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Construction-tech startups are trying to disrupt a notoriously old-school industry. Here's how 2 founders went from gaming backgrounds to launching in the buzzy space.

Construction labor costs continue to increase and construction productivity has been flat for decades. These forces have created demand for cheaper construction, leading to the application of new tech like machine learning, robotics, 3D-imaging, and drones.  This has lead startups like Fieldwire, a software program for construction teams. We spoke to the firm's two founders about their background in gaming, and how their professional experience has factored in as they tried to break into a buz...
Tags: Trends, WeWork, Ubisoft, Stanford University, Menlo Ventures, Singha, Mckinsey, Fieldwire, Javed Singha, Frinault, Yves Frinault, Jose Luis Blanco Fieldwire, Ubisoft Frinault


The life and rise of Kevin Systrom, Instagram's former CEO who shocked Facebook by quitting 6 years after selling his company to Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion (FB)

Kevin Systrom launched Instagram in 2010.  The Massachusetts-born Stanford University grad created the app because of his love of photography.  The photo-sharing app has since become a global sensation, amassing over a billion users and making Systrom a billionaire. Systrom led Instagram until 2018, when he suddenly departed Facebook, Instagram's parent company.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram grew out of Kevin Systrom's love of photography. The app, which has ...
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‘They’re in a World of Hurt.’ 39 States to Investigate Juul’s Marketing Tactics

(HARTFORD, Conn.) — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to ...
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5 startup founders explain how they reimagined an old-school industry to break into the buzzy construction-tech scene

Founder-market fit, or the edge that a founder's personal and professional experience brings to a startup, is one of the most important principles of venture capital investment.  Construction tech has seen a rush of startups looking to put a disruptive tech spin on one of the world's biggest industries. The buzzy niche of startups has attract founders from both inside and outside the traditional construction industry.  We spoke to five founders from four construction-tech companies about their...
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H.R. McMaster is Trump's latest former national security adviser to write a book

If you're one of President Trump's former national security advisers, you're doing a lot of waiting these days — either for your book to be published or for your prison sentence to be decided.Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was Trump's second national security adviser, serving from March 2017 to April 2018. He came on board after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned; Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with the former Russi...
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Kids Do Better on the Marshmallow Test When They Cooperate

Imagine you’re a young child and a researcher offers you a marshmallow on a plate. But there’s a catch: If you can avoid eating the marshmallow for 10 minutes while no one is in the room, you will get a second marshmallow and be able to eat both. What would you do—eat the marshmallow or wait? This is the premise of a famous study called “the marshmallow test,” conducted by Stanford University professor Walter Mischel in 1972. The experiment measured how well children could delay immediate grati...
Tags: Parenting, Germany, Kenya, Stanford University, Walter Mischel, Mischel, Sebastian Grueneisen, Grueneisen


Academic highlight: The “Odd Party Out” theory of certiorari

Adam Bonica is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Adam Chilton is a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Maya Sen is a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Each year, the Supreme Court justices and their clerks pore over thousands of certiorari petitions, but they only grant about 70 of those petitions for oral argument. Not only do the petitions that are granted go on to shape national disco...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Stanford University, U S Court of Appeals, Academic Round-up, University of Chicago Law School, John F Kennedy School of Government, Maya Sen, Adam Bonica, Adam Chilton, Harvard University Each year the Supreme Court


Creator of copy and paste command, Larry Tesler, dies aged 74

Scientist copied the printing technique of physically cutting and glueing printed textTributes have been paid to Larry Tesler, the computer scientist who introduced the cut, copy and paste commands, after his death at age 74. The Stanford University graduate, who was a pioneer of early computing, died on Monday in San Francisco.He worked for blue-chip firms including Apple, Amazon and Yahoo. Tesler appropriately began his Silicon Valley career at photocopying company Xerox’s Palo Alto Research C...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Steve Jobs, San Francisco, Xerox, Computing, Silicon Valley, Computer science and IT, Stanford University, Apple Amazon, Palo Alto Research Center PARC, Tesler, Larry Tesler


‘Your Workday Is Easier Thanks to His Revolutionary Ideas.’ Computer Scientist Who Created ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ Dies

(NEW YORK) — Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74. He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent and pioneer of what he called “modeless editing.” That meant a user wouldn’t have to use a keyboard to switch between modes to write and edit, for example. “The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is ...
Tags: Apple, New York, News, Uncategorized, Bbc, Xerox, Remembrance, Silicon Valley, Newton, Stanford University, Amazon Yahoo, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Onetime, Tesler, Larry Tesler


