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Brian Chesky, administrerende direktør og medstifter af Airbnb Inc. (Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Airbnb vokser op

Efter døden af ​​fem personer på en Halloween-fest, der var vært på en leje af Californien Airbnb i Californien, og en skændende vice-rapport, der beskriver Airbnb's manglende forebyggelse af landsdækkende svindel, siger virksomheden, at det vil begynde at verificere alle syv millioner af sine lister.

Airbnb-ejendomme vil snart blive verificeret for nøjagtighed af fotos, adresser, listeoplysninger, renlighed, sikkerhed og grundlæggende hjemmefaciliteter, ifølge en virksomhedsdækkende e-mail sendt af Airbnb-medstifter og administrerende direktør Brian Chesky onsdag. Alle huslejer, der opfylder virksomhedens nye standarder, vil være "tydeligt mærket" inden den 15. december 2020, bemærker han. Fra og med næste måned booker eller refunderer Airbnb gæster, der tjekker huslejer, der ikke opfylder de nye nøjagtighedsstandarder.

Disse ændringer, der er skitseret fuldt ud her, kommer som Airbnb forbereder en børsnotering eller en direkte fortegnelse forventet for 2020. Virksomheden havde brug for nogle alvorlige tilføjelser til sine knap-der sikkerhedsforanstaltninger, og det var også nødvendigt at gøre en storslået gestus (eller to ) til Wall Street efter flere PR-katastrofer i de sidste to uger. Airbnb's svar på de for nylig fremhævede problemer vil hjælpe med at bestemme, hvordan det går på det offentlige marked og i betragtning af det hurtige og tilsyneladende omfattende svar, kan pengeadministratorer være tilfredse.


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LIVE: Vi & # 039; re bor sammen med Chris Cox, tidligere Chief Product Officer, Facebook, fra vores # WIRED25 topmøde i samtale med WIRED seniorforfatter Lauren Goode.

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Sendt af WIRED fredag ​​8. november 2019

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Hvad angår det, der specifikt fik ham til at forlade, forklarede Cox, at “Det var ikke noget, hvor jeg følte, at jeg ville bruge 13 år til på sociale medier. Mark og jeg så tingene lidt anderledes. . . jeg tænke vi er stadig undersøge u00a0som en industri, hvordan gøre du balance beskyttelse det privatliv af folks Information og fortsættende u00a0til holde mennesker sikkert, ”sagde Cox.

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Om hvorvidt bevægelse hen imod kryptering var en del af det, sagde han, at han synes, kryptering er "stor: og at" det tilbyder en enorm mængde beskyttelse, "men bemærkede" it gør bestemt nogle af disse ting mere komplicerede ”i forhold til privatlivet kontra sikkerhedsbalancen. Han supplerede Facebook's bestræbelser på at opbygge måder at fange dårlige skuespillere på, selvom de er afskærmet af kryptering. Det inkluderer initiativer til digital læsning i Brasilien og Indien forud for valget og tilbyder videresendelsessystemer til at sende tvivlsom information til faktakontrollere. ”Jeg tror, ​​at der er fordele og ulemper med disse systemer, og jeg er ikke en hårdforing på nogen af ​​dem,” sagde Cox og bemærkede, at det, Facebook bygger, er ”resonans for, hvad folk vil have.”

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Cox blev spurgt om den store debat om, hvorvidt Facebook skulle tillade politisk reklame. ”Vi synes, at politisk reklame kan være god og hjælpsom. Det favoriserer ofte op og kommer mod etablerede. ”Alligevel sagde han ved faktakontrol:” Jeg er en stor fan, ”selvom Facebook ikke anvender det til politiske annoncer. Han bemærkede, at "jeg tænke det Selskab skulle gerne undersøge og er undersøge mikro rettet mod . . . hvis der er hundreder af varianter væsen løb af det kreativ derefter u00a0det er tricky til din arme rundt om hvad der er væsen sagde. ”Han talte også for mere kontekst i brugergrænsefladen, der skelner mellem politiske annoncer. u00a0

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Chris Cox taler på Wired25

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Siden han forlod Facebook, har Cox tiltrådt det rådgivende udvalg for en kaldet gruppe forkortelse, der er med til at opbygge kampagnen og messaging-teknologibunken til progressive kandidater. ”Dette er en areal hvor min opfattelse er at det progressive har været bag det evne til udvikle og brug som -en hold infrastruktur at hjælper du har -en godt vælgere fil, hvordan man udvikle beskeder - u00a0lige grundlæggende politik i 2019.”

