Melinda Gates commits $1B to ‘expanding women’s power and influence in the United States’ | GeekWire

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Melinda Gates, Pivotal Ventures (GeekWire photo)

Melinda Gates, whose book this year documented the systemic and societal challenges that continue to face women around the world, this morning pledged $1 billion over the next 10 years to initiatives designed to accelerate gender equity in the United States…

In the announcement on Tuesday, October 2, Gates cited three priorities for the funds: 1) “dismantling the barriers to women’s professional advancement;” 2) “fast-tracking women in sectors with outsized impact on our society—like technology, media, and public office; and 3) “mobilizing shareholders, consumers, and employees to amplify external pressure on companies and organizations in need of reform.”…

A Pivotal Ventures representative says the firm will make both investments and philanthropic grants with the $1 billion in funds over the next decade…

Source: Melinda Gates commits $1B to ‘expanding women’s power and influence in the United States’

Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees new opportunity in the yard, on the sidewalk, and beyond | GeekWire

Alexa is finally moving out of the house. That was the underlying theme of Amazon’s annual hardware and services unveiling in Seattle this week, as the company put its voice assistant into wireless…

Source: Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees new opportunity in the yard, on the sidewalk, and beyond 

One way to think about the new tech that Amazon is doing is Bluetooth on steroids. That is a low-power device with longer range. The potential issue is that Amazon may own the technology and not being open source.

Follow-up on Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology – Geekwire

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The second paragraph is important and not mentioned in the GeekWire report about empty driving; the industry term is dead-head miles. He estimates this to be 40%. I’m not sure where he gets that number, but it sounds high to me. A possibility could arise where in his part of the country, that figure for getting loads can be accurate, based on the relative lack of shippers and consignees compared to the California submarket and the Eastern half of the country {the rough diving line in the business is Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities to DFW}

As a rule, I tend to not put too much faith in the comment section of most websites that enable it, but something @caseyedwinson mentioned deserves merit.

Constant driver communication and training should help with the onboarding of new drivers. The newer tech savvy generation is starting to get behind the wheel more and more as the baby boomer drivers retire. They all have cell phones!

While this is definitely true, and especially Owner-Operators, of which this service is a primary target of, the proof will come down to something I thought previously unarticulated; will it enable a profitable load for the driver, not just the freight master?