Friday, July 13, 2012

Finally the DJ and the Band Unite! Help my Friend Fund his Kickstarter Project!

Every once in a while an idea so awesome comes along that you can't ignore it. When I first saw my friend Alex Kane mix and play his music live in such a revolutionary way, I knew that this was one of those ideas. Alex is one of my classmates at Hult and he just launched a Kickstarter project to finance his latest idea, a brand new performance style that converges all of the music of a band with the live visual show of a DJ.

His innovative idea takes the tedious process of layering, stacking and looping tracks and instruments, combines it with video, makes it ten times better by doing it live, and provides one hell of a live show! Now, he wants to take his idea bigger and needs the support of music and innovation fans to make it happen. He is trying to raise $5,500 by August 10th. He's already got $1,000 and is on his way to making his dream happen.

Check out his Kickstarter Project video here. Help Alex get his project off the ground and donate to his Kickstarter campaign!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Gal's Guide to San Francisco: Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

Grab your sunscreen, beach blanket and cold beverage because summer is officially in full swing! While there is a famous incorrectly attributed Mark Twain quote about cold summers in San Francisco, summertime in the Bay Are can actually be fairly pleasant. So now that the weather is nicer and three day weekends are far more tempting, what's a girl to do in this city during the summer? Luckily, there is no shortage of fun, summer activities to enjoy in San Francisco.

Music Festivals: If you are a music lover, there are tons of free (and not so free) concerts and festivals that take place during the summer. One of the biggest and longest running free music events is the Stern Grove Festival, which takes place every Sunday from June 24th- August 26th. Different kind of musical acts take the stage every weekend in Stern Grove Park near San Francisco State University. Then there is the mother of all Bay Area music festivals, Outside Lands. Think of Outside Lands as the younger, smaller, but still just as hip, brother of Coachella. This year's headliners include Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Foo Fighters and Skrillex, so something for just about any musical preference. Also, the Polk Street Jazz Festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass deserve honorable mentions for free music festivals, but they are in late September and early October, which is really when SF experiences it's summer weather.

Wine Tasting Tours: Get out of the city for a day and head north to Napa and Sonoma for a day of wine tasting and vineyard touring. Wine country is only about 1.5 hours away and the weather will often be warmer and less foggy than the city. Most of the wineries offer tastings for a fee (anywhere from $5 to $25) but some offer free tastings. Most vineyards will also offer free tours of their grounds, which can be quite beautiful. Please remember that California wine can be quite strong, so please bring a designated driver, or try out one of the limo or shuttle services so that everyone in your party can enjoy the wine!

San Francisco Zoo: Think the zoo is only for kids? Think again! The zoo can be a great, cheaper alternative day trip and tons of fun. You can get to the zoo on public transportation fairly easily by taking the Muni L line all the way to the front gate. Admission is $15 for adults and you can bring a picnic in with you. Imagine how much fun you can have taking funny pictures of all the animals. Personally, I think Lemurs can provide hours of entertainment just themselves. Also, the first Wednesday of every month, admission is free!

Giants Game: What says summer more than baseball, peanuts and beer? AT&T park on a sunny day is gorgeous with views of the marina behind the scoreboard. The Giants are also first place in National League (as I write this) so games are selling out quickly! However, cheap tickets can still be found through the Giants website or StubHub. For a really fun summer night experience, grab a big group of friends and get tickets in the rowdy bleachers section in the outfield and cheer on the Giants with the craziest fans!

Outdoor Movies: Want to enjoy the beautiful summer night but don't want to miss the movie? Why not do both at Film Night in the Park! On Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can enjoy free movies in different parks throughout SF (and the rest of the Bay). The movies range from the family friendly favorites like Rio and Harry Potter to edgier films like The Graduate and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol to classics like Sixteen Candles. They also feature musical sing-alongs to Mama Mia and Across the Universe. Bring a blanket and some snacks (though some parks do sell concessions) and enjoy the show!