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Wired's Lauren Goode spurgte, om han tilpassede sig med progressive, indtog en politisk holdning, og om han kunne gøre det, mens han stadig var på Facebook. ”Absolut ikke, ”svarede Cox.Og hvorfor er at jeg tænke hvornår du er i -en meget u00a0senior- rolle -en platform, du har en pligt til at være meget mere neutral i din politik. ”

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Derefter kom han ud med en dristig erklæring aktiveret af hans uafhængighed. ”Jeg mener, at Trump ikke burde være vores præsident. Den anden ting, jeg er meget interesseret i lige nu, er klimaændringer, og han vil ikke hjælpe os der. ”

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Det førte til, at Cox diskuterede, at han også arbejdede med at rådgive San Francisco start Planet Labs, der bruger satellitbilleder til at spore klimaforandringer. ”Det vision var til build Disse lille, om skoboks-størrelse satellitter med sol panel panel vinger og har -en flåde af dem i plads, hvilken er ægte-tid billedbehandling det Jorden."

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Med disse data forklarede Cox, at du kan spore ildebrande, skovrydning, kulkraftværker, metangas og mere. Derefter, "Du kan Start til bidrage til at have -en sundhed system, hvor du er i bund og grund billedbehandling det jorden hver time, og derefter du er skabe nogle offentlig data sæt med værktøjer at prop ind i afgørelse beslutningstagere, banker, forsikring virksomheder, beslutningstagere, investorer, journalister, studerende… ”

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På spørgsmål om big tech's ansvar for at tackle klimaændringer sagde Cox “jeg tænke det meget mindst det er making -en forpligtelse til væsen carbon-negative.”

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Acronym og Planet Labs 'arbejde sammenflettede, da Cox mener, at klimadata beviser behovet for nogen ny i Oval Office. Mens Cox ikke diskuterede det på scenen, noterede Wired ham som en del af Shasta Group, som er Cox 'eget køretøj til at bidrage til disse projekter. Stadig er han ikke klar til at lancere et fuldt selskab af sig selv inden for politik og klima. ”Jeg er stadig ung u00a0 dette Mark at jeg gør ikke har nok tillid i min egen mental model af det verden."

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Cox konkluderede, at ved at udnytte store virksomheds medarbejdere og have teamledere lægge mere vægt på klimaændringer, "jeg gøre tænke tech kan bly.” u00a0

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Officielle ord er kommet fra de føderale myndigheder om en potentiel årsag til den mystiske sygdom, der påvirker vape-brugere: E-vitaminacetat, et kemikalie, der findes i nogle dampprodukter, der har vist sig at blive hængende i lungerne længe efter. Fundet er blevet kaldt et "gennembrud", men er langt fra det sidste ord om situationen.

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Desværre har tilstanden allerede krævet mindst 39 menneskers liv, og mere end 2.000 sager er rapporteret samlet fra hver stat undtagen Alaska. At present the only advice offered has been to stop vaping altogether.

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I en medietelekonference forklarede lederne af efterforskningen fra Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grundlaget for at pege fingeren mod vitamin E-acetat. Stoffet blev nævnt som et muligt problem tidligt, men kun nyere test har etableret det som en bona fide mistænkt, forklarer teamet.

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Samples taken from the lungs of 29 victims of the condition were sent in from 10 different states, and vitamin E acetate was found in all of them. “These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate as the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC .

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Selv om hun var enig i, at dette bevis er et "gennembrud", bemærkede hun, at det i øjeblikket kun er et korrelativ finding u2014 more research is required to establish årsagssammenhæng, nemlig mekanismen for skade, skønt der er udført andet arbejde på dette område.

