Top 10 tech trends of 2014, the case against coding, Reid Hoffman shows us his pitch deck, what Silicon Valley thinks of Healthcare.gov, naysayers pounce on the lean startup model, Belgian company snaps up small brewer, funny quotes from TV bosses… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs:1. Top 10 tech trends of 2014: IT researcher Gartner just wrapped its yearly symposium and ITxpo. One critical takeaway is their Top Ten Strategic Technology trends for 2014. (Forbes)2. Why you shouldn’t learn to code: The code craze is in full swing as sites like Code.org and CodeAcademy try and get everyone to learn the language. One programmer thinks it’s mostly folly. Here’s why. (Fast Company)3. Turn your weaknesses into profit: Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, released the pitch deck that helped him turn somewhat unflattering data into $10 million in venture capital with the right spin. (Wired)Related: Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn’s 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice 4. Belgian people like craft beer too: Duvel Moortgat Brewery of Belgium moved to purchase the Boulevard Brewing Company. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Boulevard is the 12th-largest craft brewer in the U.S. (New York Times)5. Silicon Valley pans Healthcare.gov: With $500 million in development funding CNN wanted to know what Silicon Valley thinks of the buggy roll out of Healthcare.gov. Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, shares his thoughts and criticism. (CNN)6. Menstrual Man: Given a choice between fresh sanitary napkins and fresh milk, impoverished Indians often chose the latter. A new movie documents how one entrepreneur found another way to meet the needs of India’s rural women. (NPR’s All Tech Considered)Related: Tips for Investing in Emerging Markets (Infographic)7. What’s wrong with lean startups? Since Eric Reis coined the term, the lean startup model has been widely adopted by startups near and far. But some critics think it’s just plain wrong. Here are seven legitimate reasons why staying ‘lean’ is bad for business. (Venture Beat)8. Etsy welcomes big sellers: Etsy moved to take the homespun element out of its crafty marketplace this week by doing away with the rule that prohibited sellers from using outside manufacturers. This is being seen as a sign of maturation for the eight-year-old company as it opens its doors to bigger businesses. (Businessweek)9. Minted.com mints money: The crowdsourced design site Minted, has secured $41 million in Series C financing. This small business’ rapid expansion and incredible success is fascinating, if not dizzying. (All Things D)10. Funny quotes from TV bosses: Wednesday was National Boss’s Day. In honor of the occasion, here are nine funny and insightful quotes from TV Bosses like Ron Swanson and Don Draper. (Mashable) 10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week, Oct. 18, 2013 Technology Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Image credit: Steve Hebert for The New York Times Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Brad Crescenzo Add to Queue October 18, 2013 –shares 3 min read Belgian brewery buys U.S. craft beer maker Boulevard. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »
AbsolutdataAI-Based AnalyticsAnil KaulMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleinRiver Helps Customers Publish Product Information Across Key Marketplaces Faster and Easier Than EverNext ArticleSmall Travel Companies Hold Their Own in a Diffuse Digital Market Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Program PRNewswireJune 27, 2019, 7:44 pmJune 27, 2019 AI Innovation with Groundbreaking NAVIK AI Platform Earns Top Company HonorAbsolutdata, a leader in delivering scalable business impact through AI-powered solutions, advanced analytics, and data science services, announced that it has won the prestigious “Best Overall AI-based Analytics Company” award from AI Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) market.Absolutdata’s groundbreaking AI-enabled solutions and services are built on 15 years of experience in advanced analytics. Absolutdata’s Data Science Center of Excellence develops and delivers powerful AI solutions, products and modular components so clients can create scalable business impact with their AI initiatives.Marketing Technology News: New Study From Wunderman Thompson Commerce Reveals Amazon Lacks Loyalty Among Gen ZThe company’s NAVIK AI Platform serves as the intelligence layer in emerging enterprise architectures. By combining AI, data and advanced analytics technology, the platform is decision-centric, providing actionable guidance that is based on custom machine learning and AI models engineered for each client to optimize decision making.The growing line of NAVIK products and solutions supports a number of industries and verticals, including consumer goods, technology, travel and hospitality, foodservice, retail, telecom and more. The platform includes:NAVIK SalesAI: AI-based sales guidance that makes every salesperson a high performerNAVIK MarketingAI: A customer-directed marketing platform built around AI-driven hyper-personalizationNAVIK ResearchAI: An AI-enabled algorithmic platform that advances market research into the 21st centuryNAVIK TradeAI: The world’s first Trade Promotion Intelligence (TPI) solutionNAVIK MicroMods: Plug-n-play machine learning algorithms that add the power of AI exactly where needed“Absolutdata works with enterprises to kickstart AI implementations that build a lasting competitive edge,” said Dr. Anil Kaul, Co-Founder and CEO, Absolutdata. “We empower partners and customers with enterprise-class AI that creates scalable business impact, and we are excited to continue to grow our NAVIK AI Platform with additional business capabilities. This award is a welcome validation of our hard work and success in the field of AI-based analytics.”Marketing Technology News: It’s Time to Stamp AI’s Authority on Every Online Advertising CampaignThe mission of the AI Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of AI and machine learning related categories, including AI platforms, Deep Learning, Smart Robotics, Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, industry specific AI applications and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,500 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.“What’s truly impressive about the NAVIK AI platform is the four-year success record of implementing AI to deliver tangible results for Absolutdata clients,” said James Johnson, managing director of AI Breakthrough. “Absolutdata and their NAVIK AI platform are helping customers make better decisions for the best business impact and we are thrilled to recognize the company as one of our marquee 2019 AI Breakthrough Award winners.”Marketing Technology News: Human Connection Matters to Gen Z: Ooma Survey Busts Myths Around Generational Communication Preferences
