Photo: Lynette and a fellow student. There’s nowhere in the world quite like Silicon Valley. Birthplace of the world’s most iconic tech companies, the region in Northern California is a gold mine of talent and innovation. It’s for this reason Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) sends its Executive MBA cohort on an annual field trip to the world’s premier tech hub. This year marks the third year that SSE, which is one of Europe’s leading business schools, has organised the popular field trip. The week-long itinerary includes a series of impressive guest speakers, lectures, company visits and a live group project. It’s not for the faint of heart but then neither is the intense 18-month Executive MBA program. “It’s useful for them as the students get to see a context they might not be used to,” explains program director Angelika Lindstrand. “We also go to Hong Kong in the spring; the two trips together allow them to … [Read more...] about What these Stockholm business students learned in Silicon Valley
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“The internationalisation of startups provides great added value for the Nordic countries” Roger Bjørgan Managing Director of Nordic Innovation. This is most certainly true, yet helping startups has not traditionally been the focus of the Nordic countries’ respective export agencies. Nordic entrepreneurs and startups have not had easy access to international markets and capital, something which is vital for a company to grow. However, Nordic Innovation is attempting to tackle this and has attracted interest in its international initiatives where the aim is to help the region’s startups through Nordic cooperation. Strong examples of international Nordic cooperation Good examples of projects backed by Nordic Innovation that help Nordic startups looking outside of their domestic market include the Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley and the Nordic Innovation Incubator in Masdar City, United Arab Emirates. The Nordic Innovation House is based in Silicon … [Read more...] about Nordic strongholds in Silicon Valley, New York City, Masdar City and….?
China's Tencent is recruiting a team of driverless car engineers in Silicon Valley as it enters the race to develop autonomous vehicles in the US. The owner of social media site WeChat will join a crowded space alongside dozens of companies including Google, Uber, Tesla and Apple to test autonomous vehicles on California's roads. The new push comes after Tencent's gaming business stalled for the first time in 13 years this summer, triggering a selloff of 2pc of the company's shares. Profits for the most recent quarter of the business fell to 17.87 yuan (£2bn) below the 19.67bn yuan expectation of analysts. The Chinese firm is due to report its third quarter earnings next week. Tencent published job adverts for engineering roles in Silicon Valley two weeks ago on Linkedin, including senior researchers for perception and sensor fusion for autonomous driving, motion planning and control, behaviour prediction and machine … [Read more...] about China’s Tencent builds driverless car team in Silicon Valley
LONDON — Europe hopes Nick Clegg can be the man to bridge the gap with Silicon Valley. The surprise news that the former U.K. deputy prime minister, who also has plenty of Brussels experience on his CV, starts at Facebook on Monday was welcomed in both Westminster and the tech sector. “I think he will help Facebook realize that Europe is a very different place to the U.S. with different attitudes towards social media and a different interpretation of what freedom of expression means,” Nigel Huddleston, a Tory MP and aide to U.K. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright, said. “He will help them on what will be a difficult journey over the next few years,” Huddleston added. Clegg joins the social media platform as head of its global affairs and communications team in the aftermath of a raft of scandals that have rocked the tech giant, and dented trust in the Facebook brand. Twitter and Facebook have been widely criticized for not doing more to stem … [Read more...] about Nick Clegg, Europe’s man in Silicon Valley
It is always eye opening to realize that over the years, many concepts we initially dismiss as crazy fringe accusations or conspiracy theories become more and more likely to the point they turn out to be the reality. A couple of years ago, the big internet companies or tech enterprises were seen as the bastion of free thinking and progression in the eyes of the many. Nowadays however, their policies and decisions may turn out to be more political than we first thought. The internet, since its widespread adoption, became the ultimate expression of the freedom of speech and thought. It was first ignored by the masses and corporation but after its spread along with incredible success stories of the big tech companies, it truly showed itself to be the next great frontier of the day. As these companies grew in size, their power grew as well. However, this was a new sort of power that failed to register in the minds of citizens and governments for a long time. Now, it has already become too … [Read more...] about Ideological agendas in Silicon Valley