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”Tidligere ikke-CDC-forskning antyder, at når vitamin E-acetat inhaleres, kan det forstyrre normal lungefunktion,” sagde hun.

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”Det er vigtigt at bemærke, at disse fund ikke udelukker andre mulige forbindelser eller ingredienser, der kan forårsage disse lungeskader,” fortsatte hun. ”Der kan være mere end én årsag til udbruddet.”

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De statistikker, der er involveret i kilderne til de pågældende stoffer, er lige så vigtige. Som nævnt tidligere i undersøgelsen brugte en stor del af dem, der lider af denne tilstand THC-produkter, og specifikt dem, der er erhvervet gennem uregulerede kanaler som gadeforhandlere.

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E-vitaminacetatet kan være tilsat med det formål at i det væsentlige skære produktet, nævner Schuchat som svar på et spørgsmål til opkaldet.

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”Det kan ske med det ulovlige formål eller med det formål at fortynde materialerne, få det til at se pænt ud og måske ikke skulle bruge så meget THC eller andre aktive ingredienser,” sagde hun.

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Other potentially dangerous chemicals have been identified in vape products when heated and aerosolized, including many that even the creators might not have predicted.

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At kende en potentiel synder kommer ikke i centrum af problemet, hvilket ville være, at dette kemikalie (måske blandt andre) allerede har opbygget sig over måneder eller år i lungerne hos hyppige vape-brugere. Behandling er en parallel forskningslinje, men det er nyttigt at kende mindst et ansvarligt stof.

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CDCs tidligere rådgivning findes stadig, bemærkede embedsmændene: De anbefaler, at man undgår at fordampe helt, da der i øjeblikket er meget få kontroller over, hvilke ingredienser der er tilladt i vapeprodukter, og hvad der skal angives på emballagen, eller faktisk, om disse erklæringer er i på nogen måde præcis.

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Will this be as poorly attended as SF Disrupt and essentially a series of agendaed and scripted press conferences?

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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With this initiative, a16z wants to democratize cryptocurrencies. Dixon and the a16z team has been involved in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space for seven years, and the firm now wants to share some of its learnings with entrepreneurs.

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This way, it could give a boost to the crypto community, which could create investment opportunities for a16z down the road u2014 a16z says clearly that participating in the crypto startup school doesn’t mean you’ll receive an investment from a16z. It also positions a16z as a thoughtful investor when it comes to crypto startup investments u2014 not just for participants of the crypto startup school but for the crypto community at large.

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The program is looking for 20 to 25 teams, which should represent approximately 40 participants. You should have prior experience when it comes to building software products, but you donu2019t need to be a crytpo expert. Participants can expect 12 to 15 hours of lectures, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities per week.

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodou00a0announced a desire to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta to the East Kalimantan region, citing environmental concerns, the most exigent of these being the fact that Jakarta is literally sinking due to the uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Widodo said he wished to separate Indonesiau2019s government from its business and economic hub in Jakarta.

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However, what would a move from Jakarta do to Indonesiau2019s burgeoning startup economy?

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Shifting administrative governmental hubs

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According to Widodo, studies have determined that the best site for the proposed new capital is between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara, both located in East Kalimantan. The basis of this selection is due to studies highlighting the regionu2019s relative protection from natural disasters, especially when compared to other regions. This would definitely be a benefit for the governmental heart of Indonesia, ensuring continuous administrative functions in a disaster-prone region. Other governments have separated administrative centers from their economic hubs with varying degrees of success, with some examples being Brazilu2019s creation of Brasu00edlia, as well as Koreau2019s projected move from Seoul to Sejong.

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What is most interesting to note from prior examples is that these newer branched-out cities are non-surprisingly, heavily government-centric. In Brasu00edlia, roles tied to the government make up nearly 40% of all jobs, while in Sejong, a lack of facilities like public transit and commercial mall space cause many to commute into Sejong for government work, instead of permanently settling in the area. Given the semi-undeveloped nature of East Kalimantan, these anecdotes are quite troubling if the government is actually moving to North Penajam Paser or Kutai Kertanegara.

