Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world. He also runs a non-profit, Digital District, which focuses on improving professional digital literacy in DC. You can contact him by email at elliot(@)elliotvolkman.com or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

 

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Snapchat Spectacles Are A Lot of Fun, But Is That Enough? [Review]

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Social media is in an epic battle of sameness there year, but occasionally each network will produce a unique gem… that is until the others jump on their bandwagon. For Snap, formerly Snapchat, the introduction of Spectacles had them doubling down as a camera…

13 Apps to Help You Become a Cord Cutter

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In a cable dominated world, more and more consumers have begun cutting the cord to reduce their bills and virtual waste. Accordingly to a slightly out-of-date Nielson report, back in 2013, American TV watchers had an average of 189.1 channels at their disposal, yet…

6 Gadgets To Help You Become a Cord Cutter

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In a world of streaming media, being a cord cutter has become a norm. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Sling, HBO Go, and the hundreds of networks creating their own apps, consumers now have more options to move away from traditional cable and satellite in…

After 500 Startups, ShearShare Plans Silicon Valley Move

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Last year we dubbed a new startup, ShearShare, startup of the year due to a combination of their amazing team and organizational focus. When we last spoke to the founders, Courtney and Tye Caldwell, they were nearing the end of their time with 500…

Reddit Tests New Profiles, Sets Potential For Personal Followers

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Over the past few years, Reddit has seen quite a bit of change both internal and external. From leadership shake ups, to breaking away from Advance Publications (still the largest shareholder), and raising a $50 million round led by celebrities like Snoop Dogg, the…

The Power of Amazon’s Alexa Is Now On Your iPhone

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Starting this week, Amazon has begun rolling out a new feature to its mobile iOS shopping app that adds the Alexa powered voice assistant to it. Prior to the update, the Amazon app voice search feature only allowed users to seek out items to…

mBot Teaches Kids to Code in a Cute Robot Shell [Review]

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As adults, there are so many resources available to us to break into the world of programming and coding. From organizations like General Assembly and the hundreds of localized coding bootcamps, you can practically throw a stick into the wind and find a way…

Samuel Adams Announces Participants in SXSW Pitch Competition

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SXSW is inching closer, and today Samuel Adams is announcing the participants in their SXSW pitch competition. As part of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream popup, a program designed to give small food or beverage entrepreneurs a leg up, four startups will vie for…

16 Ways Leading Entrepreneurial Women Balance Work and Life

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There is a myth often shared amongst entrepreneurs and those working in startups that achieving work-life balance is within the realm of possibility. Not just a possibility, but after you put in the foundation and grueling first few years of work, you can switch…

Google Goes Mobile-First, Cracks Down on Invasive Popups

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In August 2016, Google announced two upcoming updates that would affect how they rank sites: mobile sites would now be indexed, leaving behind desktop indexing; and the use of invasive mobile popups could result in site traffic penalizations. Much like the dreaded initial days…

Samuel Adams to Host SXSW Pitch Competition

Samuel Adams

When it comes to tech entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, the similarities are uncanny. At first, nobody wants to give you money, you have little access to experts and mentors, and traction is a seemingly impossible mountain that you must climb. Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams, also faced…

Snap Spectacles Now Available for Online Purchase [Poll]

Snap Spectacles

Today, Snap (formerly Snapchat), announced that their video recording sunglasses are available for purchase online. Prior to today, Spectacles were only able to be purchased through specialized vending machines that would popup around the country. The move is likely being made in hopes of bolstering…

11 Gadgets To Build Out Your Dream Smart Kitchen

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When the first fridge with a built-in screen was released, the world lost its collective mind. After all, who needs a touchscreen on a fridge, right? Whether we like it or not, the world of IoT has spun out a plethora of gadgets that…

Linksys WRT 3200ACM Brings Back Original Design, DD-WRT [Review]

For most consumers, a standard high-speed router is all we really need. However, in our current political climate, it never hurts to think about one’s privacy and security, which is where having an integrated VPN and more control over your flow of data becomes…