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These schools graduate the most funded startup CEOs

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor The formula behind San Francisco’s startup success US early-stage investment share shrinks as China surges There is no degree required to be a CEO of a venture-backed company. But it likely helps to graduate from Harvard, Stanford or one of about a dozen other prominent universities that churn out a high number of top startup executives. That is the central conclusion from our latest graduation season data crunch. For this exercise,  Crunchbase News  took a look at top U.S. university affiliations for CEOs of startups that raised $1 million or more in the past year. In many ways, the findings weren’t too different from what we unearthed almost a year ago, looking at the  university backgrounds of funded startup founders . However, there were a few twists. Here are some key findings: Harvard fares better in its rivalry with Stanford when it comes to educating future CEOs than founders. The two universities essentially tied for first place in the CEO alum ranking. (Stanford was well ahead for founders.) Business schools are big.

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Adobe: Experiencing the experiential, part one

The Adobe Experience Cloud Summit 2018 in March was a clear indication of how far Adobe has come in the past two years and how far it has to go. I look at the event, the strategy, the messaging, the program, and the experience itself to see if Adobe can truly make the claim it is in the business of helping businesses create experiences. True or false? Find out.

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Facebook Live gets new updates to simplify streaming setup for creators

Facebook is making some updates to its Live video platform which should streamline the process of getting a stream set up and in front of the widest possible audience. The company notes in a blog post that the daily average of Live streams from verified Pages is up 1.5x this year over the past year. In addition to the updates to the Live API, Facebook has also announced that they’re testing a rewind feature for the Live video, something that has previously been unavailable. Facebook is going to begin allowing Live videos to be “crossposted” to multiple Pages at the same time. That means if an organization or publisher has multiple Pages where a single Facebook Live video could be featured, they’ll be able to send it to all of them live as an original post without having to re-share one sent by the main account manually. The crossposting feature will allow publishers to more easily reach broader audiences without going through a bunch of unnecessary steps. It’s something publishers are already able to do with pre-recorded videos, so porting the feature over to Facebook Live makes a good deal of sense. Crossposting to multiple accounts as original posts. Another feature that should make things easier for creators and publishers on the platform is what’s called a persistent stream key. These keys are a part of the streaming setup process and have previously been tied to the each new streaming session. Now, what has made this really frustrating for users has been coordinating this when their Facebook Live stream has a problem and they have to start a new session, a process which has — in the past — automatically created a new stream key which has then had to be copied and sent over to production teams. With this new persistent option, these production teams will know the stream key tied to an account in advance and won’t have to worry about coordinating this step in the process should anything go awry. One particularly exciting (yet exceedingly basic) feature that has been sorely missing from Facebook Live has been the ability to rewind live footage.

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Facebook announces PyTorch 1.0, a more unified AI framework

Though Facebook’s focus on day 1 of its F8 conference centered on the company’s recent struggles and their relationship with the phrase “taking broader responsibility,” day 2 shifted most of the pizazz to the technical advances its giant team has made over the past year. Today, the company announced PyTorch 1.0, a new iteration of the framework that merges Python-based PyTorch with Caffe2 allowing developers to move from research to production in a more frictionless way without having to deal with migration. At Facebook, the company’s AI efforts are split between two teams, the Facebook AI Research group (FAIR) and the company’s Applied Machine Learning team (AML). The distinction ultimately boils down to one division researching AI with seemingly limitless computational resources at their disposal and the other looking to implement lightweight machine learning models more suited for consumers. In the past, the former mission has been better-suited for the research-optimized PyTorch while the more resource-efficient Caffe2 framework has made sense for the latter. Moving between these frameworks through research and production phases has been a bit of a headache for Facebook. PyTorch 1.0 fuses the best of both worlds with immediate and graph execution modes that should continue its research-focused prowess while gaining some optimizations for production. “Instead of needing a framework for training/research and a framework for production, now you only need to use PyTorch 1.0 and you can seamlessly go from research to production in one framework,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. Facebook collaborated with Microsoft last year to create the  Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) which was designed to make movements between frameworks more simple. They’ve now integrated ONNX into PyTorch 1.0 so that the models can be interoperable with other frameworks and developers can “mix-and-match.” The company also says that it will be unifying the PyTorch 0.4 and Caffe2 codebases over the next several months to create a unified framework that supports several features including efficient graph-mode execution with profiling, mobile deployment and extensive vendor integrations. PyTorch 1.0 will be released in beta later this year. The company says that Microsoft is planning to support the framework in Azure and that Amazon will support PyTorch 1.0 across their cloud products.

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Catalyst brothers find capital success with $2.4M from True

Over the past few years, the old language of “customer support” has been supplanted by the new language of “customer success.” In the old model, companies would essentially disappear following the conclusion of a sale, merely handling customer problems when they arose. Now, companies are actively reaching out to customers, engaging them with education and training and monitoring them with analytics to ensure they have the best time with the product as possible. What’s changing is the nature of product and services today: subscription. Customers no longer just make a single buying decision about a product, but instead must actively commit to using the product, or else they churn. New York-based Catalyst , founded by brothers Edward and Kevin Chiu, wants to rebuild customer success from the ground up with an integrated software platform. They have received some capital success of their own, securing $2.4 million in venture capital from Phil Black of True Ventures with participation from Ludlow Ventures and Compound. New York has had something of an increase in founder mafias, as TechCrunch reported this weekend . Catalyst is no exception to this trend, with the Chiu brothers both working at DigitalOcean, one of New York’s many high-flying enterprise startups. Edward Chiu was director of customer success at the company for a number of years, but had a unique background in sales and also in coding before starting. Kevin Chiu was head of inside sales at DigitalOcean . “I brought my brother on to do sales at DigitalOcean,” Edward Chiu explains. “We always knew that we wanted to start a company together, but wanted to see if we would kill each other.” The two worked together, and lo and behold, they didn’t kill each other. Edward Chiu wanted to match the product experience of using DigitalOcean with the experience of using its internal customer success tools.

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