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How to build your business on what’s not going to change


 He’s been up. He’s been down. At least, that’s what you’d expect.  

Late last month—for six short but glorious hours—Jeff Bezos was officially crowned the world’s richest person. Then, in this morning’s premarket session Amazon’s stock dropped by nearly a full percent in the wake of a Tweet from President Trump:   

Image: Twitter screenshot

So far, neither Bezos nor Amazon has responded. Why?  

The reason could be perspective

“I very frequently get the question,” Bezos has famously noted, “‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two.’” 

Using that quote as jumping off point, Jeffrey and Bryan Eisenberg’s recent book Be Like Amazon: Even A Lemonade Stand Can Do It presents a narrative-driven account of Amazon’s four unchanging pillars: (1) customer centricity, (2) a culture of innovation, (3) corporate agility, and (4) continuous optimization. 

Be Like Amazon’s parabolic style makes it perhaps the easiest-to-digest examination of what makes Amazon grow. However, for anybody wanting more, 12 books — three for each pillar, two modern and one ancient — can teach you exactly how build your business on “what’s not going to change.” 

Customer centricity 

When Amazon launched, Jeff Bezos said he wanted to be “Earth’s most customer centric company.” This wasn’t because he thought of customer obsession as something touchy feely. Rather, he understood that data — real, hard numbers — could be used to programmatically learn more about your customer and personalize their experience.

Modern: 

۱٫ Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek 

۲٫ Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh 

Ancient: 

۳٫ An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith 

First published in 1776 at the outset of the Industrial Revolution, Smith’s text laid the intellectual foundations of free-market capitalism. Although he only used the term once, Smith became best known for his articulation of the “invisible hand” theory — that competition drives both profitability and equilibrium. No business owner can fully understand the shape of today’s consumer-centered global economy without thoroughly digesting this foundational text. 

The value of any commodity, therefore, to the person who possesses it and who means not to use or consume it himself, but to exchange it for other commodities, is equal to the quantity of labour which it enables him to purchase or command. . . . The real price of everything, what everything really costs to the man who wants to acquire it, is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.


Culture of innovation 

Amazon isn’t typically thought of as a “tech” company. And yet, Bezos’ baby spends more on research and development than Google and Apple combined. For years, they’ve pushed the limits by developing in-house tools and spent billions acquiring start-ups. Everything from the Kiva robots that improve their fulfillment operations to a 3D printing marketplace to re-imagining brick and mortar checkouts with Amazon Go. 

Modern: 

۴٫ The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen 

۵٫ Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steve Johnson 

Ancient: 

۶٫ On Innovation: HBR’s 10 Must Reads by Harvard Business Review 

The late 20th Century may not be as ancient as the 18th, but there’s a reason HBR leads off their authoritative text on innovation with Peter F. Drucker’s classic essay, “The Discipline of Innovation.” Heralded as “the man who invented modern management” by Business Week, “The Discipline of Innovation” is the culmination of Drucker’s life work at the forefront of seismic shifts in business. 

In innovation, as in any other endeavor, there is talent, there is ingenuity, and there is knowledge. But when all is said and done, what innovation requires is hard, focused, purposeful work. If diligence, persistence, and commitment are lacking, talent, ingenuity, and knowledge are of no avail.

Corporate agility 

Amazon’s teams are organized for execution. As a rule, they keep them small and cross-functional. Moreover, they’re given autonomy to execute end-to-end without gathering resources or buy-in from other teams. In place of fixed hierarchical structures, Amazon prioritizes three things: (1) allegiance to the data, (2) discovery through experimentation, and (3) a willingness to change course. 

Modern: 

۷٫ The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth by Chris Zook and James Allen 

۸٫ Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) by Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone 

Ancient: 

۹٫ The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius 

What do the musings of a 2nd Century Roman emperor have to do with Amazon? In a word: death. As Bezos himself once said, “Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.” Largely considered to be the most notable popularizer of stoicism, Marcus Aurelius lived his life under the shadow of its end. Rather than blind allegiance to status quo, this focus on the brevity of existence made Aurelius a man acutely aware of his own limitations and readyn to take action.  

