10 recommended AI, Data Science and Machine Learning Podcasts



The Data Skeptic

Website | iTunes


Linear Digressions

Website | iTunes

1*w1mAks253oWyFOXm2uGFLg Talking Machines
Website | iTunes

The O’Reilly Data Show

Website | iTunes


The O’Reilly Bots Podcast

Website | iTunes


Concerning AI

Website | iTunes


This Week in Machine Learning & AI

Website | iTunes


Data Stories

Website | iTunes


Learning Machines 101

Website | iTunes


Partially Derivative

Website | iTunes

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17 major US companies founded by immigrants

Co-founded by Sergey Brin – Russia

Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company
Founded by Elon Musk – South Africa

Co-founded by Jerry Yang – Taiwan

Co-founded by Eduardo Saverin – Brazil

Founded by Pierre Morad Omidyar – France

General Dynamics
Founded by John Philip Holland – Ireland

Founded by Alexander Graham Bell – Scotland

Co-founded by Andrew Grove – Hungary

Founded by Maxwell Kohl – Poland

Huffington Post
Founded by Arianna Huffington – Greece

Founded by Charles Pfizer – Germany

Panda Express
Founded by Andrew Cherng & Peggy Cherng – Myanmar

Founded by James L. Kraft – Canada

Capital One
Founded by Nigel Morris – England

Founded by Hamdi Ulukaya – Turkey


Source: The “New American” Fortune 500

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Killer services that will help bring your idea to life

MVP, prototypes, landing pages…

QUICKMVP – A simple tool that helps you test any new business idea in just 5 minutes. MVP = Minimum Viable Product.

GENERATOR – Generator is the easiest way to make a landing page for your startup.

PROTO.IO – Proto.io is a web platform enabling users to create fully interactive mobile app prototypes.

LAUNCHROCK – Use LaunchRock to Start Now and Launch Your Landing Page in Minutes. Acquire, engage and grow your audience with powerful social sharing tools & analytics that drive user growth.

INSTAPAGE – Instapage makes building and A/B split testing landing pages simple.

MARVEL -Turn sketches, mockups and designs into web, iPhone, iOS, Android and Apple Watch app prototypes

UNTORCH – A fully automated referral program for email signups

STRIKINGLY -Strikingly is a website builder for anyone to build a gorgeous, mobile-friendly website easily. Quick, simple and stylish

BLOCS APP – Build beautiful websites without touching a line of code with Blocs app.

POP – POP helps you transform your pen + paper ideas into a real working prototype.

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Who are the youngest CEOs of Fortune 500?

Young, smart and rich

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Chairman of Facebook: 32

Keith Cozza, President, CEO and Director of Icahn Enterprises LP: 37

Stefan Larsson, President, CEO and Director of Ralph Lauren: 41

Larry Page, CEO and Director of Alphabet Inc: 43

Jeffrey J. Brown, CEO and Director of Ally Financial: 43

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14 inspiring startups trying to make a difference in the world

Changing the world

Exygy -Design, engineering and social impact consulting for mission-driven organizations including Google.org, the Skoll Foundation, Unicef, USAID and the city and county of San Francisco. (San Francisco)

Enevo -Collect and analyze data from refuse containers across the world in order to create efficiencies, cut the cost of waste collection, and incentivize recycling. (Finland and Distributed)

Khan Academy – Provide free personalized learning resources in math, science, programming, history and more for learners of all ages

Crisis Text Line – Offer free, 24/7 text-message counseling for people in crisis. (New York)

Spoiler Alert -Offer a collaborative, online platform and value-added services that enable food businesses, farms, and nonprofits to create or recover value from surplus food and organic waste. (Boston)

GiveDirectly – Allow governments, foundations, and individual donors to provide direct cash transfers to the extreme poor. (East Africa and New York City)

HandUp – HandUp makes giving to nonprofit organizations and their clients easy, secure and transparent — and your donation goes directly to the cause (San Francisco)

DonorsChoose -Empower public school teachers from across the country to request and get funding for much-needed materials and experiences for their students. (New York)

ArtLifting – Offer artists living with homelessness or disabilities the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. (Boston)

Bayes Impact -Solve pressing public interest problems such as delivery of government services or health risk prediction by building open source software products that leverage data. (San Francisco)

OkHi -Enables the 4 billion people who do not have a physical address to, “Be Included” (Kenya)

Change.org – Allow users to create campaigns to mobilize supporters around issues they care about. (San Francisco)

Countable – Make it easy to understand the laws Congress is considering and streamline the process of giving your opinions lawmakers. (San Francisco)

Crowdpac – A political crowdfunding startup that makes it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. (San Francisco and Washington D.C.)

