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Richard Branson Give a First Tour of His Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship Set to Launch in March with Cruises in the Caribbean, the Scarlet Lady just passed its sea trials—and enjoyed a visit from Branson himself.

Richard Branson’s Virgin travel brands already cover the air, railways, the world of luxury hotels, and even outer space—so it makes sense that the billionaire visionary is now heading for the seas. As announced earlier this year, Virgin Voyages will launch in March 2020 with the introduction of the Scarlet Lady, an 18-and-over ship that will sail between Miami and the Caribbean all year-round. (A second ship, the Mediterranean-based Valiant Lady, is scheduled to launch in 2021, followed by two more through 2023.) But before all the VIPs and entertainers board the Scarlet Lady for the first celebratory cruise, the ship had to undergo its initial sea trials—which it just passed with flying colors under the watchful eye of Branson himself.

Following the two sea trial phases, which took place between Marseille and Genoa, Branson boarded the ship with his family and some top Virgin Voyages executives for his first look at how things are coming along. As seen in a Branson-narrated video tour, the design is in line with the signature Virgin style fans love about the aircrafts and hotels, while adapting them for the seas. It’s also got plenty of nods to Virgin brand history—and its irreverent, independent spirit. “The stereotype of a cruise ship is not particularly something I want to go on,” he notes in the video, “so we thought if we could create the kind of cruise ship that ourselves and our friends would go on, then we’d go on it—and that, I think, is what the wonderful team at Virgin have done. They’ve created magic.”

As Branson further reveals, the name the Scarlet Lady is an homage to one of Virgin Atlantic’s first planes, and the ship’s on-board The Manor nightclub and entertainment space (designed by noted firm Roman and Williams) takes its name from one of Virgin Records’ first studios, at which The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and more recorded. Of the 1,330 cabins and 78 RockStar suites, 86 percent will have balconies and 93 percent ocean views. Designated as “adult by design” (so, 18-and-over only), the ship will have lots of fun dining options, including some new-to-the-cruise-world spots like a contemporary restaurant serving brunch with shows by the resident drag performer, a food hall with stalls and food carts, a Korean grill, and a part-school, part-restaurant Test Kitchen.

Of course, there are also numerous drinking and entertainment venues (think karaoke bars and a vinyl room with personal listening booths), world-class fitness and spa offerings, unlimited free WiFi, and much more—including the first-ever tattoo parlor at sea. Sustainability initiatives will be implemented throughout, as will engaging and game-changing on-board and shore programming. “Virgin likes to surprise,” notes Branson. “We’ve gone into quite a few sectors in my lifetime, and I think surprised people and changed those sectors—and I’m absolutely convinced we can do that in the cruise—or what we call Voyages—business.” Bookings, including for the special March 2020 Sneak-a-Peak cruises and the April 2020 inaugural sailing, are available here.

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World’s First Luxury Space Hotel – Aurora Station Hopes To Launch in 2022 And The Von Braun Station’s Space Hotel With Artificial Gravity Will Be In Orbit By 2025 With Cruise Ship-Style Amenities

World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Called Aurora Station Hopes To Launch in 2022 And The Von Braun Station’s Space Hotel With Artificial Gravity Will Be In Orbit By 2025 With Cruise Ship-Style Amenities

Californian company The Gateway Foundation has released plans for the Von Braun Station, a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.

1. The Gateway Foundation is building a space hotel, based on the concepts of a Nazi and American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
2. The space station is expected to be operational by 2025.
3. The company plans to assemble it in orbit, using robots and drones.

The aim is to get the hotel off the ground by 2025 and make it fully operational for travel by 2027. Terrestrial construction on the Gateway Foundation’s project is set to begin October 1, 2019.

Modern luxury interiors help ground the space, which will have artificial gravity.
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The Von Braun station is just one such space-based tourism option in development. Also planning to propel people into space are Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin aerospace company, not to mention the International Space Station — which recently announced the possibility of commercial collaborations.

The Von Braun Station is also not the only space hotel design in the works. Earlier in 2019, US-based space tech startup Orion Span released plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station, which it hopes to launch in 2022.

Aurora Station aims to sleep just 12, whereas the Von Braun Station will sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450.

The Von Braun Space Station is the world’s first space hotel.
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Among the stars
According to digitally rendered video and images released by the Gateway Foundation, the station resembles a rotating wheel, comprised of 24 modules, orbiting the Earth.

But how would the physics of the hotel work?

Tim Alatorre, a senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation, says the rotating wheel would create a simulated gravity.

“The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water — the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place,” he tells CNN Travel.

“Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World.” Mr Alatorre added. But before you start counting your coffers to ensure a cabin on the station, there have been questions raised about the logistics of the project and its ambitious launch date.

Near the center of the station there’s no artificial gravity, Alatorre says, but as you move down the outside of the station, the feeling of gravity increases.

The Gateway Foundation’s hotel design is named for Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States.

SpaceX Starship and The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

This could be viewed as a controversial move. While living in Germany, von Braun was involved in the Nazi rocket development program. He later worked on the Apollo space program in the United States.

The name was voted for by the Gateway Foundation members because the station is based on designs von Braun sketched out some 60 years ago.

“The basic physics of the station hasn’t changed since the 1950s, the way the station rotates,” says Alatorre.

The main difference is the modern materials — new metal alloys, carbon composites, 3D printing, and launchpad technology that, says Alatorre, make a space hotel more probable in our current era.

Space tourism is an expensive game — Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic plans to launch passengers into sub-orbital space at the hefty sum of $250,000 per person, per trip.

Meanwhile, Aurora Station says a stay in its space hotel will cost an eye-watering $9.5 million.

Price-wise, in the early phases the Von Braun hotel will also be catering to those with dollars to spend, but the foundation is hoping to make it equivalent to “a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland.”

Warm aesthetic
So what will Von Braun Station be like inside?

Alatorre says the hotel’s aesthetic was a direct response to the Stanley Kubrick movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” — just maybe not in the way you might think.

“It was almost a blueprint of what not to do,” says Alatorre. “I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien.”

Instead, Alatorre wanted to bring a slice of the earth to space, to avoid a laboratory, overly Star Trek-esque feel.

Onboard, there’ll be warm suites with carpets and stylish monochrome touches and chic bars that wouldn’t look out of place back on Earth, just with star-gazing views.

There will also be plenty of fun recreational activities for guests to enjoy, says Alatorre.

“We’re going to have a number of different recreation activities and games that’ll highlight the fact that you’re able to do things that you can’t do on Earth,” he says. “Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you’ll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can’t on Earth.”

A sport that’s intriguingly called “supersize basketball” is one such concept, according to Alatorre.

‘Starship culture’
If it all sounds like a space-age gimmick, Alatorre is emphatic that the concept will have widespread, enduring appeal.

“People will want to go and experience this just because it’s a cool new thing and they’ve never done it before,” he admits.

“But our goal — the overall goal of the Gateway Foundation — is to create a starship culture where people are going to space, and living in space, and working in space and they want to be in space. And we believe that there’s a demand for that.”

That means having space be a place where thousands of people are “living, working and thriving.”

The Gateway Foundation also intends the space station to be used for research purposes, as well as asteroid mining.

Alatorre says the Von Braun hotel wants to be “the first in orbit,” but that even if the Gateway Foundation doesn’t launch by 2025, the company knows one of its competitors will.

Space tourism is the future, he says, and the Gateway Foundation believes that the future’s imminent.

Sustainability in space
Given the design is still exactly that — just a design — there are some questions that remain unanswered about how the space hotel will function in actuality.

For example, it’s been suggested that living in low gravity for an extended period of time is damaging to the human body. While vacationers will probably only visit the hotel for a few weeks, staff will plan to be there for six months to a year.