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.


Continuous optimization 

Amazon knows that optimization is neither a tactic nor a project but rather a competitive advantage woven into the heartbeat of their business. According to shareholder letters, the company runs over 1,900 experiments each year. This when the typical company struggles to run two to five tests a month. They focus on optimizing every process: marketing, fulfillment, inventory management, and finance. There are no sacred cows that cannot be improved.  

Modern: 

۱۰٫ Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown 

۱۱٫ The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer By Jeffrey K Liker  

Ancient: 

۱۲٫ An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume 

A contemporary of Adam Smith, David Hume was one-part scientist and one-part epistemologist. In other words, he not only studied but revolutionized the way modern society acquires knowledge. Skeptical of superstition as a source for truth — i.e., inherited knowledge — An Enquiry presented the most comprehensive application of the scientific method of its time. Modern businesses of every kind stand to gain much from embracing those same rigorous standards. 

To begin with clear and self-evident principles, to advance by timorous and sure steps, to review frequently our conclusions, and examine accurately all their consequences; though by these means we shall make both a slow and a short progress in our systems; are the only methods, by which we can ever hope to reach truth, and attain a proper stability and certainty in our determinations.

There’s nothing ‘new’ about Amazon 

If there’s one thing that Be Like Amazon: Even A Lemonade Stand Can Do It and the other 12 books mentioned above makes clear … it’s that innovation and disruption are anything but new. 

Instead, the pillars that led to Jeff Bezos’ six hour reign as the richest person in the world echo the words of another man who also wore that title, this time from roughly 2,500 years ago: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” 

Well, except maybe presidential Tweets. But with the right perspective, even that won’t shake you. 

Aaron Orendorff is the founder of iconiContent and a regular contributor at Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Fast Company, Business Insider and more. Connect with him about content marketing (and bunnies) on Facebook or Twitter.

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cordova – Android PhoneGap build issues


I built an app with PhoneGap for Android and got several issues when testing on my phone (Samsung; Android 5.1.1; WebView 55.0.2883.91):

  1. The screen is rescaled and the viewport meta tag is ignored. It looks like this

This issue is gone when testing on Xperia Z3 (WebView 58.0.3029.83)

My viewport meta tag looks like this: <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, minimum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no, minimal-ui" />

  1. The screen blinks (flickers) occasionally

  2. Sounds play only after you tap the screen. (I’ve heard that this is normal for iOS, but it’s not for Android)

  3. Ad videos are stuck at the start and keep restarting. While on Xperia Z3 the performance of the video is poor. Although this issue may have nothing to do with PhoneGap, but I thought I should mention it.

Please help! I’m at the final stage of releasing my app, but these frustrating problems are keeping me away from it!



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javascript – Update angular material2 to latest build


I am using angular material ng-table and wanto to generate columns dynamically.
Following example contains html template. This is working example of “statically” defined table template. I want to replace all columnd definitions with something like code in comments.

<md-table #table [dataSource]="dataSource">
<ng-container cdkColumnDef="userId">
    <md-header-cell *cdkHeaderCellDef> ID </md-header-cell>
    <md-cell *cdkCellDef="let row"> {{row['userId']}} </md-cell>
  </ng-container>

  <ng-container cdkColumnDef="progress">
    <md-header-cell *cdkHeaderCellDef> Progress </md-header-cell>
    <md-cell *cdkCellDef="let row"> {{row['progress']}}% </md-cell>
  </ng-container>

  <ng-container cdkColumnDef="userName">
    <md-header-cell *cdkHeaderCellDef> Name </md-header-cell>
    <md-cell *cdkCellDef="let row"> {{row['userName']}} </md-cell>
  </ng-container>

