Monday, August 12, 2019

TechCrunch’s Enterprise event early-bird deadline extended: buy now & save $100 - TechCrunch

TechCrunch’s Enterprise event early-bird deadline extended: buy now & save $100 - TechCrunch


TechCrunch’s Enterprise event early-bird deadline extended: buy now & save $100 - TechCrunch

Posted: 12 Aug 2019 07:00 AM PDT

Even the most enterprising startup founders can suffer a bout of procrastination or last-minute decision making. We get it. That's why we're extending the early-bird deadline for  TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 in San Francisco on September 5.

You now have until August 16 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) to save $100 on this day-long conference focused on the richest, most competitive tech behemoth, enterprise software. Buy your early-bird ticket now and save.

More than 1,000 attendees will join us, including some of the industry's biggest names, best technologies, disruptive founders and intrepid VCs — the people making it happen in enterprise today. Not to drop names, but here are a few of the people who will be on stage with TechCrunch's editors:

  • Andrew Ng, Landing AI founder
  • Jim Clarke, Intel director of Quantum Hardware
  • Susan Larson-Green, Qualtrics chief experience officer
  • Scott Farquhar, Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO
  • Shruti Tournatory, Sapphire Ventures partner
  • Jason Greene, Emergence Capital Partners founder and partner
  • Aaron Levie, Box co-founder and CEO
  • Aparna Sinha, Google director of product, Kubernetes and Anthos
  • Max Wessel, SAP Chief Innovation Officer
  • Bindu Reddy, RealityEngine's co-founder and CEO

When you have a minute or two, peruse the conference agenda to see all the main-stage interviews and panel discussions, plus break-out sessions and speaker Q&As. In the meantime, here are two quick examples of the programming at this day-long conference.

The Quantum Enterprise
Jim Clarke (Intel), Jay Gambetta (IBM
and Krysta Svore (Microsoft)
4:20 PM – 4:45 PM

While we're still a few years away from having quantum computers that will fulfill the full promise of this technology, many companies are already starting to experiment with what's available today. We'll talk about what startups and enterprises should know about quantum computing today to prepare for tomorrow.

How Kubernetes Changed Everything
Brendan Burns (Microsoft), Tim Hockin (Google Cloud),Craig McLuckie (VMware
and Aparna Sinha (Google)
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

You can't go to an enterprise conference and not talk about Kubernetes, the incredibly popular open-source container orchestration project that was incubated at Google. For this panel, we brought together three of the founding members of the Kubernetes team and the current director of product management for the project at Google to talk about the past, present and future of the project and how it has changed how enterprises think about moving to the cloud and developing software.

Pro Tip: Buy four or more tickets at once and save 20%. Plus, every ticket you buy to TC Sessions: Enterprise includes a free Expo Only pass to TechCrunch Disrupt SF on October 2-4.

The deadline to save $100 on your ticket to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 expires on August 16 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Procrastinations is so yesterday. Buy your early-bird pass now.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at TC Sessions: Enterprise? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Elon Musk's brain-machine start-up plans human trials in 2020 - CNBC

Posted: 17 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Elon Musk's ambitious brain-computer start-up Neuralink is looking to start trials on humans next year. Musk talked about the project at an event in San Francisco that was streamed live — with an eye toward recruiting more talent — late on Tuesday.

Neuralink aligns with a broader trend of technology minds seeking to merge their approaches with the world of healthcare. Facebook has previously devoted resources to exploring computer systems that people could communicate with simply by thinking.

The start-up envisions drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which can then be connected to a smartphone over Bluetooth. Over time it would like to make the installation process as simple as laser-eye surgery.

The company is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to begin clinical trials as soon as next year, Bloomberg said, and Musk said the start-up wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020.

"It will take a long time, and you'll see it coming," Musk said at Tuesday's event. He said in the future there could be an "app store" for different programs that could tap the technology.

Neuralink has operated in relative secrecy ever since Musk, the CEO of Tesla and a co-founder of PayPal, laid out the ideas for the start-up in an lengthy article on Tim Urban's blog "Wait But Why" in 2017.

"We are aiming to bring something to market that helps with certain severe brain injuries (stroke, cancer lesion, congenital) in about four years," Musk told Urban.

