Nov 10

4A’s CreateTech, part 2


4A’s CreateTech
November 9, 2017
Los Angeles, California

New Vocab word from Joel Sucherman, NPR: “Futts” for the frustrating ‘failed utterance’ when Alexa fails to understand you.

“If you thought discovery was hard before, it’s even more challenging now. Having a strong brand is a key to success”
~ Winston Binch, Deutsch

“There hasn’t been a family gathered around a radio in decades – but now there are devices in homes that made audio social again.”
~ Joel Sucherman, NPR

“We’re witnessing an intelligent revolution. Algorithms are designed, it’s not just numbers and 0s. It’s human centered, emotion and empathy. That’s the revolution we’re seeing.”
~ Karin Giefer, frog

“Computers are useless. They only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso
~ as tweeted by Natalie Straight

“Our jobs will continue to exist, but knowledge will be completely democratized, leveling the playing field.”
~ Karin Giefer, frog

“Snapchat is an unencumbered sense of who you are.”
~ Jeff Miller, Snap

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“The mobile attention span for advertising is 5 seconds flat.”
~ Jeff Miller, Snap

“People don’t just tolerate Snapchat ads, they play with them.”
~ Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins

“The best game designers make you think that you can do anything, while really you can only do about five things.” (on architecting chat and AI processes)
~ Ricky Bacon, Critical Mass

“To market AI, find a proxy rather than use the words.”
~ Kelly Nyland, Technology Marketing Executive

“If it’s useful, it’s not creepy.” (with A.I. Power comes great responsibility)
~ as tweeted by Joe Baratelli

“Fiction has a few years ahead of science in terms of AI.”
~ Natalie Prout, Phenomenon

Conference Link: 4A’s CreateTech

Nov 09

4A’s CreateTech, part 1


4A’s CreateTech
November 9, 2017
Los Angeles, California

“Many companies are on the linear path to doom.” (by not thinking exponentially)
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

“You only learn by doing. Get your hands dirty. Try writing for Alexa or Cortana. Much like the dawn of the web, this is the dawn of voice.”
~ Winston Binch, Deutsch

“Innovation is like jazz… requires a lot of listening.”
~ as tweeted by 4A’s

“When these devices know us emotionally, what will that mean for us as a species?”
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

“The future is going to be our having one device, one AI that we are going to trust.”
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

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“We are going to have ubiquitous super-computing upon demand.”
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

“VR is a tool for us to hack the brain.”
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

“We desperately need better stories. If we want to have better futures, we need to have better dreams.”
~ Ed Finn, Crowd Futures

“I do think machines will have emotions… that alone should freak us all out.”
~ Ari Popper, SciFuture

“We can’t overstate the importance of this moment of time. All of a sudden tens of millions of new “radios” have shown up in people’s homes.”
~ Joel Sucherman, NPR

Conference Link: 4A’s CreateTech

Oct 18

WSJ D.Live, part 2


WSJ D.Live
Laguna Beach, California
October 16–18, 2017

“If you’re going to build a business based on advertising… I would say go home.”
~ Barry Diller, IAC

“All retailers are chasing the millennial shopper. They don’t quite know who they are. Just that they’re difficult to please.”
~ as tweeted by Michelle Killebrew

“China’s GDP per capita has grown 14% per year, compounded since 1999. It was $831 per person—now over $8,000.”
~ Jack Ma, Alibaba

“The problem was the worship at the altar of hypergrowth.” (re Uber under Kalanick)
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

“The closer you get to the Valley, the later kids get their phones.”
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

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“Your phone is everyone’s agenda for you. What do you want for you?” (re phones and why you should take a break)
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

“New technologies will launch to help us set boundaries to technology.”
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

“When workplaces are fueled by culture of burnout… it disproportionately affects women.”
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

“Every company needs to stand for something beyond growth.” (talking about Uber)
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

“Culture is the immune system of the company.”
~ Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

Conference Link: WSJ D.Live

Oct 18

WSJ D.Live, part 1


WSJ D.Live
Laguna Beach, California
October 16–18, 2017

“Every tech company believes it’s their manifest destiny to own the digital assistant.”
~ Michael J. Wolf, Activate

“The benefit of having scarce resources as an entrepreneur, is that you have to learn how to be efficient.”
~ Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management

“Tech firms may have never seen regulation they liked, but—too bad—more is coming.”
~ Barry Diller, IAC

“If you want to be optimistic about the world, you hang out with venture capitalists.”
~ Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management

“Every company must be an AI company.”
~ Brian Krzanich, Intel

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“Even with all the hype, ride-sharing still makes up only 1 tenth of 1% of total miles traveled.”
~ Dan Ammann, GM

“The phone is just an AR stepping stone, until glasses and other tech make it more seamless.”
~ John Hanke, Niantic

“From the beginning of time, incumbents never invented anything. They just watched and acquired what competed with them.”
~ Barry Diller, IAC

“If you want a company to innovate, they’ve got to be on their own melting ice cube.”
~ Barry Diller, IAC

“Everybody and their mother is trying to do video, often defensively. Only Amazon and Netflix are doing it well.”
~ Barry Diller, IAC

Conference Link: WSJ D.Live

Oct 05

Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, part 2


Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit
October 2-4, 2017
Los Angeles, California

“We considered buying Twitter.”
~ Bob Iger, Disney

“If you thought the 2016 election was wacky, wait ’til we get to 2020…it’s going to get even weirder.”
Jeffrey Gundlach, DoubleLine

“It’s not a meritocracy, it’s a mirror-tocracy.” (describing why female founders don’t get funding)
~ Kara Swisher, Recode

“These companies are becoming basically sovereigns… the whole world is in the balance.”
~ Shervin Pishevar, Sherpa Capital

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“What you have is an entire ecosystem of CEOs who have been told you are heroic because you disrupt.”
Sukhinder Singh, Joyus and Theboardlist

“My character on the show is my ideal. He’s the man I aspire to be. I’m breaking him in in my life.”
~ Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

“Retail’s not dead, but there are many retailers that are.”
Calvin McDonald, Sephora

Conference Link: Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit

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