  <ng-container cdkColumnDef="color">
    <md-header-cell *cdkHeaderCellDef>Color</md-header-cell>
    <md-cell *cdkCellDef="let row" [style.color]="row.color"> {{row['color']}} </md-cell>
  </ng-container>

  <md-header-row *cdkHeaderRowDef="displayedColumns"></md-header-row>
  <md-row *cdkRowDef="let row; columns: displayedColumns;"></md-row>

<!-- <ng-container
  *ngFor='let column of tableOptions.columnDefs'
  cdkColumnDef='column.columnDef'>
  <md-header-cell *cdkHeaderCellDef> {{column.headName}} </md-header-cell>
  <md-cell *cdkCellDef="let row"> {{row[column.columnDef]}} </md-cell>
</ng-container> -->

columnDefs json looks like this:

columnDefs: [
    {
      columnDef: 'userId',
      headName: 'ID'
    },
    {
      columnDef: 'userName',
      headName: 'Name'
    },
    {
      columnDef: 'progress',
      headName: 'Progress'
    },
    {
      columnDef: 'color',
      headName: 'Color'
    }
  ]

When I try using *ngFor, I get this error:

    TableComponent.html:24 
ERROR Error: cdk-table: Could not find column with id "userId".
    at getTableUnknownColumnError (cdk.es5.js:1780)
    at cdk.es5.js:2111
    at Array.map (<anonymous>)
    at MdTable.webpackJsonp.../../../cdk/@angular/cdk.es5.js.CdkTable._getHeaderCellTemplatesForRow (cdk.es5.js:2108)
    at MdTable.webpackJsonp.../../../cdk/@angular/cdk.es5.js.CdkTable._renderHeaderRow (cdk.es5.js:2016)
    at SafeSubscriber._next (cdk.es5.js:1952)
    at SafeSubscriber.webpackJsonp.../../../../rxjs/Subscriber.js.SafeSubscriber.__tryOrUnsub (Subscriber.js:238)
    at SafeSubscriber.webpackJsonp.../../../../rxjs/Subscriber.js.SafeSubscriber.next (Subscriber.js:185)
    at Subscriber.webpackJsonp.../../../../rxjs/Subscriber.js.Subscriber._next (Subscriber.js:125)
    at Subscriber.webpackJsonp.../../../../rxjs/Subscriber.js.Subscriber.next (Subscriber.js:89)

Is it possible to generate columns dynamically?



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iphone – phonegap build ios app not showing custom icon and splash screen


I am using windows 10. When i am developing an android and ios app using phone gap. I am building apk and ipa from http://build.phonegap.com . The android app work as fine and showing custom icon and splash screen but in ios it is not showing custom icon and splash screen. In ios application the icon and splash screen are showing default cordova image. How to solve this problem. My source code is shown below.

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<widget id="com.klystrontech.lemonpr" version="1.0.0" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/ns/widgets" xmlns:gap="http://phonegap.com/ns/1.0">
<name>Lemon PR</name>
<description>Lemon PR app for event booking</description>
<author href="http://phonegap.com" email="support@phonegap.com">Klystrontech Team</author>
<content src="http://stackoverflow.com/index.html" />
<preference name="DisallowOverscroll" value="true" />
<preference name="android-minSdkVersion" value="14" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-battery-status" source="npm" spec="~1.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-camera" source="npm" spec="~2.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-media-capture" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-console" source="npm" spec="~1.0.2" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-contacts" source="npm" spec="~2.0.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device" source="npm" spec="~1.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device-motion" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device-orientation" source="npm" spec="~1.0.2" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-dialogs" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-file" source="npm" spec="~4.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-file-transfer" source="npm" spec="~1.5.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-geolocation" source="npm" spec="~2.1.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-globalization" source="npm" spec="~1.0.3" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-inappbrowser" source="npm" spec="~1.3.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-media" source="npm" spec="~2.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-network-information" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-splashscreen" source="npm" spec="~3.2.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-statusbar" source="npm" spec="~2.1.2" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-vibration" source="npm" spec="~2.1.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-whitelist" source="npm" spec="~1.2.1" />



