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TechCrunch Disrupt Day 3

The final day of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC was filled with tons of heavy hitters from the tech world (i.e. Ron Conway, David Karp, Roelof Botha, and Ashton Kutcher) that rounded out 3 inspirational days of conversations, pitching and hacking. I find it amazing how much you can learn from someone else when you just take the time to “LISTEN”. I walked away from the conference invigorated and with a heighten desire to become more versed with ins and outs of the tech world.


TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Day 1

Today was the first day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. The day was filled with lots of information, insights and take-a-ways from an exciting group of folks from the tech community. For me the highlight of the day has to be listening to Chamath Palihapitya of Social + Capital Partnerships profess his love for Bitcoin (an open source P2P digital currency) and challenge technologist to create products that will radically redefine how we live our lives. Chamath also thinks EVERYONE should learn how to code… Food for thought… I might have to get back on my coding swag.

Other Highlights

  • Jim Bankoff from Vox Media announcing the launch of Vox Creative. This announcement is another red flag in a trend that I’ve been watching with media companies trying to control the whole the creative pipeline by forming an agency that could meet the needs of brands and better target consumers. Or the reverse, agencies trying to form media companies. Something to keep watching.
  • Dennis Crowley on the defense about the status and potential growth for FourSquare. I think the writing is on the wall and FourSquare is ripe for acquisition. Should be interesting to see how this shakes out.
  • I also stumbled upon a couple of really cool startups like Code 2040 founded by Tristan Walker, which creates more awareness to career opportunities in the tech industry for people of color. And Spacebar which allows you to live stream concerts via your mobile phone.

Overall it was a good first day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Troy Carter from the Atom Factory and Fred Wilson are high on my list of speakers to check out.

Jay-Z Plays Chess on the Cover of Time Magazine

All I can do is smile as I look at the cover of this magazine. With all the BS around his trip to Cuba, Jay-Z continues to play chess while everyone is playing checkers. I consider this to be one of the most important covers of his career.

Not so much because he made the Time 100 list, but when you talk about visual media (with respect to people of color) you have to take stock in what this image represents for a whole generation. A generation that just had a dream of making it. This image represents genius, beauty, sacrifice and triumph.

Jay-Z on the cover of Time Magazine for something POSITIVE is a true illustration that the sky is limit. You just have to be fearless, passionate, and a true visionary. Kudos to Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. -LOM

C2MTL 2013: Creativity is Everybody’s Business

I had a chance to attend a cultivation event last night in Soho that gave visitors a flavor of what to expect from the 2nd annual conference happening in MTL next month. Sounds like a really exciting experience. C2MTL is billing themselves as the “Davos” for the creative and commerce community. Check out their sizzle reel. -LOM

Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies

“Africa’s collective GDP, at $1.6 trillion in 2008, is now roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s. While Africa’s increased economic momentum is widely recognized, less known are its sources and likely staying power.”

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