The judges were big influencers from the tech sector - Lisa Stone, cofounder of BlogHer and Entrepreneur; Nisha Dua, partner at BBG Ventures; Susan Kimberlin, venture partner at Backstage Capital; and Ajay Chopra, general partner at Trinity Ventures.The Audience Choice Award and $120,000 in cloud services went toBlendoor, a blind recruiting app for job recruiters that hides the candidate s name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity.They provide experts to help create a comprehensive end-of-life plan that s stored securely in the Cloud.ClearVest Advisers is a fintech alternative investment platform, providing access to established and emerging managers with lower investment minimums.Mohop digitally fabricates mass-customizable footwear on demand with robots.You can also catch up by reviewing the livetweeting using WomenStartupChallenge.
Scientists now agree that zikaviruset can cause microcephaly, that is when the baby is born with abnormally small head. Studies show that zikaviruset can infect cells of the nervous system quite easily and, in some cases, even aggressive. - It seems that the virus can have a number of other effects that go beyond microcephaly, says Tarun Dua, who is working with WHO to coordinate efforts against Zika, to Science. For example, Brazilian researchers reported recently in The Lancet about a two-month-old boy who had microcephaly, but suffering from spasms in the limbs and whose retinas were damaged while the cavity of the brain was significantly larger than normal. Other reports suggest problems with the heart, ears, gastrointestinal tract and genitals. Meanwhile, in July, the WHO gathering 50 researchers and doctors in Recife in Brazil in an attempt to sort out whether and if so, what this zikasyndrom actually consists of.
6 emerging market, Indonesia s President Joko Widodo has tapped for guidance the king of Chinese e-commerce: Jack Ma.Jokowi, as Indonesia s leader is known, further intensified the buzz surrounding his country s $2 billion e-commerce market with a stop at Jakarta s sprawling Mangga Dua bazaar last month, buying an iPad from a store belonging to web retail giant Bhinneka.com.Indonesia has an e-commerce market that McKinsey & Co. says can be one of the fastest-growing in the world, part of a digital economy adding $150 billion a year to gross domestic product by 2025.All the more reason for Jokowi to turn to Ma, founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., to advise his administration on how to supercharge online retailing in the country.It does have that potential and I think that part of it boils down to also Indonesia, as a culture, being incredibly consumptive, said Adrian Li, managing partner of Convergence Ventures, which backs early-stage tech startups in Indonesia.Indonesia s urban consuming class -- individuals with disposable income of more than $10 a day -- is growing by about 5 million a year to reach 86 million by 2020 amid rapidly expanding access to the Internet, according to McKinsey.Online sales could reach 7 percent to 8 percent of the total retail market by 2020 from about 1 percent currently, it estimates.The value of e-commerce could increase by as much as $15 billion over the next three years alone, the company estimates.Jokowi turned to Alibaba s Ma after touring the company s headquarters in Hangzhou, China in early September.
When Heal was founded in 2014, its goal was similar to that of many on-demand healthcare services, but with one difference: Instead of relying on video technology, Heal would bring back the house call.This has apparently intrigued investors, and the company announced today that it has raised a $26.9 million Series A round of funding.The latest infusion of capital was led by the Tull Investment Group.Other participants include Breyer Capital, Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jaobs, and Skydance Media chief executive David Ellison, along with early investors Hashtag One and Slow Ventures.Heal said that the new investment will be used to grow the company and improve its back-end technology, while some funds will be allocated to marketing.Heal currently operates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Silicon Valley, and San Diego, with more than 10,000 patients signed up.It also participates in medical networks like Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Cigna Healthcare, Aetna, and United Healthcare.The impetus for the company came when Dr. Renee Dua s son became sick and wasn t able to see a doctor when he visited the emergency room.The family waited for hours, only to be told to go home because it wasn t that serious.
Can t decide what colour Lexus to get?With the company s one-of-a-kind LIT IS saloon, you can choose a different colour, design, and even animation every morning as you head off to work.Instead of paint, the vehicle is covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs turning it into a giant, rolling display.Created in collaboration with Vevo, the vehicle appears in the new music video for Dua Lipa s Be The One, but isn t just a special effect realised in post-production.The flashy car really exists, and in addition to an interactive mode that allows someone outside the vehicle to change its design and animations using hand movements, it also responds to music, turning those thousands of LEDs into a visualiser that s synced to whatever song is playing on the car s stereo.That probably won t be too distracting to other drivers, right?
Can t decide what colour Lexus to get?With the company s one-of-a-kind LIT IS saloon, you can choose a different colour, design, and even animation every morning as you head off to work.Instead of paint, the vehicle is covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs turning it into a giant, rolling display.Created in collaboration with Vevo, the vehicle appears in the new music video for Dua Lipa s Be The One, but isn t just a special effect realised in post-production.The flashy car really exists, and in addition to an interactive mode that allows someone outside the vehicle to change its design and animations using hand movements, it also responds to music, turning those thousands of LEDs into a visualiser that s synced to whatever song is playing on the car s stereo.That probably won t be too distracting to other drivers, right?
