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Kids of San Fran, Hit that Snooze Button

The Mission Newsletter, 9/12/18

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” — Plutarch

Kids need their sleep! 😴 😴

At least that’s what California lawmakers are arguing as they try to pass a bill that would prohibit all middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 am.

Currently, the average opening bell in CA is 8:07, but research has shown that teens’ sleep patterns cause them to be up late. Having them wake up early may cause sleep deprivation which can lead to poor performance in school, car accidents, and health problems.

Opponents to the new law argue that later start times could make it harder for working parents to get their kids to school and impact after-school activities. To which we say, maybe jobs should start later, too? 😂

Data, Customers, Privacy, and Agile Innovation

Episode 8 of IT Visionaries

On today’s episode, we are joined by not one, but two guests from JP Morgan Chase — Munish Kumar and Sandra Nudelman. Munish is Vice President of Technology and Sandra is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer.

In this episode, Munish and Sandra share insights about the relationship between data, customers, privacy, legacy systems, and agile innovation. They also discuss the impacts of GDPR and CCPA, and share a few predictions for the future of technology and how it will impact businesses.

Listen to Episode 8 of IT Visionaries.

IT Visionaries is brought to you by The Lightning Platform by Salesforce. Salesforce and Harvard Business Review recently teamed up to create a study showing how you can use the latest technologies and leadership practices to close the customer experience gap in your business. Check it out!

News That Matters

Taking the next step

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating a body can suffer. When the spinal cord is injured, axons are damaged, which means that signals from the brain aren’t able to reach sites below the spot of the injury. Currently, there are very few options to treat spinal cord injuries, but that could be changing. A new three-pronged treatment has been successful in rodents:

Many decades of research have shown that our nerve fibers need three things to grow: first, genetic programming to switch on axon growth; second, a molecular pathway for the fibers to grab and grow along; and third, a trail of protein ‘breadcrumbs’ that entice the axons to grow in a particular direction.

All three of these conditions are active when humans develop in the womb. After birth, these processes shut down, but the genes that control the growth programs are still sleeping in our bodies. Sofroniew’s goal was to reawaken these genes and then launch the entire process anew with the three-pronged approach.

The approach was successful in allowing axons to regrow through scar tissue and make connections to neurons on the other side of the injury. But before you get too excited, the regrown axons did not help the rodents’ ability to move after the injury. More research and testing will need to be done to reach that next step (no pun intended).

You spent how much?!?

This summer was a tough one at the pump. Gas prices reached their highest since 2014. 😖 😖

Luckily, this autumn we’ll be seeing a bit of a break when we’re filling up the tanks. AAA is predicting that prices will fall from Labor-Day-high prices of $2.97 to $2.70 by Thanksgiving. Gas stations switch to a cheaper blend of fuel in the winter months, so a fall price drop is pretty common. There are also fewer people on the road in the fall and winter, so when demand goes down, so too do prices. Lucky for us!

How you are you?

A study out of Ohio State has found that during crunch times, your decisions are most revealing about your personality.

When you don’t have much time to debate a decision, you tend to act most like how you have in the past, which means when you’re under the gun, you’re the most you you’ll ever be.

“People start off with a bias of whether it is best to be selfish or pro-social. If they are rushed, they’ll tend to go with that bias,” said Ian Krajbich, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology and economics at The Ohio State University. But when people have more time to decide, they are more likely to go against their bias as they evaluate the options in front of them, he said.

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SIGNAL will be packed with product announcements, amazing performances, inspiring stories, and insights from industry-leading visionaries. We can’t wait to check it out, and we know you won’t want to miss it either. 😏

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A Little German for You: Vorsprung durch Technik

Audi started mass producing its first electric car last week. It’s been three years since they released a concept design for the new wheels, and a production design will be revealed on Sept. 17 in San Francisco.

Called the e-tron, the five-seater SUV will have DC fast-charging capability of up to 150 kilowatts. The company has previously said the SUV would have a 95 kwh battery with a range of more than 500 kilometers (about 310 miles). That range has since been adjusted to somewhere around 250 miles, although the global reveal later this month should provide finalized numbers. Sales of the e-tron SUV are expected to begin by the end of the year.

Where do you get your news?

If you’re someone who thinks there aren’t enough streaming platforms OR news outlets, we’ve got an announcement for you! Haystack TV, a Bay Area startup, has partnered with hundreds of news outlets to bring you your dream newsfeed.

The company has raised $2 million in funding to create a news streaming service with the idea that a free, personalized, on-demand news feed is what a younger generation is clamoring for. Time to say goodbye to the CNNs, MSNBCs, and Fox Newses of the world. 😉

An Interview With Rapper and Entrepreneur Divine

Yesterday, Chad sat down with his good friend, and fellow Gemini… Divine.

If you haven’t heard his story, you’ll want to tune in. This a story that starts on the streets, and goes from unlicensed pharmaceutical sales, through incarceration, personal demons, tragedies, triumphs, mentorship, and how Divine overcame it all through entrepreneurship.

Watch the live interview here!

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