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KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry

KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

KCBS Radio reports on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's visit to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.


USF's Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghiraraduzzi spoke with KCBS Radio News about Jackson's strategy and why people of color need to be part of the booming tech industry.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been working in various roles in higher education administration for the past 18 years and is currently part of leadership at the University of San Francisco. Working with faculty, staff and students, and diverse communities through the San Francisco Bay area, she promotes an understanding of diversity as core to a holistic and sustainable higher education organization. 

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硅谷乒乓球桌卖得不好 有人说这是科技公司要完

硅谷乒乓球桌卖得不好 有人说这是科技公司要完 | USF in the News | Scoop.it
导语:国外媒体本周刊文称,近期,硅谷的乒乓球桌销量正在下降,这或许反映了硅谷科技泡沫的走向。在硅谷科技行业,打乒乓球被认为是员工的应得权利之一。以下为文章主要内容:Twitter上周发布的季度财报令许多投资者忧心。不过,如果他们关注另一项重
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The Wall Street Journal: Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer

The Wall Street Journal: Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer | USF in the News | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO— Twitter ’s gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had they noticed one key indicator.

Until late 2014, Twitter was regularly ordering tables from Billiard Wholesale, a store in San Jose, Calif. Then, suddenly, it wasn’t.

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Mark Cannice, a University of San Francisco professor, issues a quarterly index of venture-capitalist confidence. “I put more faith in venture capitalist insights and confidence,” he says, “than I would in ping-pong-table sales.”

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[via @WSJ]

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The Huffington Post: Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching I Could Learn in Kindergarten

The Huffington Post: Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching I Could Learn in Kindergarten | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Farima Pour-Khorshid is one of the most brilliant social justice educators I know. She teaches bilingual kindergarten in Hayward CA and is now working on her PhD in education as well as being a teacher activist and organizer with the Teachers 4 Social Justice in the Bay Area. Too often, we think of kindergarten teachers as simple caregivers, offering some hugs and some fun activities. Inevitably, kindergarten is also the level of teaching most reserved for women, with the participation of men going up as the grades rise up to college level.

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San Jose Mercury News: Voters beware: November 2016 ballot will likely be filled with propositions

San Jose Mercury News: Voters beware: November 2016 ballot will likely be filled with propositions | USF in the News | Scoop.it

SACRAMENTO -- California voters in November 2016 may be forced to read a ballot pamphlet as long and dense as a political science textbook -- and oddly enough, they'll have the millions who sat out last year's sleepy elections to thank for the extra work.

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"There's a storm of pent-up issues that folks have waited to put on the ballot in a presidential election year," said Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center. "The sense now is that the ballot could be huge."

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CNBCAfrica: S.A rugby, cricket banned from hosting major tournaments

CNBCAfrica: S.A rugby, cricket banned from hosting major tournaments | USF in the News | Scoop.it
South Africa's Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula earlier dropped a bombshell when he revealed that he has revoked South African Rugby, Cricket and Athletics SA's right to host international tournaments due to a lack of transformation.

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[via @cnbcafrica]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Michael Goldman is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco. He teaches Sport Marketing and Business Development & Sales on both campuses. Through his teaching, research and consulting activities in the business of sport, Michael has worked with leading soccer, rugby, and cricket sponsors, rights-holders, broadcasters and agencies in South Africa and Kenya.

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KQED Radio: Why This Silicon Valley Slowdown Isn’t Like a Bursting Bubble

KQED Radio: Why This Silicon Valley Slowdown Isn’t Like a Bursting Bubble | USF in the News | Scoop.it

We’ve heard a lot about the tech boom in recent years, but now there are signs around Silicon Valley that it’s cooling off.

 

“The hiring itself has slowed down,” says Kris Stadelman, director of NOVA Workforce Services in Sunnyvale. But she adds that we ought to put that slowdown in perspective.

 

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Mark Cannice, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of San Francisco, says the biggest over-valuations have been concentrated among Silicon Valley’s “unicorns,” companies valued at over $1 billion. Cannice attributes over-valuations to non-traditional investors based outside Silicon Valley. That includes international firms and hedge funds from New York.

 

“Outside investors have helped create hyper-growth in these companies, but have also driven up valuations,” Cannice says.

 

University of San Francisco's insight:

Mark V. Cannice, is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San Francisco School of Management.

 

Dr. Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, carried globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 125 countries (Bloomberg ticker symbol: SVVCCI), and has been referenced in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Xinhua News Service, Der Speigel, CNBC, National Public Radio, and many other media.

