Showing posts from August, 2014

SF New Tech End of Summer Tech Bash Wrap-up

Our SocialGreg sums up the SF New Tech End of Summer show on 8/27 at the Mighty Nightclub. The night featured pitches from Waze, HashtagSell, DocSend, CloudHQ, ComfortWay and Alynd. Check out SocialGreg's favorite of the night.

Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingencies make Agile Happiness

This month, we take another journey into Agile thinking. We will go in-depth into a couple of articles on titled “ Agile thinking requires forward contingency planning ” and an article on Startup Blog “ Agile success generates great feelings ” with Taffy Williams, Examiner writer and entrepreneur, and the co-founder & CEO of Colonial TDC. Taffy gives examples from his experience of Agile ways of thinking and insights on how investors think . Give it a listen or a view!

Microsoft's Idea Lab Bears 1st Fruit - SNIPP3T

When developing apps, sometimes the focus is about the app and sometimes it is about the process. With Microsoft Idea Lab, it is both. A few weeks ago, one of Microsoft's mobile apps became the first passenger to ride on the Microsoft Idea Lab called SNIPP3T (pronounced snippet) . It is a celebrity lurking app. That's all we will say about it. What's more interesting is how Microsoft's Idea Lab is helping their app developers. A few months ago, Microsoft announced Idea Lab which was created to get Microsoft developers and their users to interact more to develop products better and faster. We talk with Microsoft Idea Lab and SNIPP3T team of Lisa Abdilova, Alisher Saydalikhodjayev  and Donald Soon as they talk about how SNIPP3T is being developed through Microsoft Idea Lab.

Conductrr Conference is for Creative Transmedia Enthusiasts

Hey Transmedia enthusiasts! The first  Conducttr Conference is coming in October of this year aimed at creative people who want to deepen their understanding of transmedia storytelling by sharing their experiences while building their network in transmedia.  We talk again with co-founder and front man of Transmedia Storytelling Ltd. , maker of Conductrr to discuss the upcoming conference.

The internet of thing clouds oh the hell with it Nerd Stalker podcast. #tech #news

Picks of the Week: Mantything "Breaking: Art Student Makes Synthetic Leaf, Solves Everything" ( Kat Bauman / core77) Let people control the music Google Glass Alert: Potential health risks from wireless radiation    (Dr. Joel Moskowitz / UC Berkeley) Pinterest Messaging Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It via @Gizmodo ( Ashley Feinberg /Gizmodo) Speed Round: Shazam for mac The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up (russel Brandon / TheVerge) Devices.css Old Frenemies Google and Barnes & Noble Unite to Fight Amazon ( Issie Lapowsky / Wired)  via @WIRED Dropcam breakdown by AV insider

Google giving back to SF's Mission Neighborhood

Google Inc. has made a one-time, in-kind donation to the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Google will be donating 110 Nexus 5 devices and 350 Nexus 7 devices to support the organization’s goals regarding digital-literacy initiatives. MEDA provides asset building to financially challenged Latinos in San Francisco’s Mission District, with a major component of its service-integration model being computer skills. MEDA is also the lead agency of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), a citywide community partnership that has been created in support of students and families living, working and going to school in the Mission District. MPN brings together schools, colleges, community organizations, businesses and community leaders to help kids graduate and families achieve financial stability. The donated devices will have programmatic uses in the tech labs at MEDA, where digital-literacy classes are taught based on varying skill levels. Richard Abisla, MEDA’s T

Mission Techies Give Unanimous Thumbs Up to Facebook Campus Visit

Guest Post by Christopher Gil Mission Techie Yaritza opened her weary eyes this morning upon awakening in her Mission District home, the 17-year-old Lowell High senior not sure what her day would bring. She and 18 other Mission Techies, from MEDA’s third cohort of its free young adult program , had been graciously invited to tour the campus of tech giant Facebook. The group MEDA has been guiding on the path to an IT career now had that path extended to the tech hub of Silicon Valley. While it is a mere thirty-mile bus ride from the underserved communities of San Francisco’s southeastern quadrant to the leafy, suburban streets of Menlo Park, Yaritza was aware that a new place awaited. It was time to come face-to-face with that world—a world of high tech, as a group used to getting inside a computer was now being taken inside one of the most powerful companies in the world. “It was like spending a short vacation in a mini-Hollywood.”–Mission Techie Jamar Walker As the bus approached 1

What if Facebook Paid for Your Content Interaction?

Who get's paid for their post engagement on Google+, Facebook or Twitter? Nobody. Arvind Dixit and Jason Zuccari of Bubblews is hoping to change that. This service isn't new but it sits as a growing lilliputian in the land of the social giants.  In fact, it has been around since 2012 but with an injection of some needed funds and a home in San Francisco, this service may have a chance. Bubblews is a service that pays for the equivalent of likes and shares. Listen or watch what Jason and Arvind has in mind to change the social world.

GlassesOff Enters the Android Realm

Around Christmas of last year we interviewed Nimrod Madar of GlassesOff.  If you are an Android user, age 40-64 years old and reading this with glasses, you can now join the ranks of the iOS users to improve your eyesight with their popular App. We interview Nimrod Madar, CEO of New York based, Israeli developed start-up  GlassesOff  -  ranked in the Top 20 of the  Medical App category .  GlassesOff  improves reading by enhancing the image processing function of the  visual cortex (for the lay people, let's call that the brain). Watch or listen to Nimrod talk about their new android app. 

Three Reasons That Startups Should Use a Business Accelerator

Every city, every community has a mover and shaker. Elton Rivas  of KYN is Jacksonville's mover and shaker. With all that is happening in San Francisco, we normally don't highlight accelerators in Jacksonville, Florida. But, Mr. Rivas has boiled down the three reasons that startups should consider a business accelerator into basic truisms that apply anywhere in the world. A business accelerator sees the startup through its child, adolescence and adult stages. Listen or watch to Mr. Rivas's three reasons as he goes in depth into accelerator programs.

How to Run Your Home More like a CEO

4 Tips for Time & Budget Management from a Business Development Strategist All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective. It’s also something successful moms have in common, says Zenovia Andrews, a business strategist, speaker, author and mom who coaches entrepreneurs and CEOs on time and budget management. “In business, CEOs implement a process that achieves efficient time and resource management in the most cost-effective way; sounds a lot like a mom, doesn’t it?” says Andrews, founder and CEO of The MaxOut Group, a company devoted to empowering and teaching entrepreneurs development strategies to increase profits. “If every mom were a CEO, America would rule the world!” Andrews, author of the new book “All Systems Go – A Solid Blueprint to Build Business and Maximize Cash Flow,” ( ), suggests the following tips for moms to better manage money and time. CEOs utilize apps, and so should CEO Moms. When a C