New marketplaces such as eBay, Craigslist, AngelList, Etsy and Zando have thrived on the Internet for a long time. These platforms seek to remove friction between innovative ideas or products and their potential buyers. We look at how this is happening in financial services.
South African technology writer Toby Shapshak takes the TED stage to explore the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa. He asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation by explaining that while the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs.
Del Harvey, who heads Twitter’s safety team, is tasked with the job of keeping users safe. Although the vast majority of activity on Twitter is unlikely to harm users – the sheer scale of the social network, where millions of Tweets are fired every three hours, means that a 1 in a million chance happens 500 times a day. For Harvey, these odds aren’t good.