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PBS NewsHour: How the media has shaped the 2016 presidential race

PBS NewsHour: How the media has shaped the 2016 presidential race | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The 2016 presidential race is rewriting the political rulebook, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of advertising. Judy Woodruff talks to Elizabeth Wilner of Kantar Media and Ken Goldstein of the University of San Francisco to examine how both paid and free media attention has shaped this election cycle.

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[via @NewsHour]

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Advance Healthcare Network: Transgender Rights Opposition

Advance Healthcare Network: Transgender Rights Opposition | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The label "transgender" was first coined in the 1980s, and today, nearly 700,000 U.S. adults claim this umbrella term to be their gender identification.1 Although in recent years acceptance of the LGBT community has skyrocketed, transgender discrimination, especially in terms of public rights and healthcare coverage, remains an ongoing struggle.

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"What this does is it continues to marginalize people based on their gender identity and pushes them into an unfair space," explained Richard Greggory Johnson III, a professor at the University of San Francisco and an expert on LGBT issues. "It sends a picture to the larger community saying that the transgender community's needs are not important, and if the state legislature isn't willing to make a difference, then why should the general community?"

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Huffington Post: Homelessness Is Still a Moral and Ethical Issue

Huffington Post: Homelessness Is Still a Moral and Ethical Issue | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In speeches and in this space I have spoken and written about the issue of homelessness nationwide and here in San Francisco. I have repeatedly said that a new definition of what is considered to be morally and ethically “appropriate” is needed in our nation today. Otherwise, how does one explain that, in in richest country of the world (and here in Silicon Valley), homeless people, their children, and US military veterans are sleeping on the sidewalks of our streets?

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[via @HuffingtonPost]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Clarence Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1960 to 1968 as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill becoming the “first Negro” on Wall Street. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, Alabama. The Supreme Court ruling in this case – Sullivan vs. The New York Times – resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations. In August 1963, he assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated “I Have A Dream” speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Mission’s true identity is ever changing

The San Francisco Chronicle: Mission’s true identity is ever changing | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco’s Mission District these days is a political battleground, a dining destination, a cultural flash point and was the subject of a recent academic walking tour for geographers from at least five nations.  

 

“The history of the neighborhood is a history of churning and change,” Rachel Brahinsky, an urban affairs professor at the University of San Francisco, told the two dozen trekkers in town for last month’s annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers.

 

The ongoing hyper-prosperity within the tech sector of the economy “threaten(s) the erasure of Latina/o, working class, bohemian and queer communities,” to quote the description for the sold-out tour on the conference website. [via @sfchroncile]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Rachel Brahinsky serves as Faculty Director of the Graduate Programs in Urban Affairs and Public Affairs. She also teaches in the undergraduate Urban Studies program. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities. Her current projects are focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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The New York Times: Barrage of Attack Ads Threatens to Undermine Donald Trump

The New York Times: Barrage of Attack Ads Threatens to Undermine Donald Trump | USF in the News | Scoop.it

More than half of the record spending on negative advertising during the 2016 presidential primary has been directed at a single candidate, Donald J. Trump, a barrage that threatens to undermine his candidacy even as he continues to march toward the Republican nomination.

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Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco who tracks campaign advertising, pointed to Wisconsin as a place where the ads, paired with a focused message, a smaller field and a persuadable electorate, had an effect.

“Negative ads are never a silver bullet,” Mr. Goldstein said. “What negative ads in particular do is allow people to introduce or amplify messages that are out there with movable people.”

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[via @nytimes]

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SF Weekly: USF's Mapping “The East" Artfully Traces Cultural Biases Over Time

SF Weekly: USF's Mapping “The East" Artfully Traces Cultural Biases Over Time | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In this era of precise, convenient and regularly updated mapping apps that guide users via step-by-step directions, no one wants to squint at and decipher directions on a traditional paper map.  This theory is easily disproven by visiting Mapping "The East": Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration at University of San Francisco's Manresa Gallery.  The 20 16th- and 17th-century maps and guidebooks contained in the exhibition, culled from collections at Tokyo's Sophia University and USF's Ricci Institute, are stunningly imaginative works of art as well as historically relevant demonstrations of early European attitudes toward Asians in the Age of Exploration.  Designed by European cartographers, these unique artifacts also remind us of how age-old cross-cultural relations still impact us today. Mapping "The East" runs through May 22 at USF's Manresa Gallery. 

