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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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reggie

Look at me! Look at me!

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Meet Reggie

So I was fortunate enough to be asked to do a panel at the new SXSW V2V in Las Vegas recently… my friends (some new, some old) were actually only one of 15 panels out of 400 that were selected. It was a great event and we did the normal Vegas conference things: Met interesting people and attended fantastic sessions during the day, then went out later and checked out the scene at the pool, had some great dinners, walked the strip, did some shopping, and had some fun partying.

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Speakpipe

Try a new way to connect with your followers

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Are you listening?

One of the mantras you hear over and over again when building a business is listening to your customers and getting their feedback. That’s also true of the online world. There are multiple ways to do that:

Comments: Nearly every blog has the ability to accept comments, but this can be a good and bad thing. On the positive side, if you can build a thriving, engaged community, you’ll gain tremendous advantage by connecting with your readers and opening up a two-way conversation. Readers will give you valuable feedback, story ideas, and even react with other readers.

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