<plugin name="cordova-plugin-splashscreen" source="npm" />

<splash src="splash.png" />
<preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="25000" />
    <preference name="SplashMaintainAspectRatio" value="true" />
<preference name="ShowSplashScreenSpinner" value="false" />
<platform name="android">
    <icon density="ldpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-ldpi-icon.png" />
    <icon density="mdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-mdpi-icon.png" />
    <icon density="hdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-hdpi-icon.png" />
    <icon density="xhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xhdpi-icon.png" />
    <icon density="xxhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xxhdpi-icon.png" />
    <icon density="xxxhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xxxhdpi-icon.png" />
    <splash density="land-ldpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-ldpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="land-mdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-mdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="land-hdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-hdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="land-xhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-xhdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="land-xxhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-xxhdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="land-xxxhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-land-xxxhdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-ldpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-ldpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-mdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-mdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-hdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-hdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-xhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-xhdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-xxhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-xxhdpi-screen.png" />
    <splash density="port-xxxhdpi" src="www/res/screen/android/drawable-port-xxxhdpi-screen.png" />
    </platform>
    <platform name="ios">
<icon height="57" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon.png"/>
    <icon height="114" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="40" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-40.png"/>
    <icon height="80" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-40@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="50" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-50.png"/>
    <icon height="100" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-50@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="60" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60.png"/>
    <icon height="120" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="180" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60@3x.png"/>
    <icon height="72" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-72.png"/>
    <icon height="144" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-72@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="76" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-76.png"/>
    <icon height="152" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-76@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="29" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small.png"/>
    <icon height="58" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small@2x.png"/>
    <icon height="87" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small@3x.png"/>
    <splash height="1136" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="1334" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="2208" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="1242" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="1536" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="768" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="2048" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="1024" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="960" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
    <splash height="480" platform="ios" src="www/res/screen/ios/screen-ipad-landscape.png"/>
</platform>
<platform name="wp8">
    <icon height="99" platform="wp8" src="www/res/icon/wp8/ApplicationIcon.png" width="99" />
    <icon height="159" platform="wp8" src="www/res/icon/wp8/Background.png" width="159" />
    <splash height="1280" platform="wp8" src="www/res/screen/wp8/screen-portrait.jpg" width="768" />
</platform>
<platform name="windows">
    <icon height="150" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square150x150Logo.scale-100.png" width="150" />
    <icon height="30" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square30x30Logo.scale-100.png" width="30" />
    <icon height="50" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/StoreLogo.scale-100.png" width="50" />
    <splash height="300" platform="windows" src="www/res/screen/windows/SplashScreen.scale-100.png" width="620" />
    <icon height="120" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/StoreLogo.scale-240.png" width="120" />
    <icon height="44" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square44x44Logo.scale-100.png" width="44" />
    <icon height="106" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square44x44Logo.scale-240.png" width="106" />
    <icon height="70" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square70x70Logo.scale-100.png" width="70" />
    <icon height="71" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square71x71Logo.scale-100.png" width="71" />
    <icon height="170" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square71x71Logo.scale-240.png" width="170" />
    <icon height="360" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square150x150Logo.scale-240.png" width="360" />
    <icon height="310" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square310x310Logo.scale-100.png" width="310" />
    <icon height="150" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Wide310x150Logo.scale-100.png" width="310" />
    <icon height="360" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Wide310x150Logo.scale-240.png" width="744" />
    <splash height="1920" platform="windows" src="www/res/screen/windows/SplashScreenPhone.scale-240.png" width="1152" />
</platform>
<access origin="tel:*" launch-external="true"/>
<allow-intent href="http://*/*" />
<allow-intent href="https://*/*" />
<allow-intent href="tel:*" />
<allow-intent href="sms:*" />
<allow-intent href="mailto:*" />
<allow-intent href="geo:*" />
<platform name="android">
    <allow-intent href="market:*" />
</platform>
<platform name="ios">
    <allow-intent href="itms:*" />
    <allow-intent href="itms-apps:*" />
</platform>
</widget>



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۶ social entrepreneurs helping build a better tomorrow (Paid content by UBS)


As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Below, we’ve selected six young people as examples of entrepreneurs bringing us closer to turning the UN’s SDGs into realities.

