The Young Founders Shaping The Digital World Through Covid And Beyond

During a volatile year, the 2021 Under 30 Consumer Tech listers are helping us lose weight, stay sane, heal the planet and make our homes more productive and profitable. One makes a heck of a good chicken-less chicken nugget too.


In a year that has changed nearly every aspect of work, business, and life, the members of the 2021 Consumer Tech Under 30 list are ensuring the change will ultimately be for the better. 

Don’t just take our word for it. For the tenth Consumer Tech Under 30 list, Forbes writers Monica Melton, Noah Kirsch, Will Yakowicz, and I combed through thousands of incredible nominees. Then our four all-star judges— Candid’s Lilla Cosgrove, Airtable’s Howie Liu, Casper’s Neil Parikh, and Khosla Ventures’ Adina Tecklu— choose the best of the best. The result: 30 brash young leaders shaking up nearly every consumer market—health, media, real estate, retail, transportation, communication, and

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AppsFlyer Exceeds $200 Million in ARR and Sets Its Sights on Shaping the Future of the Marketing Tech Stack

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 24, 2020–

AppsFlyer, the global attribution and marketing analytics leader, today announced Salesforce Ventures joined its roster of investors in a late stage extension of its $210 million series D round led by General Atlantic earlier this year, to continue its velocity through product innovation with consumer privacy at the forefront.

As shifting privacy policies and regulations transform the marketing landscape, AppsFlyer has been experiencing increased demand for its expanding suite of products, including holistic attribution, marketing analytics, fraud protection, incrementality measurement, and customer experiences and engagement tools, while connecting app developers to more than 8,000 partners via its marketplace.

The AppsFlyer platform is rapidly becoming a core component in the most advanced marketing tech stacks. Ecosystem shifts and digital transformation accelerated by COVID-19 have fueled the growth of AppsFlyer’s groundbreaking solutions to meet the needs of marketers and app developers. These include innovative, privacy-centric attribution

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How cities of the future are shaping up to be smarter and more sustainable

Today’s cities are grappling with problems ranging from gridlocked traffic and overflowing landfills, to unaffordable housing and growing inequality. Without action, those problems will only get worse.





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The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion. Nearly 70% of people are projected to live in urban areas, placing a greater strain on cities and the environment.

As urbanization is expected to be fastest in lower-income countries, the UN warns many cities will face challenges to meet the needs of their growing number of residents, including providing adequate housing, transportation, and energy systems.

At the same time, cities are a key contributor to climate change, responsible for an estimated three quarters of global CO2 emissions.

To address this, architects and designers have come up with innovative solutions — from vertical farms and biome greenhouses, to self-driving cars and underground recycling systems —

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How Tom Alberg bet on Seattle and Amazon, shaping the region’s tech industry and building a legacy of understated influence

Tom Alberg addresses the crowd at Madrona Venture Group’s 20th anniversary celebration at MOHAI in October 2015. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

It was the mid 1990s, and Tom Alberg had a decision to make.

Jeff Bezos had arrived in Seattle and was looking for investors for his nascent virtual bookstore. Alberg, who had been a leader at telecom pioneer McCaw Cellular Communications, was already a devout technology enthusiast. But these were early days for the online world, back in the days of Netscape and AOL. Microsoft’s internet browser was just being unveiled. Bricks and mortar still ruled the retail world.

“I didn’t know a lot about the internet in ’95,” Alberg said, “but I knew some because of McCaw, and I did think it was a big deal.”

He sent a copy of Bezos’ business plan to his son, John Alberg, who was recently out of college and working

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JD.com: Where technology is shaping the future of retail

BEIJING, Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jump on JD.com on Nov. 11 for Singles’ Day (or what many now call “eleven eleven”) and you’ll experience a shopping carnival unlike any other.

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JD.com has over 417 million active customers. Consumers get an easy-to-use platform and lightning-fast processing of their orders, making it the trusted choice of consumers and vendors. This state-of-the-art technology is giving JD.com the leading edge. JD.com is currently collaborating with over 2600 global brands valued each at over RMB 100 million yuan as well as hundreds of thousands of third-party merchants.

“With JD being the largest retailer in China, we get a constant stream of up-to-date information that allows us to map the latest consumer spending trends,” says Hui Liu, chief data officer, JD Big Data Research Institute. “Not only can

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The Best of SMX Virtual Event Explores Eight Disruptive Technologies Shaping the Future of Smart Manufacturing

“Manufacturing is accelerating into its fourth renaissance,” said Julie Pike, director of Canadian Events for SME. “Innovation and technological advancement are dramatically reshaping how we produce our products, from the way we design them, to how our factories are connected to how we empower our workforce. The Best of SMX Virtual Event will present case studies, panel discussions and a number of keynote addresses to explore Industry 4.0 and what manufacturers need to know to be successful and thrive under today’s and tomorrow’s changing, challenging business conditions.”

Pike enumerated eight key disruptive technologies set for exploration at The Best of SMX, including:

  • 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing in which manufacturers use this game-changing power to design and rapidly produce tooling and finished parts not possible with traditional methods.
  • Automation & Robots technology that enables accuracy and
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Free Course on the 2020 Election – How Technology is Shaping Democracy

STANFORD, Calif., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Democracy can only thrive with the participation of well-informed citizens. The 2020 U.S. presidential election will be historic for many reasons and all parties are leveraging the power of technology to both influence and mobilize voters. More than ever, digital tools and platforms are shaping the opinions and behaviors of voters who will determine the future of governance of the United States.

A new, free, online course from Stanford Online and Stanford Continuing Studies — How Technology is Shaping Democracy and the 2020 Election — examines the unprecedented influence of technology and technology policy on America’s elections and democratic process and takes a close look at how digital technologies affect the information ecosystem for all citizens, including voting-booth and reporting technologies, online filter bubbles, so-called echo chambers, and content moderation by social media platforms. The course takes stock of the health of U.S.

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