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The “Unicorns”: Startups valued valued $1 billion or more

Rich Startups!

  1. Uber (San Francisco, United States) – Transportation services – $62 billion
  2. Xiaomi (Beijing, China) – Consumer electronics – $45 billion
  3. Airbnb (San Francisco, United States) – Lodging services- $25.5 billion
  4. Palantir (Palo Alto, United States) – Data analytics software- $20.5 billion
  5. Snapchat (Venice, United States) – Social media- $16 billion
  6. Didi Kuaidi (Beijing, China) – Transportation services – $16 billion
  7. Flipkart (Bangalore, India) – E-commerce- $15 billion
  8. China Internet Plus (Beijing, China) – Internet services- $15 billion
  9. SpaceX (Hawthorne, United States) – Aerospace- $12 billion
  10. Pinterest (San Francisco, United States) – Social media – $11 billion
  11. WeWork (New York, United States) – Coworking – $10 billion
  12. Lufax (Shanghai, China) – Financial services – $10 billion
  13. Dropbox (San Francisco, United States) – Cloud storage – $10 billion
  14. Theranos (Palo Alto, United States) – Health care – $9 billion
  15. Spotify (Stockholm, Sweden) – Streaming media – $8.5 billion
  16. Zhong An (Hong Kong) – Insurance – $8 billion
  17. DJI (Beijing, China) – Robotics – $8 billion
  18. Lyft (San Francisco, United States) – Transportation – $5.5 billion
  19. Intarcia Therapeutics (Boston, United States) – Biotechnology – $5.5 billion
  20. Stripe (San Francisco, United States) – Mobile payments – $5 billion
  21. Stemcentrx (San Francisco, United States) – Cancer treatments – $5 billion
  22. Snapdeal (New Delhi, India) – E-commerce – $5 billion
  23. Ola (aka Olacabs; dba Ani Technologies) (Bangalore, India) – Transportation – $5 billion
  24. Coupang (Seoul, South Korea) – E-commerce- $5 billion
  25. Zenefits (dba YourPeople) (San Francisco, United States) – Business Software – $4.5 billion
  26. Vice Media (New York, United States) – Media & entertainment – $4 billion
  27. Social Finance (aka SoFi) (San Francisco, United States) – Financial services – $4 billion
  28. Tanium (Emeryville, United States) – Business software – $3.7 billion
  29. UCar (dba Shenzhou Zuche) (Beijing, China) – Transportation  – $3.6 billion
  30. Credit Karma (San Francisco, United States) – Financial software – $3.5 billion
  31. Global Fashion Group (London, United Kingdom) – E-commerce – $3.4 billion
  32. Meizu (Zhuhai, China) – Consumer electronics – $3.3 billion
  33. Jawbone (dba AliphCom) (San Francisco, United States) – Consumer electronics – $3.3 billion
  34. CloudFlare (San Francisco, United States) – Web publishing – $3.2 billion
  35. Machine Zone (Palo Alto, United States) – Video games – $3.1 billion
  36. Delivery Hero (Berlin, Germany) – Food delivery – $3.1 billion
  37. Wish (dba ContextLogic) (San Francisco, United States) – E-commerce – $3 billion
  38. Vancl (Beijing, China) – E-commerce – $3 billion
  39. Sogou (Beijing, China) – Search engine – $3 billion
  40. Moderna Therapeutics (Cambridge, United States) – Biotechnology – $3 billion
  41. Legendary Entertainment (Burbank, United States) – Film – $3 billion
  42. Fanatics (Jacksonville, United States) – E-commerce – $3 billion
  43. Ele.me (Shanghai, China) – Food delivery – $3 billion
  44. DocuSign (San Francisco, United States) – Business software – $3 billion
  45. Bloom Energy (Sunnyvale, United States) – Alternative energy – $3 billion
  46. Slack (San Francisco, United States) – Business software – $2.9 billion
  47. HelloFresh (Berlin, Germany) – Food delivery – $2.9 billion
  48. Powa (London, United Kingdom) – Mobile payments – $2.7 billion
  49. Klarna (Stockholm, Sweden) – Mobile payments – $2.5 billion
  50. InMobi (San Francisco, United States) – Advertising – $2.5 billion

Source: Fortune

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The 30 world’s biggest companies in 2016

The Chineses are doing very well!