Brendan Carroll, founder of Skycision

Despite the fact that the average U.S. farmer spends around 1,000 hours a year manually scouting fields for signs of disease and other areas of stress, around 6% of annual crops are lost due to undetected threats, explains Brendan Carroll, the founder of Skycision. In developing nations, this number can be as high as 35%. Experts predict food production needs to increase by 70% in the next 30 years to accommodate rising population levels — so these losses are particularly concerning.

Skycision helps farmers collect and analyze aerial imagery — taken via drone and satellite — to detect potential crop issues faster and more efficiently. Carroll came up with the idea as a student at Carnegie Mellon while studying commercial drone use; he realized there were more noble uses for drones than same-day toothpaste delivery. Long term, Carroll envisions a world in which Skycision can help tackle macro issues affecting global food security. 

“Skycision’s mission is to help maximize the potential of land under harvest to help feed the world,” he explains. “While our efforts are largely domestic today, we see massive opportunities to make impacts in developing countries that can drastically enhance their productivity, while also helping poor rural growers become more economically viable.”

“To really make a substantial impact, we need to be thinking global.”

To begin making progress on the UN’s SDGs such as developing sustainable agriculture practices and eliminating hunger, it’s crucial to think on a global scale. 

“The social need is prevalent and obvious; the challenge is how to make it accessible. We need to come together as an industry to innovate solutions that overcome [these issues],” says Carroll. “Today, we are just scratching the surface, but it’s our mission to make this technology accessible to the most dire and underprivileged regions of the world.”

Analisa Balares, founder of Womensphere

Analisa Balares’ organization, The Womensphere Foundation, is just one example of a group trying to make the UN’s SDG of gender equality a reality.

Balares created Womensphere to empower women and girls around the globe. The organization focuses on scaling education on a global level, creating mentorship platforms, and encouraging continuous learning and the leadership and entrepreneurial development of women.

Balares, who was born in the Philippines and eventually went on to pursue an Ivy League education and prosperous career path in the U.S., says she “wanted to replicate and spread this type of empowerment to women and girls across the world.”

Womensphere has five cornerstone initiatives: Leveraging technology and media to educate and empower; developing programs to unleash women’s potential; advancing the next generation of women leaders; mobilizing the global community; and recognizing world-changing innovators at the Womensphere Global Awards. Balares says that this “ecosystem” and community-focused approach differentiates Womensphere from other similar organizations. 

Womensphere also relies on partnerships with rural communities to spread the word to parts of the world that may not have reliable internet access.

“Womensphere is building a global network of incubators designed to empower women and girls to create the future,” explains Balares. “This is the most important investment we can be making as a society: Unleashing the full potential of half the world’s population.”

Analisa Balares is part of the UBS Global Visionary program. Read more about her story and learn about other young entrepreneurs making an impact around the world.

Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup

In the middle of pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering, Boyan Slat dropped out of university to tackle one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time: The pollution of our oceans. Slat, appalled at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and other collections of plastic pollution littering our oceans, devised a way to take action. 

The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Slat in 2013, is a pollution collection system driven by ocean currents. It’s estimated that the project could remove up to half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods (like vessels and nets), in a fraction of the time. A prototype deployed in June of 2016, and the first working pilot system is set to launch later this year. 

The program ties in nicely with the UN’s SDG to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources.”

“We’re driving the largest cleanup in history,” says Slat. “The way the clean-up system works is that we let the plastic come to us, using the ocean currents in our advantage. We can now clean up 50% of the patch in just five years’ time.”

