The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions’ New War on Drugs

The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions’ New War on Drugs

The next war on drugs will be fought by bureaucrats. A new strain of startups is making sure legal marijuana businesses are ready. The post The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions’ New War on Drugs appeared first on WIRED.
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Sea change: The American CEOs leading Australian startups

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The Yankees are here. There’s small but growing contingent of American executives being brought in to lead Australian startups as they outgrow their Down Under boundaries.

Alex Bard, CEO of the Sydney-based email marketing company Campaign Monitor, is one member of the club. He told Mashable it was a conversation with his friend Jay Simons (the American who now helms hometown hero, software giant Atlassian) which partly persuaded him to take up the mantle.

“This opportunity was put in front of me, and I chatted quite a bit to him about how it feels to be an American as part of a company that has deep Australian roots and heritage,” he said. Apparently whatever Simons said worked. Read more…

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IBM lures startups with Silicon Valley hub for Watson supercomputer

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SAN FRANCISCO — IBM’s Watson supercomputer is coming to San Francisco to do more business with Silicon Valley startups.

The company will be opening a new cognitive computing hub for Watson, called Watson West, next year in San Francisco. IBM’s Senior Vice President Mike Rhodin announced the news during an event in San Francisco Thursday

The goal of the center is to make it easier for local developers, startups and venture capitalists to tap into Watson’s cognitive computing abilities

As IBM continues to expand its Watson business, opening up an official Bay Area presence represents a big opportunity for the company. Rhodin noted that there are already many startups whose products rely on Watson’s technology.One fantasy sports startup, called Edge Up Sports, for instance, uses Watson APIs to help users make decisions for their fantasy teams Read more…

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