They’ll adjust schedules as needed, says Alatorre, but right now, the foundation thinks this proposition would be “perfectly safe.”

There’s also the sustainability question, as people look for more eco-friendly vacations, surely going to space is not the solution?

Alatorre points to SpaceX’s Raptor engine, which uses methane instead of petroleum-based fuel, suggesting “eco-friendly” rocket designs are the future.

He says recycling will be woven into the fabric of the space hotel.

“On the station itself, it’s going to be about the most environmentally friendly vacation you’ll ever have. Because we’re recycling everything,” says Alatorre.

“There’s no amount of water or trash or waste that is going to be discarded, everything will be recycled, reused, stored, converted to some other form.”

From moonshots to Mars
The US government recently vowed to revisit our lonesome natural satellite within five years, but the real action is arguably elsewhere as a trio of companies bankrolled by billionaires – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX – compete to conquer the final frontier.

The obstacles are formidable; the progress is remarkable. Whether or not we witness commercial space travel take off in 2019 (in both senses of the phrase), the expert analysis of Stanford University’s Professor G. Scott Hubbard – a former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center – suggests that we stand on the threshold of a new era.

After the moonshot, the US wants to send astronauts to Mars. And then? Because we won’t stop there. Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 Command Module around the Moon as Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounded across its sterile surface, expressed this ever so well: ‘It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,’ he said. ‘Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.’

Or as another Buzz might say: to infinity and beyond.

The Grand Tour redux
So will my children ever enjoy a Grand Tour of the Solar System, as envisaged in NASA’s charming Visions of the Future posters? (Do check them out.) Will they stand in the shadow of Mars’ Olympus Mons, which rears to more than twice the height of Everest? Will they gape at the raging auroras of Jupiter, hundreds of times more powerful than our own Northern Lights? Will they sail the methane lakes of Titan, Saturn’s most enigmatic moon?

Alas, no. If it comes to pass, such a journey would be the preserve of a privileged few for many generations; just as the original Grand Tour of Europe was restricted to the aristocracy, so a round-trip of our galactic neighbors would remain beyond the reach of all but a coterie of plutocrats for the foreseeable future.

There’s a fair chance, however, that my children’s generation will see the curvature of the Earth from a sub-orbital flight, and some of them might, just might, leave a footprint on the Moon (thanks to Wallace and Gromit, Harvey already spends a lot of time speculating about this possibility).

Will our children's children evolve into a spacefaring species? © James Whitaker : Getty Images

However, the company remain committed to their vision, viewing the Von Braun Station as the first step in mankind’s journey to colonize, and seemingly commodify, space, with the company planning to build further stations (including a hotel that can accommodate up to 3000 people per month), before colonizing Mars and mining the asteroid belt for raw materials.

Find out more about the project on the company’s official website https://gatewayspaceport.com

The Luxury Leader: Sonia Cheng – How the CEO of the Rosewood Hotel Group Manages Her Empire?

Sonia Cheng, CEO of the Rosewood Hotel Group Manages Her Empire. She Is Overseeing a Portfolio of 67 Properties Globally and a brood of four young children at home, Cheng appears to be juggling it all.

The Harvard-educated entrepreneur Sonia Cheng comes from a $20 billion Hong Kong family with roots in jewelry and real estate and worked in investment banking and private equity before taking the helm of her family’s Rosewood brand – Rosewood Hotel Group in 2011, becoming its CEO at age 30. She spoke to CNBC about revamping hotels for a new generation — from the Carlyle in New York to the Crillon in Paris.

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No detail is too small for Sonia Cheng to consider when it comes to personalizing the properties in her Rosewood Hotel Group. That goes especially for the new Rosewood Hong Kong, which the 38-year-old CEO opened earlier this year in her hometown on the waterfront property that her grandfather first developed more than four decades ago. “I know exactly what 
is lacking in the hotel market here and what Hong Kong 
people would want to see,” says Cheng, sitting in the hotel’s commodious bridal suite inspired by her own search for wedding venues. “Every Rosewood property has an individuality where it celebrates the local culture.”

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What’s the biggest challenge of running a company?

Hiring and developing the right people. It’s a people business. So, managing different personalities, different backgrounds, different skill sets, being able to identify the strengths and weaknesses: It’s crucial for the business.

What do you look for in an employee?

Passion, humility and being collaborative.

What’s the best business advice you were given?

My father and my grandfather gave me lots of advice. My father always emphasized that people will make your business successful. My grandfather was a very humble man even though he was so successful. That was also how he built a really great loyal team that helped build his empire.

What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

As soon as I arrive, it’s straight to the emails.

Your biggest pet peeve at work?

Texting on the phone or when people get distracted by the phone when we’re in a meeting.

Your preferred form of communication?

I’ve been using WhatsApp a lot. It’s quick and easy messaging. But email still works because it gives you time to think before responding. Sometimes with WhatsApp, because you know people are waiting for your reply, you can be too hasty. In the end, an in-person meeting is best to encourage transparency and communication. That’s what holds a culture together.

What do you do every day to keep yourself sane?

I try to fit in a workout. I run on a treadmill at home or take kickboxing and circuit training classes near our office. It’s quite efficient, like 45 minutes.

What would you tell your younger self?

When I was younger, I was even more impatient. I tended to want to move things very quickly, sometimes too quickly. It’s important to take the time to really think through strategies and decisions. That would be something I would advise my younger self.

What’s something that you would want to improve in your work life?

Work-life balance. I’m always trying to find a good balancing point. It’s never easy. I think trying to find time for myself is important.

Do you believe in to-do lists?

I do. My list is so long. It’s never-ending.

How do you cultivate female leadership in the company?

We don’t actually make an effort to make sure that we hire women. We hire for the skill set rather than gender. For some reason, most of our senior leadership is female. It’s just natural.

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A Startup Wellness Brand Called ‘Ladder’ by Celebrities

A Startup Wellness Brand Called ‘Ladder’ by Celebrities.

LeBron James, Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Lindsey Vonn have teamed up to launch a health and wellness VEGAN-FRIENDLY company pitch direct-to-consumer energy powders and other supplements – “We believe the time has come to shift the mindset of the wellness industry.” – Wellness Industry 💪

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James teamed up with actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olympian ski racer Lindsey Vonn, and model and entrepreneur Cindy Crawford to launch a wellness brand called Ladder.

The business was born out of a desire for safe and regulated wellness items. Its products – two protein powders, an energy powder, and a greens powder – are certified by testing organization NSF International, that guarantees safe, high-quality ingredients. Three out of Ladder’s four products are vegan: the greens powder, the energy powder, and one of the protein powders.

The latter product, called Plant Protein, is made with pea and pumpkin protein. It offers all of the essential amino acids the body needs, the website says, helping users shed fat, build muscle, and improve immunity.

#Health #Wellness

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Claire Chen, Founder of MOQI Brand’s MOQIPEOPLE digital magazine, Speaker at Horasis Global Meeting 2019

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#Startup #VC #Corporations #Corporategovernance

Claire Chen, a founder of 默契MOQI Brand – a startup digital magazine of 默契人moqipeople.com is thrilled and honored to speak at the upcoming 2019 Horasis Global Meeting on 6-9 April, to talk about “Enriching Diversity in the workplace” with discussions set to revolve under the theme of “Catalyzing the Benefits of Globalization” to ‘Inspiring our Future’ in the City of Cascais; the Horasis Global Meeting is led by Chairman Frank-Jürgen Richter, co-hosted by the Portuguese Government and the City of Cascais.

The 2019 4th Horasis Global Meeting gathers over 800 senior world leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society will gather in the enchanting fishing town of Cascais, one of Europe’s legendary seaside resorts of Cascais located just 30 minutes from Lisbon Airport.