Slat’s efforts have earned him numerous accolades, including being named the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s Champion of the Earth award.

There’s no better feeling than having an idea and then seeing that become reality,” says Slat.

Atif Javed, founder of Tarjimly

In an article published earlier this year, Mashable covered Atif Javed’s startup Tarjimly and how it’s helping refugees around the globe. The company instantly connects refugees, non-profits, and immigrants in need of translation services (like medical or legal aid) to translators around the world. Today, the company boasts a community of more than 2,200 translators as well as 15 partner organizations. 

“Our mission is to put a translator in the pocket of every person in need by building the future of person-to-person translation,” explains Javed. “Our vision is a world where refugees are no longer statistics in our minds, but real people that we talk to and help every single day.”

The initial inspiration for the project, says Javed — whose resume includes companies like NASA, EdX, Tesla, Apple, and Oracle — was “the raw feeling of helplessness that we [cofounders Aziz Alghunaim and Abubakar Abid] felt about the refugee crisis over the past six years.” Javed explains that communication is one of the biggest problems refugees face while stuck in limbo in camps, navigating safety routes, or resettling into a new home. 

The initiative fits perfectly into the UN’s SDG number 16, which seeks to “promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies.”

“Our long-term goal is to empower a whole new economy around person-to-person translation in every language,” says Javed, explaining that in the future the company aims to became a “world-class technology company for social good… pushing the boundaries of language and refugee research.”

Rachel Sumekh, founder of Swipe Out Hunger

The idea for Swipe Out Hunger, explains Rachel Sumekh, was sparked by a friend’s simple CTA on Facebook: He asked fellow UCLA students to donate their unused dining hall funds to the hungry. Today, the movement has grown to a full-fledged non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness and collecting donations to end hunger.

In 2015, the organization shifted its focus to specifically concentrate on student hunger, which, says Sumekh, is a surprisingly common problem — especially among students who rely upon financial aid.

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“Financial aid covers tuition, it might cover your housing, but food is the first thing that gets cut [when money is tight],” she says. “We decided we want to lead this movement.” 

The organization runs “Swipes drives” (events where students can choose to donate via “Swipe machine,” paper sign-up sheet or online). Donations are then distributed to meal voucher programs on campus, campus “food closets,” and local community partners. 

To date, more than 10,000 students have donated at more than 16 schools nationwide, and more than 120 universities have expressed interest in developing a Swipes program of their own. The progress is a great start on the UN’s SDG of eliminating hunger.

Sumekh says that in the long term, the organization hopes to have an impact on the cycle of poverty. “The impact that having a college degree has on your lifetime earning is massive,” she says, adding that the cost of just a couple meals can help enormously. “You can’t imagine what it’s like to go to class and have to concentrate when you’re starving,” she adds.

Leila Janah, founder of Samasource

Sama is the foundational concept behind Samasource, a non-profit founded by social entrepreneur Leila Janah in 2008; In Sanskrit, the word means “equal.”

The company helps provide jobs to marginalized women and young people in some of the most impoverished parts of the world (in countries like Kenya, Uganda, India, and Haiti), connecting low-income job seekers to dignified work in the tech sector — and for big-name companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Microsoft. The company has also branched out to include Samaschool, an organization that provides digital skills training to low-income individuals.

Janah says that the company has helped transform the lives of more than 34,000 people around the world, increasing workers’ income from $2 per day to $8 per day. And that’s just the start.

“In the next decade I want to get us to more than $100 million in sales and move more than 100,000 people out of poverty permanently,” says Janah. “Reaching self-sustainability was always a major goal for Samasource. A non-profit that’s able to run off earned revenue and become less reliant on big grants and donations is pretty of unheard of, and we reached this milestone just a few months ago.”

