When a shooter opened fire on YouTube's campus before killing herself, Silicon Valley didn't only experienced a tragedy that's rocked other communities and prompted an intense debate over gun control in the United States. The incident may have also prompted a rethink among tech companies who've enjoyed a culture that's embraced open spaces, including cafes, restaurants and gift shops that are shared with the public.While there have been a few incidents involving gun violence at a tech company, they are rare. Two years ago, an Apple engineer reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in a conference room at the company's Cupertino, California headquarters. In 1988, a fired engineer at ESL Incorporated, a software design and hardware company, killed seven people and injured four at its offices in Sunnyvale, California."You can bet every head of security in Silicon Valley is meeting with [their teams] today," said Paul Saffo, a longtime technology … [Read more...] about How prepared is Silicon Valley for the worst?
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Latin American startups haven’t had the same valuations as Silicon Valley startups. This frustrates many Latin American entrepreneurs seeking investment, as they don’t understand why Latin American VCs aren’t doing deals at Silicon Valley valuations. There are important reasons why Latin American early-stage investment valuations are lower. For one, there are few acquisitions in Latin America, and when acquisitions do happen, they tend to be at lower valuations than their counterparts in other parts of the world. VCs need to make returns, or they’ll be out of business. Therefore, if exits are lower, the initial price that venture capitalists pay must be lower. But what other reasons are there for this? Why are there still so few Latin American exits and why are they at lower valuations compared to their international peers? Here are just a few of the reasons. 1. Large Latin American companies make very few acquisitions Most Latin American companies have not … [Read more...] about 6 reasons why Latin American valuations are lagging behind Silicon Valley
One of my favorite parts about the HBO show "Silicon Valley" is the character Jian Yang, played by actor and comedian Jimmy O. Yang. The character is a weird mixture of entrepreneur, maniacal roommate and unapologetic manipulator, and his rivalry with Erlich Bachman, played by T.J. Miller, fueled some of the funniest moments in the show's first four seasons. Jimmy O. Yang visited CNET and talked with us about the origin of Jian Yang, having Mike Judge as a commencement speaker and what the future holds for his relationship with T.J. Miller -- let's just say "Chinese action comedy."We gathered all the best Silicon Valley moments from our interview into one bite-size video compilation. Enjoy. Now Playing: Watch this: Best 'Silicon Valley' moments from our Jimmy O. Yang... 4:45 Watch the full interview below, in which he talks about being an immigrant comic, all his odd jobs -- including as a strip club DJ -- and his new book "How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to … [Read more...] about All the best Silicon Valley moments from our Jimmy O. Yang interview
Silicon Valley may be behind much of the development of AI in the modern world, but it’s vital that everyone feel included in the technology, said Fei-Fei Li, Google Cloud chief scientist for AI. “It’s time to bring AI together with social science, with humanities, to really study the profound impact of AI to our society, to our legal system, to our organizations, to our society to democracy, to education, to our ethics,” Li said. “Again I stress: AI doesn’t belong to just a few tech giants in Silicon Valley, and these few companies in Silicon Valley have a responsibility to harness AI for the good of everyone, but they also have the responsibility to work with everybody, recognize we don’t know it all, and to include everybody. “This is a historical moment, and we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility and to really think about how to remedy this problem.” Mentoring the next generation Li delivered her remarks today in a … [Read more...] about Google Cloud chief scientist: ‘AI doesn’t belong to just a few tech giants in Silicon Valley’
Nestled on the banks of the Cumberland River, Nashville is a gritty, yet often picturesque representation of middle America. It’s got star power in droves and offers affordable living sure to attract refugees from either coast — or those fleeing parts of middle America for greener pastures. It’s vibrant, rich, and perfect for both savvy singles and young families. What it’s not is the next Silicon Valley. Neither is Columbus, Reno, or Denver. Seattle? Nope. D.C.? Not a chance. Detroit? Nuh uh. Austin, Dallas, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Chicago… ditto. Silicon Valley rose to prominence over decades. A perfectly stirred melting pot of top universities, eager financiers, shared idealism, and a desire to connect with the best and brightest minds in the tech sector led many a young dreamer to pack their bags and head west on a pilgrimage typically reserved for actors moving to Los Angeles, or gamblers hoping to strike it rich in Las Vegas. As the legendary … [Read more...] about It’s time to kill the idea of the ‘next Silicon Valley’