Are billionaires becoming Burners? Or are Burners becoming billionaires?

Are billionaires becoming Burners? Or are Burners becoming billionaires?
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I’ve seen a lot of articles pop up recently on how the rich are “ruining” Burning Man. Two people often mentioned in these articles are Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google. What I don’t see in these articles are mentions of how Larry and Sergey have been Burners since long before they were billionaires. 16 years ago, in 1998, a year after Google.com was purchased, a month before the company was incorporated, the first …

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9 Ways to Measure Your Heart Rate (on the quest for continuous monitoring)

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I’m obsessed with the idea of continuously measuring my heart rate: when I’m resting, working out, and sleeping. Unfortunately, there aren’t any great solutions at this time. I haven’t given up though, there are plenty of ways to measure your heart rate today. Thought I’d share the different types I’ve found. Chest Strap Models When it comes to heart rate monitors, the chest strap model is the original. There are plenty of models out there, …

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LA Tech 2014: Get Involved!

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It’s an exciting time to be a technologist in LA. Our tech startup community is rapidly growing, we’re seeing an ever-strengthening bond between the tech scene and Hollywood’s massive entertainment space, and the social entrepreneurs and politicians in LA are looking for technologies to help solve their problems. So, how and where do you get involved? This doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a pretty solid start. LA Startup Community If you’re new to the LA …

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2013 Events: A Photo Essay

2013 Events: A Photo Essay
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I wish I had more pictures from events I went to. But in no way do I wish I spent more time taking pictures. I’m usually having too much fun. Here are some random pics from events I enjoyed this year.

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Review: My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

Review: My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions
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At the beginning of 2012, I wrote down 10 New Year’s Resolutions and taped it on my wall. At the end of the year, I reviewed my resolutions. I started this process without a specific outcome in mind, but found that I learned a lot about myself, not just from reflecting on my resolutions, but by also taking notice of my reactions as I reflected. 2012 New Year’s Resolutions Review: My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions …

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Modular Eyewear

Modular Eyewear
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Losing screws on my sunglasses is the bane of my existence. Well maybe not quite, but I have over 20 pairs of sunglasses that’s missing one of the ear pieces. Eyewear screws are the worst: they’re tiny so you lose them and you need a screwdriver so you can’t fix them when you’re out and about (which is the only time I ever lose screws on my sunglasses). So I did a little research, and …

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Hack for LA – Civic Hacking in Los Angeles

Hack for LA – Civic Hacking in Los Angeles
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Earlier this month, we hosted our second Hack for LA at the Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights. We had over 100 designers, developers, idea people, mentors, city employees, and students building apps and websites to help make LA a better place to live. The venue and many of the non-hacker attendees set a tone to the event that was unlike other hackathons. We were all excited to be there and the weekend wasn’t …

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Should Startups Partner With Celebrities?

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There was a tech crunch article recently titled Startups, Celebrities, And the Deadpool, it’s pretty sobering. I used to get excited about celebrities investing in startups, but this lists startup after startup that has gone south since a celebrity partnership. I appreciate his mention of Honest Co, the one example of a startup-celebrity combo that’s doing well. I assume there are more examples, but his list of failed startups is extensive and I can think …

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15+ LA Holiday Tech/Startup Parties/Mixers

15+ LA Holiday Tech/Startup Parties/Mixers
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MON, DEC 9 Holiday Party – Los Angeles Hack Night Mobile Monday Silicon Beach: Holiday Mixer hosted by msMobile – msMobile TUES, DEC 10 LAVA Holiday Party – Los Angeles Venture Association Holiday Cheer + Adobe Developer Evangelist – HTML5LA WED, DEC 11 Digital Family Reunion/socalTECH50 SawtelleTech Holiday Party – SawtelleTech Toys for Tots, Alcohol 4 Adults Holiday Party – Cross Campus Holiday Tech Mixer and Can Drive: Presented by Total-Apps – Tech In Motion …

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Are you a Cyber Bully?

