Day: October 24, 2020

Yale may have just turned institutional investing on its head with a new diversity edict – TechCrunch

It could be the long-awaited turning point in the world of venture capital and beyond. Yale, whose $32 billion endowment has been led since 1985 by the legendary investor David Swensen, just let its 70 U.S. money managers across a variety of asset classes know that for the school, diversity has now moved front and center.

According to the WSJ, Swensen has told the firms that from here on out, they will be measured annually on their progress in increasing the diversity of their investment staff, from hiring to training to mentoring to their retention of women and minorities.

Those that show little improvement may see the prestigious university pull its money, Swensen tells the outlet.

It’s hard to overstate the move’s significance. Though Yale’s endowment saw atypically poor performance last year, Swensen, at 66, is among the most highly regarded money managers in the world, growing Yale’s endowment

Read more

Open source: Why naiveté might be the key to success

Commentary: What open source founders don’t know might be their superpower. Find out more in this interview with Envoy founder Matt Klein.

Image: Artur, Getty Images/iStockphoto

In our efforts to uncover the keys to open source success, we may be overlooking the most important attribute of all: Profound naïveté. Talk to Dries Buytaert (Drupal) or Daniel Stenberg (cURL) or [insert name of your preferred project founder] and in nearly every case they started their respective projects to “scratch an itch” with no real sense of how difficult the work would be. 

The same holds true for Matt Klein, founder of the popular Envoy project. Envoy is an open source edge and service proxy that today boasts significant contributions from Google, Apple, Salesforce, and others, but it started as one engineer’s quest to help his employer (Lyft) move from a monolithic architecture to a microservices-based infrastructure. The decision

Read more

Amazon WorkSpaces cheat sheet: What you need to know about this DaaS product

Amazon’s Desktop as a Service product can virtualize the computing needs of your entire workforce, secure business data, and make life easier for remote employees and IT teams.

Illustration: Lisa Hornung/iStockPhoto

The modern workforce is more distributed than ever before, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only solidified the fact that working remotely is the way of the future for many businesses. That means the computing needs of modern businesses are changing as well—the perfect time for Desktop as a Service (DaaS) products like Amazon WorkSpaces to finally gain market traction.

SEE: Cloud data storage policy (TechRepublic Premium)

DaaS providers have been growing slower than expected over the past few years, but with the spread of the pandemic and the likely long-term shift to remote work, Gartner has reassessed its position on the battle between VDI and DaaS, calling DaaS one of the areas of tech experiencing the greatest growth

Read more

VDI vs. DaaS: What is the difference, and which is best for your virtualization needs?

Desktop virtualization is nothing new, but now you have two popular forms to choose from: VDI and DaaS. Learn how VDI and DaaS differ so you can make the best investment for your business.

Image: Denis Isakov, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Anyone who has spent much time in an enterprise computing environment has played with a virtual machine (VM) at some point. Local virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) were the standard, but today’s bandwidth availability and cloud options make Desktop as a Service (DaaS) much more practical, and COVID-19 is making DaaS more attractive than ever.

What is VDI?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has been around for a long time, and traditionally was the only way to run a virtual desktop. Slap a server in the data center, load it up with virtualization software, turn on some machines, and you’re good to go.

Since VDIs are centrally located, the IT team is responsible

Read more

Top gifts for runners including headphones, hand warmers, wearables, and more

From basic running essentials to gifts for runners who have everything, here are 8 accessories to help fleet-of-foot athletes make the most of their next training session.

Running and marathon training is a popular hobby for many fleet-of-foot athletes. From warm-up to cool-down, there are a number of essential training accessories on the market to help runners maximize their workouts, enhance recovery, and reduce the risk of injury. In this roundup, we’ve highlighted some of the top gifts for runners including noise-canceling headphones, fitness trackers, and reflective vests designed with safety in mind. We’ve also included a few nonessential, luxury gifts for runners who have everything.





Image: Apple

The Apple Watch Series 6 is a great option for athletes; especially runners. People can select their preferred watch face to monitor their runtime, heartbeat, elevation gain, distance, and more. Individuals can also use the device to perform an ECG and measure

Read more