Interesting coincidence in my world caused me to share this video – I met with Drew Glover today who is the Director of business development for Portal A. We had coffee this morning as he reached out last week while going over the list of attendees to the event Portal A held last year in SF. In case you haven’t heard of them, Portal A is an up and coming video production company responsible for creative, clever videos. The growing list of well known brands include Google’s YouTube when they did the Top 10 Rewind with Rebecca Black and a parody on Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day” for Jawbone Jambox.
In fact, Portal A just released this yesterday for Sean Parker’s (founder of Napster) new video chat startup Airtime:
You’ll notice that MC Hammer and Ronnie Lott both make an appearance in the Airtime video as well as Ed Lee’s.
When I attended the Portal A event last year here in San Francisco, it featured a panel of experts including video production, content publishers owners and advertising professionals. The panel provided important insight into how publishers reach out to content creators like myself (Have you checked out my YouTube channel lately?) and there was a lot of discussion about messaging, viral videos and partnerships. At the event I also had the chance to meet Peter from Pantless Knights who also make videos like New Dork, a parody on Jay Z and Alicia Key’s “New York” single. So I was pretty excited when Portal A reached out to connect. Especially now that I’ve had successful video projects this year with Dell, Samsung and CDW plus I’m working for an awesome tech startup.
I told Drew that I’m fully behind video as the future of communication and education. There is something about seeing and hearing people that takes authentic connections to a whole new level. I see this everyday with people who leave comments on my YouTube videos and the emails I get about my videos on technology, moving to san francisco and lifestyle choices.
My friend Cat (@catpoetry who now works for Adobe as a social media strategist) saw me tweet and reminded me that Marissa Mayer was in the video although her cameo is very short…about 3 seconds:
This weekend in San Francisco, Startup Weekend, an amazing event founded to help good technology ideas get traction, is being hosted by Women 2.0!
Registered attendees will gather tonight to meet, listen to speakers, pitch their ideas and form teams. For the next two days they will work furiously to get their ideas into working prototypes getting insight and guidance from Startup Weekend staff and mentors with the opportunity to pitch and present on Sunday for recognition, prizes and bragging rights!
Who can attend: Everyone! Women, men, programmers, non-programmers, business minded people, graphic designers, front end designers, business development, project managers and anyone interested in learning what it takes to team up and build a successful app! Continue reading →
Know those forms that have that annoying box at the bottom with a bunch of scrambled words in it that look like this?
Well that’s a CAPTCHA and it’s an acronym that stands for: Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart
Let’s talk about how CAPTCHA’s make websites suck.
I was motivated to write this article after Allison responeded to my Tweet sharing what the acronym stood for:
The goal is to prevent automated systems from submitting data, usually via a form. While it may seem like a good idea to block fake submissions and registrations, it can often leave the end user feeling frustrated.
YouTube posted over on their partner program page that they’re looking for up and coming partners in the UK!
Last year, our top YouTube partners generated more than 100 billion views and drew in millions of dollars through our revenue-sharing Partner Program.
We believe that the successful singers, dancers, actors, producers, musicians and make-up artists of the future are practicing their craft on YouTube today. Partners are the heart of our platform, and we want to see even more of them take the next step in their YouTube careers and turn their video hobbies into careers or even businesses.
So, today we’re announcing an initiative, designed exclusively for up-and-coming YouTube Partners: YouTube NextUp. YouTube NextUp is about accelerating the growth of the next big YouTube stars. Up to 25 Partners from around Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands) will be selected for the development program, which offers:
€20,000 funding to produce a new project, purchase new tools or advance their overall YouTube careers
A spot at a YouTube Creator Camp in which they’ll benefit from 1:1 mentoring and learn an array of production techniques from leading industry and YouTube experts
Promotion of their final work and channel
The opportunity to become better connected with a special community of aspiring and talented content creators from around the world
Do you drool each time a news story is posted on the front page of TechCrunch?
Would you like to live in the fast lane covering new technology startups and product launches?
If you’re a college student living in the San Francisco area, you may just be lucky enough to land the opportunity of a lifetime!
TechCrunch is looking for 3 full-time college interns to help them grow CrunchBase, a directory of tech companies, investors and all the important folks they cover in their articles. CrunchBase is managed by TechCrunch editors and content is submitted by people and companies.
Requirements: Passionate about technology, the Internet, startups, business models. Outstanding research and writing skills.
Why you want this: Invaluable learning opportunity and networking connections
Location: TechCrunch’s San Fransisco headquarters
Compensation: Paid internship of $2,500 per month
Duration: 10 week commitment
Start Date: Mid June 2011
Why Do An Internship?
Internships are certainly a great way to explore employment options but out here in San Francisco and in the tech world especially, you can lay the foundation for your career with the right handshake. Take every opportunity seriously and you can begin to build an amazing network of people who will be there, ready and willing to step up for you. Make your time count and become known for the quality of your work.
Please send resumes to [email protected] and include “Summer Intern Candidate” in your subject line.
In New York City, I interview my friend Dale Chase about his use of the iPad app, djay, which allows you to mix, spin and scratch right from your iPad! Dale is the one who put out the amazing ”Coder Girl” video so if you haven’t seen that, watch it now!
Do you have a website where you’d like to easily manage incoming questions from visitors right within WordPress?
Maybe you’re a website development company who specializes in WordPress websites for your clients and it sure would be nice if they could ask you questions without having to leave the WordPress dashboard.
Well starting Monday, Zendesk will offer access to a new plugin they’re working on that will do just that!