Category Archives: New Technologies

Goodbye Pandora

Apple launched an amazing suite of products this week. I’m excited to install iOS 7 and I’m looking forward to buying Mac Pro for my video editing lab.

I’ve been an Apple fan ever since the introduction of the Macintosh back in the early days. As a startup guy, I’ve always cheered for the underdog; which used to be Apple as they faced competition against IBM, Microsoft, Gateway, and Dell. Now it seems as Apple is the 800lb gorilla. They’ve become “the man”, the very thing Steve Jobs taught us to hate back in the 80s.

Consider these companies that Apple squeezed out of the market:

Blackberry – I used to love my “Crackberry”. I became lightening fast at the small keyboard. I still think a real keyboard works better than the iPhone. However, everything else about the Blackberry was terrible. The Apps sucked, the browser was poor, and the phone part was bad too. Apple destroyed Blackberry with the iPhone. As a result, thousands of jobs were also destroyed.

Dell – I know you remember the days when Dell laptops were everywhere. Businessmen, Students, and Moms all wanted a Dell laptop. Looking around your local coffee shop today and the Dell has been replaced by the glow of the Apple logo.

Napster and MP3.com – Both of these platforms changed the way we consume music. They were here first, way before iTunes. Apple found a way to sell music digitally and the world was better off because of it. But in no way did Apple pioneer digital downloads, they just made it better and “legalized” it.

Nokia – Before smart phones, everyone carried a Nokia. I’m sure you too have owned at least one. They were the top selling mobile phone for several years. Now they are fighting for their last breath.

Palm, Handspring – Handheld computing used to be lead by these companies. Since the iPhone, neither can stay afloat. No matter how good any of their products are, we will never know because of how huge Apple’s presence is in mobile computing.

Roku – Streaming TV was launched before Apple TV. Roku has some amazing hardware which you’ve probably never heard about. Apple beat this company with their digital catalog of music and movies, even though Roku’s hardware is superior to Apple.

Pandora – On Monday, Apple announced its new radio offering. Now Pandora has nothing to offer above what Apple is going to provide for millions of iPhone users. I predict the company will be out of business within 3 years. It’s sad, I love Pandora, but Apple makes it too hard to use another service over their own.

As a CEO, I never like to see people lose their jobs. Global competition is the American Way. But ask yourself, is Apple now “the man”? If so, who’s the underdog that we should be rooting for this time?

Jason

Technically Healthy

The New Year somehow brings out the ambition to make changes in your life. It’s a fresh start, and a time of renewal and change. Nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and of those, almost 40 percent are related to weight loss. This is why you see an influx of weight loss commercials every January. In 2013, I am making a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. To accomplish this, I plan on using technology to help meet my fitness goals.

Today, there are countless tools available for you to help get in shape. From iPhone Apps to websites, everyone has a solution. Listed below are a few of my favorite devices:

bloodpressureThe Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Helps you measure, track, graph and share your blood pressure directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Application available for free on the iTunes App Store
  • Instant blood pressure and pulse measurement
  • Automatic backup
  • Health follow-up in your pocket

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Withings Wireless Scale WS-30

  • Track your weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Free Withings Health Companion app to visualize weight trends, set goals, and monitor progress
  • Position Control technology for high-accuracy weighing
  • Weight data uploads automatically
  • Multi-user support with automatic recognition

jawbone-up-iosUP by Jawbone

  • At least one year of battery life, UP™ is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle
  • The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background
  • The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward

 

 

 

Additional Website:

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SparkPeople 
SparkPeople.com is a leading weight loss website that teaches millions of people how to live a healthy lifestyle and stop dieting for good. The SparkPeople philosophy, combined with smart motivational strategies and a collection of personalized online tools, has helped thousands of members lose weight and keep it off.

Additional iPhone App:

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MyOmBody 
MyOmBody is a wellness companion on a mobile phone that will allow you to build, collect and analyze a holistic ecosystem of personal health data. Providing a positive, integrative, and non-prescriptive support, it aims to help you discover how to be as healthy and happy as nature intended.

I’ll be tracking my progress on this blog, so be sure to check back to see if these technology tools are useful or not.

What are your favorite fitness technology tools?

New Year, New Blog!

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Elliot

When I first began Shoutlet, I had very little understanding of how to build a business, and little appreciation for how hard it is to become a successful entrepreneur. No coursework or published book could have adequately prepared me for what I ultimately learned through running a technology company in Madison, Wisconsin.

In my life, I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with people that I admire. I’ve learned more through the people that have been running companies themselves than I could have ever learned in a college lecture hall.

One lesson that I learned early on is the importance of recognizing what you’re good at, and having the insight to know when to ask for help. I’ve found my expertise to be focused on product innovation, fundraising, and startup businesses. Therefore, these will be the key topics that I focus on here.

Now that Shoutlet has become an international social media marketing company, I’ve had several others ask me for help with their ideas and companies. I believe that if you make it in business, you have a responsibility to “send the elevator back down.” Today, I receive many requests for advice, and thus, I find myself turning my lessons into a blog. I hope my posts help with your journey.

-Jason