Technology That Keeps You Safe While Holiday Shopping

4 12 2016

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Neill Feather is the president of SiteLock and a member of the board of directors for the Online Trust Alliance. SiteLock, was recently named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for the second year in a row. The company, which is part of Arizona’s rapidly expanding “Silicon Desert,” grew 479 percent over the three year period measured, making it the state’s fastest growing software company.

Neill has over 20 years of experience in the technology and systems industry, notably providing technology solutions and industry insights for Johnson & Johnson prior to joining SiteLock. Neill holds B.S. degrees in Statistics & Information Systems and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Week In Review


  1. Bar Works co-working space to open in Williamsburg
  2. CNN Buys Casey Neistat’s Video App Beme
  3. Netflix allows subscribers to binge-watch shows offline
  4. Fitbit is buying Pebble for $34-40 million
  5. Android malware breaches security of more than 1 million Google accounts




Holiday Tech Gadget Guide

20 11 2016

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Jarie Bolander is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He has over 20 years of experience bring innovative products to market. Some of them include Bluetooth, USB, RFID, Semiconductor DNA sequencing, and SaaS for Healthcare.

Jarie has formed or been part of 6 startups in various management roles. He hold a MBA in Technology Management and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is also inventor or co-inventor on over 10 patents and has published three books — “Frustration Free Technical Management”, “#ENDURANCE tweet — A Little Nudge to Keep You Going” and “Business Basics for Entrepreneurs”. You can read his thoughts on management and entrepreneurship via his blog, The Daily MBA.

Week In Review


  1. Airbnb, worth 30 billion, takes a first step toward becoming a full-service travel company
  2. New York Startup Sets Up ‘Smart Roads’ to Power Up Las Vegas Streetlights Via Footsteps, Solar Power
  3. Mark-Viverito says city will consider purging ID-card database
  4. Firefox’s new iPhone browser hides you from advertisers’ eyes
  5. Tesla Seals 2 Billion Dollar SolarCity Deal




Electric Sunshine: thoughts about the Tesla/Solar City merger

6 11 2016

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Dan was a senior engineer with Intel Corporation. His job was to travel the world with the company’s senior executives, doing technical demonstrations on stage at events, and he was incredibly nervous about speaking on stage. He took a comedy class to get over the fear, and the comedy kind of took off.

Since leaving Intel to pursue comedy full-time, Dan has performed at two Democratic National Conventions, at a TED Conference, at several presidential inaugural galas, for President Obama, Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, Steve Wozniak, Arianna Huffington and for hundreds of similar luminaries. Also, he appeared in an Apple “Get a Mac” commercial and recently did voiceover work for the animated series “Family Guy”.

Week In Review


  1. Bronx’s sole Barnes and Noble set to close at the end of the year
  2. State Assemblyman launches app that allows New Yorkers to report suspicious activity in city parks to NYPD
  3. YouTube’s new tools for creators will strengthen communities and fend off trolls
  4. Boosted Electric Skateboard Batteries Deemed Unsafe
  5. LastPass is now available for free on smartphones, tablets and PCs




Next Steps for the Gig Economy

30 10 2016

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Stephen DeWitt is CEO of Work Market, a role he assumed in January 2015 to lead the company in its next phase as the leading enterprise labor-automation platform. A 30-year technology veteran, Stephen was attracted to Work Market’s opportunity to help companies achieve digital transformation by adopting a cloud-based workforce and work management model.

Stephen previously served as Senior Vice President and
General Manager at Hewlett Packard, where he served on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Hewlett Packard, Stephen was President, CEO and Chairman of Azul Systems for five years, where he provided strategic leadership and visionary direction for the company from its earliest stages through product development and market entry.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Week In Review


  1. Look Who’s Smiley Now: MoMA Acquires Original Emoji
  2. Texas’ Alamo Drafthouse theater chain opens first New York City multiplex
  3. The new MacBook Pro is here
  4. DDoS attack on Dyn came from 100,000 infected devices
  5. Comcast Sues City Of Nashville In Last Ditch Effort To Bury Google Fiber




How Technology is Changing Real Estate

23 10 2016

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Tom Harness is the founder and owner of Harness Digital Marketing, a digital marketing firm that has worked with over 50 businesses and organizations on Social Media, SEO, and Email Marketing. He is an entrepreneur and business owner with 20 years of combined experience in Education, IT, Non-Profits and Business. Tom is a U.S. Army Veteran and a Southern Illinois University alum. He also enjoys craft beers, his beloved Chicago Cubs, his family and community.

Week In Review


  1. Hiring tech talent in Albany is (still) a problem for companies
  2. Co-working offices flourish across town
  3. Nintendo’s Next Console Is Called Switch, and It Looks Incredible
  4. Vimeo launches a TV store featuring top series from Lionsgate, STARZ
  5. Hackers hide stolen payment card data inside website product images




Self Driving and Smart Cars

16 10 2016

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Rebecca Lindland serves as the senior director of commercial insights for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, she oversees the creation and delivery of consultative, actionable and differentiated insights for automakers and advertising agency clients.

Prior to Kelley Blue Book in 2015, she spent over two years as a senior research fellow for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. KAPSARC is a non-profit research institution focused on energy policy, technology and more.

Previously, Lindland also spent more than 10 years at IHS Automotive as director of research and formerly, as a director of industry research and senior analyst.

Lindland holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.

Week In Review


  1. Verizon just raised a big warning flag for Yahoo
  2. BuzzFeed Will Team Up With Twitter On Election Night
  3. IBM’s Watson makes a move into self-driving cars with Olli, a minibus from Local Motors
  4. Study Finds You Can’t Believe Everything You See On Fitbit Or Other Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Trackers
  5. Google News launches fact check feature ahead of Election Day




iPhone 7 Review

18 09 2016

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Josh, also known as “The Technologist”, joined the Abt team of experts in 2004 as a representative in the Small Electronics Department. Working for the company runs in the family for Josh, as his father is a former employee, while his uncle and cousin currently work at Abt. A year after being hired, Josh spearheaded the Apple Boutique opening and now serves as its manager. He has appeared on numerous television shows including ABC, NBC, FOX and WGN and has been quoted in many publications including USA Today, Reuters, the LA Times, and the Daily Herald

Week In Review


  1. Dutch startup incubator to open location at Brooklyn Navy Yard
  2. New York Going Nuclear – Forced to Bail Out Bogged Down Nuclear Power Plants
  3. NY financial regulators propose cybersecurity requirements
  4. Twitter partners with finance news startup Cheddar for its first daily streaming show
  5. Only 13 percent of Samsung Note 7s sold in US have been exchanged