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These facts raise the question of economic impacts of such governmental moves. In fact, one may even opine that while these moves do allow for governmental growth, ultimately, they may hurt the country economically due to a divestment between both government and economic hubs. In this specific instance, it is most important to analyze the impact of such a move on Indonesiau2019s startup economy, as the nation is one the worldu2019s leaders in startup growth.

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Indonesiau2019s startup economy

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Indonesia has emerged as a startup hub within Southeast Asia in recent years, with its population of over 260 million marking it as the worldu2019s fourth-most populous country. Additionally, Indonesiau2019s mobile-first population has enabled the full embrace of the internet era, with 95% of all internet users in Indonesia connected to the web via a mobile device.

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Similarly, startup growth has boomed in the island archipelago, with several Indonesian-based unicorns disrupting local, regional, and global economies. Softbank-backed ecommerce giant Tokopedia is currently in talksu00a0for a pre-IPO funding round, while emerging super-app Gojek controls significant portions of the ride-sharing industry in Asia, simultaneously expanding intou00a0separate industriesu00a0to include digital payments, food delivery, and evenu00a0video-streaming. Additionally, online travel portal Traveloka (in which Expedia has a minority stake) has recentlyu00a0entered the financial services space, furthering its impact within Asia. These specific examples of high-growth startups demonstrate a population hungry for innovation, further driving the developing startup economy.

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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re earning a minimum income.

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The model aligns education providers with students’ career outcomes, and one startup is staking a claim to be the leader in the space; Kenzie Academy, a year-long program with a physical campus in Indianapolis u2014 and a student body that’s 66 percent online u2014 announced a partnership with Community Investment Management (CIM) earlier this week that provides $100 million in debt to cover the operating costs associated with students who defer payment through ISAs.

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Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.

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I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, how it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years. Here’s the transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

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Eric Peckham: The landscape of software developer training programs is crowded. Where did you see an opportunity to do something different, and how do you position Kenzie relative to others in the market?

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Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps. These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees. I would say that they are disrupting the masters’ program space. We saw a major gap in programs that serve a much larger demographic of people who are much earlier in their development. People who never went to college, or did a little bit of college and dropped out, or just never had a professional work experience. A three-month training is insufficient to get them to a point where they could land a technical job and be successful.

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We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length. For about two-thirds of our students, this is their first post-secondary credential training.

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We are giving them not just the technical skills, but elements from a traditional four-year college as well, like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

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Compared to those other bootcamps or training programs, is Kenzie targeting different job outcomes for its graduates?

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We did a survey of our students that asked them to name the top five tech companies they desired to work for. None of the Silicon Valley companies made the list other than Salesforce. Indianapolis is the second largest Salesforce office outside of San Francisco. The rest of the companies our students named were companies like DMI and Zylo that people in Silicon Valley don’t hear about but are doing very well in the Midwest. Their friends work there. They’re a fabric of the community. If we really want to create job opportunities for the rest of America, we cannot adopt the Silicon Valley mindset.

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Kenzie Academy co-Founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

Kenzie Academy co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

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So how do you evaluate technical aptitude and critical thinking in the admissions process? What’s that process look like, and how has it evolved over the last couple of years? What have you learned in order to make that more effective?

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Prior to founding Kenzie, I started a company nine years ago called AglityIO. The model for AgilityIO was similar to companies like Andela. We were trying to solve the talent crunch in the Bay Area by recruiting and training people with the raw talent in Vietnam. Today, that company works with Google, Uber, NerdWallet, Meetup.com and 150 other tech companies. So Iu2019ve experience in developing processes to identify raw talent in this context.

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As people are doing the online assessments, we collect data points of how long it takes for them to solve the problem, what their different decision points are and things like that. Then as they get enrolled in Kenzie, we continue to collect attendance data, grades, and then placement data and use that to look at success and failure cases. We constantly refine our assessment.