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 7 2019In the current issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (Volume 6,Number 4, 2018; DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2018.0123, Nur Izzati Mohammad, Selasawati Ghazali and Mohd Nazri Shafei of the Department of Community Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab 2, Kota Bharu, Malaysia consider how cigarette smoking is one of the risk factors leading to noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular and respiratory system diseases and cancer.Quitting smoking is difficult for many people and may involve multiple attempts. A quit smoking clinic is designed to assist smokers with tobacco dependence to quit smoking. There are many factors that contribute to successfully quitting smoking. The present study found that from a total of 202 respondents who attended the clinic, 42.6% of them successfully quit smoking. In addition, the number of cigarettes smoked per day and a previous quit attempt were significant predictors for successfully quitting smoking. These findings should be taken into consideration in interventions for smokers who wish to quit smoking. Source:http://fmch-journal.org/
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have found a protein that is a critical regulator in the development of fatty liver disease in mice, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. Analysis of liver biopsies of patients indicate that the identified mechanisms may help explain the differential susceptibility of individual patients to develop more severe stages of fatty liver disease.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition where fat accumulates in the liver and has become the most common liver disease worldwide. While NAFLD shows few or no symptoms at initial stages, it is a potentially serious disease which can progress to an inflammatory state called steatohepatitis (NASH), which can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer.Fatty liver disease can be managed by weight loss, but there is currently no approved medical treatment. Thus, a better understanding of how the disease develops is critical for its prevention and treatment.Researchers at Karolinska Institutet now show that a protein called GPS2 (G-protein pathway suppressor 2) is a critical regulator of lipid metabolic pathways in hepatocytes. Their results indicate that this mechanism may influence the development of the disease in both mice and in humans.The study is published in Nature Communications and was led by Assistant Professor Rongrong Fan and Professor Eckardt Treuter from the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition at Karolinska Institutet.To find out the function and targets of GSP2 in hepatocytes, the researchers generated knockout mice which lack GPS2 in hepatocytes but not in other cell types. The mice were exposed to a special diet that induces the disease state NASH, and analyzed with the help of clinical researchers and pathologists from the Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Huddinge.Related StoriesScientists highlight advances and uses of organoids in gastroenterology and hepatologyNovel biomarker-guided approach has potential for treatment of common liver cancerNew findings offer pathway for fight against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”We were surprised to find that GPS2 knockout mice were protected from developing disease”, says Ning Liang, PhD student at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition and lead author of the study.The team then used sequencing-based techniques to shed light on the GPS2-dependent changes in gene expression. They identified a previously unknown role of GPS2 in specifically repressing a fatty acid receptor called PPARα. The partnership of GPS2 and PPARα was validated by an extensive physiological and histological analysis of the knockout mice.In collaboration with clinical researchers from Belgium and France, the team analyzed gene expression data from liver biopsies of patients diagnosed with different NAFLD stages. They found significant correlations of GPS2 levels with the expression of signature genes for the disease stage NASH.”This suggests that the in mice discovered pathway might be relevant for humans as well,” says Rongrong Fan. “The identified mechanisms may help to explain the differential susceptibility of individual patients to develop more severe stages of fatty liver disease.”The researchers believe that this new hepatocyte pathway could be relevant for future therapeutic strategies, but emphasize the need to know more about additional GPS2 functions in other cell types of the liver.”We definitely should have a closer look at GPS2 pathways in the liver immune cells,” says Eckardt Treuter.Source: https://ki.se/en/news/pathway-contributing-to-fatty-liver-disease-discovered
