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The intersection of technology and transport is, more than ever before, shaping how we move around the world. If our present day app masters have their way, autonomous driving technology developed by Uber, Google, Apple, and others will be indispensable in our cities.
While some in Silicon Valley envisions a future of fantastical flying taxis and high-speed hyperloops, our series of special reports reveals something far more prosaic but also far more important. These are the stories about how innovation in transportation and mobility are actually going to change your life, for better or worse.
A non-negligible percentage of customers who buy a new smartphone return it within the “free return” window. Many of these returners claim that the phone does not work correctly. However, the data clearly indicates that this is often not the real issue. The reality is that these customers simply don’t know how to use the smartphone well enough, and either do not realize it, or are not willing to admit it.
Being able to foresee a return, and develop an intervention that can preempt it, can prevent these kinds of problems from occuring. In fact, a proactive engagement with the customer is substantively different from the salesperson letting the customer know at the time of purchase that help is available. Of course, it is not profitable to arrange this intervention with all new-smartphone-buying customers. Thus, a key issue is with whom to implement an intervention. Analytics to the rescue!!!
This is a must-read for understanding the tech industry. Techcrunch has distilled for us the famous investor Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report down from its massive 294 slides of stats and charts to just the most important insights. Check this out to scroll through and learn what’s up with internet growth, screen addiction, e-commerce, Amazon versus Alibaba, tech investment and artificial intelligence.
Future is fascinating and scary because it comes with uncertainty and so is technology! Let’s dig deeper on what’s going to trend over the next few years and how all the innovations will impact our everyday life.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new programme of investment days for London startups, as he tries to maintain the UK’s position as a European hub for young tech companies.
The UK national trade body for early-stage companies will help run 20 investment days in London over the next four years, offering coaching and connections to potential investors, alongside £564,028 in funding. The Mayor’s latest announcement comes almost a year after he launched a £7m fund to give the city’s younger population access to jobs in the tech industry.
Sadiq Khan is doing his best to keep London in the middle of the startup scene!
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