Sep 26

Advertising Week NY, part 1


Advertising Week NY
September 25-29, 2017
New York, New York

“Emotion and A.I. are going to be a huge part of advertising’s re-brand.”
~ as tweeted by MEC Ideas

“73% of Millennials want brands to show them that they matter.”
Melanie Shreffler, Cassandra

“Brands need to show Millennials they are human beings, not just a number.”
~ as tweeted by Ellie Schering

“Content is king, but context is King Kong.”
~ as tweeted by Deloitte Digital

“Cognitive is the path to a real, lasting competitive advantage and lasting customer relationships.”
~ Maria Winans, IBM Watson

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“People skip ads but they don’t skip experiences. We’re helping partners figure out how to channel those emotions”
~ Melissa Barnes, Twitter

“It’s taken a while to get here, but brands are finally seeing purpose as a valuable asset.”
~ Jesse McMillin, Lyft

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable. We’ve done a lot of work making sure teams feel safe enough to take risks.”
~ Allie Kline, Oath

“Brands are curators in an era when there’s so much information coming at you.”
~ as tweeted by A. Bright Idea

“Every company is starting to look at health as an entre-point for their business.”
~ Michele Marcus, Omnicom

Conference Link: Advertising Week NY

Sep 21

TechCrunch Disrupt SF, part 3


TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Sept 18-20, 2017
San Francisco

“I am interested in how we can use the blockchain to democratize investments in startups.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“I think there is something cool (and Y-combinator-like) to do politically.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“With AI, I don’t think we need to panic about it, but we should be thoughtful about it.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“We are evolved not be good at understanding exponential trends.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“I would rather be a little bit too early than a little too late (in asking the important questions about AI).”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

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“We think that our power users today are telling us what our average user is going to want in a few months or a few years.”
~ Ben Silbermann, Pinterest

“Make the cost of mistakes really low, and make a lot of mistakes.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“AI will transform every industry. It’s the new electricity.”
~ Andrew Ng, Coursera

“Sometimes it’s not about the bits and atoms, but more about the wholistic human heart of the matter.”
~ Bozoma Saint John, Uber

“…not hired cuz I’m black woman, but cuz I’m good. My color is just an extra benefit.”
~ Bozoma Saint John, Uber

Conference Link: TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Sep 19

TechCrunch Disrupt SF, part 2


TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Sept 18-20, 2017
San Francisco

“It keeps me up at night, that BRCA info in our database is not yet getting out to people.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“I can look at our genetic data and get insights—my hope is with it, (we) can do a better job of developing drugs.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMet

“Fundraising is like putting gas in your car—it’s not that exciting.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“We want to see a (true) consumer marketplace in healthcare.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“We are a single voice for 2M people—we can become a voice for the kind of research that people want.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

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“There are so many people that want to make a difference in health care.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“As we at 23andMe have a single voice, we want to enable startups to leverage the community that we have put together.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“We at 23andMe have a huge number of people who might want to engage (with new products) on our platform.”
~ Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe

“ICO’s are definitely a bubble, but there is definitely something under it.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

“This bitcoin bubble, by force of will, can force itself into actual existence.”
~ Sam Altman, Y Combinator

Conference Link: TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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

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