Public health officials in Silicon Valley said an adult who contracted measles spent time at Google’s Mountain View campus last week.The Santa Clara County Public Health Department said at a news conference that there are no signs of other cases in the area. Officials did not say how the person with measles came to be at Google but said the visit was last week.Authorities described the person as a San Mateo County resident.Those most at risk are people who have not been vaccinated against measles, officials said. The majority of people with measles this year in the U.S. were not vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a person infected with measles walks into a room, the virus can stay there for two hours after the person leaves, ready to infect. But the measles vaccine is 97% effective against the disease.California is one of 19 states that have reported measles cases this year.Between Jan. 1 and April 4, 465 people nationwide were … [Read more...] about Measles case linked to Google’s Silicon Valley campus is confirmed
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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?
As new products and services have emerged throughout the history of capitalism, it hasn’t been unusual to see geographic clusters emerge that become an industry’s center of gravity. But the era of artificial intelligence has triggered an unusually direct response from countries that want to be at the center of a technology they see as both an opportunity to wield influence and a threat to their political independence. This has created surprising nationalistic fervor around the subject as governments seek to rally support for their vision. This was the case in France’s AI announcement last week, but the country is far from the first. As AI evolves, the combination of the vast data gathering that is the mother’s milk of AI and the wide range of industries it is projected to disrupt have led to the conclusion that the winner in the AI race will wield extraordinary power. In October 2016, the Obama administration released a wide-ranging report on AI and the U.S. … [Read more...] about France, China, and Silicon Valley: The fight to dominate AI and the rise of tech nationalism
Tech companies in the U.S. heartland are stepping up their efforts to convince tech talent to leave the Bay Area — and parroting some Silicon Valley lingo to do so. On Monday, a group of 10 Colorado tech companies announced the formation of the Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition, with the goal of supercharging efforts to recruit tech workers to Colorado. First, the group has launched a new website called Pivot to Colorado, in order to showcase Colorado tech companies. The coalition will also be launching social media and marketing campaigns to reach tech workers from other parts of the country — starting with Silicon Valley — in order to tout the benefits of living and working in Colorado. The inaugural members of the coalition include cloud-based HR platform Gusto, a YCombinator alumnus that has raised more than $170 million in venture capital funding, and email management company SendGrid, which went public in November. Gusto, headquartered in San … [Read more...] about Denver companies launch Pivot to Colorado campaign targeting Silicon Valley talent
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