Startups to join power brokers at 4th #Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal, 6-9 April. At the four-day conference, startups will meet with world leaders to discuss key issues in economic inequality and the day’s persisting social dilemmas, politicians and business leaders will meet to debate and advance policies that can give rise to a more fair form of globalization, capable of nurturing and sustaining economic development globally to the benefit of all segments of society.

Over the course of the four-day of conference event, talks and discussions will be held on topics such as sustainable development, populism, climate change, cryptocurrencies, the next financial crisis, immersive technologies, diversity in the workplace, the fourth industrial revolution, the post-truth era, halting sexual harassment, modelling sustainable migration, blockchain, AI and many more.

The event will gather a long list of the world’s most prominent leaders. Among the political leaders to attend will be António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Armen Sarkissian, President of Armenia, Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Ilir Meta, President of Albania, Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth, Austria, Guillermo Dietrich, Argentina’s Minister of Transport, and Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation. Joining them will be numerous CEOs and representatives of the world’s most respected corporations, including José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of Bancor, Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, and many others.

Horasis – a global visions community dedicated to inspiring our future – provides a unique platform for companies to globalize their organizations. In addition to the Horasis Global Meeting, Horasis hosts summits with a focus on China, India, and South East Asia. Horasis have been called a ‘World Economic Forum for emerging markets’ (New York Times)

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默契人MOQIPEOPLE of The Week: #Horasis #GlobalSummit #HorasisGlobalMeeting2018 #TheForemostGlobalSummitOfTheYear What an Excellent Horasis Global Meeting in Cascias! Thanks Super to Chairman Frank-Jürgen Richter hosted the Horasis Global Meeting at the Congress Center, Cascias, Portugal. I am thrilled and honored to share the report of the 2018 #Horasis Global Meeting held in Cascais, Portugal over 5-8 May. I talked about “what are the inspirations?” And “how do we ensure a viable work-life balance? by giving some examples of story telling as ever evolving role of ‘inspired of life’ under the theme ‘Inspiring our Future’. Also a few questions address to our panel section we have discussed: The present chaotic world might be revitalized by an injection of happiness. How can we develop inspirations to counteract negativity? What are the inspirations? How do we ensure a viable work-life balance within the ethics and mores of each nation? • Claire Chen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 51 Pegasi, USA • Laura Hermann, Partner, Potomac Communications Group, USA • Saskia Kunst, Founder, Consiglio Corporate Development, The Netherlands • Paul Cayford, Architect, Founder, Principal, Cayford Design, United Kingdom. Chaired by • Jorge Braga de Macedo, Professor, Nova School of Business and Economics; Former Minister of Finance, Portugal The Meeting Report – Shall serve as catalyst to stimulate further thinking on the issues raised at the meeting. Horasis have been called a ‘World Economic Forum for emerging markets’ (New York Times) There were more than 600 senior business world leaders, senior government leaders (including several heads of government and key ministers) and academicians from 70 countries gathered together for an unparalleled experience devising novel ideas to sustain and nurture our development in the future – a leitmotiv which follows the newly evolved mission of Horasis. The event was very successful as well as to be the foremost global summit of the year. The Meeting Report – Read more via: https://horasis.org/wp-content/uploads/Horasis-Global-Meeting-2018-report.pdf https://instagram.com/p/Bjs43kqBfrN/

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How to Find Your Seed Stage Investors

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How to Find Your Seed Stage Investors!

It can be challenging to find the right investor to get your company off the ground when you are a startup.

Further complicating the process is finding an investor who is interested in your industry, vertical, geography AND round size. This post will provide tips to help you track down the proper investors for your first round of financing.

1. Pitchbook
Pitchbook has been a holy grail for us. We are able to sort investors by over 100 different preferences and fund characteristics such as AUM, dry powder (money left for investment), preferred investment amount, preferred investment stage, etc.

All of this information can then be exported directly to Salesforce or downloaded to an excel file for easy reference and personal filtering. The user interface can be tricky to navigate at times, but the major downside is the cost of the platform: >$5,000 per year.

If you are connected to an analyst or individual with access to Pitchbook, you might save some $$$. And what if you don’t? Here are some free ones!

2. Signal
Signal.VC is a powerful investor search engine. The value to using Signal VC is that they use your LinkedIn network to determine the strength of your connection to specific investors.

The home page by default shows the highest strength connection into specific VC firms. This page also lists the min, “sweet spot” and max check size the firms typically write.

Lastly, this home page shows VC geography preference and other companies they have invested in. All of this is shown without any sorting.

The biggest asset here is the filtering and advanced filter functions.

The basic filter can break down by firm or individual name, investment range, areas of interest and whether they lead rounds.

Using the advanced filter option, position, investment location, past investments, education, and work experience can be narrowed in too.

Finally, a third filtering option would be to select the round you are raising (seed, A, B, C+) within the industry search to ensure you will be finding the right VCs for your company.

VC lists can be populated, and intros can be requested here as well. I have found Signal.VC to be the most user-friendly platform on this list. The only downside is that as a free resource, some data may be limited.

3. VCWiz
VCwiz specifically focuses its efforts on helping startups find investors for their seed round financings.

Here you are able to filter investors by stage, sector, industries, cities, and related startups. Another nice feature is the ability to see each partner in the firm and their most recent news updates, urls, investments, and descriptions.

Similar to social media, you are able to track or follow specific partners so you are alerted when they strike a deal, write a new blog post, leave the firm etc. This is a great automation instrument for tracking investors and their new investments.

Additionally, you can search investors by topics, which has a broader focus than filtering for investor industries.

The last feature is the ability to request introductions and have the platform track and organize all fundraising efforts. This simple to navigate resource offers value to those funding or planning to fund a seed round in the near future.

4. Crunchbase
CB is a well known resource where you are able to gather more information on the investors you are interested in. Here you will be able to search for VCs or investors based on a variety of criteria options.

In its free version CB limits the filtering options to two parameters. While there are dozens of parameter options, the limit of two can be frustrating if you are searching for an investor who focuses on specific verticals, locations, and check sizes.

The premium version, Crunchbase Pro, allows for unlimited filtering parameters at a cost of $29 per month. CB Pro also includes a variety of other in-depth resources such as charts, analysis tools, advanced search options, custom alerts, and excel integration. CB Pro is one of the more reasonably priced resources on the market currently when you consider the astronomical price of platforms like Pitchbook and Capital IQ.

5. AngelList
This resource is more valuable on a personal rather than company level. Here you can sort and filter for specific VC partners and angel investors.
Again, you are able to sort by role, location, market, companies, number of investments etc. What’s most useful about Angel.co is that you are able to look through your primary connections, secondary connections, and everyone else. This is rather similar to LinkedIn but serves as a smaller and more focused investor portal.

These five websites are truly valuable when searching for investors. If you are connected to a VC firm or angel network already, have conversations with your contacts first to determine who they may know who a good fit might be. The resources above can be great research and outreach tools, but your personal connections will always be number one.

Last tip, this chatbot will find you seed funding 🤖💸
3,150 investors in one place:https://www.producthunt.com/posts/fundraising-bot

Happy fundraising!

Originally published at venturebeat.com on September 16, 2018.

Over 800 World Leaders Around The World To Gather At The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting For A Vision Of Development On Sustainable Globalization

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Over 800 World Leaders Around The World To Gather At The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting For A Vision Of Development On Sustainable Globalization

This April 6th-9th marks the 4th Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal.

The fourth global meeting Horasis Global Meeting 2019 will bring together over 800 world high-level business and government leaders, including those from the U.S., will gather in the enchanting city, offering an ideal platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing, and sustainable growth across the world. To engage in discussions that revolve under the theme: “Catalysing the Benefits of Globalization.” And with the aim of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

After its creation in 2016, Horasis launched by Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter, Horasis was founded on the principle that tackling the world’s most pressing economic, social, and political issues necessitates productive dialogue and collective collaboration. The Horasis Global Meeting has become one of the world’s foremost discussion forums, thanks to its dedication in advancing collaborative solutions for sustainable growth.

