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Startups semanales: los dolores de crecimiento de Airbnb

Hola y bienvenidos de nuevo a Startups Weekly, un boletín de fin de semana que se sumerge en nuevas empresas notables de la semana y noticias sobre capital de riesgo. Antes de pasar al tema de hoy, recuperemos un poco. La semana pasada, escribí sobre el nuevo equipo de "dinero" de Uber. Antes de eso, te conté cómo SoftBank está arruinando.

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Brian Chesky, CEO y cofundador de Airbnb Inc. (Michael Nagle / Bloomberg a través de Getty Images)

Airbnb está creciendo [19659005] Tras la muerte de cinco personas en una fiesta de Halloween organizada en un alquiler Airbnb en California, y un informe de Vice que señalaba la incapacidad de Airbnb para evitar estafas en todo el país, la compañía dice que comenzará a revisar sus siete listados. [19659006] Las propiedades de Airbnb pronto serán verificadas para la precisión de las fotos, direcciones, detalles de la tarjeta, limpieza, seguridad y servicios básicos para el hogar, de acuerdo con un correo electrónico enviado por la compañía. – Fundador y CEO de Airbnb el miércoles Chesky. Todos los alquileres que cumplan con los nuevos estándares de la compañía estarán "claramente etiquetados" antes del 15 de diciembre de 2020, señala. A partir del próximo mes, Airbnb volverá a reservar o volverá a verificar a los huéspedes que ingresen alquileres que no cumplan con los nuevos estándares de precisión.

Estos cambios, descritos aquí, se producen mientras Airbnb prepara una IPO o una lista directa programada para 2020. La compañía necesitaba algunas adiciones a sus medidas de seguridad apenas allí y también tuvo que hacer un gran gesto (o dos ) en Wall Street después de numerosos desastres de relaciones públicas en las últimas dos semanas. La respuesta de Airbnb a los problemas recientemente resaltados ayudará a determinar las tasas en el mercado público y, dada su respuesta rápida y aparentemente completa, los administradores de fondos podrían estar contentos.


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Reunámonos en Berlín

El equipo TechCrunch visitará este año nuevamente en Berlín para nuestro evento anual, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, que reúne a empresarios e inversores de todo el mundo. Anunciamos la agenda esta semana, con los principales fundadores, incluidos Jen Rubio de Away y Daniel Dines de UiPath. Echa un vistazo a la agenda completa.

Estaré allí para entrevistar a un grupo de capitalistas de riesgo, que brindarán asesoramiento sobre cómo cobrar sus primeros euros. Compra entradas para el evento aquí.


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EN VIVO: Chris Cox, ex Director de Producto, Facebook, en conversación con Lauren Goode

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EN VIVO: vivimos con Chris Cox, ex Director de Producto, Facebook, de nuestra cumbre # WIRED25 en conversación con la escritora senior de WIRED Lauren Goode.

publicado por WIRED viernes, 8 de noviembre de 2019

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En cuanto a lo que lo llevó a comenzar , Cox explicó que "No era algo que sintiera que quisiera pasar otros 13 años en las redes sociales. Mark y yo vimos las cosas de manera ligeramente diferente. I que que [19659018] todavía investigan u00a0 como una industria, como lo hacen usted presupuestos protegiendo [19659018] la privacidad de información de las personas y continuando u00a0 19659020] manteniendo personas seguro ", dijo Cox.

Sobre el hecho de que la transición a la criptografía fue parte de esto, dijo que cree que el cifrado es "excepcional: y que" ofrece una tremenda protección ", pero señaló que" ciertamente de esas cosas más complicadas "sobre la privacidad en comparación con el presupuesto de seguridad. Ha integrado los esfuerzos de Facebook para crear formas de capturar a los malos actores, incluso si están protegidos por la criptografía. Esto incluye iniciativas de alfabetización digital en Brasil e India antes de las elecciones y la oferta de sistemas de reenvío para enviar información cuestionable a los controladores. "Creo que hay ventajas y desventajas con estos sistemas y no soy un verdadero defensor de ninguno de ellos", dijo. dijo Cox, y señaló que lo que Facebook está construyendo está "en resonancia con lo que la gente quiere".

