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Jul 23rd 2015

AOL Holds First Future Builder's Day Hosted by Citizen AOL and #BUILTBYGIRLS

I am thrilled to announce AOL's first ever Future Builders Day (#AOLFutureBuilders) in New York City.

As part of AOL's commitment to developing the next generation of leaders, Future Builder's Day is a celebration of the interns and Girls Who Code participants we're mentoring and championing this summer. It's a great example of how AOL lives its mission of unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code.

This summer's Future Builders include college and high school students from #BUILTBYGIRLS, an AOL program which challenges young women to be builders, creators and innovators and claim their place in the tech-enabled economy, Ladders for Leaders (an organization under Mayor de Blasio's Center for Youth Employment Initiative), Harvey Milk High School (a local high school designed for, but not limited to, LGBTQ young people) and Step Up Women's Network (a program that provides mentors to high school girls in the New York City area) as well as students in the Girls Who Code summer immersion program funded by the AOL Charitable Foundation.

As part of this day-long event, AOL interns will receive exposure to different areas of our business, including a behind-the-scenes tour of AOL studios and The Huffington Post news desk, a chat with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and participation in educational workshops. Enrichment class topics range from Marketing 101 to Personal Branding to Digital Media, and are taught by AOLers. The day will also include an exciting "How I Got Here" panel on our BUILD stage, featuring leaders such as Minerva Tantoco (CTO of NYC), Erin Glenn (CEO of Quire), Susan Lyne (President of BBG Ventures at AOL) and Marni Walden (EVP and President of Product Innovation and New Business, Verizon) to share the journeys of their career paths. The City's First Lady Chirlane McCray will also be visiting our offices to meet with interns and take a tour of our headquarters.

Today represents another way in which Citizen AOL reiterates its commitment to making a difference in our community. In December, we launched The AOL Charitable Foundation and made grants to four organizations focused on improving the lives of women, girls and underserved youth. And in the first half of this year, we made a number of grants to organizations we're extremely excited about, including Americans for the Arts to support the Turnaround Arts program which uses arts education as a tool to help turn around America's struggling schools; and the UN Foundation Girl Up to support the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda. 120 high school girls from across Africa and the United States will have the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Math (STEAM) fields, while enjoying a rich cross-cultural experience.

Additionally in May, we had one of our most successful Monster Help Days with over 3,000+ AOLers participating worldwide. This year marked our 6th annual companywide volunteer day in which employees worldwide took time outside of the office to help their local communities. One of our core values is being in the business of helping people and Monster Help Day is one of the key ways we live out this value by encouraging AOLers across 27 cities worldwide to volunteer in our local communities. This year, over 30% of the volunteer projects for Monster Help Day aligned with the mission of the AOL Charitable Foundation to improve the lives of women, girls and underserved youth through access to technology, education, mentoring and cultivating creativity.

At AOL, we believe in providing young leaders with a path to success, especially in the fields of media and technology. Future Builders Day, as part of the 6 week long summer internship program will help unleash these interns' aspirations, open their eyes to the possibilities of exciting and prosperous careers in these fields, and inspire them to pursue their passions.

Oct 31st 2014

AOL Leads Charge Toward Marketing to How People Engage With Technology

With the explosion of new types of devices and the technological complexity that accompanies them, marketing has had to evolve past simply looking to reach devices. Advertisers want to reach and engage with people – the wires and the screens are just details.

AOL continues to lead in that regard, and today, we are excited to officially announce our cross-device linking technology, empowering advertisers to engage with actual people across screens, and not merely target their devices.

The offering allows advertisers to plan programmatically across the widest array of premium inventory. The technology, enabling "people-centric" marketing, rather than "device-centric" marketing, was validated by comScore in September 2014 at a 93% "match rate." The match rate measures the percentage of sample that AOL and comScore identified as the same person between devices using non-personally identifiable information derived from comScore's census network.

Additionally, AOL announced the availability of location-based marketing, which allows advertisers, in a non-invasive, privacy-friendly manner, to identify the location of and target potential customers that have been in their store, or any other specific location, across any device.

Brands like T-Mobile and Citi are working with AOL Platforms to attain a more complete picture of their target audiences, rather than devices, through a combination of device-linking, location-based marketing, optimization and analytics.

Both cross-device linking and location-based marketing will be integrated into ONE by AOL, which is being designed to be the first platform that empowers brands and agencies with an in-depth look at a consumer's journey through the marketing funnel, in real-time.

Read more in the press announcement: http://aol.it/1nVSXYe

Sep 5th 2014

Disrupt San Francisco 2014: A Preview

TechCrunch Disrupt is the venue to debut tech starups, and next week the hotly anticipated, world-class hackathon and conference – Disrupt San Francisco – will kick off at a new venue, Pier 48.

The Hackathon will take place September 6th and 7th and the Conference will run September 8th through 10th. The entire event will be captured online, with 24/7 coverage and a livestream on the TechCrunch homepage.

