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  • Author: Pawel Jaszczurowski
  • New Women-focused Accelerator in Seattle
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An alternative perspective on the quality of education – with a lens on inequality – is to instead consider the portion of a country’s universities that are globally ranked. This gives a sense of what share of a nation’s population has access to high-quality tertiary education. In fact, the difference between a country’s performance in absolute number of competitive institutions versus share of schools in that country that are internationally ranked is one measure of the scope of inequality in education.

Educational inequality – especially pertaining to the lack of access by the deserving (but underprivileged) to elite schooling – is driving a wedge in society. Elites are cloistered at prestigious universities, while the masses are left to attend less-competitive schools. Not only do elite schools offer better environments for human capital accumulation, but they also act as a place to foster social networks and develop social capital – all the while excluding the less advantaged – that are paramount for life success.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • Which countries provide their citizens with the best higher education?
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Guanxi, a traditional Chinese concept, refers to longtime acquaintances who have a relationship defined by intimacy, obligation, and a high level of trust. In a business context, the guanxi are a family-like, deeply trusted circle of people who can help grow a business—as opposed to a larger, more professional network where trust and longstanding relationships are not necessarily always present. A guanxi network, says Burt, shares some similarities to what in the US is called the “old boys’ club.” 

For example, some entrepreneurs face what sociologists call “character assassination,” where a person is disparaged by his business contacts. Burt’s previous research—which studied European and American managers—suggests that people who limit themselves to close-knit groups are more likely to badmouth colleagues. In that research, entrepreneurs who made a connection with a key contact in a close-knit group, but who themselves were outside of that group, were most prone to being treated as a source of difficulty, which was attributed to the entrepreneur’s character rather than competence. Additionally, people who complained about others in the confines of a close-knit group also found validation through a type of supportive gossip that sometimes encouraged even more badmouthing.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • Good start-ups have great networks
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Great article in Crunchbase by Joanne Glasner summarizes which universities ranked highest in terms of fund raising.

  • Author: Sonya Sepahban
  • Top Schools for Founders
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  • Author: Sonya Sepahban
  • Women Can Code – as Long as No One Knows They're Women
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The company’s leaders — conscious of how expensive real estate is in Shanghai — were interested in the impact of working from home. Could they continue to grow while avoiding exorbitant office space costs? They solicited worker volunteers for a study in which half worked from home for nine months, coming into the office one day a week, and half worked only from the office.

Bloom tracked these two groups for about two years. The results? “We found massive, massive improvement in performance — a 13% improvement in performance from people working at home,” Bloom says.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • Why Working From Home Is a “Future-looking Technology”
  • #Startup

To find this reason or purpose, experts recommend starting with four questions:

  • What do you love?
  • What are you good at?
  • What does the world need from you?
  • What can you get paid for?

Finding the answers and a balance between these four areas could be a route to ikigai for Westerners looking for a quick interpretation of this philosophy. But in Japan, ikigai is a slower process and often has nothing to do with work or income.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?
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AI is the new electricity

Just as electricity transformed every major industry starting about 100 years ago, AI is now poised to do the same. Several large tech companies have built AI divisions, and started transforming themselves with AI. But in the next few years, companies of all sizes and across all industries will realize that they too must be part of this AI-powered future.

Building an AI-powered society

I hope we can build an AI-powered society that gives everyone affordable healthcare, provides every child a personalized education, makes inexpensive self-driving cars available to all, and provides meaningful work for every man and woman. An AI-powered society that improves every person’s life.

  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • deeplearning.ai: Announcing new Deep Learning courses on Coursera
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  • Congrats to Mixalot, an Early Member of Our Family
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  • Author: Arsames Qajar
  • In Just 1 Tweet Elon Musk Captured the Brutal Truth About Life as an Entrepreneur
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