September 2016

Why I’m Moving Away from Dropbox

tl;dr; ditch Dropbox if you care about the security of your files and your privacy, get something else, I recommend Bittorent Sync I’ve been in the process of moving from Dropbox for a while now, it started when they brought Condoleezza Rice on to the board. Nothing against her, exactly, but her stance on privacy wasn’t amazing to me. Not that she’d be in control, but still that choice said something to me about how Dropbox views user privacy. Then Dropbox had some issues, hacks, breaches, etc. Then an outage or two. Add to that, Dropbox download speeds are TERRIBLE. Customers have been complaining for years, and Dropbox does nothing. Few things are as aggravating as being held up doing your work, because Dropbox can’t deliver a file faster than…

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Another Denver Startup Week in the bag!

Welp, that’s that, Denver Startup Week 2016 has come and gone. I’m still tremendously proud to work on this event. It’s a ton of fun (and some stress, and head shaking). This year we set another huge milestone having over 13,500 people sign up for the week. That’s amazing. I had the honor of being the headline events chair, and as always we packed a lot into a week, and this year the week was only 4 days for me.  We decided to move the closing bash to Thursday night, which based on attendance was a great idea! It was epic! Far busier than previous years when it was on a Friday. The Job fair this year saw almost 2,000 people show up to hang out with and talk to 70+…

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Session Recording, constant improvement

Recording conference sessions is one of those things that everyone seems to have their own way of doing it. When we started, we had Flipcams on tripods in the middle of the room. Better than nothing, but only just. Under the best circumstances they captured grainy video and average audio. Under the worst they captured the person sitting next to the camera. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t even good, but it was what we had on a budget, and for those who didn’t come to the conference is was better than not having anything.   Then we moved up to quicktime. It’s on 99.8% of our presenters laptops (Macs FTW) and does a great job of recording a screen. The Mac built in mic does a pretty darn good job…

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Thoughts on the iPhone 7, so far

tl; dr;  It’s nice, a great update to a great device, with a few things I’m not a fan of. Want more details go to the verge. That said, yeah it’s a good phone so far. Mine came on iPhonemas day, and of course I rushed home from Denver Startup Week, grabbed the phone started the recovery process then went back to basecamp (amazing Wifi), to finish, because yeah, who can wait a few hours?! Unboxing Unboxing an iPhone is pretty much boring now, there’s plenty of youtube videos so I’m not adding to it, plus all the think pieces have been written already. The things that stuck out to me are these. The EarPods don’t come in a plastic case now, I use that case all the time. I…

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