Sep 19

TechCrunch Disrupt SF, part 1


TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Sept 18-20, 2017
San Francisco

“Computers have become superhuman, (but) in very narrow areas.”
~ John Giannandrea, Google

“I think language understanding is the holy grail (for AI).”
~ John Giannandrea, Google

“I like the term’“machine intelligence’—making machines slightly less dumb.”
~ John Giannandrea, Google

“I think there is huge hype around AI (and its dangers) right now.”
~ John Giannandrea, Google

“I am definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse.”
~ John Giannandrea, Google

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“Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even gaming servers.”
~ Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum

“If you switch to AI refs, they will call every touch foul (that I get away with), so I would rather keep human refs!”
~ Kevin Durant

“We are fortunate to live in an age where AI works”
~ Alon Cohen, Houzz

“We felt that direct to consumer was important to fight for.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“(We wanted) to pioneer a path where consumers can get more information directly.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

Conference Link: TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Sep 14

MWC Americas, part 2


Mobile World Congress Americas
September 12-14, 2017
San Francisco, California

“There are 1200 malls in the US. 1/3rd are dead or dying.”
~ Dan Schulman, PayPal

“Find the people who believe in you, because they will help you believe in yourself.”
~ as tweeted by Andrew Thomas James

“We’re now at this point where we’re moving beyond admiring the tech, to contemplating how we can use it to transform.”
~ Ronan Dunne, Verizon Wireless

“The future of friendship is mobile.”
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

“The lesson to take from Tinder’s success… is not (just) that people want to swipe.”
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

“When there is a strong shared interest, people will engage with new (specialized) apps.” (instead of Facebook)
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

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“Engagement is about people connecting to other people… everything else is noise.”
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

“Instead of sending people to something you don’t own or control, like Facebook ,funnel them into something new.”
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

“I think we can all look at where we are now and ask: “Is this (the promised land) of social networks?”
~ Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks

“Blockchain can enable an accountable, just and equitable society.”
~ Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger

“We can build all kind of trustworthiness into the fabric of the net (via blockchain ledgers).”
~ Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger

“The problem statement of “we want to do something with blockchain” is not a good one and will lead to wheel spinning.”
~ Adam Ludwin, Chain

Conference Link: Mobile World Congress Americas

Sep 13

MWC Americas, part 1


Mobile World Congress Americas
September 12-14, 2017
San Francisco, California

“It is still Day One in the conversational/ChatBot world.”
~ Ram Menon, Avaamo

“A conversational AI should (in the future) be able to perform judgement tasks.”
~ Ram Menon, Avaamo

“We are moving to something more conversational and engaging.”
~ Rob High, IBM Watson

“Like a conversation with a person, I want to come away inspired (by a conversational bot).”
~ Rob High, IBM Watson

“15% of WSJ daily users are consuming content on Facebook Messenger.”
~ Anand Chandrasekaran, Facebook

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“Consumers often interact with #AI without knowing it. It’s powering your virtual assistant, creating email subj lines from brands.”
~ as tweeted by Adobe Experience Cloud

“(Our) virtual assistant becomes an easier interface for your customers to engage with you.”
~ Ashwin Ram, Alexa

“You can get a (preliminary) Zika diagnosis via 11 questions in Facebook messenger.”
~ Anand Chandrasekaran, Facebook

“Conversation is probably the hardest AI problem I know.”
~ Ashwin Ram, Alexa

“We all leave a digital footprint. There is a virtual you. We need to think about how we get back ownership of the virtual me and virtual you.”
~ Angela Shen-Hsieh, Telefonica

Conference Link: Mobile World Congress Americas

Jul 12

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Signal P&G
July 12, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

“We built this city…We built this city with 1’s and 0’s.”
~ SY Lau, Tencent

“Innovation is creativity made into something.”
~ Leonard Savage

“Innovation needs to be designed through the eyes of the consumer.”
~ Tim Mahoney, GM

“If you’re a market leader, get comfortable with people copying your great ideas, and keep innovating!”
~ Imran Khan, Snapchat

“There’s no pride in working for a company that copies others’ products.”
~ Imran Khan, Snapchat

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“You don’t even know about start-ups about to disrupt you. So empower internal teams to be entrepreneurs.”
~ Elle Shelly

“Innovation starts where change is happening… in the marketplace.”
Beth Comstock, GE

“If you’re not feeling uncomfortable, you are not paying attention.”
~ David Taylor, P&G

“AI will create new org models. It will disrupt our entire ecosystem.”
~ SY Lau, Tencent

“Alexa is the greatest Trojan horse ever. We’re putting them everywhere telling them everything.”
~ Terry Kawaja, LUMA Partners

 

Jun 26

Cannes Lions, part 5


Cannes Lions
June 17-24, 2017
Cannes, France

“There has never been a better time to see your brand experience, end to end, from digital to (storytelling).”
~ John Rudaizky, E&Y

“We were struggling… we decided to become the first ‘purpose-driven bank’ in the US. We decided to launch a movement for financial well being.”
~ Susan Johnson, SunTrust

“The key to making ‘purpose-driven’ real, is the internal prep.”
~ Susan Johnson, SunTrust

“1.7 Million have joined us in taking steps towards financial security. Our performance has risen in lock step with our purpose driven commitment.”
~ Susan Johnson, SunTrust

“Because the boardrooms have recognized that millennials want that (purpose), it has tremendous promise.”
~ John Rudaizky, E&Y

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“You need to make sure it (purpose) runs through the blood of the organization just marketing.”
~ Geraldine Calpin, Hilton Worldwide

“The number of brands speaking to purpose—I’ve never sent the work at Cannes as strong in that!”
~ Geraldine Calpin, Hilton Worldwide

“A day here in Cannes, is like a week somewhere else.”
~ Geraldine Calpin, Hilton Worldwide

“Our ‘technology’ is questions. The better the question, the better the answer, equals better world.”
~ John Rudaizky, E&Y

“Ask yourself, how will your next external campaign make your internal people proud?”
~ John Rudaizky, E&Y

Conference Link: Cannes Lions

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