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Huffington Post: A Letter to My Evangelical Friends About Donald Trump

Huffington Post: A Letter to My Evangelical Friends About Donald Trump | USF in the News | Scoop.it

You identify as an evangelical Christian, and you support Donald Trump to be our next president. A recent Pew survey published in Christianity Today shows that you are not alone, that about half of white Americans who identify as evangelicals believe Donald Trump would make a “good” or “great” president. And while many white evangelicals disagree with you—nearly one-third state that he would make a “poor” or “terrible” president—he would not be leading in the Republican primaries without the support of many people like you.

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Fortune: Venture Capitalist Quits To Become Middle-School Math Teacher

Fortune: Venture Capitalist Quits To Become Middle-School Math Teacher | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Gene Trainor is making a major career switch.

Gene Trainor announced on Friday that he is stepping down as chief operating officer of Foundation Capital, a role he assumed in 2010 (before which he spent nearly a decade as COO of New Enterprise Associates). But this isn’t a retirement, nor is Trainor moving on to another venture capital firm. Instead, he’s planning to become a middle school math teacher in San Francisco’s public schools.

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So Trainor and Foundation launched a transition plan last fall, and he plans to enroll in a San Francisco teacher residency program jointly run by Stanford and the University of San Francisco. If he passes his tests and is accepted, he’ll get put right into a middle school classroom in one of San Francisco’s lower-income areas, while working to get his Master’s degree in education at night.

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[via @FortuneMagazine]

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The Atlantic: Should Kids Start Learning About Sex and Consent in Kindergarten?

The Atlantic: Should Kids Start Learning About Sex and Consent in Kindergarten? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Late last year, California became the first state to require affirmative-consent education—education about consent that teaches “yes means yes” versus “no means no”—for public high schools that require a health class before graduation. Advocates applauded the move as a huge step in the right direction. Such education, they hoped, would help reduce the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and elsewhere.

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Lisa De La Rue, one of the authors of the aforementioned paper that showed underwhelming results from teen dating violence programs, agrees that early education can only help. “Don’t pretend these behaviors or relationships aren't happening [among young people],” said De La Rue, who works as an assistant professor in the counseling psychology department at the University of San Francisco. “Getting more comfortable with it, understanding what it looks like, and being able to have those conversations with your children is going to set them up with a long-term outlook on what healthy dating should look like. Early intervention is key.”

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KQED: Why This Silicon Valley Slowdown Isn’t Like a Bursting Bubble

KQED: Why This Silicon Valley Slowdown Isn’t Like a Bursting Bubble | USF in the News | Scoop.it

We’ve heard a lot about the tech boom in recent years, but now there are signs around Silicon Valley that it’s cooling off.

“The hiring itself has slowed down,” says Kris Stadelman, director of NOVA Workforce Services in Sunnyvale. But she adds that we ought to put that slowdown in perspective.

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Mark Cannice, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of San Francisco, says the biggest over-valuations have been concentrated among Silicon Valley’s “unicorns,” companies valued at over $1 billion. Cannice attributes over-valuations to non-traditional investors based outside Silicon Valley. That includes international firms and hedge funds from New York.

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[via @KQED]

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The Huffington Post: The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't

The Huffington Post: The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The allegations against the man were serious indeed.

 

* Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in al-Qaeda.

 

* The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In that capacity, he has managed a network of training camps... He also acted as al-Qaeda’s coordinator of external contacts and foreign communications.”

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[via @HuffingtonPost]

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The Sacramento Bee: Bill Cartwright taking USF to new heights, again

The Sacramento Bee: Bill Cartwright taking USF to new heights, again | USF in the News | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO - The first time Bill Cartwright climbed these stairs was some 41 years ago, when the long-limbed freshman out of Elk Grove High School didn't just walk up the steep incline.

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The Progressive: Hillary and Bernie Part Ways on Israel | The Progressive

The Progressive: Hillary and Bernie Part Ways on Israel | The Progressive | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The foreign policy divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could not have been more obvious than in last week’s debate in Brooklyn when the moderator brought forward the issue of Israel and Palestine. The answers they gave not only revealed differing emphases among two politicians who both strongly identify as being “pro-Israel,” it revealed a striking contrast regarding the role the United States should play as a mediator in international conflicts and attitudes towards international humanitarian law.

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New Republic: Has Bernie Sanders’s
Positive Campaign Doomed Him?

