Tech + Gadgets
Valley-bound tech geeks are the new rock stars, commuting to work first class in curious coach buses with blacked-out windows. The Google shuttle to the Mountain View headquarters grew out of a personal project orchestrated by a single employee.
Seven years after co-founding StubHub, which was sold to eBay in 2007, Jeff Fluhr took a bit of a break. He noted a number of social media and technology trends before deciding on his next move.
“One thing I noticed was that what had been private conversations were becoming public conversations,” Fluhr says. “Ever since the advent of email, we’d been having these largely private, asynchronous conversations, text-based.
A year ago, as the Arab Spring rebellions were raging, Ramy Adeeb was desperately trying to keep up to date with developments in his native Egypt, and to share the best articles he could find with friends.
“I could share links of Facebook or Twitter, but they quickly got lost in the stream,” he recalls. “There was no permanence and no structure there. There was the need for a better way.”
Five years ago, when she was working for Goldman-Sachs in New York, Olga Vidisheva was on a business trip to Paris when she discovered an amazing pair of shoes in a little boutique there that cost only 50 Euros.
Entrepreneurs are using technology to change virtually every aspect of how we do business these days, and that includes inventing new kinds of non-profit organizations (NPO).
A huge benefit of attending a conference, event, or a meetup is the networking opportunities, but have humans forgotten how to interact face to face?
One sector desperately overdue for innovation courtesy of technology is K-12 education, which leads us directly to San Mateo-based Edmodo, the free platform that enables teachers to create closed networks with their students in a Facebook-like UI that virtually reproduces and extends the classroom environment in many ways.