Anyone who knows me, knows that leaving the City on any given weekday is NOT something I’m exactly enthusiastic about. That commute, be it by car or Caltrain, leaves a lot to be desired these days. So to make the trek down on the Peninsula to attend a seemingly off-demographic conference being put on by an engineering acronym you’ve never heard of … may seem a little odd [#fairenough]. In this case though it was most certainly warranted, and I hope next year in its 5th, the Women in Engineering, International Leadership Conference (#WIELEAD) invites me to return.
‘Marketing’ and ‘Innovation’: two words that have traditionally been cloaked in vagueness, if not uncertainty. Why? Because they get abused by association and diluted in practice. Inconsistent results, substance, and meaning tend to have that effect. But when they click … [wo]man-o-[wo]man, that’s the stuff of business legend. And when the combined term ‘Marketing Innovation’ is firing on all cylinders, well, that’s something to write home about (or on the homepage at any rate). It would appear this is such a time, for are ABM and predictive marketing ever hitting their stride!
For purposes here, a simple definition: [...]
In the land of self-fulfilling anomalies you learn to see through those high on the possibility, to focus on those exhausted from the probability. The probability they are going to build something valuable, of worth, something that people and companies want, that they HAVE to have. Something that stands out no matter what, literally at [half] the speed of light as it transcends thru those fiber-optic lines as fast as the web masses can authenticate and download. That type of data don’t lie. Doesn’t it?
It doesn’t. It seems to work pretty well in this current state of software, an unmistaken feedback loop that many have experienced if not figured out. Nothing [...]
As we near the end of this god-forsaken year entitled 2016, there is certainly a lot to reflect on (or retract from depending on your disposition). This month has felt pretty surreal if not 100% in-conflict coming off last. I mean how is one supposed to feel merry with cheer given the defacement that is now set to be in control of America, not to mention all the other horrible developments around the globe? Santa is 100% happy he lives in the non-nationalized North Pole, except of course all his polar bear friends are dying from starvation due to climate change. There is that. Nonetheless (or perhaps despite the lessening), the two events in about as many weeks that caught my [...]
Upload VR did not disappoint. In some ways it felt like what I picture the first dot.com to have been like: one part young-and-talented, one part tech-junkie, and one part rebel-yell. The artistic aspect of The Collective was the most notable, and part of that was certainly to be expected given the name of the event was ‘Art & VR’, but the more permanent components of the space were easy to decipher and just as intriguing as the art exhibits themselves. The work of the artists invited in for the evening was very good, but in the physicality of this co-working space itself, dedicated to the creation [...]
So once upon a time a guy named Eric started a movement. Truth be told, like most of us he was probably trying to start something that would decrease his probability of financial hardship in the future, and in the process possibly make a bit of a name for himself. It would appear it worked and his insights have been well received, by BOTH startups starting out AND mega-corporations interested in a given decade’s operational ‘botox’. But whatever the path that leads you to Lean, it can be an incredible learning experience. So yea, build-[test+]measure-learn is EXACTLY it, and the take-home is that [...]
The Palace of Fine Arts was born out of an Exhibition intent on demonstrating that San Francisco had rebuilt itself. So the fact this year’s Tech Inclusion conference was held in the neighboring Innovation Hangar (previously the Exploratorium) is quite appropriate. In a sense, the goal here is to rebuild SF’s crown jewel: Tech. Young and not so young white guys hold a majority stake at present, but in the years to come, it seems to me that the tech sector is going to incur some well-deserved growing pains of a different variety. We’re not talking 4-5x the national GDP growth rate, no, this is something more like [...]
I’m on the VTA chugging along, in search of the right convention center. You see, I used to work near Santa Clara’s, so it comes naturally. And let’s face it, there are a lot of arrows and trails of initiative’s presence leading to and exuding from Great America Pkwy these days. But no, today it is San Jose’s that beckons my attention. So I chug.
The first reaction in mentioning to a couple people that I’m headed to the S.Bay is: ‘why?’. SF has become insular. I am a job seeker amongst other things right now, so the Peninsula is a treasure trove of [...]
The most telling aspect of the Structure Security conference came in the form of back-to-back panels on Tuesday afternoon. The first comprised of Qualcomm, Intel, and ARM; and the second: Facebook, Uber, and Slack. The contrast in these two panels titled ‘Defining what it Means to be Trusted’ and ‘To Secure It, Open It Up’ respectively, embodies the massive changes that are underway in cybersecurity. It was incredibly noticeable how differently companies like ARM and Intel think about and approach security as compared to the Facebook’s and Uber’s of the world. Granted, right out of the gate there’s a huge distinction between hardware and [...]
Impact investing, race relations, practiced inclusion, social capital. While my first piece on SOCAP came from a more tactical topic (they invited me to startup pitches, I was grateful to attend), this piece came from a much larger issue consuming minds these days, both in tech and in the nation at large: racism, sexism, and discrimination in all forms. In fact, my interest when registering for SOCAP was chiefly two-fold: 1) impact investing 2) impacting culture. That is to say, attendance was tied to this issue that shows itself relentlessly in the United States, in its cities with bullets, in its companies with comfortable stereotypes, and sadly even in its presidential politics. [...]