Day: June 13, 2020

Lo Toney has some ideas about how to (really) bring VC into the 21st century – TechCrunch

Last week, we suggested that for a truly diverse venture industry, the limited partners who provide investing capital to VCs — institutions like universities and hospital systems — need to start incorporating diversity mandates into their work. Say a venture firm wanted to secure a commitment from the University of Texas System; it would first need to agree, in writing, to pour a certain percentage of its capital into startups founded by underrepresented groups.

Given how fragmented the world of institutional investing is, the idea might sound impracticable. But Lo Toney, one of a small but growing number of black VCs in Silicon Valley, suggests it might actually be inevitable. He points, for example, to pension funds like the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which manages the assets of 1.6 million employees, many of whom “look like me,” says Toney. Imagine what might happen if they started asking more

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New Intent-Based Networking ebook simplifies this data center trend

Intent-Based Networking for Dummies author Jeff Doyle discusses why IBN, the autonomous, self-provisioning paradigm designed to make network management easier, is the logical evolution of SDN.

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The main reason companies create content like ebooks, white papers, and blog posts about their products or services is to sell more of that product or service. This is logical and understandable since selling more stuff is why marketing, including content marketing, exists.

Companies also want to showcase their expertise to prospective customers. This is where traditional marketing and content marketing (the area of marketing that deals with ebook creation) diverge. In its simplest form, traditional marketing is all about selling the sizzle, while content marketing is about showcasing the substance. In reviewing the new intent-based networking (IBN) ebook from Apstra, I found myself going into the project guilty of the former and came away focused on the latter. 

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How AI can help find a coronavirus vaccine

Murat Sonmez, managing director of the World Economic Forum, explains how big data and machine learning can help find a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Dan Patterson, senior producer for CNET and CBS News, spoke with Murat Sonmez, managing director of the World Economic Forum, how big data and machine learning can help find a vaccine for COVID-19. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Murat Sonmez: The World Economic Forum is a 50-year-old international organization, focused on public-private cooperation, bringing together business, international organizations, governments, academia, and civil society, to understand how we can shape a better future for the world and create action groups to that effect. In terms of the data piece, we launched an initiative called the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to really look at how we can leverage emerging technologies, to accelerate these solutions. A key part of

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CompTIA: As COVID-19 hit, the IT supply chain remained remarkably resilient

Laptops, monitors, webcams, and other work-from-home devices were briefly hard to find, but the IT supply chain showed its flexibility overall.

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The consumer supply chain for toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, meat, and many other food items took a wallop when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the US hard in mid-March, leaving many products still hard to find in early June. In comparison, however, the IT supply chain suffered some early shortages of work-from-home products like laptops, monitors, and webcams, but is turning out to be relatively solid.

That’s the conclusion of a recent CompTIA article, which found that initial concerns about the IT supply chain didn’t come true after the pandemic closed plants in hard-hit China, where many components and products are manufactured. The article, Why the Tech Supply Chain Held its Own During COVID-19, written by Scott Campbell of the CompTIA marketing team, described how

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Java’s 25th birthday prompts a look at which tech products have survived since 1995

Red Hat’s Rich Sharples discusses Java’s longevity and how other tech companies that began in 1995 either continued to evolve or went extinct.

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Foundational programming language Java is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, further cementing 1995 as an auspicious year for the tech world. The internet and dozens of corresponding technological advances were emerging that year as unparalleled sources of culture and financial wealth, paving the way for much of what exists today. 

Rich Sharples, senior director of product management at Red Hat, put Java and its birth-year brethren in context, explaining how the programming language and others have been able to stand the test of time. 

“They’re all dependent on adoption and ecosystem. These are all technologies where it matters that you have that cumulative advantage. These are not niche technologies and that’s why they’re all survivors,” Sharples said. “They were pioneers in

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