Are you a Cyber Bully?
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I’m no parent, but I know that a concern for parent’s is Cyber Bullying. With the quick adoption of new technologies, it’s hard to keep track of how kids are communicating with each other, making it that much easier for the mean ones to pick on others. What bothers me most is that Cyber Bullying is a cultural phenomenon that many adults are participating in without realizing. They don’t realize it because they justify it, …

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My Thoughts on SnapChat

My Thoughts on SnapChat
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SnapChat turning down a $3B offer from Facebook seems to be the talk of the town. Reportedly, Google tried to outbid Facebook with a $4B offer, which was also turned down. People who say they definitely should have taken the $3B are ignorant, since they seem to be ignoring the fact that this is a complex decision that involved many experts. People who think they should have taken the $3B, but wondering why they didn’t, …

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Learning Ruby on Rails in Los Angeles

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I spent last thanksgiving break learning Ruby on Rails using Team Treehouse, and spent December building my first Ruby on Rails app. I’ve been coding on and off for a bit, so it was rather quick for me to pick up. However, getting past building a basic app is where I got stuck. I could keep learning on Team Treehouse, since they’ve extended their Rails Course since I went through it. That being said, I …

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The State of Open Data in Los Angeles & Santa Monica

The State of Open Data in Los Angeles & Santa Monica
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I doubt you remember me writing this article in March 2011 about a Santa Monica Open Data Initiative that I thought should happen at the time. Or this article about an event we did with the Director of Office of Strategic Partnerships with LA on Open Data in September 2011. Fast forward two years, I’ve had the honor of joining the Hack for LA planning committee and being a co-organizer for Code for LA. While …

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Opening Your Throat Chakra

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Probably the most important lesson I learned from my last girlfriend was the importance of open communication, which we referred to as “opening your throat chakra”. We had a unique relationship: she was my roommate before we started dating, she was a raw vegan yoga instructor (I’m a meat-loving drunk), we lived together while in an open relationship (which I initially was uncomfortable with), and we set an end date to our relationship before we …

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Best Resources for Learning Startup Marketing

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Here’s a list of the best guides I’ve found to teach yourself startup marketing, digital marketing, growth hacking, or whatever else you want to call it: GROWTH HACKING/STARTUP MARKETING Growth Hacking is becoming an increasingly popular term for metric-based marketing for early stage startups. The term itself can be controversial, but don’t focus on that too much. It’s a mentality that’s very helpful to understand. The Definitive Guide to Growth Hacking - A great place to …

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An Introduction to Startup Methodologies

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There are a handful of startup methodologies that every entrepreneur should familiarize themselved with. These concepts, widely accepted amongst tech startups, were developed by seasoned entrepreneurs to help fellow entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes. The Business Model Canvas, developed by Alexander Osterwalder, is a framework for analyzing the different components of a business – it’s essentially a substitute for the traditional business plan, a long document that nobody will ever actually read. The Customer Development methodology, developed by Steve …

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Things I Wish We Talked About More Often

Things I Wish We Talked About More Often
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The book Tuesday’s With Morrie, which I read in middle school, was life changing. It got me to think and talk about all the things that I think now are some of the most important things to think and talk about. Mitch, in the book, meets with Morrie every Tuesday, and each week they talk about a different topic: The World Feeling Sorry For Yourself Regrets Death Family Emotions Fear of Aging Money How Love …

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How to Get Into YCombinator

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I started reading HackerNews recently, and I love it. Today, 3 of the top 100 posts happened to be advice for getting into YCombinator, so I though I’d post them here for people who might have missed it. While these are tips for YC, the same advice goes for applying to startup accelerators in general. How to Make Your YC Application Stand Out How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Into YC Y Combinator Applicant …

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Hiring engineering students? Check out Readyforce!

Hiring engineering students? Check out Readyforce!
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Hiring engineering students? Check out Readyforce! You can filter students by language (Rails, PHP, etc.), whether they have a Github account, whether they’ve interned at Google/Facebook, what year they’re graduating, and where they want to live. Really amazing. Free for companies while they’re still in beta, get on it while you can. FYI, they’ve raised $12.2M from US Venture Partners, Founder Collective, Scott Banister, First Round Capital, PivotNorth Capital, and Menlo Ventures. (Source: Crunchbase)

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22+ Tech/Startup Events in 2013

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I love events, always have, always will. In college, I was coordinating the location, time, and budget of multiple events a week. Lucky me, I found myself in the same position today. This is actually a list of 22+ tech/startup events that I’m personally involved in through Coloft, either as an organizer or sponsor. There are few more that still need to be announced, so I’ll update accordingly. If you want a list of all …

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