Who says doctors don t make house calls?Heal, the app for on-demand doctor house calls, has been used to arrange more than 16,000 doctor visits over the past two years.Now the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company is planning new services and a nationwide rollout.The aim is to help heal the broken health care system through the transformative power of on-demand doctor house calls.The company said it has driven more than $5.9 million in health care savings, reducing unnecessary prescription antibiotic usage by more than 50 percent.It has also reduced non-emergency trips to the emergency room by 62 percent for its patients and partners.Heal has raised $52 million in funding and plans to grow its doctor visits exponentially through its availability in select cities within Florida, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania by the end of 2017.In February 2015, we saw our first Heal patient — ever, said Nick Desai, CEO and cofounder, in a statement.With visionary investors and a world-class team, we are excited to more fully realize our mission of striving to make healthcare more effective, intuitive, and affordable for all.
Even if an app promises anonymity, using them to make violent threats is never a good idea.Just ask Garrett Grimsley of Cary, North Carolina, who is now facing up to five years in prison for a public Whisper post that sounded very alarming.According to a federal criminal complaint, Grimsley (who is white) on February 19 wrote: “Salam, some of you are alright, don’t go to Cary tomorrow.” When an unnamed user asked for more information, the pair started a private chat, in which Grimsley said: "Aslam Alaikum brother.For too long the kuffar have spit in our faces and trampled our rights.I cannot speak of anything.Say your dua, sleep, and watch the news tomorrow.”
When an FBI task force busted into the apartment of 27-year-old US man Garrett Grimsley the police found a half-encrypted laptop and an AK-47 with over 300 rounds of ammunition.According to an affidavit of FBI agent Andrew Mauer, filed on 20 February, Grimsley used the free application to make a threat the day prior.On 19 February, he published a warning: "Salam, some of you are alright, don't go to Cary tomorrow."to which Grimsley said: "For too long the kuffar have spit in our faces and trampled our rights.Say your dua prayers , sleep, and watch the news tomorrow.They contacted Whisper, which proceeded to hand over a slew of personal, identifying, information on the suspect.
Another week in the worlds of media and marketing saw more punches thrown in the ongoing battle for audience ownership and ad dollars.As always, you can find a full list of our top stories at the bottom.Platforms vs. publishers war wages onA number of publishers recorded declines in reach on Facebook, with Matt Karolian, director of audience engagement at The Boston Globe, noting “last month was probably the worst we’ve had in reach in about a year.The fact everyone else is seeing it is a little bit troubling.”And on the other side of the Duopoly, Google is reportedly launching an ad blocker for Chrome, per The Wall Street Journal.
Apple will kick off its new "Today at Apple" sessions this weekend with tons of free classes and concerts in Apple Stores around the world.That includes Estelle at Apple's SoHo store, Christopher Martin in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood; Charlie Puth, Lil Buck and Leon Bridges in San Francisco's Union Square; Dua Lipa in London's Regent Street store; and Sigrid in the Marché Saint-Germain store in Paris.It includes more than 60 different classes on topics like art, design, coding and photography.The move is part of Apple's effort to turn Apple Stores -- which now number 495 around the globe -- into hangouts or town squares for the community, not just a place to buy iPhones.The company largely defined what a modern electronics-buying experience should look and feel like when it opened the first Apple Store 16 years ago.The company has tasked Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry CEO who became head of the company's online and in-store sales in 2014, to turn things around in retail.
p Acko is an under-the-radar startup that wants to disrupt India’s insurance industry through a digital-only model.Founded by Varun Dua, the man behind insurance comparison site Coverfox, Acko is designed as a wholly digital take on insurance in India.“Acko will be the first internet-only carrier.”Taking insurance in India onlineInspired by models such as Lemonade and Oscar Health in the U.S. and Direct Line in the UK, Dua sees a huge opportunity to tap into digital to take a shot at the current market — which is estimated to be worth over $10 billion annually — and reach a new segment of consumers who have been left out to date.“We will probably start off taking away existing [insurance rivals’] customers,” he added.
WATConsult, part of Dentsu Aegis Network and Motilal Oswal, a financial service company have launched a digital campaign called TheOnlyTIP.The video features famous stand-up comedian Mallika Dua and the Man FromMotilal Oswal (MFMO) Manav Kaul.Mallika Dua plays the role of a fallen victim to unsolicited advice.The benefits of TIP ( Target Investment Plan), a goal based investing platform are also highlighted in the video.Rajiv Dingra, founder and CEO, WATConsult said:“Humour has emerged as an effective medium in recent years.
