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Instagram’s Kevin Systrom On Tracking Covid-19 And Advice For Entrepreneurs | Forbes

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Shut-in at home as Covid-19 swept the U.S., Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom was growing frustrated by the confusing and unreliable data on the spread and scale of the disease. So the creator of one of the world’s most viral companies—now one billion-plus users strong—began building a site to track the virus. "I kept asking ‘if I was running a state or a country what stat would I want to know?" said Systrom in a Zoom interview during the Forbes’s Under 30 hackathon, with partner Rocket Mortgage, in support of the city of Detroit. Through his research, he learned about a metric called Rt. Well known in epidemiology, it measures the rate that a virus spreads from person to person. "If R is less than one, then the outbreak shrinks. If it’s larger than one, it grows exponentially—and that’s a bad thing."

Playing around with Python code, Systrom, 36, built a program that collected patient data from various health sources and calculated the Rt reproduction rate for California. Other states soon followed. Data in hand, but with no way to share it, he phoned his Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger. Launched in mid-April, the site now attracts more than 100,000 daily users, including health officials, media outlets, and government leaders—N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo has quoted the website in his popular daily press briefings. The site shows if the Covid rate of reproduction is growing or shrinking in each state, and the effect that shutdowns—and reopenings—are having on the virus’s spread. Says Systrom: "My goal was to be apolitical, factual, and show people the data. Hopefully, people will make better decisions based on the data that they get to see."

To close-out Forbes’ Under 30 Detroit Hackathon, Kevin Systrom, a member of the inaugural Under 30 list, shared how and why he built RT.Live, his tips on starting companies to solve big problems, and the next area of tech he’s looking to shake up.

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The Most Valuable MLB Teams From 2010-2020 | Forbes

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Even in times of economic turmoil, an investment in a Major League Baseball team is a sure bet. The Yankees are the world’s second-most-valuable sports franchise, behind only the Dallas Cowboys. George Steinbrenner paid $8.8 million for the team in 1973. These are the 10 most valuable MLB teams over the past decade.

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Entrepreneur Shawn Nagpal On Pushing Himself To Always Improve | Unfiltered | Forbes

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This week on Unfiltered we spoke with Nagpal Restaurant Group Founder Shawn Nagpal about his fear surrounding parenting, the mantras he uses to make sure he’s always leveling up and how he’s certain his 30s will be the best decade of his life.

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Should the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Be Postponed? – Steve Forbes | What’s Ahead | Forbes

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The 2020 presidential election is just a few months away, and the coronavirus continues to plague our nation. What will this mean come November, and should the elections be postponed as was recently suggested by President Trump? Steve Forbes on the big problems looming as we inch toward the presidential election in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s Ahead featuring Steve Forbes provides his insights and perspective, to stay on top of what’s happening in this ever-turbulent world with glimpses into the future. What’s Ahead airs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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