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GNC-2012-02-27 #745 Live in DC



Live from the Nations Capitol audio only show tonight, packed light so as to get a show on the street. I go old school hope you enjoy..

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IEEE Gives a Look Behind Today’s Tech



IEEE, the commonly used abbreviation for the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers, dropped by the TPN booth last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to chat a bit about what is going on with the organization right now.

IEEE.org looks at all aspects of today’s technology, but also helps to set standards for some of it.  You may have seen their logo on some products, but they have their hands on a lot more than you may realize, like 3D for instance.  They also offer a lot of conferences on a broad range of topics and a large digital library that is open to the public.  In addition, they also work with people to ensure the technical accuracy of papers and documentation before publication.

The video below  is a fascinating, but technical, look behind the scenes.  If you are interested by how this industry works, though, it’s worth checking out.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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GNC-2012-02-23 #744 Listen and Win!



Unexpected Trip to Washington DC next week. I get back to Hawaii on Thursday, will make a decision on Monday show in next day or so. Listen today to get your name in the hat for the show 750 giveaway.

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GNC-2012-02-13 #741 Back from Windy City



No show last Thursday as my stand in had a family emergency. Back in the saddle here, no travel planned for about the next month. Look forward to an extended time here in Hawaii.

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GNC-2011-12-26 #732 GoDaddy CEO Interview



I share with you at the end of today’s show the interview I had on Friday with GoDaddy’s CEO after they reversed their SOPA stance. The info is a bit different than what is being portrayed on other site. Our CES coverage will be ramping up now and I hope that you will contribute to our support staff fund.. Your help is needed.

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Diversity in Silicon Valley



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/San_Jose%2C_California%2C_USA.jpg/275px-San_Jose%2C_California%2C_USA.jpgDoes Silicon Valley have a diversity problem. That question is raging today on Twitter and Google Plus after the screening of the show Black in America 4 produced for CNN by Soledad O’Brien which will air in a couple of weeks. One of the participants  in the show was Michel Arrington, who said “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur”. He then went on to say he thought that Silicon Valley was a meritocracy and that the best rise to the top no matter their race, sex or creed. This is when the fireworks started. Many called him out on the idea that Silicon valley is colored blind and a pure meritocracy. It is true that the customer doesn’t care who is behind a piece of technology as long as it works, however the business side of Silicon Valley is a different story.

Silicon Valley is no different then the rest of society. The problem is not out-and-out racism, the problem is one of familiarity. As Hank Williams an African-American entrepreneur pointed out people tend to gravitate toward those who are like them. Investors and most mentors in Silicon Valley are white and male and they tend to naturally gravitate toward young, white male entrepreneurs. In other words the investors finds those who fit a pattern that they are looking for. It often happens without any thought or intention behind it. Often groups like NewMe Accelerator which focus on helping black tech entrepreneurs, have trouble even getting mentors or investors to take a look at them. Hank Williams said Techcrunch barely looked at NewMe Accelerator at the last tech meet up. That when they finally did  the Techcrunch report was mostly about the group itself and not about the individual tech companies that were working within it.

If this discussion highlights one thing it is that if you are white and male you need to tread lightly when the conversation about diversity comes up. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t talk about it, but expect a reaction especially if you make sweeping statements like Michael Arrington did.


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