Se le preguntó a Cox sobre el gran debate sobre la oportunidad de Facebook de permitir publ capacidad política "Creemos que la publicidad política puede ser buena y útil. A menudo favorece y llega en comparación con los historiadores". Sin embargo, al controlar los hechos, dijo: "Soy un gran admirador", incluso si Facebook no lo aplica a la publicidad política. Señaló que " I creo que la sociedad debería investigar y está investigando micro objetivos. . . si hay cientos de variantes siendo ejecutadas de creatividad entonces es difícil a obtener sus armas alrededor de lo que es dijo. "También apoyó un contexto adicional en la interfaz de usuario que distingue la publicidad política.

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Chris Cox habla con Wired25

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Próximos proyectos de Cox

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Desde que dejó Facebook, Cox se ha unido al comité asesor de un grupo llamado Acrónimo que está ayudando a construir la tecnología y la campaña de mensajes para los candidatos progresistas ". Este es un área donde mi percepción es que los progresivos tienen [19659020] estaba detrás de en la capacidad a para desarrollar y como un equipo infraestructura que ayuda usted tiene un buen elector f ile, a medida que [19659000] desarrolla mensajes - solo política básica en 2019. "

Lauren Goode de Wired le preguntó si estaba haciendo cola con los progresistas, tomando una posición política y si podía hacerlo mientras todavía estás en Facebook. " Absolutamente no", respondió Cox. " y porque es eso I eso cuando eres en a muy u00a0 función principal en una plataforma tiene el deber de ser mucho más neutral en su política. "

salió con una declaración audaz hecha posible por su independencia". Creo que Trump no debería ser nuestro presidente. La otra cosa que realmente me importa en este momento es el cambio climático y no nos ayudará aquí ".

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Esto llevó a Cox a discutir que también estaba trabajando para asesorar a las nuevas empresas de San Francisco Planet Labs que usa imágenes satelitales para rastrear el cambio climático " La visión de era para que construyera estos pequeños, sobre zapatos caja [19659000] i satélites con paneles solares paneles ali y tienen una flota de en 19659020] espacio, que es real- [19659000] tiempo imágenes la Tierra. "

Con estos datos, Cox explicó que puede rastrear incendios, deforestación, centrales eléctricas de carbón, gas metano y más. Entonces [ Usted puede comenzar a contribuir a para tener un sistema de salud donde ] seis sustancialmente imágenes la Tierra cada hora, y luego estás creando 19659236] algunos [19659203] público datos conjunto con instrumentos que conectan en tomadores de decisiones gerentes, bancos, compañías de seguros, [19659236] compañías de seguros políticos, inversores, periodistas, estudiantes ... "

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Acrónimo y wor Planet Labs k están entrelazados, ya que Cox cree que los datos climáticos demuestran la necesidad de alguien nuevo en la Oficina Oval. Si bien Cox no lo discutió en el escenario, Wired lo él figuraba como parte del grupo Shasta, que es el vehículo de Cox para contribuir a estos proyectos. Sin embargo, no está listo para lanzar una sociedad política y climática completa ". Estoy [19659020] nuevamente [19659020] tan [19659020] joven u00a0 a [19659020] este [19659020] campo [19659020] que [19659020] I [19659020] No tengo suficiente confianza en mi propio mental modelo de del mundo ". [19659083] n Cox concluyó que al explotar a los empleados de la gran empresa y asegurar que los líderes de equipo presten más atención al cambio climático ", I [1 9659018] Creo que tecnología que puede conducir. "U00a0

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Los discursos motivacionales por Chris Cox fueron el foco de la nueva orientación de los empleados de Facebook. Pero después de 14 años en las redes sociales, el Director de Producto comenzó en marzo entre una garantía ejecutiva y el nuevo plan de Facebook para dar prioridad a la privacidad, moviéndose para cifrar sus aplicaciones de mensajería. No se han revelado detalles sobre sus próximos proyectos. Ahora […]

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Official word has come down from federal authorities on one potential cause of the mystery illness affecting vape users: Vitamin E acetate, a chemical found in some vaping products that has been demonstrated to linger in the lungs long afterwards. The finding has been called a “breakthrough” but is far from the last word on the situation.

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Sadly, the condition has already claimed the lives of at least 39 people, and more than 2,000 cases have been reported collectively from every state but Alaska. At present the only advice offered has been to stop vaping altogether.

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In a media teleconference, the heads of the investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained the basis for pointing the finger at Vitamin E acetate. The substance was cited as a possible problem early on but only recent testing has established it as a bona fide suspect, the team explained.