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Are you seeing any particular pattern or cluster in the applications youu2019re receiving or the candidates youu2019re accepting in terms of prior field of employment or aspect of their background?

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These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways to integrate Microsoft Research’s innovations into the rest of the company.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI, and it’s putting processes in place to do so. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it somewhat of a focus this week at Ignite, a yearly conference that typically focuses more on technical IT management topics.

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At Ignite,u00a0Microsoft will for the first time present these projects externally at a dedicated keynote. That feels similar to what Google used to do with its ATAP group at its I/O events and is obviously meant to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that happens inside of Microsoft (outside of making Excel smarter).

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To manage its AI innovation efforts, Microsoft created the Microsoft AI group led by VP Mitra Azizirad, who’s tasked with establishing thought leadership in this space internally and externally, and helping the company itself innovate faster (Microsoft’s AI for Good projects also fall under this group’s purview). I sat down with Azizirad to get a better idea of what her team is doing and how she approaches getting companies to innovate around AI and bring research projects out of the lab.

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“We began to put together a narrative for the company of what it really means to be in an AI-driven world and what we look at from a differentiated perspective,” Azizirad said. “What we’ve done in this area is something that has resonated and landed well. And now we’re including AI, but we’re expanding beyond it to other paradigm shifts like human-machine interaction, future of computing and digital responsibility, as more than just a set of principles and practices but an area of innovation in and of itself.”

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Currently, Microsoft is doing a very good job at talking and thinking about horizon one opportunities, as well as horizon three projects that are still years out, she said. “Horizon two, we need to get better at, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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It’s worth stressing that Microsoft AI, which launched about two years ago, marks the first time there’s a business, marketing and product management team associated with Microsoft Research, so the team does get a lot of insights into upcoming technologies. Just in the last couple of years, Microsoft has published more than 6,000 research papers on AI, some of which clearly have a future in the company’s products.

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Securing a green card can feel overwhelming for people in Silicon Valley who were born in India and China. But with the right help and guidance from a skilled immigration attorney, the process can be simpler, smoother and more successful.

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Limits written into existing immigration laws on both the number of green cards issued each year, as well as the number of green cards available based on country of origin, leave some waiting half a century or more for a green card, with people from India and China facing the longest wait times for employment-based green cards.

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In this fiscal year, which ended on October 31, 226,000 family-sponsored green cards and 141,918 employment-based green cards were available. And the per-country cap, which is the maximum number of green cards available to individuals born in a particular country, was 25,754.u00a0

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Although these U.S. laws pose an extra challenge for people born in countries with the highest demand for green cards, if you were born in India or China, there are some things you can do to mitigate this wait.

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Det EB-1A green card for extraordinary ability does not require an employer sponsor or even a job offer, which means itu2019s one of the few self-petition green cards. To demonstrate eligibility,u00a0you must be able to show you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and that you and your work have received national or international acclaim.u00a0

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Individuals who apply for the EB-1A do not need to obtain labor certification (as required of employers). That means the process is simpler and can be much faster than typical employment-based green cards. Also, an individual applicant may have more flexibility to change jobs than if an employer applied on their behalf.

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Det EB-1B green card for outstanding researchers and professors requires an employer to sponsor you. Candidates for the EB-1B green card must demonstrate great achievements in their academic field.u00a0

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And finally, the EB-1C green card for multinational managers and executives enables an employer to bring an executive or manager who has been working abroad over to the U.S. to live and work. The EB-1C candidate must have worked outside the U.S. for the employer for at least one year.

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This Cato Institute analysis estimates individuals born in China and India face waiting eight and nine years, respectively, for an EB-1 green card.u00a0Despite the small and growing backlog for EB-1 green cards for individuals born in China and India, it still remains one of the quicker options.
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Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Airbnb’s growing up

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Following theu00a0death of five peopleu00a0at a Halloween party hosted at a California Airbnb rental, and a scathingu00a0Vice reportu00a0outlining Airbnbu2019s failure to prevent nation-wide scams, the company says it will begin verifying all seven million of its listings.

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