Last year's record-breaking Disrupt San Francisco hosted 3,700+ attendees and 800+ hackers. Taking it to the next level, this year's Disrupt will feature some of the hottest speakers in the industry, including:
  • Peter Thiel, iconic investor and cofounder of PayPal and many other companies-will join TechCrunch Co-Editor Alexia Tsotsis to discuss his book "Zero to One: Notes on Startups or, How to Build the Future"
  • Billionaire investor, serial entrepreneur, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban will speak for at Disrupt for the first time
  • CEO/Co-Founder and COO of Twitch, Emmett Shear and Kevin Lin respectively, will discuss what it's like to run a gaming media monster that was just acquired by Amazon for $970 million
  • Founders of Eventbrite, and married dynamic duo, Julia and Kevin Hartz, will chat about the future of events and what the company's plans are for 2015 and beyond
  • Founder and CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky will share his insight into running a $10 billion startup, and how difficult it was to get it off the ground
  • Disrupt veteran Marissa Mayer and CEO of Yahoo will once again judge the Startup Battlefield finals
  • Michael Arrington will interview Marc Benioff (Founder/Chairman/CEO, Salesforce), and legendary Bay Area investor Vinod Khosla (Founder, Khosla Ventures) will offer his infinite investment wisdom
  • Three new TechCrunch writers will have their Disrupt debut - Kyle Russell will interview the CEO/Co-Founder and COO of Twitch, Sarah Buhr and a panel of tech experts will discuss whether or not "digital medicine is the new Rx", and Ron Miller will chat with Scott Dietzen (Pure Storage) and Mike Speiser (Sutter Hill Ventures)
For the full agenda on this year's anticipated Disrupt, click here.

Live streaming video by Ustream

Jan 9th 2014

AOL Autos Tech of the Year: Tesla Supercharger

We're excited to announce that the Tesla Supercharger was awarded 2013 Technology of the Year from AOL Autos at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

This year marks the second annual Technology of the Year program, with over 44 technologies nominated for the title. Back in November, AOL Autos announced six finalists during the Los Angeles Auto Show where the Tesla Supercharger was joined by Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode, Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention, Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, Mopar® In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices and Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake at an offsite event at LA's Belasco Theater.

The panel of judges, comprised of industry experts from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and TechCrunch, went through grueling rounds of physical testing and found that the Tesla Supercharger raised the bar the highest when it comes to integrating technology into the world of autos. Giving Tesla owners the ability to charge their vehicles enough to drive 150 miles in about 30 minutes or less for free, the Tesla Supercharger changes the ways EVs are used and diminishes the concern of "range anxiety" among drivers. The infrastructure Tesla is building to support the Tesla Supercharger with fast-charging stations across the U.S. elevates EVs in the automotive industry today.

To help the esteemed board of judges find the best of the best in automotive technology, AOL Autos turned to their consumers in the last stage of deliberation. Readers were asked to vote for which among the six finalists they felt should take the title. With over 14,000 votes received, consumers also agreed that the Tesla Supercharger stood apart from its competitors, garnering 40% of overall public votes. The result of this poll equaled one judges' vote in final deliberation.

Congratulations to Tesla Supercharger on winning 2013 Technology of the Year!

Oct 8th 2013

AOL Women in Technology: Spotlight On Piya Ghosh

Growing numbers of women are choosing careers in technology, science, math and related areas, but these fields are still heavily populated by men. And while AOL's technology division includes accomplished women at many levels – including a female Chief Architect, relatively rare in the industry – the Company aims to attract even more women and is working to do so. In this special series, get to know AOL's own tech trailblazers, what they're working on and what they've learned along the way. Today, we chat with HuffPost developer Piya Ghosh.

What's your role at AOL?
I'm a software engineer with the Huffington Post Tech team. I develop and maintain front-end components of our very high traffic and ever-growing website. I also work on building new tools, platforms and tech solutions using the latest technologies to optimize the site, reduce page load time and overall make HuffPost more and more awesome every day.

What technical skills do you bring to the table?
My technical skill includes front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery and SASS and languages such as PHP, Ruby and Java. I also have extensive knowledge of SEO, cross-browser compatibility and site optimization.

One of the cool things about working here is that you learn new things every day -- new languages, new tools and new ways to make the web more appealing. I've recently started coding in Scala and learning about functional programming for one of my new projects, and I'm loving every bit of it.

What was your path to your current position?
After earning my bachelor's degree in software engineering, I started my career with AOL Member Services at our Bangalore office before moving to a team where I was responsible for supporting publishing tools. Later, I worked on different and exciting projects, such as multi-authentication testing, implementation of a web analytics tool, page optimization and the redesign and building of several AOL Lifestyle sites.

I moved on to work as one of the main developers for Stylelist.com, beginning with migrating the site from one platform to another and then redesigning it. I also worked on another redesign of the site to accommodate our Devil premium format ads. I became a part of the Huffington Post tech team in 2011. I'm also one of AOL's cultural ambassadors and proud to be a part of that team.
AOL has played a big role in making me who I am today, and I'm grateful for that. I've worked with the most amazing people in an all-inclusive and fun environment. The managers I've worked with have given me freedom and encouragement, which has made me a more responsible person and willing to take risks. They've also helped me gain confidence to become a lead on different projects. I could keep talking about the awesomeness I experience every day, but I'll conclude by saying that AOL is an inseparable part of me, and that makes me happy and proud.

What or who motivated you to go into technology?
After high school I spent about a year trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. During this period I took a computer class and started learning C. The day I saw one of my first program's logic work beautifully, I knew what I wanted to study and went to college to study software engineering. I was also influenced and encouraged by my dad who's an engineer himself.

What's one lesson you've learned that you think other women could benefit from?
I think half the battle is won when you overcome preconceived notions about becoming a woman engineer, and you have complete self-confidence. One thing I've learned is that you need to be visible, proactive and take the lead when required. Also, being a geek is awesome!

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