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  1. Move over, Silicon Valley — the new centres of innovation are in Africa, says author

    The innovators creating the technologies of the future aren’t coming out of the wealthy campuses of Silicon Valley, but instead from the developing nations of Africa, Latin America and Asia, says author Ramesh Srinivasan.

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  2. In the valley of the kings - an Ira Basen documentary - Home | The Sunday Edition | CBC Radio

    Ira Basen pulls back the curtain on Silicon Valley’s latest gift to the world, the "sharing economy," which has brought us companies like Airbnb and Uber.

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  3. Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation’s Center Of Innovation : All Tech Considered : NPR

    Silicon Valley is known as the nation’s tech hub, but decades ago New Jersey had that distinction. The state was once home to Thomas Edison’s lab and Bell Labs, the home of Nobel laureates.

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  4. An Exit Interview With U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil - Science Friday

    DJ Patil. © 2012 Eric Millette, All Rights ReservedIn 2013, taking a page out of the Silicon Valley playbook, President Obama signed an executive order that made open and machine-readable data the new default for government information. In 2015 he appointed DJ Patil to the newly created role of Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Patil, who had worked in the private sector for Ebay, LinkedIn, and others, once honed his skills in data science by improving mathematical models for weather prediction using open data sets available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now he was going to use data to tackle problems in areas that required the most spending (costing $1 trillion or more), and which served the greatest number of Americans.

    One of those big issues involved the criminal justice system. In 2015 Patil helped launch the White House’s Police Data Initiative, through which police jurisdictions release data collected on their policing, including information about the use of force and traffic stops. By looking at the data, Patil noticed that a number of negative police encounters occurred just after an officer had responded to a suicide or domestic violence call, which suggested that quickly re-dispatching these officers to their normal beat without giving them time to decompress may have led to the incidents of violence.

    In the realm of healthcare, Patil’s data efforts centered on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which would build the largest and richest database of genetic information. Funding provided by the 21st Century Cures Act will go to the National Institutes of Health’s effort to sequence individual human genomes and collect biological samples to be made available for scientific study. 

    Patil joins Ira to talk about the legacy of his initiatives and the future role of big data in government.

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  5. Tim O’Reilly on the “WTF Economy” and the Future of Work: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

    Tim O’Reilly has been called the ‘Oracle of Silicon Valley.’ His tech publishing and conference empire helped legitimize the open source movement in the late ’90s. His company also helped popularize the Maker movement by launching Maker Magazine and Maker Faire. These days, O’Reilly is pondering the future of what he calls the ‘WTF Economy.’ The term WTF, he writes, conveys amazement and dismay, both legitimate reactions to technology. O’Reilly joins us as part of our First Person series on local leaders, innovators, and others who make the Bay Area unique.

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  6. The Women in Tech Problem | Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations

    The lack of women in Silicon Valley begins with fewer females students taking STEM courses. Credit: Intel Free Press / Flickr Creative CommonsWhen you picture what success looks like in Silicon Valley, you might think of a hoodie-clad guy fresh out of Stanford — or maybe an older, tie-wearing investor type.In recent months, we’ve seen tremendous coverage of the fact that women are too often peripheral in the tech scene. Talking heads write articles and books about it, and headlines report striking statistics. But how do you really solve the problem?Women like CEO Sheri Atwood and venture capitalist Eurie Kim say they’ve found ways to use their experiences as women to their advantage in the male-dominated tech world.Venture Capital: An “Old Boys’ Network” Nowhere is the gender disparity in Silicon Valley more evident than in the world of venture capital.  Only 4 percent of venture capitalists are women. For comparison, about the same percentage of coal miners are female. Eurie Kim, a principal at the venture capital firm Forerunner Ventures, says that because many male investors have been in the business together for decades, the venture world “can be a really tough nut to crack.” A select few investors have most of the power in the Valley, and they’ve taken decades to grow their funds and networks. Since women largely weren’t players in the early days, getting into these inner circles can still be tough today. Female-Centered Businesses The idea for Sheri Atwood’s company, SupportPay, came after Atwood identified a major untapped market: post-divorce money management. Every year, 300 million divorced parents exchange almost a trillion dollars in shared expenses and child support. “It was a huge problem, and there was no solution,” she said. Kim agrees that areas traditionally thought of as female-focused, such as childcare and shopping, should not be trivialized. “We as women have a lot of spending power, and we have needs that men are not able to cater towards," she says. These needs present myriad opportunities for innovation and problem-solving (not to mention profit).  “I hope more women will take the risk and go out and solve these problems."Do Women Pitch Differently? Many women entrepreneurs that come to Kim hesitate to promise more to investors than they feel they can realistically achieve. She cites a pitch by one woman who wanted to create a platform for retailers to identify and hire freelance graphic designers. “It was a great idea, but it felt small,” Kim says. She told the entrepreneur to re-pitch the idea with a more stereotypically male outlook. “What if you were a guy?” she asked the woman. “What if you just painted the picture of a huge, billion-dollar business?” Atwood faced her own set of challenges when it came to fitting in with her peers. She needed to boost her coding and web development skills before her pitches were taken seriously. “I learned to code because I was told constantly that you need that 21-year-old in a hoodie sitting next to you. So I had to learn it myself.” Reaching Young Girls One of the most commonly-cited reasons for the lack of women in Silicon Valley is the weak pipeline of girls pursuing careers in STEM fields. Atwood says that to get girls interested in software development, the image of what a coder looks like needs to change.  She supports marketing moves like Mattel’s introduction of an “entrepreneur Barbie doll” aimed at young girls. “Yes, fine, there are other issues with Barbie. But it showed that Barbie can not only be cool and fashionable, but she can also be an entrepreneur and a business owner. She can be a coder,” Atwood says. Right now, especially for girls, being a coder still isn’t cool. In her own home, Atwood notes that her daughter sees her doing this work at home - and can tell her friends about it at school. But most of her peers still see it as dad’s work — which, she says, needs to change. Want to know more about the startup world from a woman’s perspective? Listen to our full interview above, or check out these related interviews:Where Are Women in Tech?Young, Black, and Female: Blazing a Trail at MITMarissa Mayer Says Balance Isn’t Always Good

    women, Silicon Valley, Business, Sheri Atwood, tech, Eurie Kim

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  7. At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers : All Tech Considered : NPR

    Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?

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