Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Color of Facebook: A Look at Discrimination Through Tech Platforms

“Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race.” “Study Finds Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Racially Discriminate.” These headlines are disheartening, to say the least. With technological advancements come so many great things that make our lives more convenient, efficient, and fun. And yet, our deep seeded societal biases may threaten to dismantle the positive things that these […]

Making Mountains out of Moonshots

In these 30 seconds, President John F. Kennedy visioned the original moonshot. Today it’s the job of the Director of Google X, (fortuitously named) Astro Teller, to keep developing these out-of-this-world ideas…and shoot down plenty of spaceships along the way.     So, asks the Wall Street Journal, “How do [these] big ideas get turned […]

The Digitization of Education

The other week while at the Google office in Cambridge, a student asked a senior manager what industry he thought technology would disrupt next. His response was education. He explained how the cost of higher education can not continue to rise as it has and he thought technology would totally redefine it in the coming […]

The other side of the Facebook wall. The Digital Gap.

I am going to talk about a topic that, at least in my experience, has not been given the importance it should have, both politically and academically. I never see this on the news and I haven treated this topic in class neither, but the digital gap is actually, in my opinion, one of the […]

The Software You’ve Never Heard of That IBM Predicts Will Have A Billion Users By The End of Next Year

IBM’s ‘Watson’ artificial intelligence software is currently at the forefront of cognitive computing. It was first thrown into the spotlight of the public eye when it beat a human being in a jeopardy episode in 2011 but it has come a long way since then. Up until now, most artificial intelligence software systems have been […]

An Interview with a Fintech #GirlBoss

If you had the chance to read my last blog about the Forbes Under 30 Summit, you might remember this iconic picture of one of my friends, Rebecca Liebman, and Ashton Kutcher. Believe it or not, Rebecca is actually even cooler than she looks in this picture. LearnLux: Your New Guide to Personal Finance Rebecca co-founded […]

What’s Black and White and Read All Over…Not Twitter

It’s time for us social media fanatics to come to terms with the fact that we just don’t consume news the way we used to. In light of new, more interactive, entertaining social media apps, older platforms (even Twitter) are becoming outdated as contemporary new sources. A 2015 Boston Globe article blames a decline in Twitter’s user growth […]

Kiva: Is Money Enough?

Overview Kiva is a non-profit online platform that facilitates peer-to-peer micro lending. I was fortunate enough to speak with a representative from Kiva named Brady Begin regarding their commitment to digital business social media. Kiva has over 1.6 million lenders that provide financial opportunities to 2.2 million borrowers across 82 countries. Over $934 million have […]

LYNK & CO: More Than Just a Car

The automotive industry has off late been a hub for innovation and new ideas. Companies like Tesla, Uber, Lyft, and Google have been innovating at rapid pace in the areas of ride-sharing and autonomous driving. With that being said, a new player has stepped into the race to revolutionize transportation and car ownership. It’s called LYNK & […]

Just Keep Rowing, Just Keep Rowing

Calling all sunset chasers, early morning joggers, and afternoon strollers! If you’ve ever spent time on the Charles River doing these activities, in addition to the multitude of kayakers, paddle boarders, and sailors you may have seen a boat filled rowers glide down the river. Boston is one of the most iconic cities for rowing. From […]

Your feelings don’t matter online.

Last week’s class on bullying gave me a lot to think about.  So far, we’ve hashed out a pretty broad array of possibilities when it comes to regulating content, and more importantly, people’s behavior.  But the pitfalls are many (i.e. 1st Amendment protections) to ensuring a safe, cordial public forum. It seems like there’s just […]

Supply Chain Management

In my last blog post, I discussed the implications Samsung would face in light of their Galaxy Note7 debacle. I argued that Samsung would have negative feedback on their brand’s reputation because of their decision to end production of the phone. Most of the criticism centered around Samsung’s supply chain management and responsiveness to their […]

How online apps have ruined dating…and how one app is trying to fix it

As a 34 year old, I am lucky to have experienced dating before the influx of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Happn made its way onto the scene. I was with someone for 9 years (and married for 6) and in 2012 decided to divorce him and was left with something very different that […]

R.I.P. Vine, and Fun on Social Media

The thought of a social network shutting down entirely is every millennial’s worst fear, myself included. What would we do between classes, while procrastinating studying, and even immediately upon waking up in the morning if we couldn’t scroll through Insta, catch up on the latest news on Twitter, or check out what our distant relatives […]

Who are we influenced by?

This week I wanted to focus on what influencer marketing is, how companies choose influencers, what an “ask” sounds like, and how influencers have changed the marketing game. What is Influencer Marketing? By a basic Google search, Influencer marketing is defined as “a form of marketing in which focus is placed on specific key individuals […]