Larry Tesler, the father of cut, copy, paste, has died

Larry Tesler, the PARC Xerox computer scientist who coined the terms cut, copy, and paste, has died. Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer science at Stanford University, and after graduation he dabbled in artificial intelligence research (long before it became a deeply concerning tool) and became involved in the anti-war and anti-corporate monopoly movements, with companies like IBM as one of his deserving targets. In 1973 Tesler took a job at the Xerox Palo Alto Research C...
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Larry Tesler, Computer Scientist Who Created Cut, Copy, and Paste, Dies At 74

Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who created the terms "cut," "copy," and "paste," has passed away at the age of 74. Gizmodo reports: Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer science at Stanford University, and after graduation he dabbled in artificial intelligence research (long before it became a deeply concerning tool) and became involved in the anti-war and anti-corporate monopoly movements, with companies like IBM as one of his deserving targets. In 1973 Tesler took a jo...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Ibm, Gizmodo, Apple Computer, Stanford University, Steve Wozniak, Xerox PARC, Tesler, Larry Tesler, New York Tesler, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center PARC, Tim Mott, AppleNet Apple


The Historical Origins of Today’s Campaign Proposals for ‘Free College’

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below was originally published at HNN. “Free college” is a visible and volatile issue in the Democrat candidates’ presidential campaign platforms. Bernie Sanders has showcased this proposal since 2016. Others, notably Elizabeth Warren, have since echoed the chorus. No Democratic candidate today can afford to ignore the issue, even if it means takin...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, California, Opinion, Kentucky, Virginia, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Harvard, West, United States, Ronald Reagan, Harry Truman, East Coast, University Of California


Uber and Lyft Are Creating Traffic, Not Reducing It

The Wall Street Journal remembers how five years ago, Uber's co-founder "was so confident that Uber's rides would prompt people to leave their cars at home that he told a tech conference: 'If every car in San Francisco was Ubered there would be no traffic.'" He was wrong. Rather than the apps becoming a model of algorithm-driven efficiency, drivers in major cities cruise for fares without passengers an estimated 40% of the time. Multiple studies show that Uber and Lyft have pulled people away ...
Tags: New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Stanford University, Science Advances, University of Kentucky, San Francisco County, Ubers, Fred Turner, Lyfts, Lyft Bruce Schaller


Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Pay Secret Visit To Bay Area

Without any fanfare, pomp or circumstances, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle apparently made to a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area this week to huddle with professors at Stanford University and discuss plans for their new charitable organization.
Tags: News, California News, Harry, Stanford University, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, MEGHAN MARKLE


Meet the 19 'solo general partners' in venture capital investing that every founder should know

We identified 19 solo general partners who are shaking up venture capital. For this list, we defined a solo general partner as a fund manager who takes outside capital and is the only general partner at their investment firm. Click here for more BI Prime stories. A new generation of tech investors are sticking to writing small checks even as $100 million rounds became the norm. The flush of capital in the private markets has given rise to the solo general partner, a individual who invests in ...
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Algorithms 'consistently' more accurate than people in predicting recidivism, study says

In a study with potentially far-reaching implications for criminal justice in the United States, a team of California researchers has found that algorithms are significantly more accurate than humans in predicting which defendants will later be arrested for a new crime. The researchers -- from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley -- found that risk assessment tools approached 90% accuracy in predicting which defendants might be arrested again, compared to about 60% for ...
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry meet with professors at Stanford University

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stopped by Stanford University in California to meet with professors and academics.          [Author: USA TODAY]
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Qualcomm Makes Case To Appeals Court That It Didn't Hurt Competition

Qualcomm is making the case for why it didn't hurt competition in the smartphone chip business. "The company, represented by attorney Thomas Goldstein of the firm Goldstein & Russell, on Thursday appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in downtown San Francisco," reports CNET. "Qualcomm is hoping the appeals court will overturn a ruling by a district court judge that declared it to be a monopoly and ordered it to renegotiate its licensing contracts." From the report: Qual...
Tags: Apple, San Francisco, Tech, Qualcomm, Stanford University, Ftc, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, US Federal Trade Commission, Goldstein Russell, Goldstein, Thomas Goldstein, CNET Qualcomm, Qualcomm Brian Fletcher


Private equity is finally warming up to data-science hiring. Here's how 6 firms like Blackstone and Cerberus are building teams — and what's holding some back from going all in.