Horasis: The Global Visions Community is an independent international organization dedicated to inspiring our future. Horasis is a visions community – together with our members we explore, define, and implement trajectories of sustainable growth.

Horasis hosts annual meetings to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations today. Among the participants are the Chief Executive Officers of the world’s most respected corporations as well as key business leaders from emerging markets. Also participating are renowned thought leaders and relevant public figures including heads of government and ministers.

Horasis is using its unrivalled history of partnership with corporations from emerging markets to create a powerful platform for cooperation between emerging and developed markets. From the first meeting in 2005, annual gatherings have been held around the globe. The flagship events are the Horasis Global Meeting as well as regional summits focusing on China, India and South East Asia.

This year’s discussions will include sustainable development, populism, climate change, cryptocurrencies, the fourth industrial revolution, diversity in the workplace, and blockchain, among others.

The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting conference event will gather a long list of the world’s most prominent leaders. Among the political leaders to attend will be the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, the President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, and the heads of state from Albania and Namibia. Joining them will be numerous CEOs and representatives from the world’s highest earning corporations, including José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of Bancor, and Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness.

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Additional speakers include José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of Bancor, Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, and others.

Bloomberg Interview of Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman, Horasis

Frank-Jürgen Richter, chairman at Horasis, previews the upcoming Horasis Global Meeting that will bring together 600 CEOs and discusses French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit with U.S. President Donald Trump, and the future of trade. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Mark Barton on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg, 25.04.2018)

“Horasis was founded on the principle that tackling the world’s most pressing economic, social, and political issues necessitates productive dialogue and collective collaboration,” said Horasis Chairman Mr. Richter. 

The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting is co-hosted by the Portuguese Government and the City of Cascais. The event will be held at the seaside resort of Cascais.

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Global gains, local losses? Frank-Jurgen Richter, chairman of Horasis RT — Worlds Apart
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Heads of State and World Leaders to Convene at Horasis Global Meeting 2019 to Explore How Best to Catalyse The Benefits Of Globalization – Colombia Focus

Heads of State and World Leaders to Convene at Horasis Global Meeting 2019 to Explore How Best to Catalyse The Benefits Of Globalization

Leaders from around the world will debate at Horasis Global Meeting 2019 on sustainable globalization

Líderes de todo el mundo debatirán en Horasis Global Meeting 2019 sobre la globalización sostenible

World Leaders to gather at Horasis Global Meeting for a vision of Development

World Leaders to gather at Horasis Global Meeting for a vision of Development

Taiwan Is Growing Cocoa? Tree to Bar Chocolate All-In-One on Formosa Island

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Taiwan Is Growing Cocoa?
Tree to Bar Chocolate All-In-One on Formosa Island

• Cacao Plantations in Taiwan
• Taiwan Has A Lot of Farming Talent
• Tea-flavored Chocolate Stuns Judges in the Asia-Pacific Region
• Taiwan Winning Nine Gold, 30 Silver and 29 Bronze Medals
• Taiwan “double ferment” method that is unique in the world, fermenting the cocoa beans twice to make “Taiwan No. 9” chocolate, which won a Gold Medal for its strong rosé champagne flavor with red wine vinegar and berry notes
• Won a Gold Medal in the Asia-Pacific Region – The winning tea-flavored chocolate bar Taiwan No. 1 contains 62 percent cocoa grown in Pingtung County, with its Tie Guan Yin Tea-flavored dark chocolate bars. It carries notes of dried tropical fruits such as a slight guava flavor
• Won a Silver Medal in the Asia-Pacific Region – The winning tea-flavored Charcoal Oolong Tea 62% chocolate bar is the favorite of FIH Regent Group Chairman Steven Pan, charms the palate with ripe fruit notes and a smoky flavor
• Tree to Bar Chocolate All-In-One on Formosa Island
• Taiwan cocoa trees are young, at an average of just ten years. Beans from younger trees Do Not Contain Enough Sugar, which is reflected in the acidity of the resulting cocoa powder
• Taiwan cocoa beans has made a virtue of necessity by adjusting the fermentation and roasting process to bring out the local flavor

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A Beautiful Formosa Island of Cocoa Beans, Chocolate, Chocolate Lovers
We are not in Central or South America, where cocoa originally came from, but in Southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County, an emerging production area on the global confectionery map.

Cocoa trees, which thrive in hot, humid weather in shady spots with little wind, mainly grow in the region spanning about 20 degrees north and south of the Equator. In Taiwan, the Mt. Dawu mountain range, with its clear water, and the Wanluan and Neipu areas in Pingtung County offer good conditions for cocoa cultivation.

The International Chocolate Awards (ICA) are for chocolatiers what the Academy Awards are for the film industry. In last year’s competition, several Taiwanese chocolate brands, including Fu Wan Chocolate and Le Ruban Chocolat, shined with great results.

In September 2018, the ICA held its Asia-Pacific competition for the first time as an independent event in Asia, picking Taiwan as host. This year, more than 700 products from some 100 chocolate companies from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region were entered. Taiwan’s chocolatiers came away with even better results than last year, winning nine gold, 30 silver and 29 bronze medals.

“Why did the ICA pick Taiwan as its first host in Asia? Martin Christy, judging director of the ICA, explains that most crucial for the decision was that Taiwan boasts cocoa production, chocolate-making facilities, and a market with purchasing power, all in one place.”

A look at the world map shows that the major cocoa production areas are in Africa and Latin America, whereas chocolate production and consumption takes place in countries located at higher latitudes.

Christy remarks that a place like Taiwan that can produce cocoa but also possesses quite mature chocolate-making technology is hard to find. Not hiding his surprise, he recounts a visit to a cocoa plantation in Pingtung, where he saw cocoa beans being dried in the sun in the front of the farm, while sorting, roasting and grinding was done in the back.

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“Here is probably the production area with the shortest processing mileage in the whole world,” Christy says.”

On top of that, Taiwan has a large consumer market. The Taiwanese are very open to different culinary cultures and savor the good things in life. It is very rare that a place provides all conditions from production to technology and consumption at the same time.

A complete gourmet environment requires cultivation and production capability, chocolate-making skills and the sensory skills to taste product on a professional level, which requires the devotion of human resources and efforts in each area. Taiwan’s craftspeople and artisans have been shining in various contests in the past. But this time, Taiwan provided the stage for high-quality confectionery, displaying its soft power.

Tea-flavored Chocolate Stuns Judges
Tea-flavored chocolate products from Taiwan did particularly well this year, becoming a hit with jurors.

Monica Meschini, a member of the European Permanent Jury, who is both a chocolate and a tea taster, notes, “This is the first time that I’ve tasted such great chocolate, such good tea.” Meschini fell in love with the great flavors of the tea series.

Fu Wan Chocolate CEO Warren Hsu (Photo by Chientong Wang) Fu Wan Chocolate CEO Warren Hsu (Photo by Chientong Wang)

Last year, Fu Wan Chocolate won a gold medal with its Tie Guan Yin Tea-flavored dark chocolate bars. Fu Wan Chocolate CEO Warren Hsu says he selected suitable tea flavors by taking a sip of tea and then taking a bite of chocolate. As a result, he found that partially or fully fermented teas with a stronger body and fuller flavor such as Tie Guan Yin and charcoal-roasted Oolong teas and Ruby (also known as Red Jade) black tea go particularly well with cocoa.

The gold medal-winning tea-flavored chocolate bar Taiwan No. 1 contains 62 percent cocoa grown in Pingtung County, married with Tie Guan Yin tea from the Muzha region in Taipei. It carries notes of dried tropical fruits such as a slight guava flavor.