New Republic: Has Bernie Sanders’s<br/>Positive Campaign Doomed Him? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Last April, reporters gathered outside the Capitol to hear Bernie Sanders announce he was running for president. From the podium, the Vermont senator made it clear he intended to wage a positive campaign that would stand out from the mudslinging and vitriol in modern American politics. “I have never run a negative ad in my life,” Sanders told the assembled reporters. “I hate and detest these 30-second ugly, negative ads.”

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In the final days before Tuesday’s New York primary—likely his one last chance to change the terms of the race—Sanders badly needed a new strategy. “Unless he shakes something up, he is not going to be the nominee,” Travis Ridout, a Washington State University professor, who coauthored a book called The Persuasive Power of Campaign Advertising, told me this week. Kenneth Goldstein, a University of San Francisco professor who studies campaigns ads, agreed: “Sanders really needs to prosecute the case against Hillary Clinton.”

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Bloomberg: Electability Fears Stymie Ted Cruz’s Rise as Republican Savior

Bloomberg: Electability Fears Stymie Ted Cruz’s Rise as Republican Savior | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Despite Ted Cruz's rallying cry that his double-digit victory in Wisconsin last week would be a “turning point” in the Republican presidential race, scant signs exist that the Texas conservative is gaining steam in critical upcoming contests in the Northeast, where billionaire Donald Trump leads.

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“I think [Cruz] would do better than Trump and worse than a more traditional Republican,” said Ken Goldstein, a politics professor at the University of San Francisco and a polling analyst for Bloomberg Politics. “Republicans are trying to consolidate behind Cruz to beat Trump, but Cruz would by a significant margin still be the most conservative Republican nominee—or the nominee most out of the mainstream—in modern presidential election history.”

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USF Awarded $750K to Continue Literacy Work in Western Addition Schools

USF Awarded $750K to Continue Literacy Work in Western Addition Schools | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco (USF) has received a legacy grant of $750,000 from San Francisco RBI (SF RBI), a nonprofit that integrated reading and baseball to raise literacy levels of under-resourced youth in San Francisco, now winding down its operation. The generous funds will be used to continue literacy work through Engage San Francisco, USF’s university-wide effort to serve the Western Addition neighborhood with unique projects and learning opportunities that meet community-identified needs.

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Watching the Hawks RT: The American Nuremberg

Rebecca Gordon, author “American Nuremberg,” joins us in the Hawk’s Nest from San Francisco to discuss who should be tried for war crimes as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

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[via @WatchingHawks]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Rebecca Gordon received her MDiv and PhD from Graduate Theological Union. She is the author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 Period Oxford: 2014 (Oxford: 2014). Other interests include political philosophy, theories of justice including questions of race and gender justice, and their application in the world.

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Wallet Hub: 2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Burdens

Wallet Hub: 2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Burdens | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Only a week remains before Uncle Sam takes his cut from everyone’s earnings this past year. And many taxpayers are already wondering what that haircut on their finances will look like. However, with such a complex and convoluted tax code that’s further complicated by how taxes are imposed on Americans based on their individual household characteristics, it’s hard to tell.

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Transfers to state and local governments are a complex issue. But in general I would say that the level of state and local taxes should have no impact on how much money is transferred back to state and local governments by the federal government. This is because the feds control the federal tax sources, so they hypothetically raise an equal amount or “fair amount” of tax dollars from each state and locality. There have been some issues where some states “net” more federal dollars than they pay in taxes, and other states believe that to be unfair.

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[via @wallethub]

University of San Francisco's insight:

David Kersten is an expert in public policy research and analysis, particularly budget, tax, labor, and fiscal issues. He currently serves as the president of the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy – a moderate non-partisan policy think tank and public policy consulting organization.

The institute specializes in providing knowledge, evidence, and training to public agencies, elected officials, policy advocates, organization, and citizens who desire to enact public policy change. It is the culmination of Kersten’s lifelong passion and vision for how to create high-performance government organizations that are effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens.

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We See Genius: Jennifer Walske, director of the Conscious Capital and Social Innovation program at the University of San Francisco School of Management

We See Genius: Jennifer Walske, director of the Conscious Capital and Social Innovation program at the University of San Francisco School of Management | USF in the News | Scoop.it

I'm sitting here at this point, personally, a little flummoxed. I'm not sure. Is it going to become mainstream? Is it going to stand alone? I hope it doesn't lose its value in the marketplace. That's the only thing I'd be disappointed by. If it gets to be too hard or too complicated to measure these things and people walk away from it--large companies and startups. That would be a sad day for us as a society.

 

 

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