valley is a culture that embodies entrepreneurship. This culture is infectious, and it touched Perkash when she came to Silicon Valley.

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“At first my parents were very confused. I had started out pre-med and I got into medical school, and when I chose not to go, they didn’t understand why,” said Perkash, who is co-founder and chief executive officer of Lumo Bodytech.

She and her two co-founders wanted to form a startup using technology to improve the lives of people. They created Lumo Bodytech to develop wearable sensors.

Lumo Body Tech wearable sensor. Image Source: www.theregister.co.uk
Lumo Body Tech wearable sensor. Image Source: www.theregister.co.uk

One of their products, Lumo Run, can be worn on a runner’s waistband to track the person’s movements. Paired with a mobile phone, it can give the runner personalized coaching. Another sensor, the Lumo Lift, is worn in the collar area of a shirt and vibrates when the wearer slouches, as a reminder to sit up.

Journey of co-founders

Lumo Bodytech’s co-founder and chief operating officer, Charles Wang, said the sensors will help improve posture and reduce the risk of injuries and back pain.

Charles Wang MD, co-founder of Lumo Body Tech. Image Source: thedoctorweighsin.com
Charles Wang MD, co-founder of Lumo Body Tech. Image Source: thedoctorweighsin.com

“There are a lot of studies that show posture being highly correlated with back pain, back health,” said Wang, who was born in the U.S. of parents from Taiwan.

He initially followed the path many immigrant parents envisioned for their children. Wang was a physician and practiced medicine before deciding to become an entrepreneur. He said his parents were very supportive.

“I think for them it was just about, ‘Can you find something to do that you really care about and passionate about doing,'” Wang said.

The third co-founder, Chief Technology Officer Andrew Chang, said being part of a startup is unlike any previous job he has experienced: “You can’t even compare the speed that you move at, the speed at which you make decisions, in which things happen and so on and so forth, because there is a lot less bureaucracy.”

Chief Technology Officer Andrew Chang. Image Source: www.lumobodytech.com
Chief Technology Officer Andrew Chang. Image Source: www.lumobodytech.com

Chang added, “There’s a lot of people here that really want to change the world. We’re at a point in time where we have all the technical infrastructure in place to allow for that to happen, to have a small group of people to make dramatic improvements that can ricochet all across the world just because of how connected we are now.”

Making parents proud

Perkash said Silicon Valley’s connectedness and collaborative nature fuel the startup culture here. Seeing the success of her startup has been a source of joy for her parents, she added.

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“I want to make them proud, and I want them to know that by giving us this opportunity to pursue anything we want, pursue our dreams, that I’m carrying that on. So in a lot of ways, it’s honoring them that I do what I do,” Perkash said.

For anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps, Perkash’s advice is to not fear failure but embrace it as an opportunity to learn.

Source: VoaNews

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Facebook Acquires the Anonymous Teenage Polling App ‘tbh’

An official statement from Facebook said: "tbh and Facebook share a common goal -- of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together"

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Facebook brings the developers of 'tbh' app to share and expand a common goal of making stronger communities. Pixabay

San Francisco, October 17, 2017 : Facebook has acquired ‘tbh’, an anonymous polling app for teenagers which has over 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the US.

The app lets teenagers anonymously answer kind-hearted, multiple-choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

“When we set out to build tbh, we wanted to create a community that made us feel happier and more confident about ourselves. We felt that people craved genuine and positive interactions in their online experiences,” ‘tbh’ said in a statement.

“Over the last few weeks, over 5 million people have downloaded tbh and sent over a billion messages. More importantly, we’ve been inspired by the countless stories where tbh helped people recover from depression and form better relationships with friends,” it read.

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Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but according to TechCrunch, it is likely to be somewhere around less than $100 million and will not require regulatory approval.

“As part of the deal, tbh’s four co-creators — Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza and Nicolas Ducdodon — will join Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters while continuing to grow their app,” the report added.

“When we met with Facebook, we realised that we shared many of the same core values about connecting people through positive interactions. Most of all, we were compelled by the ways they could help us realise tbh’s vision and bring it to more people,” ‘tbh’ said.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook said: “tbh and Facebook share a common goal — of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together”. (IANS)

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Facebook doesn’t Hire Journalists, says Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg quoted that Facebook doesn't hire Journalists. ians

San Francisco, Oct 14: As people debate Facebook’s role in influencing people during the US presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organization, and therefore does not hire journalists.

Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can’t be a media company.

In an interview with US-based news website Axios on Thursday, she said, “At our heart we are a tech company. We hire engineers. We don’t hire reporters. No one is a journalist.”

“We don’t cover the news. But when we say that, we’re not saying we don’t have a responsibility. In fact we’re a new kind of platform… as our size grows, we think we have more responsibility,” the executive was quoted as saying.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

Contrary to her claim, it hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company’s news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook’s platform.

Reportedly, Facebook does not want to harm its $500 billion valuations by admitting it is a media company. If the company accepts that it is a media firm, it would open the platform up to regulatory rules in the US and other countries which Facebook would rather avoid.

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Facebook Ads were considered during US Presidential Elections. Pixabay

Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat it more like a media company.

Meanwhile, on the Russian ad issue, Sandberg said the election meddling on the platform “shouldn’t have happened” and she wouldn’t discuss Russia or Trump.

“We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms… and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them,” she said.

Sandberg said that if the Russian-linked ads were posted by “real people” and not fake accounts, Facebook would have let their content remain on the site. “When you allow free expression, you allow free expression.”

“Facebook owes the American people an apology. Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election,” she said. (IANS)

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Supports Releasing Russia-linked Advertisements

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Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, delivers a speech during the visit of a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F, in Paris. voa

Washington, October 12: Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday she “absolutely” supports the public release of all advertisements produced by a Russia-linked organization during the 2016 presidential election.

Sandberg said the company is “working on transparency” following the revelation last month that a group with alleged ties to the Russian government ran $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook promoting “divisive” causes like Black Lives Matter.

“Things happened on our platform that shouldn’t have happened,” she said during the interview with Axios’s Mike Allen.

Later Thursday, Facebook Chief Operating Officer is set to meet with Congressional investigators who are looking into what role the advertisements which began running in 2015 and continued through this year may have played in the 2016 presidential election.

The $100,000 worth of ads represent a very small fraction of the total $2.3 billion spent by, and on behalf of, President Donald Trump and losing-candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaigns during the election.

Multiple congressional investigations have been launched, seeking to determine what effect alleged Russian meddling may have played in the election.

In addition, Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is conducting a criminal probe, including whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian operatives during the election season. Trump has denied working with the Russians.

Facebook had previously agreed to disclose the thousands of Facebook ads to congress. Sandberg said Thursday she thinks “it’s important that [the investigators] get the whole picture and explain that to the American people.”

In response to the Russian ad buys, Facebook Chief Operating Officer said that company is hiring 4,000 new employees to oversee ads and content. She said the company is also using “machine learning and automation” to target fake accounts that spread fake news.

She defined fake news as “things that are false hoaxes” and said Facebook is working to stamp out the bad information by teaming up with third-party fact checkers and warning users before they share news deemed fake by Facebook.

She said it is important to be cautious when going after fake news because “a lot of what we allow on Facebook is people expressing themselves” and “when you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for all people.”

“We don’t check the information posted on Facebook before people post it, and I don’t think people should want us to,” she said.

Hundreds of fake accounts were used to distribute the Russia-linked advertisements, Sandberg said. But had those ads been posted by legitimate users, “we would have let them run,” she said.(VOA)