Category Archives: tech

New Podcast: It’s Nichelle With An N

I have dabbled in podcasting off and on for years. I used to use a digital recorder, upload a file and then use some podcasting software to compress to upload to my blog. I have used Odeo’s AudioBlogger, Audioboo, and now I am using Soundcloud. In addition, I have been a guest on a few podcasts, and co-hosted amTWib for three months back in 2013.

So I have done three podcasts so far and you can listen to them.

iPhone Apps Get ‘Donor Class’ Treatment, Android Apps An Afterthought

A year ago, my world changed when Instagram became available on Android. I got to be a part of this (new to me) world of photo filters and over-tagging. It even changed my habits. As a food blogger, I was already taking photos of food, but my photo taking became prolific. I started taking photos of graffiti, skylines, and my shoes. Also, I have taken more photos of myself which is now known as selfies. The other benefit of Instagram on Android is that I stopped carrying around my digital camera, so I thank Instagram for saving me from potential back pain in my old age.

I am writing this post to let all the lovely and creative startup founders and developers to step up your Android game. I don’t want to wait a year to play around with Vine, Mailbox, or Timehop on my phone. The hype cycle of new apps is getting shorter and shorter so it makes sense to launch the Android app at the same time the iPhone app drops.

There are more Android app developers now than ever before and more people who buy smartphones are buying Android phones.
Everyone knows there is a bit of iPhone elitism in the tech start-up world. It seems that only venture capitalists want to invest in iPhone apps, which is analogous to politicians only paying attention to the “donor class”. It is shortsighted to ignore the Android user. For example, a year after Instagam became available on Android, about half of its users were Android phone people. Growth and widespread adoption of apps can happen quicker if developers become more platform agnostic and stop worshiping at the altar of Apple.

Women In Tech

When I was an engineering major at Georgia Tech, I learned how to program with if then statements. If then statements are the basic programming to execute a code.  In real life, there is no simple “if then”. Most of people’s responses in life are more nuanced and based on an individual’s perspective, experience and identity. Unfortunately, some developers, hackers, and the like have translated if then statements as a code of conduct when dealing with people.

If a woman works in the tech startup community and attends a conference, then all jokes should be shrugged off?

If a person is offended, then should the offender be immediately fired?

If a man who has three kids loses a job, then wouldn’t the response be against the company who fired and not the company where the woman works?

If people online conclude that a woman is responsible for a man losing his job, then should rape and death threats and hate speech be launched immediately all over the internet?

If some people got their emails, then can a DDoS be faked?

If some tech blogs don’t include the rape and death threats in their reporting, then are they being irresponsible?

If tech startups lack essential human resources and public relations, then can they effectively handle situations like this?

If humans can’t treat humans with respect, then can we just program ethical robots to take over?



The Week In Links (Parties, Brisket and A Wedding)

Buddy Media Summer Tweetup!

The dog days of summer are here. I thought the social activity would slow down but no!
Monday, I attended the Dachis Group meetup at the Church Lounge of the Tribeca Grand.

Tuesday, I stopped by the Agency Spy party and then went to see Carolyn’s show at 59E59. Read a great review.

Wednesday, I ate beef brisket and hung out with friends at Buddy Media’s event at Hill Country which they announced the launch of their very cool and comprehensive Twitter analytics product.

Thursday, I sauntered down to Soho to the  Peek party. I met Peek Founder Amol Sarva and chatted with Greg Gallant about Muckrack’s new one line press release service.

Saturday, I was a guest at the lovely morning wedding of Colette and Sean. The reception was at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. In the afternoon, I went up to Harlem for another of Matt’s BBQs.

The Internet Week in Links (Future, Good Ideas, Webuntante)

Photo by Diana Levine
taken at the Webutante Ball.
Wednesday, I went to IWantMedia’s The Future of Media panel discussion. Carmina recapped it excellently.

Friday, I attended PSFK’s Good Ideas Salon on Collaboration. Met some very cool people including Andrew Cherwenka of Trapeze and Sam Nelson of Formed With Art.

Friday night, I partied at the Webutante Ball. Fun, crowded and not like my prom since people actually stayed there long after they took their pictures which is amazing since the drinks were expensive.

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@SXSW: Finance 2.0, Money Management to Save This Generation

WAKE UP!!! Today, I will speaking on a very important panel at 10am,  Finance 2.0, Money Management to Save This Generation. I am so happy to be on the panel with‘s Aaron Patzer,‘s Michael Ferrari, Murali Subbarao of Billeo, and Stessa Cohen. Please come if you are in the town for “South By”. The panel will be in Room 18, Level 4 in the Austin Convention Center. The hashtag for our panel is #finsxsw.

Blacks in Tech Meetup at SXSWi

After a long day of traveling, I made it to Austin just in time to be a panelist on the Blacks in Tech Meetup. The cab driver didn’t know how to get to the Carver Museum nor did he know where 1165 Angelina Street was. I don’t have an iPhone, but a fairly good memory so I remembered looking on the Google Map so I told him it was near 11th Street, so after slowly driving around the east part of town, we made it.

When I got inside, I first saw EJ Flavors and my SXSW roomie Twanna (Funky Brown Chick). After saying hello to a few people including “Papa Bear” George Kelly, the panel commenced.

Jeffery Bowman from Ogilvy moderated the panel which included Baratunde, Lynne D. Johnson, Denise Jacobs and me.

We talked about three main topics: brand, community and social networking tools.

It was a lively and informative discussion. I also met Corvida, Wayne Sutton and a few others who I will start following on Twitter.

Blacks In Tech Meetup

If you are at “South By” check out Denise Jacob’s panel on Monday, “Can the Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?” Also, Latoya Peterson from Racialicious is having a panel, “Can Social Media End Racism?”

Ignite: Soldering, Startups and Social Magic

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Ignite NYC was amazing in it geekiness and creativity. If I majored in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, I would have considered competing in the soldering competition. There were about 10 guys who did competed, and twice as many people who documented it via iPhone, digital camera and video camera.

Almost everyone actively or tangentially involve in the “downtown tech scene” was at Ignite. The 5-minute presentations were cool, but there were too many. New Yorkers like to talk and drink WAY more than they like to listen, so it was hard to hear some of the later presentations.

I really liked Tony B’s co-working/start-up rap which included beatbox by Alex from Indy Hall, and Nate Westheimer’s Social Magic Theory. Dressed like a carnival huckster in a seersucker suit and bow tie, Nate explained social magic can be achieved through triangulation and pleasurable cognitive dissonance. After all that I stopped by Tokyo Bar to have dessert. The chocolate parfait is delicious!

Related: Allen Salkin’s New York Times article about the downtown tech scene which included coverage of the Ignite party.