Vodafone has ramped up its ambitions to become the provider of choice for young people with the launch of Voxi – a standalone, SIM-only network designed for under 25s that is putting young creatives at the very heart of its marketing strategy.Users will be able to access Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter and Viber without cutting into their 30-day 4G plans, providing they have at least some data available.To complement the offering and ensure the brand’s relevance, Voxi has enlisted a ‘community’ of 50 young artists, musicians and designers who will create content for its marketing channels.Dan Lambrou, who has worked across Vodafone’s marketing and channel development departments since 2012, has been named head of Voxi.We created Voxi, a transparent new mobile network that gives young people a platform to connect to the things that matter to them, whatever they’re in to.”Voxi officially launched last night (21 August) at a party in Brick Lane, London, which featured performances from Dua Lipa and former One Direction start Liam Payne.
Advertising is no longer just the domain of Madison Avenue agencies.Instead, data-rich consulting firms including Deloitte, Accenture and IBM have been moving into the business — pitching themselves as more strategic and tech-savvy advisors.Still, she does believe that many advertisers' needs are no longer being addressed with legacy tactics.Tanya Dua: You've been on an agency acquisition spree over the past few years.The best CMOs right now are using data very effectively at scale, fueled by that technology, to do really precise and powerful marketing that drives growth.So they can actually pinpoint the business impact of what they’re doing.
This week on the Adweek podcast, we talked about the virtues of slow-TV-like advertising and the power of getting quieter.But Google and Droga5 move boisterously in the other direction in their new anthem spot for the Pixel 2 smartphone.Got questions about the Pixel 2?This commercial has answers—plenty of them, in rapid-fire succession, sometimes coming before you’ve even finished your question, and all of them illustrated by poppy set-piece visuals showing how the phone will brighten up your already Technicolor life.The theme of the spot is “Ask more of your phone,” and it feels quite YouTube-y in its inclusion of a bunch of influencer cameos, featuring Salt Bae, rapper Young MA, British weatherman Michael Fish, David LaChapelle, Dua Lipa, animators Stoopid Buddies and more.Error loading player: No playable sources found
Spotify is wrapping up 2017 with its biggest marketing campaign of the year featuring some humorous new year’s resolutions.The 2017 theme, ‘2018 Goals,’ builds on the approach of Spotify’s campaign of last year, ‘Thanks, 2016… It's Been Weird.’ The global ‘2018 Goals’ campaign will run in 18 markets and feature over 70 artists.The streaming music company is using rich data to tell the stories of its users and show that it is optimistic for the next year.“From the music that brought us together to the quirks that make us individuals, Spotify’s data once again provides a unique perspective on culture and music moments,” said the company in a release.Elements of the campaign include out of home (OOH) marketing and digital, featuring artists including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Big Shaq and Niall Horan, placed in unexpected locales in early December.In the UK, the OOH signs will appear in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.
This week, the listing of the most loved videos in the UK on YouTube include ‘King’s Angels’, obviously a queen, and T-Swizz out for a drunken kebab.Welcome to the week when everything that is shiny and sparkling is reigning high on YouTube —from The Queen to the new pop diva Dua Lipa to a fashion show set in a fantasy royal palace to Taylor Swift hopping around the globe.The Coronation on BBC 1, a one-off documentary to mark 65 years since the Queen ascended the throne, became an unexpected hit.From prodding her crown to her sassy replies to the interviewer — when asked what the children did during the coronation, she said: “No idea.(View count - 154,863 views)*From the Queen to the current doyenne of pop.
In the UK, that includes the likes of Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Stormzy, and talk-show host and We Buy Any Car pitchman, Phillip Schofield.So, for example, Snapchat might pick some stories from a music festival or gig.Search Stories are far simpler; these appear in organic search traffic when using the app.If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is.For whatever reason, Snapchat has allowed Stories to become fractured and complicated, but I digress…It’s worth mentioning that these stories have different longevities, for lack of a better word.
Modern cultural icons Dua Lipa, Miles Silvas, Playboi Carti, Lu Han, A$AP Ferg, Nick Young, Kaytranada, Florencia Galarza, Marcelo Vieira and Adrianne Ho demonstrate how creativity is a continuous process in the latest spot from Adidas Originals' 'Original is Never Finished' campaign.The spot begins with Dua Lipa leading others in a continuation where each individual picks up from where the last left off.It aims to build upon the past and create a revolution through evolution, thus emphasizing that creativity is never finished.The metaphoric loop aims to showcase that out of repetition comes variation, out of variation comes iteration,and out of iteration comes creation.The background music is a remixed iteration of Inaya Day’s track, Keep Pushin'.Alegra O’Hare, vice president of global communications at Adidas Originals, said: "With the 2018 chapter of Original Is Never Finished, we were inspired first and foremost by the theme of complacency, which is by far the very thing that blocks creativity.
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