  1. Walmart – $482,130 (United States)
  2. State Grid – $329,601 (China)
  3. China National Petroleum – $299,271 (China)
  4. Sinopec Group – $294,344 (China)
  5. Royal Dutch Shell – $272,156 (Netherlands)
  6. Exxon Mobil – $246,204 (United States)
  7. Volkswagen – $236,600 (Germany)
  8. Toyota Motor – $236,592 (Japan)
  9. Apple – $233,715 (United States)
  10. BP – $225,982 (United Kingdom)
  11. Berkshire Hathaway – $210,821 (United States)
  12. McKesson – $192,487 (United States)
  13. Samsung Electronics – $177,440 (South Korea)
  14. Glencore – $170,497 (Switzerland)
  15. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China – $167,227 (China)
  16. Daimler – $165,800 (Germany)
  17. UnitedHealth Group – $157,107 (United States)
  18. CVS Health – $153,290 (United States)
  19. EXOR Group – $152,591 (Italy)
  20. General Motors – $152,356 (United States)
  21. Ford Motor – $149,558 (United States)
  22. China Construction Bank – $147,910 (China)
  23. AT&T – $146,801 (United States)
  24. Total – $143,421 (France)
  25. Hon Hai Precision Industry – $141,213 (Taiwan)
  26. General Electric – $140,389 (United States)
  27. China State Construction Engineering – $140,159 (China)
  28. AmerisourceBergen – $135,962 (United States)
  29. Agricultural Bank of China – $133,419 (China)
  30. Verizon – $131,620 (United States)

Source: Fortune 500

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The 10 biggest tech acquisitions of all time

Tech money

  1. Dell Inc agrees to buy EMC for $67 billion in 2015
  2. Avago Technologies agrees to buy Broadcom for $37 billion in 2015
  3. Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016
  4. HP buys Compaq for $25 billion in 2002
  5. Facebook buys WhatsApp for $21.8 billion in 2014
  6. VeriSign buys Network Solutions for $21 billion in 2002
  7. HP buys EDS for $13.9 billion in 2008
  8. Symantec buys Veritas for $13.5 billion in 2005
  9. Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2014
  10. NXP agrees to buy Freescale for $11.8 billion in 2015


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20 great tools for entrepreneurs and startups

Entrepreneurs and Startups, you are welcome!

Asana – Asana lets you have excelling access over your work platform from web as well as mobile. The workflow has never been as convenient as is now due to this project management tool.

Board Management -Board Management is a web application designed to help you manage your board of directors and non-profit organization more effectively.

Buffer – Buffer, is a social media management app that allows you to tie your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to one place. One of its greatest features is the ability to plan and post updates on your accounts at specific times.

Canva -Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so on

Dropbox -Dropbox simplifies the way you create, share and collaborate. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.

Edgar – Instead of publishing your social media updates just once and throwing them away, he carefully catalogues them in a library that you build over time.

EmailOctopus – EmailOctopus allows you to manage and email your subscribers for far cheaper by connecting your Amazon SES account. Powerful analytics, bounce/complaint tracking and more.

Hootsuite – Manage and schedule posts to multiple social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and more, all from one app

Intercom – Intercom offers a way for every team in an internet business to see and talk to customers, with products for live chat, marketing, feedback, and support.

Kissmetrics – Kissmetrics is a person-based analytics platform for your whole team. It all starts by reviewing your sales funnel and building profiles on your best kind of leads.

Mailerlite – MailerLite is a very simple email marketing tool for Small Businesses.

RescueTime – Free software program that helps you understand your daily habits and as such make the best use of your time every day.

Trello – Trello gives a perspective over all your projects, at work, and at home. Whether it’s managing a team, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a grocery list, Trello is your sidekick for getting things done and staying organized.

Pipedrive – Sales pipeline is a popular sales management tool designed to help small businesses master the selling process.

Podio – This project management tool is extremely beneficial for all the companies which are startups for handling the projects which are of complex nature.

Teamwork -A suite of online collaboration tools designed to maximize your team’s productivity, communication and overall customer happiness.

Timely – Use a time-tracking tool like Timely to create schedules for each of your employees. You can break down their workload by specifying one task at a time and manage everyone’s workweek all in one place.

Toggl -A simple online timer with a powerful timesheet calculator. Syncs with iOS & Android app.

Xero – Xero is a simple-to-use (with mobile apps) accounting website, with revenue and expense reporting system.

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