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Samples taken from the lungs of 29 victims of the condition were sent in from 10 different states, and vitamin E acetate was found in all of them. “These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate as the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC .

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Although she agreed that this evidence is a “breakthrough,” she noted that it is at present merely a correlative finding u2014 more research is required to establish causationnamely the mechanism of harm, though other work has been done in that area.

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“Previous non-CDC research suggests that when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung function,” she said.

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“It’s important to note that these findings do not rule out other possible compounds or ingredients that may be causing these lung injuries,” she continued. “There may be more than one cause of the outbreak.”

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Equally important are the statistics involved with the sources of the substances in question. As mentioned earlier in the investigation, a huge proportion of those suffering from this condition were using THC products, and specifically ones acquired through unregulated channels like street dealers.

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The vitamin E acetate may have been added for the purpose of essentially cutting the product, Schuchat mentioned in response to a question on the call.

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“That may be done for the illicit purpose, or the profit purpose, of diluting the materials, making it look nice and perhaps not having to use as much THC or other active ingredients,” she said.

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Other potentially dangerous chemicals have been identified in vape products when heated and aerosolized, including many that even the creators might not have predicted.

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Knowing a potential culprit doesn’t get at the heart of the problem, which would be that this chemical (perhaps among others) has already built up over months or years in the lungs of frequent vape users. Treatment is a parallel line of research, but knowing at least one substance responsible should be helpful.

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The CDC’s previous advice still stands, the officials noted: They advise avoiding vaping altogether, as there are very few controls at present over which ingredients are allowed in vape products, and what must be declared on the packaging, or indeed whether those declarations are in any way accurate.

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on oppor tunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanuta social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Staran astrology app.

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With this initiative, a16z wants to democratize cryptocurrencies. Dixon and the a16z team has been involved in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space for seven years, and the firm now wants to share some of its learnings with entrepreneurs.

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This way, it could give a boost to the crypto community, which could create investment opportunities for a16z down the road u2014 a16z says clearly that participating in the crypto startup school doesn’t mean you’ll receive an investment from a16z. It also positions a16z as a thoughtful investor when it comes to crypto startup investments u2014 not just for participants of the crypto startup school but for the crypto community at large.

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The a16z Crypto Startup School will be a seven-week program that starts February 21, 2020. The program is free and a16z doesnu2019t take any equity.

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Lectures will take place in Menlo Park, so you have to be based in Silicon Valley or willing to spend a couple of months there. And because a16z knows that it can be challenging to move to another country just to attend this program, the firm will also be recording all lectures. Anyone will be able to watch videos and download curriculum materials later.

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The program is looking for 20 to 25 teams, which should represent approximately 40 participants. You should have prior experience when it comes to building software products, but you donu2019t need to be a crytpo expert. Participants can expect 12 to 15 hours of lectures, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities per week.

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on oppor tunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanuta social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Staran astrology app.

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Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodou00a0announced a desire to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta to the East Kalimantan region, citing environmental concerns, the most exigent of these being the fact that Jakarta is literally sinking due to the uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Widodo said he wished to separate Indonesiau2019s government from its business and economic hub in Jakarta.

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However, what would a move from Jakarta do to Indonesiau2019s burgeoning startup economy?

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Shifting administrative governmental hubs

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According to Widodo, studies have determined that the best site for the proposed new capital is between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara, both located in East Kalimantan. The basis of this selection is due to studies highlighting the regionu2019s relative protection from natural disasters, especially when compared to other regions. This would definitely be a benefit for the governmental heart of Indonesia, ensuring continuous administrative functions in a disaster-prone region. Other governments have separated administrative centers from their economic hubs with varying degrees of success, with some examples being Brazilu2019s creation of Brasu00edlia, as well as Koreau2019s projected move from Seoul to Sejong.

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What is most interesting to note from prior examples is that these newer branched-out cities are non-surprisingly, heavily government-centric. In Brasu00edlia, roles tied to the government make up nearly 40% of all jobs, while in Sejong, a lack of facilities like public transit and commercial mall space cause many to commute into Sejong for government work, instead of permanently settling in the area. Given the semi-undeveloped nature of East Kalimantan, these anecdotes are quite troubling if the government is actually moving to North Penajam Paser or Kutai Kertanegara.