As the chocolate slowly melts in the mouth, a subtle orchid flavor evolves in the finish. This wealth of changes in texture and flavor from the beginning to the end fascinates both the Taiwanese as habitual tea drinkers and foreigners who appreciate Eastern culture.

The Taiwan Charcoal Oolong Tea 62% chocolate bar, which won a silver medal and is the favorite of FIH Regent Group Chairman Steven Pan, charms the palate with ripe fruit notes and a smoky flavor.

Pan sings the praises of this chocolate bar, noting that it convinces with natural flower and fruit flavors, while its aftertaste carries a note of roasted charcoal. Pan calls it a “great taste that is unique in the whole world.”

Le Ruban Chocolat, a patisserie in Taipei, won a gold medal in another category with its white chocolate roasted oolong tea truffles, which deftly pair the creamy flavor of white chocolate with Oolong tea from Hualian on Taiwan’s east coast.

Fu Wan Chocolate: Tree to Bar, All in One
“Chocolate is a lingua franca in the whole world. And I want to find a path to the world stage,” remarks Hsu, who used to be a food consultant.”

A trip to Florence, Italy many years ago, where he tasted chocolates, developed a myriad of changing flavors in the mouth, inspiring Hsu to delve into researching the craft of chocolate making. He even flew to London with his wife Lin Wan-ting to gain a thorough understanding of chocolate flavors. They went on to become the first Taiwanese to obtain certificates in chocolate tasting from the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICT) in the British capital.

As a skilled chocolate taster, Hsu knows how to trigger chocolate eaters’ “taste memory”, which not only helps his products stand out in competitions but also enables them to stand the test of the market.

Hsu notes, “The chocolate-making skills must be flawless; that’s the basic requirement, and then you need to make people remember certain things about the taste.”

Most large chocolate manufacturers buy cocoa butter and cocoa powder directly and mix them based on their formulas. High-end chocolate makers emphasize their “bean to bar” processes, which means they buy cocoa beans and ferment, dry, roast and grind them themselves for their chocolate products. Fu Wan Chocolate controls the entire process from an even earlier stage, the cocoa bean production. Consequently, they call their all in one process “tree to bar.” Only a handful of Taiwanese chocolate brands use tree-to-bar chocolate making.

Hsu observes that Taiwanese farmers are good at taking care of their crops. As a result, the taste of Taiwanese cocoa is “particularly nice and energetic, like the Taiwanese people.” Noting that Taiwanese cocoa carries caramel or berry notes and a very balanced flavor, Hsu believes it is very suitable for seasoning or in combination with other foods.

However, in comparison with traditional cocoa producers in Africa and Central and Latin America, whose plantations are around 30 years old, Taiwanese cocoa trees are young, at an average of just ten years. Beans from younger trees do not contain enough sugar, which is reflected in the acidity of the resulting cocoa powder. Hsu, however, has made a virtue of necessity by adjusting the fermentation and roasting process to bring out the local flavor.

He invented a “double ferment” method that is unique in the world, fermenting the cocoa beans twice to make “Taiwan No. 9” chocolate, which won a gold medal for its strong rosé champagne flavor with red wine vinegar and berry notes.

“Taiwan has a lot of farming talent, and our next step will be to sign production contracts with [cocoa] farmers, while we concentrate on technology development,” explains Hsu.

Hsu has already been experimenting with a host of unusual chocolate flavors such as sakura shrimp from Donggang or chili pepper. He notes, somewhat tongue in cheek, that he will also try adding traditional Chinese medical herbs such as angelica sinensis (danggui) or ligusticum striatum (chuanxiong).

“Who knows? We might see [chocolates with] typical Taiwanese flavors such as pig intestines herbal soup or pig’s blood rice cakes!”

Le Ruban Chocolat: Using Floral Flavors to Interpret the Taste of Taiwan
“What language can we use to communicate with the whole world?” is the question Le Ruban Chocolat chef Hugo Lee, who looks back on 26 years of patisserie experience, has been asking himself all his professional life.

“French confectionery customarily combines hazelnut, raspberries and almonds. In the case of Japan, matcha and yuzu have already become a common language in the international food and beverage scene. But what about Taiwan? I want to use local food ingredients to try to make a chocolate that represents Taiwan, to catch up to the rest of the world,” remarks Lee.

Therefore, Lee uses floral flavors to interpret the taste of Taiwan. Last year, he chose chrysanthemums from Mt. Chike in Hualien County. This year, he tried longan flowers in combination with honey from Taitung County to make dark “longan flower” truffles.
Under the cocoa coating, the smooth and rich floral flavor of the ganache comes across as much more elegant than fresh and sweet longan fruit. So, it should not come as a surprise that the new creation fetched a gold medal.

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Originally published at english.cw.com.tw on September 27, 2018.

Exclusively Interview With Jim Breyer the Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital on LIVE Davos 2019 – The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

 

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Exclusively Interview With Jim Breyer the Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital on LIVE Davos 2019 – The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Sara: Welcome back to Squawk on the street live CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Sara: Joining me now is Jim Breyer the founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, he was also an early investor and Facebook sat on the company board for a decade wears many hats talking about AI and much more.

Sara: Welcome Jim, nice to have you.

Jim: Sara, a pleasure…thank you!

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Sara: I actually wanted to start up of David was talking with Viacom. Earlier they made a deal today to buy a streaming service TV you’re on the board of 21st Century Fox. How can all of these companies have their own streaming services? How many streaming services can we have?

Jim: We have dozens of streaming services but there will be dozens that are highly unprofitable there’s no doubt Netflix and Amazon were very much at the forefront of my 21st-century, Fox and Disney decided that grade scale matters and whether it’s Comcast the parent company that course reported nice numbers today like your parent company. Absolutely, 21st-century, fox and Disney there will be a couple other major studios and it’s not unlike the technology business.

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Jim: My view is there are 3 to 5 very important worldwide media companies going forward. There are 3 to 5 technology companies that are going to be truly important. And it’s also great time to be a TV script writer, television producer, independent software AI developer building on the cloud services and some very optimistic about not only entrepreneurship and innovation, which is represented in today’s Viacom transaction but the opportunity to use a lot of the new technologies around cloud services to build wonderful businesses or nonprofit.

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Sara: But you said you see the big players really owning the world is streaming so what does that mean is there’s room for new fox to start streaming services?

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Jim: My view though is 10 years from now as an investor. The top 20 companies in the world by market cap will be in the US and China, 18 of the 20 will be technology oriented, but that also means AI first or technology first whether it’s Comcast or Disney or Facebook, Netflix, Google, Tencent others what really matters is building a great customer and enterprise software experiences and I do believe I am two years in to an AI 10 year investment strategy. I made six investments AI last year after receiving approximately 10,000 AI business plans and they run the game from cancer research to helping police forces do a better job to helping our troops all around the world have better information.

Sara: Who’s winning? The US or China on AI it’s running that race?

Jim: It’s never a soundbite but it makes the space race look tame in certain areas like facial recognition China is far ahead, in security solutions sold into governments, the US is catching up but we need to move faster, in areas like devices are of those Korea and Japan on the display devices but in semiconductors, the US has at least a five-year lead which is why I love Nvidia and Intel so many of the semiconductor stocks long-term. There will be slowdowns but the US far away has at least a five-year lead when it comes to semiconductor technologies.

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Sara: How you played out in the public market as explosion of growth of AI?

Jim: I like it with some of the great software companies Salesforce, Microsoft many of the enterprise software companies that are selling into businesses and commercial accounts. I would buy Microsoft again and again and hold it and I do really like what would be the FAANG stocks, forgetting about valuations for a moment because I’d like to spend 2 to 3 years on public equity holdings. And then for private companies that I’m investing in many of them partnering with salesforce and Microsoft Oracle and others it’s a 7 to 10-year bet.

