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Why the future of Facebook and Google depend on academia

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S. Republished in Japanese on The Bridge in Japan. This week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joined the highly prestigious Neural Information Processing Systems academic conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. At the event, he announced Facebook’s artificial intelligence laboratory headed by Professor Yann LeCun of NYU and some of the world’s leading […]

 
 
 
Artists can do more than engineers to push innovation in tech

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S. Republished in Japanese on The Bridge in Japan and in Turkish on this blog. Some actors fully immerse themselves in their roles. They become their character for the duration of the shooting by adopting their accents, mannerisms, and personalities. Very rarely do they […]

 
 
 
The Bitcoin of governance could be coming soon

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S.  You can also find  the related follow-up discussions at the end of this article   I left Istanbul in mid-June to join a 10-week program in Silicon Valley to solve global grand challenges through technology. On the first day, […]

 
 
 
For the sake of its economy, Turkey better learn to embrace us “looters”

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S.      It often feels like the entire city of Istanbul, the driver of Turkey’s rapidly emerging economy, is under renovation. I live near Taksim Square, and the adjacent Gezi Park is among the last public green spaces in […]

 
 
 
The Rise of Virtual Currency: A Look at Bitcoin and Ripple

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The article is originally published on Wamda. Republished in Japanese on Start-up dating in Japan The stunning rise and crash of digital currency Bitcoin last month has created a vast amount of worldwide interest in what could be a disruptive new global monetary system. The currency, which some see as a tech stock, is already accepted […]

 
 
 
Peer-to-Peer Platforms are Disrupting Bank Lending Around the World; Is the Middle East and Turkey Next?

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The article is originally published on Wamda.  Republished in Japanese on Start-up dating in Japan Since the global financial crisis, trust has been low in the conventional banking system and its belief in entrepreneurs isn’t that high either. In this climate, entrepreneurs are disrupting the system by filling what The Economist called a “bank-shaped hole” with […]

 
 
 

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S.  Republished in Japanese on Start-up dating in Japan   We are entrepreneurs. We work day and night for years to turn our dreams into a reality that we hope will transform society and improve lives. War is the complete opposite. It can […]

 
 
 
Women, want to have it all? Start your own company

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The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S.   “Can women have it all?” The corporate response still seems to be  a resounding “no.” In many parts of the world, women are still waiting for employment legislation and office politics to change and for management to be […]

 
 
 
Don’t arrest that protester; he’s a future billionaire: The connection between free expression and economics

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  The article is originally published on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in the U.S.   KILLING CREATIVITY Entrepreneurship is a revolutionary act. It is the desire to change the world. Creativity and innovation are the basis of entrepreneurship and are fed by everything in a market, from national policies and […]

 
 
 
Can a Sharing Economy Take Root in the Middle East and Turkey? (Can AirBnB Clones Find Success?)

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The article is originally published on Wamda.  Republished in 3 languages: in Turkish on Zumbara and Yesilist in Turkey, Japanese on Start-up dating in Japan, and  Arabic on Wamda in the Middle East Increasingly competitive economic conditions and growing social concerns force us to search for new ways of living and connecting with one another. […]

 
 
 
 

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