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These facts raise the question of economic impacts of such governmental moves. In fact, one may even opine that while these moves do allow for governmental growth, ultimately, they may hurt the country economically due to a divestment between both government and economic hubs. In this specific instance, it is most important to analyze the impact of such a move on Indonesiau2019s startup economy, as the nation is one the worldu2019s leaders in startup growth.

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Indonesiau2019s startup economy

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Indonesia has emerged as a startup hub within Southeast Asia in recent years, with its population of over 260 million marking it as the worldu2019s fourth-most populous country. Additionally, Indonesiau2019s mobile-first population has enabled the full embrace of the internet era, with 95% of all internet users in Indonesia connected to the web via a mobile device.

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Similarly, startup growth has boomed in the island archipelago, with several Indonesian-based unicorns disrupting local, regional, and global economies. Softbank-backed ecommerce giant Tokopedia is currently in talksu00a0for a pre-IPO funding round, while emerging super-app Gojek controls significant portions of the ride-sharing industry in Asia, simultaneously expanding intou00a0separate industriesu00a0to include digital payments, food delivery, and evenu00a0video-streaming. Additionally, online travel portal Traveloka (in which Expedia has a minority stake) has recentlyu00a0entered the financial services space, furthering its impact within Asia. These specific examples of high-growth startups demonstrate a population hungry for innovation, further driving the developing startup economy.

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A move to East Kalimantan would allow for further development in the startup industry, with a focus on ecommerce and sustainability-focused enterprises.

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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re earning a minimum income.

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The model aligns education providers with students’ career outcomes, and one startup is staking a claim to be the leader in the space; Kenzie Academy, a year-long program with a physical campus in Indianapolis u2014 and a student body that’s 66 percent online u2014 announced a partnership with Community Investment Management (CIM) earlier this week that provides $100 million in debt to cover the operating costs associated with students who defer payment through ISAs.

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Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.

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I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, h o w it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years. Here’s the transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

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Eric Peckham: The landscape of software developer training programs is crowded. Where did you see an opportunity to do something different, and how do you position Kenzie relative to others in the market?

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Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps. These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees. I would say that they are disrupting the masters’ program space. We saw a major gap in programs that serve a much larger demographic of people who are much earlier in their development. People who never went to college, or did a little bit of college and dropped out, or just never had a professional work experience. A three-month training is insufficient to get them to a point where they could land a technical job and be successful.

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We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length. For about two-thirds of our students, this is their first post-secondary credential training.

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We are giving them not just the technical skills, but elements from a traditional four-year college as well, like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

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Compared to those other bootcamps or training programs, is Kenzie targeting different job outcomes for its graduates?

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We did a survey of our students that asked them to name the top five tech companies they desired to work for. None of the Silicon Valley companies made the list other than Salesforce. Indianapolis is the second largest Salesforce office outside of San Francisco. The rest of the companies our students named were companies like DMI and Zylo that people in Silicon Valley don’t hear about but are doing very well in the Midwest. Their friends work there. They’re a fabric of the community. If we really want to create job opportunities for the rest of America, we cannot adopt the Silicon Valley mindset.

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Kenzie Academy co-Founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

Kenzie Academy co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

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So how do you evaluate technical aptitude and critical thinking in the admissions process? What’s that process look like, and how has it evolved over the last couple of years? What have you learned in order to make that more effective?

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Prior to founding Kenzie, I started a company nine years ago called AglityIO. The model for AgilityIO was similar to companies like Andela. We were trying to solve the talent crunch in the Bay Area by recruiting and training people with the raw talent in Vietnam. Today, that company works with Google, Uber, NerdWallet, Meetup.com and 150 other tech companies. So Iu2019ve experience in developing processes to identify raw talent in this context.

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As people are doing the online assessments, we collect data points of how long it takes for them to solve the problem, what their different decision points are and things like that. Then as they get enrolled in Kenzie, we continue to collect attendance data, grades, and then placement data and use that to look at success and failure cases. We constantly refine our assessment.

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Are you seeing any particular pattern or cluster in the applications youu2019re receiving or the candidates youu2019re accepting in terms of prior field of employment or aspect of their background?

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Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems.

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These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also s eeking ways to in tegrate Microsoft Research’s innovations into the rest of the company.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI, and it’s putting processes in place to do so. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it somewhat of a focus this week at Ignitea yearly conference that typically focuses more on technical IT management topics.