Insiders say that private-equity firms have been slow to adopt data analytics because the added value for the amount of time and investment needed to build a decent data set is yet to be proven. But PE firms have started to take steps to built out their data capabilities with new hires. We interviewed more than a dozen insiders including PE execs, recruiters and consultants to better understand the firms, like KKR, Blackstone, and Neuberger Berman, that are entering the race. Using quant ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, South Korea, London, Microsoft, Singapore, Trends, Silicon Valley, East Coast, KKR, Blackstone, Stanford University, Sigma, Business Insider, Jpmorgan


From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


New insights may guide design of light-sensitive proteins with desired properties

A team of scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University has gained insight into how electric fields affect the way energy from light drives molecular motion and transformation in a protein commonly used in biological imaging.
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How electric fields affect a molecular twist within light-sensitive proteins

A team of scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University has gained insight into how electric fields affect the way energy from light drives molecular motion and transformation in a protein commonly used in biological imaging.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend brainstorm at Stanford University

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Stanford University on Thursday to meet with...
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New Occidental College president is Stanford administration veteran

EAGLE ROCK — Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University for the past decade, will become the 16th president of Occidental College on July 1, the school’s board of trustees announced Tuesday. The Occidental board unanimously selected Elam at the conclusion of a year-long national search to succeed Jonathan Veitch, who announced in January 2019 that he will step down on June 30 after an 11-year tenure. “Harry has the proven leadership skills, profound unders...
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The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, who started Theranos when she was 19 and will now stand trial over 'massive fraud' in July 2020

Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start blood-testing startup Theranos, and grew the company to a valuation of $9 billion. But it all came crashing down when the shortcomings and inaccuracies of the company's technology were exposed, and Theranos and Holmes were charged with "massive fraud." A California judge has set a August 2020 start date for the federal fraud trial for which, if convicted, Holmes could face up to 20 years in prison. Visit Business Insider's ho...
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Quote of the Day - Progressive Agenda Edition

This is going to be a long one, but it's important.  From Victor Davis Hanson via an Epoch Times interview: (T)he progressive project started in the 19th century. And it took hold with Woodrow Wilson in the early ’20s, and its basic belief was that the U.S. Constitution erred on the side of liberty rather than equality. We should have been like the French Revolution, more of a fluid concept that would change with the times and use the power of government not to ensure equality of opportunity but...
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Psychology Around the Net: February 8, 2020

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss what happens when workplaces are rated for their mental health benefits, how the coronavirus is affecting people with severe health anxiety, why kids today are feeling the weight of the world, how many college students are unable to afford mental health treatment, the benefits of teletherapy for farmworkers, and more.     New Mental Health Certification Will Help Create Healthier Workplaces : Does your workplace make mental health a pr...
Tags: Psychology, US, America, North Carolina, Stanford University, Forbes, Garcia, MHA, Wuhan China, Marco Garcia, Paul Gionfriddo, Mental Health America MHA, Tom Corboy, OCD Center of Los Angeles, North Carolina Farmworker Health Program NCFHP


How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and provocative men in tech (TSLA)

Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has five sons, with another child potentially on the way.  Here's how Musk got his start and rose to become the controversial billionaire who inspired the 2008 film "Iron Man." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It see...
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A 33-year-old tech founder went to Silicon Valley on business and was found dead in her car a week later. Her cause of death was just identified as 'natural causes' following 'an acute manic episode.'

A cause of death has been identified in the case of Erin Valenti, a Utah startup founder who went to Silicon Valley on business and was found dead in her rental car a week later last October. The autopsy report, which Business Insider has reviewed, determined her death was due to natural causes following an "acute manic episode." Last year, Business Insider told the story of Erin Valenti's rise as an entrepreneur and untimely death, based on interviews with almost two dozen friends, family mem...
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How Unequal Discipline Hurts Black Students

Students of color are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than white students and, on average, perform more poorly on standardized tests. But no peer-reviewed nationwide research has documented a link between the two disparities—until now. A new Stanford-led study published in AERA Open finds that an increase in either the discipline gap or the academic achievement gap between black and white students in the United States predicts a jump in the other. Similarly, as one gap narrows, so ...
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