#42 Eric Schles, Ending Slavery with Data

Summary
Eric Schles tells me that "slavery is the most extreme version of income inequality" and how he is using technology to end it.

Details
Who he is, how he became interested in human trafficking; Manhattan district attorney, technological deficiencies, Eric introduced databases, predictions not allowed by law; Demand Abolition, factors leading to trafficking, changing policies to fight trafficking; types of data analysis and how it helps, where the data comes from, scanning multiple sources, cross referencing with homeless databases; languages and technologies used; in the DA's office what comes first - the case or the data, once a case is closed the data is sealed; some of Eric's successes, reduced workload on DA, saving a woman from slavery; how you can help.

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#41 Ken Finnegan, What Ireland Offers the Tech World

Summary
Ken Finnegan, chief technologist of the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland tells me about what Ireland has to offer the tech industry.

Details
Who he is, what the Industrial Development Agency does, sales and marketing for Ireland; why should companies invest in Ireland, 1,200 foreign companies, favorable tax rate, higher level education; proximity to other European cities; home grown companies; university incubators, Nova startup incubation at UCD; successful Irish tech companies, Decawave smallest location sensor, S3 Group smallest analog to digital converter; Web Summit; access to venture capital; IoT in Ireland - a technological horizontal, sensors, communications networks, cloud storage in Ireland, deriving value for the data; what happens to Ireland in the next recession, dot-com bust hit hard, lessons learned - investing in fundamental research and commercialization of products, heavy investment for foreign companies and harder to walk away from; Ken invites you to visit.

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