Blog Archive for 2016

Trump may be just what Women in Business need

Trump good for women in business?? That is what Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, an online investment platform for women, is saying and I happen to agree with her. Here’s the article she recently posted in LinkedIn. Krawcheck is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and is one of the most powerful women on Wall Street. So she might just be worth listening...
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An Airbnb Bait & Switch: a real turkey during Thanksgiving

Since my vacation home was vandalized by an Airbnb guest (see my blog of 4/25/15), trust online has been a huge interest of mine. So much so that I’m currently conducting an academic study on who trusts and when to trust with Airbnb users. (Let me know if you would like to participate!). Because of this research, I quickly notice when my trust is...
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My experience driving around in an Uber and pitching Vijilent

On Wednesday, I took a 15 minute Uber ride around Washington D.C. to pitch Vijilent. The UberPITCH was organized by The Refinery, Uber and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and put over 160 female entrepreneurs face-to-face with VC's (both female and male). UberPITCH was focused on women in tech. To qualify a company had to: Have at least...
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Top nine things to know about machine learning

Machine Learning is a powerful statistical tool to help predict the probability that a prospect is a good candidate for your product/service. Your firm already has the data it needs to conduct Machine Learning. Find who in your organization is responsible for managing data and nd out how you can work with it. There is a Machine Learning...
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Businesses can no longer ignore social media sentiment analysis

Sentiment analysis on social network data A few months ago, three hedge funds used artificial intelligence technology to predict the outcome of the UK vote on Brexit. And benefited greatly from it. The technologies and polling helped generate profits and minimized losses for the firms. Brevan Howard Asset Management used AI technology to measure...
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How a sex worker renting out a home on Airbnb caused $10,000 in damages

A homeowner in Menlo Park unknowingly rented out her home on Airbnb to a sex worker. The guest caused more than $10,000 of damage. Sharon Marzouk, a Menlo Park homeowner, is accusing Airbnb of not protecting its host members. Why? Because her Airbnb guest used an upstairs bathroom as "a place of business" shooting pornographic photos and videos...
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Vijilent launches its Data-Portraits® - What does your social media say about you?

We're really excited to be launching our Data-Portraits® today!  So let me introduce to you our hard work of this summer. What is a Data-Portrait®? A Data-Portrait® is a digital profile based on the social media data of an individual. We gather publicly available data from thousands of sites. The data is brought together and processed. In addition...
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Airbnb's OpenAir2016 - Machine Learning for Diversity

Geek alert.  It's not often that I go technical in a blog, but today's blog topic is spurred by my recent attendance at Airbnb's OpenAir 2016 Tech Conference. So you've been warned. Bias complaints from customers at Airbnb was the hot topic at OpenAir2016, which was held June 8, 2016 in San Francisco. Recent media attention on race problems within...
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73% of Americans are Unfamiliar with the Sharing Economy

Do Americans even know what the sharing economy is? How many Americans participate in the sharing economy? How fast is the sharing economy growing? The Pew Research Center recently conducted a study answering these questions. Even though the sharing economy is becoming more widespread and accessible, many don’t know what it is. It’s sometimes called...
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Uber has to settle. And the next lawsuit is on the way…

Uber settles a $10 million lawsuit over background checks. In California, Uber was sued for claiming its background checks were "industry-leading". But they failed to take drivers' fingerprints and a background check without fingerprints is "completely worthless" claimed San Francisco District Attorney. As a result, Uber no longer advertises for...
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