Open Source Bureaucracy: Working Together in the Land of Code

Over the past few month, stories of harassment, assault, and discrimination have peppered national news outlets, and the tech industry has not been immune. Back in March, programmer Julie Horvath announced her resignation from GitHub, advising that encouragement to join in rampant “boys’ culture” made her wish that she had quit sooner. Soon after, The New Republic ran a piece about age discrimination in Silicon Valley, which describes the permeation of young male culture – ping-pong tables, “Whiskey Fridays,” and constant references to male genitalia – in everyday life at an average tech startup.

Unfortunately, sexism, ageism, and racism permeate …read more

It’s A Smart World After All

 

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The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It’s made up of billions of “smart” devices — from minuscule chips to mammoth machines — that use wireless technology to talk to each other. Our IoT world is growing at a breathtaking pace–from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 202. SOURCES: IDC, Intel, United nations:

VIDEO: The Smart Work in 2020

In his post When Things Matter More than People, author and marketer, Geoff Livingston shared that:

The Internet of Things is beginning to drive the tech industry and soon the marketing …read more

Digital Was the Theme at What’s Next DC

What’s Next DC isn’t your average conference. In fact, it’s not even your average unconference. Now in its third year, What’s Next DC brings together speakers who are boots-on-the ground pros from areas across the country working in the field of communications. With panel topics like “Competing in the Instant Era”, “Facebook and the Power of Mobile”, and “Stop Drowning in Data”, it was clear that the topic of “digital” was the common theme among the presenters.

What’s Next Organizer and Host, Tod Plotkin, talks about this year’s What’s Next Conference and the changes from years past:

Zac Moffatt, …read more

From All Things E to the Today Show!

She was our most recent guest for our “Tips of The Trade” feature, sharing her insights and advise on effective ways to use social media. Now Nicollett Pizzitola will be featured on the Today Show! Please set your TV, DVR or Tivo TOMORROW, May 1st, for her live appearance on the Today Show during the 8:00 AM ET hour. She’ll be hosting a segment designed to help women who are stuck in their careers find their way out of a professional rut.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Compass Point Associates, Nicolette leads a coaching and consulting firm which helps …read more

Tips of The Trade – Nicolette Pizzitola Gives Us Expert Insights

 

 

 

A career strategist, coach and speaker, Nicolette Pizzitola is the founder of Compass Point Associates, a coaching and consulting firm providing services ranging from career management for individuals, executives and entrepreneurs, to talent management initiatives and leadership coaching within organizations.

An expert in career and talent management, Nicolette is dedicated to teaching individuals to define their success, shape their professional identities, and manage their career.

In addition to speaking at TEDxAdamsMorganWomen in 2012, Nicolette is a frequent speaker at academic institutions, corporations and associations. She has taught career management strategies at The George Washington University School …read more

What Happens When The Cloud Goes Down?

This past Friday, lightning in Virginia took out part of Amazon’s cloud computing service. Hundreds of companies use the Amazon Web Services for data storage and computation. This includes Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram. Friday’s storm knocked these sites off the grid for several hours. According to the New York Times, there is still little information for customers about what had happened, or even whether user data was safe.

One thing is for sure, the recent outage has people second guessing the security of using the cloud for themselves and their customers. According to the NY Times:

The interruption underlined how …read more

Social Gifting: the New eCommerce

Major retailers such as Best Buy, Gap Inc. and Starbucks are all lining up to team up with Wrapp, a brand new social gifting service. A Swedish company made up of former executives from Spotify and Groupon, Wrapp is an app that allows Facebook friends to buy each other gift cards from participating retailers. Commonly valued at $5 to $15, the gift cards can be bought individually or in a group. Retailers are betting that the app will lure customers into their stores and once inside, they will end up spending more than the gift card’s value.

Hjalmar Winbladh, Wrapp’s …read more