Riddhi Shah

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On December 4, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on AI loves trash! :

This is a great article, and the companies are tackling a problem, which is the current need of the hour.

I was reading about many laborers who manually handle hazardous material, which causes them to get many illnesses. The use of Robots and AI can make this process safer for such laborers.

On December 4, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Watson: IBM’s AI as a Service :

This is a really interesting read! Initially I had only heard about Watson from the jeopardy and chess victories it had against top human players. Recently through I was reading about how Watson is used in the education sector by creating the Watson virtual tutor, to have personalised conversations or instruction with different students.

Looking forward to looking at what other use-cases Watson will be trained in.

On December 4, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on BrainCo’s FOCUS Headband: Brain Scan or Brain Scam? :

This was a fascinating read! I first heard about BrainCo when they visited the Harvard Education school looking to hire interns. I was under the impression that they were focusing on using this tool just in the Education space, and I can understand the pushback from people about students wearing these and being continuously monitored in the classroom. I am wondering what impact such a band would have on the creativity and curiosity of a child?

I am interested in seeing if they will continue to adopt use cases within the education space or if they will look at this product to be used in other spaces.

On November 13, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Way mo’ miles, way mo’ data :

This was a fascinating read!

Tesla is their competitor and they are taking advantage of the cars they have on the road by collecting real-world data about how those vehicles perform (and how they might perform) with Autopilot, its current semi-autonomous system. As mentioned in your blog, Waymo seems to be leading in the safety charts. What do you think are the reasons for this? Is it just the amount of data points and type of data they have collected?

On November 13, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on 23andMe, who does it profit? :

This was a really interesting read! While I had heard about tests like this, I always thought it was mostly something people tried out for fun and because they were curious.

The model of them selling this as a package of it being a way to find out about your ancestors and also do a medical check up left me with a few questions. I was wondering if there are a set of users who actually use this as a way to do a medical check up rather than are more keen on learning about their ancestors?

On November 13, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Big Data Behind Disney Magic :

This was a really fun read! It was really interesting to read about how Disney is working on using data in so many different ways. Like many of the previous comments above, data privacy concerns of especially children are on my mind.

It will be interesting to see how they continue to use big data for the Disney streaming service they are going to launch soon.

On October 17, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Nextdoor Platform: Connecting Neighbors :

Thank you for sharing this post.

I feel like as long as they expand to countries that have a similar culture to the US, their model would work. Just as Matthieu mentioned, their international expansion can also lead to them facing challenges due to the difference in culture. It will be interesting to see if they make small changes to the app the cater to these different needs.

On October 17, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Getaround’s platform: A vision of a world where all cars are shared :

This is an interesting model, the Airbnb model for cars. Getaround also has prices that could compete with the price of taking an Uber or Lyft while traveling within the city.

One question I am left with is that there are also a few other platforms like Turo and RelayRide with similar models. What will be Getaround’s differentiating factor against these?

On October 17, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Old Clothes, New Strategies: ThredUP’s Evolution :

This is an interesting post!
I recently visited my cousin’s house in NY. She had just ordered a new box of clothes for my one-year-old nephew, as he no longer fits into his clothes. She told me about the number of times she had to buy new clothes while the previous one was still in a really good state. I can see why this platform focused on children’s clothing. I can definitely see it being popular with new parents.

Despite the modern view of ever moving towards shopping online, most people still prefer buying clothes at a brick-and-motor store. I really liked their model of using a departmental store like Macy’s to showcase their goods at a store. It will be interesting to see how this model works as they continue to scale up.

Thank you so much for this great post, Corine! It was fascinating to read about how Fashion nova is using Instagram ER to understand trends and demands among customers.

It will be interesting to see how they maintain their differentiating factor while trying to scale and sustain in this already overcrowded retail space?

On September 24, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Fashion Nova, the rise of an Instagram based crowdsourcing and marketing model :

Thank you so much for this great post Corine! It was interesting to see how Fashion nova is using Instagram ER to understand trends and demands among customers.

It will be interesting to see how they will continue to scale and sustain in this already over crowded retail space?

On September 24, 2019, Riddhi Shah commented on Invisalign – 9/10 dentists recommend additive manufacturing :

This was a really interesting read! It is great to see the shift from metal braces to Invisalign.
As mentioned earlier, there are a few big entrants with similar business models from SmileDirectClub, Candid Co. It will be interesting to see how these firms use innovation in being able to capture even the more complex, and lucrative, cases and ensure they do not mess up sets of teeth?

This was a great read! It was fascinating to read about how WeChat took China by storm by integrating all of their most popular brand and services into one comprehensive app.

One question I had was that while WeChat is popular in China, what are their plans of expansions into the international market? The US market has been dominated by popular social media players like Facebook and Whatsapp. Would expansion in other continents like South America and Africa be the way WeChat might decide to venture?