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Alibaba Believes In Big Data

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It would seem as if becoming a billionaire has, like many “fads” in our time, become nothing more than a regular occurrence with dwindling social significance even as we speak. Though it may be a privileged perspective, there isn’t a person living in a developed nation that hasn’t heard of Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), or Google (GOOGL), but if you look to big-name online presences in Asia, the key player is Alibaba (BABA), arguably the world’s largest online commerce company. For those of you unconvinced of the sheer dominance of Alibaba’s e-commerce business, the Company’s transactions from its online sites totaled $248 billion last year, more than eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) combined, according to the Wall Street Journal. Now, as we’ve seen with individuals like Jeff Bezos and Tesla’s (TSLA) Elon Musk, no fortune 500 company is complete without an eccentric founder at the helm, and in terms of Alibaba Group Holdings (BABA), the man responsible for one of the most well-known brands on the planet is none other than Jack Ma. Stemming from humble corporate beginnings, Ma struggled attending university and ultimately became an English professor for several years before growing tired of the profession. Many years down the line, and billions of dollars later, Ma is responsible for creating one of the most successful companies in the history of the Chinese economy. 

Like many of his contemporaries in the technology industry, Jack Ma has always understood the importance of investing in the future, and in the advancement of this philosophy, Alibaba has been working with Data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup that provides distributed systems and large-scale data streaming services, since 2016, according to TechCrunch. Data Artisans garnered significant industry attention back in 2014 when the company developed Apache Flink, an open source large-scale data processing platform. Given the notion that companies across all sectors are famished for consumer data, and subsequent technologies to process and analyze such information, it would make sense that a company like Alibaba would get involved with Data Artisans on the cutting-room floor. 

In full recognition of Data Artisans’ potential opportunities for the Company, Alibaba8 acquired the German data analysis firm on Tuesday, in a deal reported to be worth around $103 million. The agreement, confirmed by blog posts from both Alibaba and Data Artisans, will create a collaborative partnership predicated on building and innovating around Big Data open source technologies. Data Artisans co-founders Kostas Tzoumas and Stephan Ewen naturally celebrated the recent acquisition of their company, but not solely because of the payout are given to each of them. 

Tzoumas and Ewen explained, in a blog post, that the deal represents a greater significance at a time when many open source technologies and companies decide on less collaborate approaches. As major advancements in technology have led to more efficient means for storing personal data (banking information, birth date, photos, social security numbers), companies continue to look for ways to tap into these vast stores of data to better guide their business practices. 

“By leveraging the technology expertise of both teams and shared passion to develop the open-source community, we are confident that this strategic tie-in will further strengthen the growth of the Flink community, accelerate the data-processing technologies and help bolster an open, collaborative and constructive environment for global developers who are passionate about stream processing and enabling real-time applications for modern enterprises.”

-Jingren Zhou, vice president of Alibaba Group

From Alibaba’s (BABA) perspective, it makes perfect sense that a company of its stature would build out its framework to include open source and infrastructure tech. Zhou, the Company’s vice president, told TechCrunch that Alibaba acquired Data Artisans to work together and develop innovative approaches to understanding big data while contributing to both the tech sector as well as putting forth efforts to strengthen community development.

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Tech Delivering The Future

In this day and age, people are busier than they’ve ever been before, whether that be the effects of one’s inability to regulate a work-life balance, or because they truly enjoy living without free time, it doesn’t matter, people still need certain products and goods to survive. Click To See Which Company Is Leading The Charge On This Emerging Industry

The Weekly Recap 3/24/19

 The only chance we have at controlling the future is by taking in the past and using it to guide us in the present. With that being said, let’s venture down the road of yet another weekly recap. Click Here.

Virtual Care Will Improve Patient Access

What’s astounding about virtual health tech is that it allows providers to broadly expand their ability to treat more patients, allowing for a more connected, coordinated care framework. See For Yourself, Click Here.

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Trump 2020 Reelection Odds

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We like to think that we have all the answers, but, in actuality, nothing is certain except for death, taxes, and having some foul-smelling flatulence after consuming dairy. The notion of predicting the outcome of an event is as likely as someone traveling to Las Vegas and cleaning out every casino for all they’ve got; it’s simply improbable. Be that as it may, when it comes to conjecturing the outcome of presidential elections, this is something that we enjoy getting involved in. 

For any person, place, or thing that proudly identifies as an affiliate of the Democratic Party, the 2020 presidential election brings up the potential fear that President Donald Trump will be reelected, securing another four years of executive orders, harsh immigration reform, and too many tweets for any one man to handle. In 2008, when America endured the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, everyone looked for someone to blame and, for better or for worse, people chose President Barack Obama. Historically speaking, voters hold the president accountable for the state of our union and, based on the performance of the country around election season, an incumbent may secure their spot for reelection. 

