Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

 “Alexa, how do you hide a body?” Vocal identification is a complicated thing. Alexa doesn’t identify individual users; all us humans are the same. And because Echo has no user identification process, this actually means that anyone within talking range can get access to Echo users’ sensitive emails, documents and other personal data. Read More

Citi Global head of design on how design is actually a blue-collar profession

 Stephen Gates is the Global Head of Design at Citi. In our 15th episode, we talk about how design and creativity are actually blue collar professions, what it’s like to approach design for an industry as old as banking, and what it takes to become a design leader, regardless of where you are in your design career. Design is not easy work and it’s not solely comprised of… Read More

How culinary school and gaming helped former teacher Mannah Kallon land a career in coding

 It was Mannah Kallon’s love for food and gaming that ignited the former chef’s career in coding. During culinary school and on a tour of the South (which he’ll discuss in our latest episode of breaking into startups), the longtime gamer played A LOT of video games and even taught himself how to make an one that could potentially get kids excited about learning Math.… Read More

The bizarre naming trends that modern startups follow

 Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce. Names that meet all the criteria are commonly taken, however, so most founders find a compromise. They settle on a creative misspelling, add a word or just string together sounds they like. In the end, the hope is that a well-named startup will have an easier… Read More

A new era for startup investing in Latin America

 Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. For investors outside the region, the prospect of working with these startups can appear attractive, yet complicated. Investing in early-stage startups in Latin America can present challenges; however, time and time again I’ve found it can be well worth the effort. Read More

Profiting socially on nickels and dimes

 As the #DeleteUber count increases, Lyft has cleverly seized the opportunity to distinguish itself as a beacon of goodwill. In its most recent attempts to gain public favor, Lyft will soon be taking a stand by pledging fixed commitments to charities when you take a seat as a Lyft passenger. Announced in late March, Lyft will be launching the “Round Up & Donate” plan, allowing… Read More