Jim: Facebook in 2005 Mark was 20 and I was there, and I helped navigate very treacherous public offering as we all remember that piece fundamental business is long-term are so important and Instagram may be even with all the accolades the most underrated application in the world.

Sara: Well, 2018 was another turbulent period for Facebook, loosing public trust, what does 2019 hold tight?

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Jim: I’ve heard. I just hate to throw darts and pile on when a lot of people are, but Facebook and I sent this to Sheryl, and I said this to Sheryl and Mark and others we as Facebook should’ve been much more transparent much more out front and I hope, and I believe 2019.

Sara: So, do they get it?

Jim: I believe Mark really gets it, but I have a long-term buyer. I feel Mark Zuckerberg is a genius.

Sara: Does he deserve to be CEO and Chairman, or should they split that?

Jim: He deserves to be CEO and chairman and Sheryl Sandberg deserves president and they’re terrific and they’re a great team and this is one of the idiosyncrasies of the world we live in. I really believe in chairman and CEO for founders and young companies being in charge and whether it’s media companies whether it’s the best technology companies whether it was of the emerging AI companies where I’m spending a lot of time very often with Chairman and CEO.

Sara: Even when that company is going through the turmoil that Facebook is going for what’s the real execution and leadership questions?

Jim: There been terrible decisions in many cases and I really believe that it’s not a function of the chairman CEO being in the same position up but then again, it’s a venture capitalist my big successes and is a technology investor the biggest successes is open the chairman and CEO in the same spot.

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Sara: Very quickly want to ask about China because you have been in China for more than a decade and very bullish on it cross-border deals and dried up completely can you invest in China right now during this trade war?

Jim: And the answer is yes, and I’ve been investing in China for 15 years. The team I’ve worked with investors series A Tencent and Baidu another we continue to make significant investments in China and will continue to do it. But the Internet and a lot of the opportunities in China and US diverged. But I’ll remain very active.

Sara: They don’t get approval to work together.

Jim: They do not get any approvals to work together cross-border investing for now is dead. But 3 to 5 years from now, I’m still very optimistic up. It’s really helpful for US companies in Chinese companies to build often together in different parts of the world. India will be the next show then for the market.

Sara: We can talk to you for hours about all these big topics. Thank you for sharing some of your time here.

Jim: Thank you.

Sara: Thank you so much for Jim Breyer, Breyer capital.

Originally published at www.iqmediacorp.com on Aired: January 23, 2019 at 10 am EST.

AI SUPERPOWERS Dr. 李開復Kai-Fu Lee

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Dr. 李開復 Kai-Fu Lee 给大学生的公开课:你该这样做选择

由教育部、创新工场、北京大学联合主办的DeeCamp 人工智慧训练营已经进行两周了。

作为夏令营的讲师,我上周给学生们上了一门AI课。没想到课后学生们咨询我最多的话题是:大学毕业后究竟应该工作,创业,还是读博当老师?也有很学生问AI是不是泡沫了,我们还要不要学等问题。

所以我又找时间跟夏令营的学生们做了一场职业选择问答课,帮大家答疑解惑。以下问答也许对其他学生也有帮助,分享给大家:

话题一:不支持应届生盲目创业

Q1:大学生创业应该怎么创?

我不支持应届大学生创业,在座的每一位现在拿商业计画书给我,我一个都不会收。为什么?因为创业就不是一个刚毕业的学生能做的。创新工场投资了300多个项目,只有两三个是刚毕业的学生做的,比如说旷视科技Face++。

刚毕业的时候,你会经验不足、人脉不够、不懂管理,所有我们担忧的问题,在这个过程中都会发生。所以,没有经验的创业,成功的概率微乎其微。想创业的同学不要那么急,你加入一个公司,快则两年,慢则三四年,再制定商业计画时,我们肯定会更慎重的考虑。

Q2:既然创业不能急,我们该找什么样的公司呢?

我觉得有几个选择:

首先大公司是有优势的,因为它有数据,有好的老板、好的体系,在AI时代有一个好的老板非常重要,要看他在不在乎、懂不懂AI,给不给你用他们的大数据。如果符合这些条件,我觉得国内的这些大公司都可以考虑。

但问题是,进入大公司,你就会被划分到一个个小小的部门,成为大机器的小齿轮,比如说你做技术就只能做技术,你想了解用户体验不可能;或者说你是做训练优化,你就做训练优化,你不要问数据怎么用,也不要担心产品怎么用。大公司不会让你接触到全方位的数据及产业运营。

如果要去创业公司,也可以有几种走法:

第一种,找一个已经走入我们视线的公司,比如Face++、商汤、依图等,进入这样一家做AI的公司,你也会学到很多。他们的规模可能已经几百上千人,但你仍然有机会见识到跨部门的运行。

第二种选择,是去那些非AI的公司,规模虽然不是很大,但有上升的潜力,并且已经认识到AI的重要性。

这些公司的特点是数据多、用户多,日活几千万后,突然发现他们需要AI的支援。当你选择这样一家公司时,你需要确定这个公司是懂AI并且在乎AI,比如说知乎、美图,或者每一个独角兽公司都是可选择的物件。

第三类是非常初创的公司,只有几十个人,比如我们投资的景驰。如果你更多想创业而不是找工作,在小公司里你会学得更多。公司的任何问题,无论产品、使用者、竞争、市场和技术等等,你都会接触到。

对于要创业的人来说,你要乐于接受,因为这是一个对CEO最好的培训,每一个有趣或枯燥的事你都要去做。

但是有一个底限,这家公司最少要有10个人。因为大部分三四个人的公司还是有局限性的,最好是10-50个人的公司。

最后一个建议,你在挑公司的时候,肯定是判断不了公司好或者坏的。我见过口才非常好的创始人,但是公司做的一塌糊涂,我也见到过非常内向木讷、说话无聊到听了就想睡觉的那种人,但是公司却很棒。那怎么分辨呢?

答案很简单,看投资方是谁。你们研究一下,看看有哪些国内或国际基金是可以相信的。这些基金经常出现在各种排行榜上,最好的个人或机构天使、最好的早期、或最好的AB轮早中期投资机构。你们去看看名单,看他们投了哪些项目。创新工场当然是其中之一,但值得尊重的基金至少有50个以上,数量蛮多的。

Q3:如果AI公司不幸在我进入之后倒闭了,接下来的路如何走?

这真是一个很传统但让我害怕的问题。不过你一点都不用担心,如果在座各位进入了前50名VC或天使投资的AI公司,两年之后这个公司倒闭了,我们绝对帮你找到工作,甚至帮你做出下一家公司。

在创业的路上,我们没有失败这个词,只有失业。创业的风险是存在的,但是工程师不会失败,积累的经验永远是加分项。

话题二:工作还是读博?

Q1:听说博士才能进 AI 公司,那我们不是应该先读一个博士?

千万不要相信这个,不排除有一些公司迷信博士,但你们不妨去找找那些寻找AI人才、而不是AI博士的公司,比如说创新工场人工智慧工程院。

当届毕业生,无论是博士、硕士、本科,实力可能相差不大。博士可能读了一个很差的学校,论文有可能根本没出版过,本科生也有学的比博士多的、更厉害的,所以你们要在毕业前这段期间发出光芒,让大家看到你虽然没有博士学位,但你仍然擅长于此。

Q2:如果要读博,国家、导师、学校的重要性怎么排序?

