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Startup: Months 15-19

July Building ambitious new features for web app. Universal web widget Record and Post from web Venturing into radio industry August First paying customers Radio partnerships September Fundraising discussions and continuing to explore the radio industry. Featured Application – Ionic Blog.             October Figuring things out again. Hurricane Evacuations and new Wavvegram tool. Evacuation of ...

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Startup: Months 11-14

March Introducing Wavve, Inc. We changed our name to Wavve and re-incorporated in Delaware. April Pitch Event. Dig South. We also introduced Wavve to a few thousand during Tech Night at a local Charleston Riverdogs game. Media passes for the entire 2016 season were an unexpected perk. The mobile app continued gaining traction as positive reviews started to roll in. ...

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Startup: Months 5-10

Here’s the short version: September Building. October Iterating. November Re-Building. December Building. A quick trip to Canada for the day job.  Trademark woes and an ill-fated temporary name change from uTalk to uTalk.io. January Started work at Fount Studio. Said goodbye to friends and coworkers at Blackbaud. Accepted to Cohort 5 of the Harbor Accelerator. February After multiple ...

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Startup: Months 3-4

July Between juggling trips to Canada for my day job, I somehow managed to finish the mobile app for iOS and Android. August Completed MVP. Released to group of test users. Embarrassed? Check.

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Building Wavve

Did you know there are 86,400 seconds in a day? The last 90 days have forced me to take an honest look at how I manage each and every moment. A few months ago, I started an exciting adventure when Baird Hall and I decided to build uTalk.io. In just 3 months, we’ve built a complex web application for streaming audio ...

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Review: The Best Interface is No Interface

Several years ago, I read this post and was inspired to write a post of my own, excited about the potential of an interfaceless world. I was recently privileged enough to get an early read of Golden Krishna’s full-length book, “The Best Interface is No Interface.” Since reading it, I’ve found myself questioning the screens ...

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When ISIS Hacks your Website

The voice on the other end of the line was panicked. He didn’t know how it happened… only that his organization’s website had been hacked by ISIS. A mix of shock and anger, he urgently pointed me to the URL. I entered the web address and was greeted by the page below. As the page loaded, middle-eastern music began playing. I performed ...

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Trading View: An Impressive Platform for Technical Analysis

Trading View Free Edition Trading is expensive. There are broker commissions, hidden account fees, and don’t forget about subscription costs for financial newsletters and charting software. I’ve embraced a very lean trading model where I don’t pay anything for trades, research, or software. A few tools make this possible. In a previous post, I provided a detailed review of the revolutionary ...

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100 Days of Github: Don’t Break the Chain

A while back I stumbled across John Resig’s blog post about writing code everyday. He made several points that resonated with me. I thought I would follow John’s lead and try a more balanced approach to programming. I set a goal to commit to Github every day for 100 days. The sad screenshot below will give you an idea of where ...

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4th Amendment Rights in Routine Traffic Stops

This is my answer to the following question on Quora: What would happen if a driver was pulled over in a routine traffic stop, and police officers found a “priceless” Chinese puzzle box in his car which the driver claims he does not know how to open? If the officers believe something illegal is inside, ...

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3 Weeks with Robinhood App Beta

It was 1998, I had $500, and I was obsessed with the stock market. Each day I’d rush home to sit in front of the computer and watch my portfolio until the closing bell. As a fourth-grade kid, I didn’t quite grasp general market dynamics. I understood basic value and how share price was influenced by people’s perception of whether ...

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GitHub in C Major

This is an awesome little app that turns your year of GitHub contributions into song. Since I didn’t become active on GitHub until recently, you’ll need to wait a few moments for the player to reach my contributions. I’ve noticed that the graph isn’t 100% correct, but that’s okay because the app is amazing. Feel ...

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Too Old to Code?

I was recently asked the following on Quora: I’m 25 and wish to learn programming. Am I to old to become successful? The media portrays successful programmers who are worth millions to have started coding from a very young age. Here’s my answer: It’s definitely not too late to start coding. A few years ago ...

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Post-Aereo Fallout

Legality aside, I really wanted Aereo to win. Consumers face unreasonable prices and have few choices when it comes to US TV providers. As a whole, the industry is outdated and in serious need of competition. A decision for Aereo would have driven disruptive innovation and forced Big Cable towards adopting more competitive business practices. ...

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Aereo Decision Today!

6/25 – Update – SCOTUS rules in favor of Broadcasters 6 to 3. ABC v Aereo Decision 6/23 – Update – After no decision on Friday, I’m eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision in ABC, Inc. v. Aereo. Stay tuned for updates and analysis as the day goes on! 6/20 – Update – still no ...

Learning for 2014

Favorite Tech in 2014: – Elementary OS – a beautifully minimalist Ubuntu-based Linux Distro – Reporter App – flexible self tracking with a phenomenal UI – Unix Command Line – crucial as I’ve started learning node.js – Atom.io – recently moved over from Sublime Text and haven’t looked back – Version Control with Github – almost seamless integration with Atom.io. – Yeoman ...

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Editor Wars: Picking the Right Tool for the Job

As the development application space has undergone a Cambrian explosion of sorts, it’s easy to feel like we are drowning in tools. Since this time last year, I’ve worked within a dizzying number of editing applications. I’ve tried newcomers like Atom.io, LightTable, ShiftEdit, and Koding, as well as established editors Xcode, Visual Studio, DreamWeaver, Sublime Text, and WebStorm. I’ve even experimented ...

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Aereo – Oral Arguments

After listening to the oral argument today (available here), I predict it’ll be a close decision in Aereo’s favor. A decision against them could wreak havoc throughout the cloud computing industry. It would be more appropriate for Congress to modify copyright law. For those that haven’t been following it, the following links should get you up to speed. ...

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My Custom IoT Portfolio

Motif Investing offers the unique ability to turn ideas and global trends into a financial investment opportunity. My internet of things portfolio (featured below) consists of both established component manufacturers as well as big up and coming players in the market. This includes manufacturers of diversified machinery, semi-conductors, integrated circuits, and networking devices. The Internet of Things ...

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Cryptocurrency Hyperdeflation*

Bitcoin is a hyperdeflationary cryptocurrency. What’s that, you ask? Before examining hyperdeflation, it’s helpful to examine the opposite phenomenon since most are probably more familiar with it. Hyperinflation occurs when there’s a continuing increase in the supply of money without corresponding growth in the output of goods and services. There are numerous examples from history, the most famous being that of the ...

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Aereo – The Future of Television?

Oral argument is coming up in the case of ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. Before they can change the future of television, Aereo must take on a host of cable giants in a classic David vs. Goliath style Supreme Court match-up. Just take a look at the long list of amicus briefs in favor of the ...

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Bitcoin

I felt foolish the first time I exchanged “real money” for digital money. It was about four years before Bitcoin, and some friends and I were playing a silly little MMORPG called Dofus. After initial skepticism, I’m embarrassed to say we all become hopelessly addicted. This wasn’t due to the game’s battle mechanics, so much as the game’s underlying ...

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