To Build an Entrepreneurial Community, Listen to the Entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Della Rucker is the managing editor of Engaging Cities, an online magazine that explores new strategies and technologies in the public engagement and urban planning space. Throughout her tenure at the publication, she’s learned a few things about how policymakers should be interacting with…


It’s Our Responsibility to Stand Up to Cyber Bullies [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Back when Justine Ezarik, more commonly known these days as iJustine, was a kid she used to tear apart the family VCR much to the chagrin of her father. But she wasn’t destroying it, she was learning how all the parts fit together, and…


SparkFun’s Jessica McDonald: Being a Woman in Tech Can Feel Isolating [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

It’s common knowledge that the technology industry is desperately in need of diversification among its ranks. Thankfully, however, many companies have realized this need to diversify and have made plans to work on recruiting more women and minorities. But as it stands, the current…


Harper Reed: Technology is Hard, But People are Harder [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

“Technology is hard. I think that’s the main theme of my world: technology is hard.” So said Harper Reed when he stopped by to speak with us at this year’s SXSW. Reed, whose infamy is founded in his previous role as CTO for Obama…


One of the Top Reasons for AddThis’s Success: Company Culture [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

While Rich Harris hasn’t been at AddThis for too long (he joined the company towards the end of 2013 as its new CEO), he’s managed to push the company through new growth while somehow maintaining a startup-like culture in the workplace. This is pretty…


Buffer: Transparency & Culture for a Distributed Team [VIDEO]

By | Mar 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

Joel Gascoigne is the CEO and Cofounder of Buffer, which currently employs 30 people who are fully distributed around the world. Known for their transparency policy, the quickly growing team at Buffer has taken strides to intentionally create a positive culture at their startup. Hiring purely…


How Runtastic Went from Software to Developing Hardware [VIDEO]

By | Mar 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

In order to create hardware, you need to be able to commit a lot of time and money; before considering going into the hardware business, this is definitely one of the top realities that you have to face. And according to Runtastic cofounder and…


Gnomad Mobilizes Street Teams for On-Demand Advertising [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Everything is on-demand today, so why not create on-demand advertising as well? “At events, or in big cities, you can hire a street team that will pass out flyers, or you can hire somebody like us that mobilizes human digital billboards,” explains Rich Winley of…


Kathryn Finney: Diverse Communities Need More Exits [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Recently, a reality TV show call for “powerful African American women in the tech space” arrived in Kathryn Finney‘s inbox. Rightfully so, she was outraged. The email went on to portray the producers’ idea of a “strong leader” with an “over-the-top personality”, but get…


A Mobile-First Design for a Life Less Planned: HotelTonight [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

“Plan less. Live more,” Sam Shank says, is the focus of HotelTonight. “We focus on the absolute best experience for getting you into a great room at the best price at the last minute.” Shank says his company has major contenders to compete against. Priceline…


One Month: Our Students are Our Biggest Asset [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

What would you do if somebody dropped you off at the library and told you to learn history? Where would you start? For most people, I’d wager that they wouldn’t know what to do after finding the history section. Mattan Griffel, the CEO of…


How do you Get More Minorities Involved in Tech? [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Wayne Sutton, General Partner at Buildup VC, has one mission in life, and that’s to connect with, mentor, and educate underrepresented groups in tech fields. He does this through Buildup, but it’s important to realize that Buildup isn’t like most other traditional accelerators. On…


Washington is Open for Business, Says the Mayor of DC [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Muriel Bowser, the newly elected Mayor of Washington DC, wants you to know one thing: DC is open for business. In fact, there are about 1,000 people moving to our nation’s capital every month as a direct result of the thriving tech ecosystem that’s…


Michelle Lee: USPTO Plans for Four Satellite Offices in Various Startup Hubs [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Last Friday, Michelle Lee was officially sworn in as the new director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A historic moment, considering that Lee is the first woman to ever hold the position, but also unique considering her background. At SXSW,…


Steve Case: Third Wave of the Internet Will Focus on Our Daily Lives [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

On Monday, Steve Case announced that he is set to go on a third Rise of the Rest tour which will go through some of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in the American south: Richmond, VA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Charleston, SC; Atlanta, GA; and New…

SXSW’s Becca Krass: Startup Survival is Dependent on Customer Service [VIDEO]

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

For startups, acquiring customers or users is obviously important; if no one’s using or buying what you’re offering, then there’s simply no way that your startup will survive. However, according to Becca Krass, the director of product marketing at Salesforce’s, startup survival may…


It’s All About the Gray Hair Trendsetters at SXSW

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

Style watchers such as Glamour and Atlantic Monthly have touted gray hair as the trend to follow. Even Instagram and Pinterest have dedicated pages celebrating the spectrum of gray shades.  I happen to sport gray tresses myself and, while attending SXSW, thought I’d check…