Google Glass and Other Wearables

30 03 2014

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There is much excitement about wearable devices like Google Glass and fitness bands these days, but how do we make sense of whether this is a fad or the “next big thing” in technology? Are these devices we strap to our bodies really changing our behaviors or are they complicating social etiquettes? Join us as Jason LaFollette and Ben McGinnis of Citrrus tell us what we need to know about the current—and future—state of wearable tech.

Jason LaFollette is the Founder & CEO of Citrrus—a mobile consulting agency just outside of Washington DC. Under his leadership, the Citrrus team is well on their way to mastering mobile-connected devices in 2014 and are already seeing early wins with new wearable startup clients.

Ben McGinnis is the Chief Operating Officer at Citrrus. Born 3 months after the first Macintosh computer came out, he has made Apple Computers and new tech the backbone of his life’s work. At Citrrus, Ben is responsible for successful communication across the team and keeps our clients happy. He has been involved in nearly every app Citrrus has deployed and has firsthand experience wearing Google Glass..

Week In Review

  1. New York Public Library partners with Zola to offer algorithmic book recommendations
  2. Cookapp, a new website, turns NY apartments into restaurants for a night
  3. Facebook shares take a hit following Oculus purchase
  4. Samsung LED Smart Bulb Uses Bluetooth to Control Brightness
  5. Calyx Reaches New Heights With Carinata-based Biojet Fuel

Bitcoin’s Growing Pains

23 03 2014

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There is a lot going on in the world of Bitcoin right now. Questions about the major exchange’s solvency, looming regulations, and the curious case of Satoshi Nakamoto. Luckily we’ve brought in an expert, Carter Dougherty, to set things straight for us.

Carter Dougherty is a consumer finance and digital currency reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, specializing in Bitcoin and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Carter joined Bloomberg in 2010 following five years as a european economic correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times in Franfurt, Germany. While there, he was a member of the team that produced the series “The Reckoning” on the origins and effects of the current economic crisis.

Carter attended Kalamazoo College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Week In Review

  1. New York’s Schneiderman seeks curbs on high-frequency traders
  2. Drone captures scene at East Harlem explosion that flattened two buildings
  3. IBM Launches New Software and Consulting Services to Help Organizations Tackle $3.5 Trillion Lost Annually to Fraud and Financial Crime
  4. Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

Preventing Cybercrime

16 03 2014

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The more sophisticated cyber attacks get, the more our tools do to protect us against them. But as always the Human is the weakest link. So join us this week as Rick Sutton teaches us on how to Prevent Cybercrime.

Rick Sutton manages the Weidenhammer Consulting Group, the business consulting division of Weidenhammer Systems Corporation. He has 30 years of leadership experience in business management, including 20 years in strategic planning, information technology, operational improvement, project management, and risk management.

Rick regularly performs technology assessments, developing strategic road maps for companies to improve their IT operations and increase their reliability. Most recently he helped develop the business continuity plan for a regional bank in New Jersey and he developed the IT strategic plan for a distribution consulting firm in Pennsylvania.

Week In Review

  1. Google may launch its first U.S. retail store in New York — right next to the Apple Store
  2. New York to Accept Bitcoin-Exchange Proposals to Speed New Rules
  3. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg phones Obama about NSA
  4. Target Missed Signs of a Data Breach

Updating Communications Law: Why and How Soon?

9 03 2014

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With changes to the Net Neutrality rules, what other kinds of changes can we expect? What business deals can we expect now that these rules have been changed? What laws will we see our government try to make in reaction to this ever changing field?

Gary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications, a research and analysis firm specializing in converging media, telecommunications and information services. He has a keen eye for the implications of public policy on such vital services as mobile and wireless technology, new ventures such as the Internet of Things as well as the deployment of electronics devices – all of which will be affected by the upcoming battle to reform the Telecommunications Act that Congress adopted in 1996, at the dawn of the Web era and just before the explosion of smartphone mobile services.

Week In Review

  1. Black-car app service launches unlimited rides
  2. NYPD Pilot Program to Use Tablets to Test Crime Data App
  3. Placemeter wants to know how crowded a place is before you go
  4. For the first time, Getty Images launches tool to allow free embeds of stock photos
  5. Facebook Cracking Down on Illegal Gun Sales Planned on Site

What is ‘Startup Culture’?