Source:NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 23 2019The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced two awards for the study of influenza immunity in children. The awards, which may total more than $64 million over seven years, will support studies led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, examining how young children’s immune systems respond over multiple years to their initial influenza infection and their first vaccination.Studies suggest that a person’s first encounter with an influenza virus or vaccine, which usually occurs in early childhood, influences how their immune system reacts to subsequent influenza virus or vaccine exposures. This phenomenon, called “immunologic imprinting,” may help protect against future infections with similar influenza subtypes. It may also impact–and, in some cases, negatively influence–how a person’s immune system responds to a seasonal influenza vaccination.However, the specific effects of imprinting are still poorly understood. By studying children’s immune responses to early influenza infection and subsequent exposures as they mature, researchers hope to understand the factors underlying immune memory and a person’s ability to mount an immune response to different influenza subtypes. Such insights could help scientists design more effective influenza vaccines. The research will also address a knowledge gap identified in NIAID’s strategic plan for developing a universal influenza vaccine–a vaccine that can provide durable protection for all age groups against multiple influenza strains, including those that might cause a pandemic. NIAID is pleased to support these important observational studies of infants to broaden our understanding of how immunity to influenza develops and evolves over time. A comprehensive understanding of immunological imprinting will help inform the development of more broadly and durably protective influenza vaccines.”Anthony S. Fauci, M.D, NIAID Director Related StoriesPuzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenPrincipal investigators Paul Thomas, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Aubree Gordon, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will lead studies designed to follow more than 3,000 infants and young children in Los Angeles; Managua, Nicaragua; and Wellington, New Zealand for seven years. This grant may provide up to $34.3 million in support over seven years.Another grant will fund principal investigator Mary A. Staat, M.D., of Cincinnati Children’s to follow more than 2,000 infants and their mothers from sites in Cincinnati and in Mexico City for at least three years, using weekly clinical visits to gather valuable data about the changes in their immune systems. This award may total as much as $29.9 million over seven years.Both research teams will regularly collect nasal swabs and blood samples from participating infants and young children to understand immune B-cell and T-cell responses and function, the antibodies produced, and other changes as the children’s immune systems develop and encounter the influenza virus and influenza vaccines for the first time. Parents or caregivers will be asked to provide informed consent for their children to participate in the studies.Investigators hope that their findings may provide insight into how imprinting may be used to boost the effectiveness of influenza vaccines, or how a new vaccine may provide broader immunity against influenza early in a child’s life. While these two long-term studies will focus on children, their results may eventually benefit people of all ages, as researchers use the findings to investigate vaccines that provide improved lifelong influenza immunity against different strains of the influenza virus.
SHARE social issue Rajya Sabha Private member resiolution defeated SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Opposition used a private member resolution moved by Samajwadi Party MP Vishambhar Prasad Nishad to buttress its argument that the Centre possesses an “anti Dalit” mindset. The resolution, which demanded an amendment to the Constitution so that members of the SC/ST category in one State may be treated similarly across the country to get the benefit of the reservation, was defeated in the House.The Opposition alleged that even Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot agrees that SC/ST communities face problems due to the lack of a pan-India list. The Opposition asked the Centre to accept the content of the resolution and demanded an assurance that the government would bring legislation to rectify the problems. The resolution said people belonging to SC/ST or Denotified Castes were being deprived of facilities and concessions and were neglected because of the lack of a uniform reservation system in the entire country.Gehlot reminded the House that there was a process laid out by Parliament for inclusion and exclusion of castes to the list of SCs, STs and OBCs. He urged Nishad to withdraw the resolution. “As per the procedure, the proposal for inclusion or exclusion of a caste in the list of SCs and STs is to be sent by the States. After approval by the Registrar General of India, and the SC or ST Commission, a Bill is prepared which is put up before the Cabinet and subsequently before Parliament for approval,” Gehlot said.“You people are Dalit-virodhi (opposers),” Nishad said when the Centre maintained its stand that a law cannot be assured at the moment. Published on Reservation COMMENT COMMENTS Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot speaks in the Lok Sabha on Friday. – PTI – PTI August 10, 2018
COMMENTS Press Trust of IndiaThe Supreme Court-appointed mediation team on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case Friday said it has been given a serious responsibility and will take all steps to resolve the issue “amicably“. Retired Supreme Court judge FMI Kallifulla will head the mediation team which also includes spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriam Panchu as its other members.“Presently, I can only say that if the committee has been constituted, we will take every step to resolve the dispute amicably,” Kallifulla said.A native of Tamil Nadu, Kallifulla had earlier served as a judge of the Madras High Court.While Sri Sri said everybody must move together to end long-standing conflicts, Panchu said the court has given a “serious” responsibility and he will do his best.Sri Sri, the founder of The Art of Living foundation based in Bengaluru, said: “We must all move together towards ending long-standing conflicts happily by maintaining harmony in society.“Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society — we must all move together towards these goals. #ayodhyamediation,” he tweeted.Panchu, a senior advocate of the Madras High Court, said the court had given him “a serious” responsibility and he would do his best. “It is a very serious responsibility given to me by the Honourable Supreme Court. I will do my best,” he said here. SHARE religion and belief COMMENT courts and legal SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 08, 2019 Published on
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