Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | With the Economy Uncertain, Tech ‘Unicorns’ Rush Toward I.P.O. Supported by ByErin Griffith and Mike Isaac Dec. 6, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Uber and Lyft put off going public. Now, they are speeding up. Faced with a volatile stock market and the prospect of an economic downturn next year, the ride-hailing services have moved more urgently toward an initial public offering, said four people with knowledge of the companies’ plans, who were not authorized to speak publicly. Lyft originally aimed to list its shares toward the middle of 2019, but it began moving more quickly after the recent stock market sell-off and because of a desire to go public before Uber, said two of the people. On Thursday, the company, which was most recently valued at $15 billion, announced it … [Read more...] about With the Economy Uncertain, Tech ‘Unicorns’ Rush Toward I.P.O.
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Ex-SAP executive, Concur founder and Docker CEO Steve Singh took some time at Dockercon Europe to speak with Computerworld UK about the growing enterprise business case for the container specialist and outline his expectations for the future of open infrastructure.Until recently it would be fair to say that the perception around Docker is that it had a Twitter problem - although more than a million developers are using it and the open source product has a strong contribution base, Docker Inc the business had somewhat struggled to monetise its technology.In early 2017 former Docker Inc CEO Ben Golub had outlined the firm's strategy to pivot more towards an enterprise customer base. Singh was appointed in May, and he is confident about the company's prospects - just two years ago it was a single-digit revenue company, he says, last year it entered double digit territory and he believes that there's a "real chance to get triple digits" in this fiscal year, adding that the business is … [Read more...] about Docker CEO on driving enterprise and the future of open source
Marley Jay, Ap Markets Writer Updated 7:26 am PST, Monday, November 26, 2018 FILE- This Nov. 20, 2018, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 26. FILE- This Nov. 20, 2018, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 26. Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE- This Nov. 20, 2018, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 26. FILE- This Nov. 20, 2018, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 26. … [Read more...] about Technology and retail companies lead US indexes higher
(Inside Science) — Each Thanksgiving, millions of Americans tote turkeys home from the store. If you find yourself plopping a fresh, shrink-wrapped bird into your cart, you can thank particle physicists for the sturdy, shelf life-extending packaging. That's because the food industry makes shrink wrap using a tool first developed in physics labs: an electron accelerator. To understand how the process works, imagine the atoms in the plastic as individuals at a large Thanksgiving dinner. Initially these people only hang out with others they already know, or the family members they know they like. (In shrink wrap, the "in-groups" are long strings of bonded atoms called polymer chains.) This initial configuration is weak, since the groups easily drift apart. Now imagine an accelerated electron as an expert Thanksgiving host. It can zip through the gathering and break apart conversations, encouraging people to shake hands with others in different groups. The technical name for this … [Read more...] about What Do Shrink-Wrapped Thanksgiving Turkeys and the Higgs Boson Have in Common?
AI-powered bots and messaging: the cost-effective, easy-to-implement automation tech is set to slash contact center size by 50 percent in the next five years, reducing costs and powering up the gig economy. Can your company benefit? Take a closer look at the long-term implications of customer support automation, when you join this VB Live event! Register now for free. AI, bots, and messaging are here now, and over the next 13 years, this rising tide of automation across every industry will mean that about 70 million U.S. workers will be launched into the gig economy. And the opportunity is huge for both brands and the skilled workers who form the backbone of this low-commitment, low-barrier-to-entry labor pool. It’s time for companies to start thinking about how automation, offshoring, and onshoring will impact their bottom line, especially in their customer service centers, which tend to be cost sinks. Any time a customer calls your customer service line, getting that issue … [Read more...] about Reimagining the contact center with bots, AI, and the gig economy (VB Live)