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July

App Store – We’ve come a long way baby!

8 years ago this week, Apple’s App store was born on July 9, 2008. I remember my first experience in the App store; there were so few apps that I looked at EVERY app in less than an hour. Many of the apps didn’t work properly; some crashed upon launch, most had extremely limited functionality. This brought up the question, why make an app if you have limited (and more often limited experience) IT resources? Many companies created apps for First Move Advantage or to show they were innovators. Competitors followed suit with app creation.

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June

6 Harsh Truths for Entrepreneurs from Shark Tank’s Daymond John

On June 6, 2016, I had attended PLUGATL’s $10,000  Pitch Competition featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John. This event was held at Woodruff Arts Center in the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Prior to the event, over 100 entrepreneurs applied to be a part of the $10,000 pitch competition. The top 20 start-ups were announced,  and the top 5 companies presented on stage to a panel of judges including Daymond John. Top 4 finalists were: Tydee, a mobile app trash pick up service for apartment dwellers; Make Music Count, teaching kids math via playing the

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June

5 Lessons Learned from Making an Alexa (instead of buying one)

I just spent over 6 hours of my life making something that I could have simply ordered on Amazon.

I’m talking about Amazon’s latest gadget, the Amazon Echo, aka Alexa.  The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated Artificial Intelligence device with a speaker, somewhat similar to Apple’s Siri. Amazon touts this device plays music on demand from various music and radio services, interacts with you (Q&A), and can be a hub for smart home automation. Is the Amazon Echo the next Kindle for Amazon?

I discovered the DIY Alexa project one morning as

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June

Georgia Tech Capstone Expo Recap 2016

On April 26, 2016, I had the distinct honor of judging the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo.  Capstone Design is an undergraduate class offered at Georgia Tech offering hands-on experience in solving real-world problems.  Students work in teams (some interdisciplinary) and have the choice to work on a corporate sponsored program or a project of their own choosing.  This is more than just your typical senior level design class.  These students must take into account competitive conditions, financial implications, potential to sell, in addition to solving the world’s problems.  The Expo

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June

BIG BRANDS are turning to social media channels you may not have heard of to reach new audiences

On May 19th, the Wireless Technology Forum, held a panel discussion on Mobile Video with:

Cathy Farr, Senior Director Mobile Products, CNN Digital
Laurie Baird, Managing Director, Youi.tv
Pascal Racheneur, General Manager, Digital Video, Raycom Media
Eric McLoughlin, Director, Product Management, Comcast
Moderator: Karl Edwards, inCode Consulting

Cathy Farr spoke about going where your future customers are today (millennials) which meant CNN Digital on Snapchat. She spoke about creating content for Snapchat which means “vertical” videos instead of “horizontal” videos. She spoke about trying different things including broadcasting a presidential debate in virtual reality (with ATLvr led by CEO

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May

5 Things I Learned at the Google Office about YouTube

Content is King

Video Content is King

Video content is KING and YouTube needs their best content creators to make more videos.

I recently attended YouTube’s 2nd annual “YouTube Creator Day” at the Google office in Atlanta. This is an invitation-only event hosted by YouTube for their content video creators in the area with at least 1,000 subscribers. With over 400 hours of content uploaded per minute to YouTube, why would YouTube need to ask their creators to create more content? It’s not just about quantity of content, quality of content.

The day covered 4 main

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May

TAG Retail Recap: Improving the Customer Experience with Analytics

Last week, I had the honor of moderating the TAG (Technology Association of Georgia) Retail session on the topic of ‘Improving the In-Store Customer Experience with Analytics.’ The session was a panel discussion comprised of industry leaders in analytics, digital, customer experience, sales and marketing, and consumer measurement insights. It is expected that the stores and the cloud will see the biggest bump in IT spend for 2016. So this is a very timely topic, and one near and dear to me.

To set the stage, let me open by sharing

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April

Is 2016 the Death of Mobile Handset Innovation?

At Wireless Technology Forum’s Mobile Economy update (April 21, 2016), I got the latest info from GSMA on the state of the Mobile universe. Putting aside the great networking opportunities for professionals in the mobile industry, this is one of my favorite sessions every year because our core mission to provide relevant and quality content about mobility to our attendees. Sure (if I had the time and money), I could have been one of over 101K attendees that traveled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and received all of this content, but for those