Earlier this week I got the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time on business. The Next Web, a technology-focused media company, had its first US-based conference in Chelsea, New York and I was in attendance as an exhibitor with POP.co (@thePOPguys) in the .CO (@dotco) booth. To be fair, I had been to New York City before but only within the confines of its major airports (JKF and La Guardia) as a result of having connecting flights either going to or leaving college in Ohio.
With the popularity of InboxZero as a movement for being more productive with email and the getting things done methodology, I had an idea that lent itself to being more productive with one’s Internet browsing. It also lent itself to a technical curiosity I had: figuring out how to develop Google Chrome extensions. This is my recap of how TabZolo came to be. Continue reading
As someone with limited patience for login screens and a seemingly endless supply of individual accounts to log into every once in a while I’m pretty much over passwords. Flat out done with them. As an inherently efficient (elegant masking term for ‘lazy’) person, I’m not the type to create the most complex password for each of my online services. Surely many of you will say that password manager solutions exist, namely LastPass – which is a pretty good product – but they only aid in masking the whole user authentication hassle for users in having to keep up with each of their accounts’ credentials. Even if you do take the time to craft that most obscure, secure, anti-h4x0r passwords for your accounts, that’s not a guarantee on their safety. Continue reading
In this internet age there is an abundance of creative minds putting their talents to use in creating tools to improve our everyday lives. Sure, some projects are made to fit less-than-actually-useful purposes but others are pretty novel in what they offer – and often times offer for free. In what I hope will become a series of mine, I introduce to you “My Favourite Things”: an exposé on some of the interesting sites/services/apps I’ve come across and want to pass along. For my introductory post, I’d like to show you small.cat (@smallcatapp) by @chendo. Continue reading
I apologize ahead of time for the anecdotal nature of this post but I just want to share it and possibly motivate others on the outskirts of doing what they really want to do. In short, this a review of how I got started in web development and startup culture in Miami, Florida.
TL;DR: Think you want to get into a particular industry? Reach out to the people in it on a personal level to find out more and get connected. Think it through with your family, friends and those wiser than yourself. It helps.
I didn’t have the cleanest final college separation. Through my own deficiency I was stuck on campus for an extra couple of weeks into the summer following my final semester to finish my senior thesis – the only requirement remaining from my 4-year pitstop in college. Knowing that I was behind, finishing my thesis had been my focus for the entirety of that final Spring semester and of course for those few summer weeks. I had no job prospects lined up after the summer and I could not handle applying and interviewing for them either. I had no prior career-related internships. What employer would want a fresh Computer Science and Philosophy Double Major almost graduate in a software development position without experience? The chances seemed somewhat slim, in my opinion at the time, for actual graduates much less anyone with lesser credentials. Continue reading