Now, get out and enjoy your summer!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Gal's Guide to San Francisco: Rooting For The (New) Home Teams

When I moved to SF, two of the things I made sure to take with me were my Sounders scarf and Seahawks tee. My blue and green reminders of why I love my hometown. I will always root for my home teams (and even had the audacity to go to my first 49ers game, where they were playing the Hawks in my blue tee), I can't help but get swept up in pride for my new home teams.

I recently attended my first Giants game and it was awesome! We won, but the whole experience was even better than the win alone. AT&T Park (home of the Giants) is located in SOMA, along the water. It boasts amazing views of the water, Bay Bridge and even some of the FiDi skyscrapers peeking up over the park. As I was watching the game and looking around in awe, I couldn't help but compare it to the beauty of Safeco. Both truly are magnificent parks. Before the game started, I realized that I didn't have anything Giants related and wanting to look like a local, I stopped at the Giants Dugout store and loaded up on some gear. There, now I felt like I fit in :)

Although I went rooting for the Seahawks for my first 49ers game, I did get caught up in 49ers fever for the championship game. Sadly, they ended up loosing that game in overtime and the whole atmosphere in the bar we were at was silent and sullen. San Francisco is very, very partial to their sports teams and it is exhilarating to be a part of it.

I now have a black 49ers tee and a white and orange Giants tank hanging proudly next to my blue and green Seattle gear in my closet. Though I will never lose my love for my true home teams, I am definitely loving my new home teams.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Social Media Internship at SmartRecruiters

The last eight months of my experience at Hult and my journey in San Francisco have provided me with incredible opportunities and invaluable connections. I am continually learning, growing and evolving my skills and interests. One of the opportunities that I have been given is to join the team at SmartRecruiters as the Social Media Intern. SmartRecruiters is the next generation of Internet recruiting. It is a totally free, easy and powerful job posting and applicant tracking software that lets organizations manage the hiring process from start to finish. The way hiring software should be; it is open, collaborative, social and smart.

SmartRecruiters’ CEO, Jerome Ternyck, also has a very unique philosophy on unemployment. He believes that unemployment doesn’t have to exist and has launched the Zero Unemployment Movement. This philosophy is present in every aspect of the product and company. SmartRecruiters believes that if they can make hiring easy and more effective, businesses will have better access to the talent they need which will help end unemployment globally.

I am very proud to be a part of this company and can’t wait to see how we grow next. Follow me on my journey as I spread the word about the awesomeness of SmartRecruiters, and its customers, the job creators who drive our livelihood.

Also, if you are interested in writing a featured post for the SmartRecruiters blog, let me know and we can help spread your great ideas!

Monday, April 2, 2012

#TechSexy- Startupism 2012

#TechSexy. What is TechSexy? Being techsexy is all about embracing your inner nerd and rocking it and is just one of the ways the Startupism 2012 conference is trying to bring together founders, financiers, developers and entrepreneurial spirits at the Cowell theater April 2nd and 3rd in San Francisco.

Startupism aims to promote the lively startup culture and inspire young people with big ideas to get up and put them into action.

Partnering with Hult International Business School, Startup Weekend, RocketSpace, MobileMonday, Blumberg Capital, Startup America and many other founders and startup enthusiasts, Startupism is hosting multiple panels on innovation, monetization, getting started and exit strategies. The two keynote speakers of the event are Phil McKinney and Steve Jurveston speaking about how to spark game-changing innovation and disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship respectively.

Two unique and highly entertaining events that will be featured at the conference are Startup Speed Dating and The Startup Deathmatch. Startup Speed Dating seeks to form partnerships uniting founders and developers, tech people and non-tech people and entrepreneurs and financiers. This event is modeled after the traditional Speed Dating style where each person is given a few minutes to pitch their ideas and wait for the spark.

The Startup Deathmatch is sure to be an entertaining take on survival of the startups which depends on each company's ability to pitch their idea to VC's and walk away with bragging rights, prizes, and new connections. Eight companies will pitch their ideas which will be voted on live using Top Hat Monocle's web based voting platform.

With all of the interesting, entertaining and connected guests, Startupism's attendees will all definitely be looking very #TechSexy.