Musk believes the technology could eventually assist in cognitive capabilities like speech and sight, according to the New York Times. Applications include helping people control computers with their brain activity or restoring the ability to speak, Philip Sabes, senior scientist at Neuralink, said at Tuesday's event.

Musk said people could communicate with one another using the technology through a kind of telepathy.

He has a larger ambition, though. He said on Tuesday that he hopes to "help secure humanity's future as a civilization relative to AI," or artificial intelligence.

Last year, one media outlet reported that Neuralink had been looking to conduct tests on animals. The New York Times reported that it saw a demonstration of a computer receiving information from a rat in a company lab. And a new paper attributed to Neuralink and Musk describes some of the rat research.

"All animal procedures were performed in accordance with the National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and were approved by the Neuralink Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee," the paper states.

At Tuesday's event Musk also talked about work with monkeys.

"A monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain," he said.

Last year he talked up the project during an appearance on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. "I think we'll have something interesting to announce in a few months ... that's better than anyone thinks is possible," he said.

Musk, a co-founder of Neuralink, has invested $100 million in the company, the New York Times said.

WATCH: Mind-reading technology will allow us to control devices with our thoughts

P&G Ventures bets on female-led startups with Vinetta Project deal - Marketing Dive

Posted: 23 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Dive Brief:

  • Procter & Gamble's Ventures unit has partnered with The Vinetta Project, a firm focused on gender equity in funding, to get in on the ground floor with the next big female-founded startups, according to details shared with Marketing Dive.
  • P&G Ventures and Vinetta will pinpoint desirable early-stage ventures through a year-long program focused on three tracks: problem hacking sessions wherein P&G Ventures executives will provide individual advice to startup founders to help them overcome barriers to success; P&G Ventures-sponsored pitch events offering a $20,000 cash prize and other "acceleration opportunities" to winners; and networking dinners with investors, founders and operators.
  • The initiative to source and scale new businesses will focus on categories such as sleep, menopause, pain, male wellness, aging and skin, among others. Vinetta provides founders equal access to capital in a bid to close the gender-based funding gap. The platform, which has been used by 4,000 founders, has a stated goal of forming the world's largest deal pipeline for seed stage and series A round startups.

Dive Insight:

As direct-to-consumer (DTC) startups continue to eat into the market share of traditional packaged goods companies, P&G Venture's tie-up with Vinetta could provide the CPG giant with a more direct pipeline into the next wave of disruptors and rising female entrepreneurs. Parent company P&G has ramped up acquisitions of DTC brands to stay competitive in a market increasingly led by digital, but also to break into new and niche categories for growth.

The Cincinnati-based conglomerate late last year purchased Walker & Company, a health and beauty startup catering to the needs of consumers of color. In February, P&G bought the purpose-driven marketer This Is L., known for making organic feminine products and donating proceeds to causes that improve women's access to feminine care.

Similarly, the Vinetta partnership through its startup studio arm reinforces P&G's commitments to supporting gender equality — a position that's recently been echoed through internal corporate initiatives and in the marketing for some of its largest brands.

"We believe the focus and perspective that diverse, female-led endeavors offer will provide a unique perspective that will accelerate growth for our business and the industry as a whole," Betsy Bluestone, commercial discovery leader of P&G Ventures, said in a press statement.

Focusing on equality in startup funding is a move growing more common in the industry: P&G rival Unilever last year pledged to achieve gender parity in its startup investments by 2023.

P&G at the Cannes Lions advertising festival last year also formed a number of creative and media partnerships focused on advancing gender equality, and pledged to increase the number of female directors it uses for commercial work from one in 10 to at least half. Later in the fall, the company co-hosted the first #SheIsEqual Summit with Global Citizen and the Association of National Advertisers.

But P&G has also started to take more vocal stances on gender-related issues in its consumer-facing ad campaigns. Deodorant brand Secret, a sponsor of the U.S. women's national soccer team, pushed a campaign earlier this month supporting equal pay for the team's athletes following their World Cup victory. Though other league sponsors nodded to gender equality in their messaging around the tournament, Secret was alone in directly calling out pay, and said it would donate $529,000 to U.S. women's players as part of the effort.

Working with a cause-led capital platform like Vinetta might put another feather in P&G's cap on the equality front, as startup inequality remains a pressing issue in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Female founders received just 2.2% of the $130 billion total in venture capital money invested in startups in 2018, according to PitchBook and All Raise data cited by Vinetta.

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