To accomplish the company’s ambitious goals, Janah says she’s currently focused on making Samasource’s impact sourcing model a more mainstream practice among big corporations. This would be a major milestone for the UN’s SDG to “promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.”

“It’s said that the ‘Global 2000’ spend $12 trillion on goods and services annually,” explains Janah. “If those companies allocated even the tiniest percentage of their procurement budgets to impact sourcing, or changed their hiring or procurement practices to ensure that low-income people are included in their supply chain, imagine the impact that could have.”

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Facebook plans to build its own IRL town with homes, offices, and a grocery store


Facebooktown.
Facebooktown.

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Facebook isn’t content with just governing everything you do online. The social networking giant announced plans this week to turn part of its Menlo Park, California property into a “mixed-use village” that’ll be like its own town. 

The property at Facebook’s corporate headquarters will contain a grocery store, a pharmacy, housing, office space, and other services that people usually access in their own, non-Zuckerberg-controlled towns.  

“Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services,” said a post on the Facebook Community page. 

Facebook intends to file its plan with Menlo Park this month. The company expects the review process to last two years, and for construction to follow in phases. The first set of stores, housing, and office space could be completed in 2021. 

In part, this ambitious plan is meant to combat housing crisis in and around San Francisco, where supply is low and prices are sky-high. Facebook’s campus will contain 1,500 housing units, and 15 percent of those will be available at below-market rates, the company said. 

The housing is then meant to spur development in transportation. Population density at Facebook would “support new east-west connections and a future transit center,” Facebook said. 

The company is calling this project Willow Campus. It sounds like either the future, or a major blast to the coal mining towns of the past. 

“This is only the beginning. Going forward, we plan to continue to work closely with local leaders and community members to ensure Facebook’s presence is a benefit to the community. It’s one we’re lucky to call home,” Facebook’s post said. 

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Oculus founder plots tech startup to help Trump build border wall


Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey

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If you thought the pioneering founder of virtual reality company Oculus, Palmer Luckey, was just going to fade into the shadows with his Facebook money, think again. 

While recent reports indicated that his second act might be a gaming company, it turns out that he’s also working on a security company that has an ominously familiar mission: policing immigration border walls. 

Details about Luckey’s new startup were revealed on Sunday night in a report from the New York Times that cites at least three “people familiar” with the VR expert’s plans. 

The primary mission of the startup, which will be funded in part with cash from Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, will be to develop surveillance technology that uses lidar (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, a technology common in self-driving cars), infrared sensors, and cameras to help border officials prevent illegal crossings. 

“We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer.” —Palmer Luckey

“We are spending more than ever on defense technology, yet the pace of innovation has been slowing for decades,” Luckey said in a statement to the Times, confirming the existence of the startup. “We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer.”

Such a startup from most tech founders wouldn’t raise many eyebrows. But the fact that Luckey has been previously identified as a Trump supporter — along with his backer, fellow Trump supporter Thiel — the collection of facts immediately raises the specter of Trump’s frequently mentioned border wall with Mexico. Until now, it seemed as though the wall might have been just another campaign promise lost amid the chaos of Trump’s White House. But it’s possible that Luckey’s sensor technology could make it much easier for Trump to deploy a “virtual” border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. 

In the report, we also learn that Luckey owns at least two properties in New York and California that house decommissioned missile silos, and owns several military vehicles, adding him to the list of eccentric tech founder preppers who appear to be spending millions to prepare for social collapse.   

And if those very obvious connecting dots aren’t enough to bolster the notion of Luckey as Trump’s border wall go-to guy, the report even claims that Luckey has already met with Trump official Steve Bannon to discuss using the technology on the wall. 

Following the 2016 revelations that he’d funded a pro-Trump, anti-Hillary Clinton internet effort, Luckey has tried to frame his politics in the vaguest of terms, but there’s nothing vague about his new startup. If Trump’s widely condemned border wall moves forward, it looks like Luckey is going to be one of the main operatives helping to make it a not-so-virtual reality.   

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