Andrew Ng’s $150M AI Fund, What Boards Actually Do & More Digest Highlights

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1. New report suggests app makers should charge more if they want people to buy subscriptions

By Verge

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Apps in the medium price range had the highest conversion rate — 7.16 percent — and the lowest cost to acquire a subscriber, at just over $106 dollars. This was five times higher than the rate of people who subscribed to apps when the apps were in the low-cost category. Read More

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2. Alipay partners with Yelp to continue its pursuit of Chinese tourist money

By Jon Russell – TechCrunch

Digest: China Tech

Curators: Xu Tao, Edith Yeung

The partnership allows Alipay users — and there are over 500 million registered in China — to make payment through the service when they use Yelp for restaurant bookings. The launch initially covers restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, but there are plans to expand more widely across the country. Read More

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3. What Do Boards Actually Do?

By Mark Suster

Digest: Startup

Curator: Zubin Chagpar

“Between board meetings we do calls to discuss performance or major initiatives. Often we are asked to get involved in executive-level recruiting. And of course we help with business development introductions and with fund raising events.” Read More

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4. Customer Experience is Everybody’s Job

By Tiffani Bova, Huffington Post

Digest: Customer Development

Curator: Mary Murdoch

Everyone should own the Customer Experience. In this article, Tiffani Bova of Salesforce shares highlights from her podcast “What’s Next!” Read More

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5. Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund

By John Mannes – TechCrunch

Digest: Venture Capital

Curator: Yohei Nakajima

Who better than the professor himself to be starting an AI fund? Read More

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