第一个顺序要选导师,第二个选学校,第三选地域。

比如,CMU(卡耐基梅隆大学)现在已经不是老师选学生,而是学生选老师了,这种机制是超级加分的。在CMU叫做marriage process,你去了以后有大概有五六十个老师给你讲他们的科研,最后你要一个个见他们。五六十个导师抢三十多个学生,学生都是很顶尖的。

如果没有这种制度,只是老师选学生的,那你们可以做的是什么?给老师们发Email呀。不要写太多,因为老师时间宝贵,你要写一页就能写完的。在Email里告诉老师你对他有关注,读过他的哪些论文,最后提出你的疑惑或者观点。

发邮件的前提是你真的读懂了文章。因为老师通常会给你回邮件解释,然后你可以回复,“噢,你的解释让我突然茅塞顿开,正好我明年要申请博士班……”。

如果你坚定要出国读AI的博士,美国、英国和加拿的几所大学可以优先考虑。对于大部分的学科而言,英国和加拿大是远远落后美国,但在机器学习方面,加拿大和英国有几所很不错的学校。

Q3:如果进不了好学校,还要读博士吗?

想像一下,你本科毕业后要花三四年的时间在一个三流的学校,写一些没有人读的论文,毕业之后也找不到一个好的教职,那还有什么意义?所以当你们找不到一个好的学校时,我建议你可以先在某个学校读个硕士。 (美国读博不一定要先取得硕士学位)

假设可以进美国前四十的学校,那就先读硕士,再申请前三十名的博士,宁可多花点时间也要读到好学校的博士学位。

还有同学说我读不了好的博士,我读博士后可不可以?我告诉各位,世界上没有博士后这个学位。博士后在美国是什么职位呢?就是找不到工作的博士生帮导师打工的职位,一般顶级博士毕业之后都开始做教职了,很少做博士后的,当然如果是在世界排名第一的学校做博士后,我们另说。

如果你真的进不了好学校怎么办?也不要沮丧,在这些排名略差的学校里面,找找看有没有顶级学校毕业的老师。因为你还要面对的一个现实是,即便你进了一个前十名的学校读博士,恐怕也找不到一个毕业于前十名学校的教师。

我有个非常要好的朋友就是在美国排名前五的大学毕业的,毕业之后想在美国找一个 Tenure EE professor(电子工程终身教职)多难你知道吗?每年申请CMU、MIT、Berkeley教职的有1000多人,但职位只有几个。所以你即便拿到前十名大学的毕业学位,如果你真的想去教书的话,你最好做好最坏的心理准备。

那如果你到一个排名五十名后的学校做教职,那你这一生会很不幸,因为大概也做不出什么成果。你们有谁看过哪一个美国第五十名学校做出什么伟大的研究呢?即便他是美国前五名大学毕业的,这个概率也微乎其微。为什么?因为老师的成果大多来自于学生,你在第五十名的学校能找到最好的学生吗?

但是如果反过来就有机会了,如果你进了前25名的学校,有一个老师他是三年前刚从一个前三名的学校毕业的,跟着这个老师做研究还是非常有希望的,这就是读博士的方向,希望对大家有帮助。

话题三:未来工作与AI

Q1:请问区块链跟AI到底哪个比较好?比较值得投资?

AI确定是会改变世界的,但区块链是一个有比较大的可能性,在未来的一段时间里面改变这个世界。我都比较看好,但很难把两者作比较,因为一个是已知的、一个是未知的。

Q2:请问人工智慧的泡沫期是不是到来了?

人工智慧会在未来15到25年不断成长、改变世界,它的整个产业链也会从CV(电脑视觉)走进NLP(自然语言处理),走向新的领域。

就像25年前,网路刚刚兴起,也是几经起伏,最后被广泛的应用。回溯一下网路的发展,经过了几波浪潮,从之前是PC上网为主,然后流览器带来一波浪潮,接下来是门户网站的机会,之后是搜寻引擎带来了广告、社交,而后的电商,移动互联网出现,而且逐渐成为主力。

所以网路在25年前是泡沫吗?在过去的25年中,我们可以列出12波、或是15波的网路发展,所以无论你就业是在25年前或者是去年,你都有可能赶上下一波浪潮。互联网的机会都还没有结束,人工智慧怎么会结束呢?所以泡沫的说法是不存在的。

那是不是表示所有AI公司都没有泡沫?也不是,现在AI公司很多估值过高,非AI公司也拿着AI的光环去忽悠投资人的钱,还有很多不懂的投资人真的投了,这些现象也是存在的。这些现象累积久了,肯定需要泄一泄气,让它回归到正常的状态,才能再往下走。所以才会看到接二连三的跌宕起伏,但从长期来说,未来的25年肯定是乐观的趋势。

你们做AI,也要有一个与时俱进的学习态度,就像如果25年前你进入网路,你说你一辈子就都做流览器,那后来就没工作咯!只要你与时俱进,不断反覆运算、不断学习新知识,任何一个行业都是没有泡沫的。比如当时做UC流览器的何小鹏,人家现在在做什么?人家造车了,对不对?但是对他来说汽车就是互联网的延伸啊!

再稍微做一点广告,你们再过30年后再看,我们创新工场所投资的AI公司,成功率一定是业界最高的,当然失败的肯定也会有。所以一个真正懂行的VC,他是可以看得清清楚楚的。

最后还要发布一则预告:

继DeeCamp之后,8月底创新工场联合搜狗、美团点评、美图发起的AI Challenger2018全球AI挑战赛也将拉开帷幕。从9月上旬开始,我们将在全国多所大学展开“校园行”活动,届时会有AI行业的顶级大咖亲临学校,与学生们现场互动;世界各地也将有参赛选手和爱好者组织的AI技术交流活动哦。具体日程资讯,本月内会公布。

Via Dr. 李開復 Kai-Fu Lee

Public Opening for college students: you should choose like this

The Deecamp Artificial Intelligence Training Camp, co-hosted by the ministry of education, innovation workshop, Beijing University, has been in place for two weeks.

As a lecturer in summer camp, I had an ai class for students last week. I didn’t expect the students to consult me on the most topic after the class: should I work, Entrepreneurship, or read the bo teacher after college graduation? There are also students who ask ai is not foam, we still have to don’t learn to wait.

So I’m looking for time to make a career choice and answer class with summer camp students to help everyone answer questions. The following quiz may also help other students, share it to everyone:

Topic one: do not support fresh birth blind entrepreneurship

Q1: how should college students be created?

I don’t support fresh college students entrepreneurship, every one of them is now getting a business plan book for me, and I won’t collect one. Why? Because Entrepreneurship is not a student who just graduated. Innovative workshops invest more than 300 projects, only two or three are made by students who just graduated, for example, kuang tech face++.

When just graduated, you will have insufficient experience, not enough connections, not understand management, all our concerns, will happen in this process. So, without experience, the odds of success are negligible. Classmates who want to start their business, don’t be so anxious, you join a company, two years fast, three or four years, and we will definitely consider it more carefully when we make a business plan.

Q2: since entrepreneurship can’t rush, what kind of company should we look for?

I think there are several options:

First big company is advantageous because it has data, there are good boss, good system, there is a good boss in ai era very important to see he is not care, understand not understand ai, give not for you Their big data. If these conditions are met, I think these big companies in the country can be considered.

But the problem is, enter the big company, you will be divided into a small and small sector and become a small gear for big machines, for example, you do technology just do technology, you want to know the user experience impossible; or say you Is to do training optimization, you do training optimization, you don’t ask the data how to use, also don’t worry about the product how to use. The big company won’t let you contact the full range of data and industrial operations.

If going to startup company, there can be a few ways to go:

First, looking for a company that has gone into our sight, such as face++, aliexpress soup, under, etc, enter such a company to do ai, you will also learn a lot. Their scale may have been hundreds of thousands, but you still have a chance to see the cross-sector run.

The second option is to go to the companies that are non-AI, the scale though not big, but with the potential of rising, and already recognize the importance of ai.

