November 3, 2022
Photo: Kate Kaye/Protocol
Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: how the U.S. is trying to attract Chinese AI talent while also denouncing Chinese AI talent, the cybersecurity community says goodbye to one of its own, and this week in enterprise moves.
To ensure U.S. economic and tech research dominance over China, Big Tech and AI investors have linked arms with national security hawks, hoping to woo more of China’s top computer scientists to the U.S. But people entrenched in AI research warn that turning a mission to attract Chinese STEM scholars into a battle for talent against China could backfire by alienating those researchers.
It is a race for talent against China the U.S. must win, said U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
There are numbers that prove Chinese scientists in the U.S. are feeling alienated by the Trump administration’s China initiative, now perpetuated by anti-China national security voices.
AI researchers in the U.S. and China have worked together for decades — but that’s changing.
I spoke to Chinese computer scientists in the U.S. and mainland China for this story who worry they will no longer be able to work together.
This story is part of a multipart series analyzing the so-called “AI race” between the U.S. and China. Check out all the series articles, interactive graphics, and audio interviews here.— Kate Kaye (email | twitter)
Ever since the pandemic put the evolution of everything in hyperdrive, marketers realized the old categories of B2B, B2C, and B2B2C were obsolete. Starting in 2020, our profession embraced the Business to People (B2P) paradigm. Business, fundamentally, is relationships among people. Even in the biggest enterprises, those making momentous decisions are still people.
Numerous members of the cybersecurity community are paying tribute following the tragic death of Vitali Kremez, a well-known cybersecurity threat researcher and CEO of the influential threat intelligence provider AdvIntel. Kremez, who was 36, died while scuba diving off the southeast Florida coast.
Dmitry Smilyanets of Recorded Future called Kremez a "legend" of the field, while Huntress researcher John Hammond tweeted that "our community and our whole world has lost another great titan." Prior to AdvIntel, Kremez headed SentinelOne's SentinelLabs research group. A native of Belarus, Kremez was highly regarded for providing critical cyberthreat research, including on the Russia-aligned ransomware group Conti and the TrickBot malware.
Kremez is also being remembered as a person keenly interested in helping others along in their careers. Ohad Zaidenberg, head of intelligence at AB InBev, recalled having the chance to meet with Kremez three years ago in Tel Aviv. The meeting ended up lasting hours, and it "affected me so much," Zaidenberg tweeted. "It pushed me to do more in the threat intelligence world."
Over the past week Dynatrace and Cloudflare switched up their C-suites, Arm added a new board member, a longtime Microsoft exec left, and more.
Jim Benson was named CFO of Dynatrace. Benson was formerly vice president and CFO at Akamai Technologies and held finance leadership roles at HP.
Marc Boroditsky is the new president of revenue at Cloudflare, replacing former chief revenue officer Chris Merritt. Boroditsky was formerly chief revenue officer at Twilio.
Tony Fadell joined the board of directors at Arm. Fadell is the founder and former CEO of Nest and was formerly SVP of Apple’s iPod division.
Robert Calderoni was appointed chair of the board at KLA corporation. Calderoni was formerly interim CEO at Citrix Systems, CEO at Ariba, and president of SAP AG’s cloud business.
Patrick Gardner joined Flashpoint as chief product officer. Gardner was formerly a senior vice president at Symantec.— Aisha Counts (email | twitter)
Cloudflare said it has now surpassed $1 billion on its annualized revenue run rate, as it disclosed Q3 financial results that beat Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings while acknowledging that the economic slowdown is "starting to show up on our top-line revenue numbers," according to CEO Matthew Prince.
Twilio beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and profit but its stock was hammered in after-hours trading for providing a weaker outlook than hoped, as investors are clearly getting freaked out by this quarter’s round of earnings results.
Atlassian also provided a revenue outlook well below financial analyst expectations for the fourth quarter, and was treated much the same way.Boeing confirmed that a subsidiary, Jeppesen, was working to recover from an unspecified "cyber incident" that disrupted the use of the company's flight planning tools.
The pandemic has been a global event that, somewhat paradoxically, put an intense spotlight on the personal. In a marketing context, it underlined the centrality of supporting customers’ purpose – personal and organizational – and the need to serve the customers’ customer hierarchy of needs as those needs change over time.
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