2 03 2014

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Fred Dawkins is a serial entrepreneur with over 40 years experience and achievements in manufacturing, retail, land development, consulting and import/export. He holds a B Com in commerce and finance and a M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto. Everyday Entrepreneur is the first book in Dawkins’ Entrepreneurial Edge series, and is currently available at all booksellers, including,, Barnes & Noble and Chapters Indigo. His novel, 2020 Hindsight, explores major contradictory trends in society in a compelling contemporary fiction narrative, and is forthcoming as an e-book on

Week In Review

  1. Mobile parking apps find a spot in NYC
  2. NYPD Taps Jessica Tisch as Tech Liaison
  3. New App Aims to Make Laundry Hassle Free on Upper East Side
  4. UK spies captured millions of Yahoo users’ webcam images
  5. Google glass suffers another blow as woman is assaulted for wearing one

The Technology behind the Share Economy

16 02 2014

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The idea of membership is not new. Churches, social clubs, professional associations, insurance companies and book clubs have long used membership as a means of building loyalty and connection among the people affiliated with their organizations. The membership model makes sense to both to organizations and individuals. Executives and investors like the model because it reduces uncertainty in their revenue streams. When done correctly, memberships appeal to customers too. They appreciate the stability and convenience of the relationship, and are also able to fulfill the human need to belong and to connect with others.

The advent of the consumer internet, social networks and mobile devices have dramatically enhanced the ability of a broad range of industries to rethink their business models, introducing ideas of sharing, subscribing and connecting in surprising new ways. Join Membership guru Robbie Kellman Baxter to explore how companies like Airbnb, RelayRides and Bag, Borrow or Steal as well as blue chips like Netflix, Facebook and Apple are moving from ownership to access and from customer transactions to member relationships.

We’ll dig into the technology behind the apps, industries most affective and opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride this wave into the future. Don’t miss this exciting interview!

Robbie Kellman Baxter is a sought after consultant and speaker with over fifteen years of experience advising fast growth companies in Silicon Valley—from Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo!, to dozens of successful venture-backed startups. She has been advising businesses with subscription-based business models and driving substantial and consistent results for over a decade. Robbie frequently appears in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronical and An expert on subscriptions, sharing and loyalty, as well as innovative business models in general, Robbie is currently working on a book for McGraw-Hill, entitled The Membership Economy.

Week In Review

  1. NY to adapt money transfer rules for Bitcoin
  2. Verizon ‘More Everything’ Plan Adds Data, Cuts Prices
  3. NYC’s Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here
  4. Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion
  5. Beware of malicious Flappy Bird clones

Recorded Segment from CES

9 02 2014

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Week In Review

  1. More Than 14,000 People Around The Globe Streamed The New York Bitcoin Hearings
  2. Satya Nadella named Microsoft CEO, Gates out as Chairman
  3. New York Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass
  4. Verizon could be throttling Netflix and Amazon, but there’s no actual evidence of it

The Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

2 02 2014

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Maybe you have heard of net neutrality, but you don’t know what it means. Earlier this month there was a landmark court case by the DC Circuit striking down net neutrality. The case was brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Though the FCC lost, many see it as a win. For cable, telco and internet companies, it may be a loss. Tune in to hear why.

American Roslyn Layton is a Ph.D. Fellow in Internet Economics, Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is earning her PhD in net neutrality. Before entering academy, she worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley, India and Europe. She is also a Vice-President of Strand Consult, an independent consultancy for mobile operators around the world. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Communications, Information and Technology at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. More information

Week In Review

  1. Verizon Adds Service to 35 More Subway Stations
  2. Rural areas in upstate New York receive broadband access
  3. NFL to block mobile streaming video in Super Bowl stadium
  4. Errors and other problems plague iTunes 11.1.14 on Windows
  5. With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water

Social Media in the Enterprise

26 01 2014

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The challenges for large organizations to be social at global scale are nothing like those facing small and medium businesses. Join us as we chat with Jeremy Epstein, VP of Marketing at Sprinklr (, which provides the Social Relationship Infrastructure for some of the world’s largest, most social brands including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco, Virgin America, Hearst Digital, 800 Flowers, among nearly 400 others.

Prior to joining Sprinklr in February 2012, Jeremy was the Founder/CEO of Never Stop Marketing, an international consulting firm which served F50 clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft. Jeremy served as the lead instructor for Microsoft’s global Digital and Social Marketing training programs. He has spoken in 17 different countries and worked in Frankfurt and Tokyo. Jeremy has a B.A. in History and a double minor in Economics & German from Johns Hopkins University and studied International Relations and Marketing in Germany and Japan.

Week In Review

  1. Military Vet Opens 3D Printing Store in Washington Heights
  2. Bitcoin gold rush hits New York City
  3. NY schools test ‘panic button’ app in wake of Sandy Hook
  4. Apple to fix ‘black/white screen of death’ bug that hits some iPhones
  5. Glyph Headset Surges Past $250K Kickstarter Goal In Hours

CES 2014 Las Vegas

19 01 2014

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Week In Review

  1. Brokers and owners take to cyberspace for tenants
  2. New York City school officials release social media guidelines
  3. IBM picks new Manhattan building as Watson division HQ
  4. What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
  5. Net Neutrality Rules Struck Down


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