These companies are characterized by a lot of data, a lot of users, and a few million days after the day, suddenly found that they need ai’s support. When you choose a company like this, you need to be sure that this company is understand ai and cares about ai, for example, the United, the United, or every independence company is an optional item.

The third class is very startups, only dozens of people, such as the king we invest. If you more want to entrepreneurship instead of looking for work, in the small company you will learn more. Any questions of the company, regardless of products, users, competition, market and technology, and so on, you will be contacted.

For those who are going to entrepreneurship, you have to be happy to accept because it is the best training for the CEO, every funny or boring thing you are going to do.

But there is a bottom limit, the company is at least 10 people. Because most of the three-four-person companies are still limited, preferably 10-50 people’s companies.

Last advice, when you’re picking the company, it’s definitely not to judge the company good or bad. I’ve seen a very good founder, but the company has done a mess, and I have also met the kind of people who are very within, talking boring to the people who want to sleep, but the company is awesome. So how to tell?

The answer is simple, see who the investor is. You guys study and see which domestic or international funds can be believed. These funds often appear on various charts, the best individual or agency angel, the best early, or the best ab wheel early mid-term investment agency. You guys go check out the list and see what items they voted for. Innovative workshops are of course one of them, but the funds worth respect are at least 50 more and a lot.

Q3: if ai company unfortunately collapses after i enter, how is the next road going?

It’s really a tradition but scares me. But you don’t have to worry about it, if you guys enter the first 50 VC or angel investment ai company, after two years this company is closed, we definitely help you find a job and even help you make the next home The company.

On the way to entrepreneurship, we didn’t fail the word, only unemployment. The risk of entrepreneurship exists, but engineers do not fail, and the accumulated experience is always added.

Topic Two: work or read bo?

Q1: heard Dr. can enter ai company, then shouldn’t we read a Phd first?

Don’t believe this, don’t rule out some company superstition Dr, but you guys may want to find the company that looks for ai talent, not Dr. Ai, for example, the innovative workshop artificial intelligence engineering.

When Graduate Graduates, whether Phd, Master, undergraduate, strength may vary. Dr. May read a very poor school, and the paper is probably not published at all, undergraduate students have more than Dr. Learn and more powerful, so you guys have to make a glow during the period before graduation, let everyone see You don’t have a Phd, but you’re still good at it.

Q2: if to read the importance of bo, country, mentor, school, how to sort?

First order to pick up mentor, second pick school, third pick geographical.

For example, CMU (Card University of card) is now not a teacher to choose a student, but a student elected teacher, and this mechanism is super plus. In cmu, it is called marriage process, and after you go, there are probably teachers who give you their research, and finally you have to see them all. Fifty-six mentors robbed more than students, and students are very top.

If there is no such system, just teacher pick students, then what can you guys do? Email the teachers. Don’t write too much, because teacher time is precious, you have to write a page to finish it. Tell the teacher in email that you have a concern about him, read his thesis, and finally raise your doubts or views.

The premise of email is that you really read the article. Because teachers usually give you back to the mail to explain, then you can reply,” awww your explanation makes me suddenly ever, exactly I’m going to apply for the Phd class next year……”.

If you are determined to go abroad to read ai’s Phd, several universities in the United States, UK and Canada can prioritize. For most disciplines, the UK and Canada are far behind the us, but in machine learning, there are several very nice schools in Canada and Britain.

Q3: if not in good school, still have to read Dr.?

Imagine, you have to spend three or four years after your undergraduate graduation in a three-stream school, write some papers that have no read, and after graduation, can’t find a good teaching job, then what’s the point? So when you guys can’t find a good school, I suggest you can read a master in a school first. (American reading poh doesn’t necessarily have to get a master’s degree first)

Assuming that we can enter the first schools in the United States, then read the master first, and apply for the first doctors, rather take a little more time to read the Phd degree in the good school.

Also classmate said I can’t read good Dr. I read postdoctoral can not? I’m telling you, there’s no postdoctoral in the world. What position is postdoctoral in America? It is the job of a Phd student who can’t find a job. The General Top Phd has started to do the teaching job after graduation, and rarely do the post-Doctoral, of course, if it is in the world ranked first school to do the post-Doctoral, we

What if you really can’t get in the good school? Also don’t be depressed, in these ranking schools, look for teachers who have no top school graduation. Because the reality you still have to face is that even if you get into a top ten school reading dr, I’m afraid I can’t find a teacher who graduated from the top ten schools.

I have a very good friend who graduated from the top five college in the United States, and after graduation, wanted to find a tenure ee professor (E-engineering lifelong teaching post) in the us. How hard do you know? Every year, there are more than 1000 people applying for cmu, MIT, Berkeley, but there are only a few positions. So even if you get the top ten college graduation degrees, if you really want to go to teach, you better do the worst psychological preparation.

Then if you come to a school in a rank of fifty -, then you will be unlucky in your life, because probably don’t make any results. Have any of you ever seen which great study of the th school in America? Even if he was graduated from the top five universities in the United States, the odds were negligible. Why? Because teacher results are mostly from students, can you find the best students in the th school?

But if in turn there is a chance, if you get into the top 25 school, there’s a teacher who just graduated from a top three school three years ago, follow this teacher for research still very promising The of, that’s the way to read Dr., hope to help everyone.

Topic three: future work with ai

Q1: what is the comparison between the block chain and ai? Compare Worth Investment?

Ai sure is going to change the world, but the block chain is a relatively big possibility to change the world in the future. I’m all better, but it’s hard to compare both, because one is known and one is unknown.

Q2: May I ask if the bubble period of artificial intelligence is coming?

Artificial intelligence will grow in the next 15 to 25 years and change the world, and its entire chain of industry will also go from CV (computer visual) TO NLP (Natural Language processing), towards new areas.

Like 25 years ago, the network just came up, and it was also a lot of twists and downs, and it was finally Retrace the development of the network, after a few wave waves, from before it was pc online, then the flow brought a wave of wave, followed by the portal chance, after the search engine brought advertising, social, and then electricity Aliexpress, mobile internet appeared and gradually became the main.

So the network is foam 25 years ago? In the last 25 years, we can list 12 wave or 15 wave of network development, so whether you employment is 25 years ago or last year, you are all likely to catch up with the next wave tide. The Internet opportunities are not over, how can artificial intelligence end? So the statement of foam is not available.

Does that mean all ai companies have no foam? Also not, now ai company many valuation too high, non ai company also take ai’s aura to fool investors money, and many not understand investors really voted, these phenomena also exist. These phenomena are tired of jī jiǔ and definitely need to be leaked and let it return to normal state before going down. That’s why it will be seen after a successive ups and downs, but in the long term, the next 25 years will definitely be an optimistic trend.

You guys do ai, also have to have a learning attitude with the times, like if you enter the network 25 years ago, you said you’ve been doing the streamer for a lifetime, then it’s not working later! As long as you get in with the times, keep anti-Review, keep learning new knowledge, any industry is without foam. For example, ho peng, who did the UC flow at that time, what are people doing now? People make cars, right? But for him, the car is an extension of the internet!

To make a little more ad, you will see again after another 30 years, and the ai company that we have invested in the innovation workshop must be the highest in the industry, and of course the failure will definitely have. So a really knowledgeable vc, he can see clearly.

Finally to post a trailer:

After Deecamp, at the end of August, the innovative workshop joint search dog, the us review, the ai challenger2018 global ai challenge, launched by the United States, will also pull the curtain. Starting from early September, we will launch the “campus line” event at many universities across the country, which will have the top big curry in the ai industry to come to the school, interact with the students; there will also be an ai of contestants and lovers in all parts of the world. Technology exchange event oh. Specific schedule information will be announced this month.

Via Dr. 李開復 Kai-Fu Lee