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At Ignite,u00a0Microsoft will for the first time present these projects externally at a dedicated keynote. That feels similar to what Google used to do with its ATAP group at its I/O events and is obviously meant to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that happens inside of Microsoft (outside of making Excel smarter).

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To manage its AI innovation efforts, Microsoft created the Microsoft AI group led by VP Mitra Azizirad, who’s tasked with establishing thought leadership in this space internally and externally, and helping the company itself innovate faster (Microsoft’s AI for Good projects also fall under this group’s purview). I sat down with Azizirad to get a better idea of what her team is doing and how she approaches getting companies to innovate around AI and bring research projects out of the lab.

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“We began to put together a narrative for the company of what it really means to be in an AI-driven world and what we look at from a differentiated perspective,” Azizirad said. “What we’ve done in this area is something that has resonated and landed well. And now we’re including AI, but we’re expanding beyond it to other paradigm shifts like human-machine interaction, future of computing and digital responsibility, as more than just a set of principles and practices but an area of innovation in and of itself.”

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Currently, Microsoft is doing a very good job at talking and thinking about horizon one opportunities, as well as horizon three projects that are still years out, she said. “Horizon two, we need to get better at, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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It’s worth stressing that Microsoft AI, which launched about two years ago, marks the first time there’s a business, marketing and product management team associated with Microsoft Research, so the team does get a lot of insights into upcoming technologies. Just in the last couple of years, Microsoft has published more than 6,000 research papers on AI, some of which clearly have a future in the company’s products.

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Limits written into existing immigration laws on both the number of green cards issued each year, as well as the number of green cards available based on country of origin, leave some waiting half a century or more for a green card, with people from India and China facing the longest wait times for employment-based green cards.

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In this fiscal year, which ended on October 31, 226,000 family-sponsored green cards and 141,918 employment-based green cards were available. And the per-country cap, which is the maximum number of green cards available to individuals born in a particular country, was 25,754.u00a0

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Although these U.S. laws pose an extra challenge for people born in countries with the highest demand for green cards, if you were born in India or China, there are some things you can do to mitigate this wait.

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The EB-1 green card is considered the u201cfirst preferenceu201d for those who’ll receive offers for employment-based green cards. It offers three unique and accelerated sub-paths:u00a0

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The EB-1A green card for extraordinary ability does not require an employer sponsor or even a job offer, which means itu2019s one of the few self-petition green cards. To demonstrate eligibility,u00a0you must be able to show you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and that you and your work have received national or international acclaim.u00a0

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Individuals who apply for the EB-1A do not need to obtain labor certification (as required of employers). That means the process is simpler and can be much faster than typical employment-based green cards. Also, an individual applicant may have more flexibility to change jobs than if an employer applied on their behalf.

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The EB-1B green card for outstanding researchers and professors requires an employer to sponsor you. Candidates for the EB-1B green card must demonstrate great achievements in their academic field.u00a0

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And finally, the EB-1C green card for multinational managers and executives enables an employer to bring an executive or manager who has been working abroad over to the U.S. to live and work. The EB-1C candidate must have worked outside the U.S. for the employer for at least one year.

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Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Airbnb’s growing up

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Following theu00a0death of five peopleu00a0at a Halloween party hosted at a California Airbnb rental, and a scathingu00a0Vice reportu00a0outlining Airbnbu2019s failure to prevent nation-wide scams, the company says it will begin verifying all seven million of its listings.

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Airbnb properties will soon be verified for accuracy of photos, addresses, listing details, cleanliness, safety and basic home amenities, according to au00a0company-wide emailu00a0sent by Airbnb co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Chesky on Wednesday. All rentals that meet the companyu2019s new standards will be u201cclearly labeledu201d by December 15, 2020, he notes. Beginning next month, Airbnb will rebook or refund guests who check into rentals that do not meet the new accuracy standards.

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These changes, outlined fully herecome as Airbnb preps for an IPO or a direct listing slated for 2020. The company was in need of some serious additions to its barely-there security measures and it also needed to make a grand gesture (or two) to Wall Street following multiple PR disasters over the last two weeks. Airbnb’s response to the recently-highlighted problems will help determine how it fares on the public market and given its quick and seemingly comprehensive response, money managers may be pleased.

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The TechCrunch team is heading to Berlin again this year for our annual event, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, which brings together entrepreneurs and investors from across the globe. We announced the agenda this week, with leading founders including Away’s Jen Rubio and UiPath’s Daniel Dines. Take a look at the full agenda.

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