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Kapture-Audio

Interview with Kapture founders Mike Sarow and Matthew Dooley.

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The Kapture Wristband — Origins

Mike Sarow, a 12 year veteran as an engineer at Procter & Gamble, and Matthew Dooley, a social media expert skilled in bridging the online and offline worlds were both working in their full time jobs in November 2012 when they decided to go all-in on a unique and cool new product, the Kapture audio device.

[NOTE: The Kapture Kickstarter campaign ends on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Please lend a hand!]

As Mike tells us, “The idea started on a personal vacation where the conversations that I was having… were awesome. I decided that I wanted to save those conversations, so I started tapping my wrist in a fake manner and said ‘Hey, I’m going to save that.’”

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TheHopkinsonReport-Podcast-250

Predictions, Rants, Analysis, and Advice after 250 episodes.

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250 Episodes

Can you believe this somehow snuck up on me? That’s what happens when you’re consistent and you just dig in and crank out something new every week.

So while I had an elaborate rooftop party for episode #100, I don’t need recognition or balloons or high fives for hitting episode #250. Just me, a microphone, and my continuing desire to rant about a topic every week to anyone out there that will listen.

For those that continue to be a fan of the show, my sincere, heartfelt thanks.

However, to celebrate the milestone, lets take a big picture look at the state of new media. I’m not digging too deep into the facts and research for this one, just going from my gut, taking a look at…

Products and trends I think are on the way out, holding steady, and on the rise.

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Google-vs-friends

Can Facebook’s Walled Garden Defeat Google?

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The Showdown

There’s a showdown brewing between Facebook and Google, and it’s going to be a good one. Both of the tech titans are making big bets on the very things that their companies stand for.

For Google, it’s always been about the algorithms, the engineering-based technical programming that has indexed the internet for us and turned their company name into a verb.

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back-up-your-files

Your data has become more valuable than your computer, how to protect it

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More valuable: Computers or Data?

Computers used to be very expensive. Throughout the 90s and into the 2000s, the prices of desktops always seemed to be going down, but as someone that loved computers and worked in technology, no matter what I did, in order to get a computer that was fast enough to satisfy me and would allow me to get many years of use, the price tag always ended up in the $2500 range. There were – and are still – several important questions to ask before you buy a computer.

Now, the computers are works of art. The 21” iMac can be had for $1,300, while the 11” MacBook Air – what I consider one of the most impressive pieces of technology anywhere – starts at $999. And PCs can be had for much less.

And who even needs computers? For under $500 you can get a killer tablet or the latest smartphone. The geeks of today are truly spoiled.

But when given the choice of having your laptop or phone stolen – but retaining all your data, I think the choice is obvious.

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Jim interviews Nate Cooper, a former Apple employee that is now teaching technology in New York, and his use of kickstarter to fund his webcomic, skillshare and meetup classes, coworking spaces, and the startup bus.

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The following are some excerpts from my awesome interview with Nate Cooper. Check out the entire podcast to hear the whole interview.

Nate’s background
After moving to New York City from California without a job, this ‘independent academic’ worked his way up from being a seasonal hire at Apple, to full time employee to event trainer. Jim asks what is it really like to work at Apple, and what was his greatest experience there. Nate talks about the fact that since the Apple brand can attract such a quality, creative workforce, the type of people he got to work with were really amazing. Many went on to some really high profile jobs.

The conversation moves to how Nate made the transition from working the floor at Apple to running their events and training, and the reason he decided to leave.

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