First of all, to predict that any candidate, Democrat or Republican, will win the election is like trying to call the winner of a marathon before the race has even begun. I’m well aware that excitement is brewing in advance of the Iowa Caucus, but we are at least one year away, maybe more from any major presidential event. Everyone needs to take a huge breath, perhaps a chill pill, and calm down. 

Now that we’ve all collected ourselves, let’s continue. Over the course of Trump’s first two years in office, his approval ratings have been abysmally low. At his very best, per Vox’s statistics, Trump was seven points more unpopular than popular. 

“Trump’s poll numbers are probably 20 points below where a president would typically be with consumer sentiment as high as it is now. So here, then, is what we can say: Judged on the economy, which is the traditional driver of presidential approval, Donald Trump’s poll numbers should be much, much higher than they are now. Far from finding a winning strategy, he seems to have found a losing one despite holding a winning hand…”

Ezra Klein, Vox 

To summarize Mr. Klein’s beautifully written words, if we solely based his chances for reelection based on the current state of the U.S. economy, then Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos might tell us that we’d have four more years of Trump. With that said, President Trump has done a solid job of  making sure that few people like him. Once glance at both his personal/presidential twitter accounts will show you that President Trump isn’t afraid of speaking his mind, even it his words insult millions of people; immigrants are his favorite group to target. 

President Donald Trump’s reelection is uncertain, this much is true. Considering that Americans will know, relatively soon, whether the Trump Administration colluded with Russia to help then-candidate Donald Trump secure the election. I’m not a betting man, but if Special Counsel Robert Mueller proves, in his report, that Donald Trump did something wrong, it’s unlikely that he’ll win reelection.

When he ran in 2016, Trump had never held a position of political power. He was an entrepreneur, if you feel comfortable using that title, and had his own reality television program. No one could’ve guessed, back then, that he would announce plans to run for president, let alone beat out highly-qualified candidates in the end. It is for this reason, among many, that I will not rule out the chances of Trump’s reelection in 2020, purely because this man has defied logic before and could possibly do it again. 

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Tech Delivering The Future

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Somewhere along the line of human existence, a person decided that we deserved to have everything we wanted, at any time, from anywhere, and all we needed was technology to allow for this to take place. Suffice to say that engineers and brilliant minds took this concept and ran with it because, amid the ever-growing tech industry, we have an entirely new category of innovation which supports our on-demand economy; delivery apps. In this day and age, people are busier than they’ve ever been before, whether that be the effects of one’s inability to regulate a work-life balance, or because they truly enjoy living without free time, it doesn’t matter, people still need certain products and goods to survive. 

Special Delivery! On-Demand Tech Companies Hit Billion-Dollar Valuations; Here’s How Investors Can Capitalize In The Market

Enter the era of the delivery app, a newfound system in which consumers can  shop for groceries, clothing, cannabis, and more all from the comfort of their smartphone or internet-enabled device. People no longer need to spend precious time traveling to the store, trying to find what they’re looking for, waiting in line to pay, and leaving with a feeling of frustration at the time that was wasted. Delivery tech companies were created for the sole purpose of making life easier for consumers, but in pursuit of these goals, the delivery tech industry completed altered how people live their lives. According to recent reports, by 2023, the global food delivery mobile app market will reach a value of $16.61 billion. 

ParcelPal Technology Inc (PKG) (PT0.F) (PTNYF) is one of few delivery app companies that has managed to figure out the secret sauce for improving the quality of life for consumers through sound logistics and ease of access. The Company created an on-demand platform where consumers can purchase nearly any product they can imagine, pay for their order, and, within the hour, a ParcelPal courier will deliver their order. The Company has made a name for itself in the delivery app market because of their platform’s ease of use and the alleviation of stress for consumers who simply don’t have the time to travel to the store, wait in line, and head home.

Earlier this week, ParcelPal Technology Inc (PKG) (PT0.F) (PTNYF) made headlines when they announced that their platform has crossed a major milestone of completing over two million deliveries. Not only does this update show that the Company is clearly doing several things right, but more so, it’s an indication that ParcelPal is well on their way to becoming a top on-demand delivery company in Canada and soon the United States. 

ParcelPal Technology Inc (PKG) (PT0.F) (PTNYF) shared earlier this month that they are in the final stages launching their medicinal and recreational cannabis delivery initiative in partnership with Choom and Kiaro. This delivery initiative is expected to commence in April 2019 and anticipated to open new markets and drive additional users to the platform.

“We are extremely excited to have achieved this major milestone. Our growth in 2018 was tremendous and our team has grown significantly. We are looking forward to a successful rollout in the cannabis industry amongst other verticals in the coming months across Canada with existing and future partnerships.”

Kelly Abbott, Chief Executive Officer, ParcelPal 

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