August brings us Dream Day on the 28th, inspired by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. IBM unveiled its first Personal Computer this month in 1981. The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton; chef and TV star Julia Child; The Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key; and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan were all born in August. And in the words of singer, songwriter Garth Brooks, “That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice.”
Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.
Negotiation between legal parties has historically been a process dominated by uncertainty, guessing games and anxiety. However, today’s professionals can make strategic decisions based on deep data and predictive analytics to improve conventional wisdom and to correct cognitive errors in judgment.
I’d heard about StartupBus in 2011 from Anthony, the boss of a friend who worked in Cleveland. Anthony was one of the original members of the first 2010 StartupBus trip. At the time, I had been to several meetups and had gotten to know a lot of the programmer type folks in the Cleveland area. I had actually met Anthony briefly at a previous hackathon weekend.
Ember is a demand-side online advertising platform solely focused on video. It’s designed to help advertisers shift from TV ads to online video to maximize the impact of their digital budgets. Ember’s platform brings more transparency to online video advertising placements and uses fine-tuned proprietary algorithms and contextual and semantic engines to ensure brand safety, placement and stronger ROI. Ember also uses a real-time bidding (RTB) platform to optimize ad spend.
For people looking for a fundraising idea in Ireland, RunLastMan allows you to run live last man standing-style sports betting games for to raise money for clubs, charities and other organizations. All games are hosted on the RunLastMan website where people join, pay and make their predictions online via laptop, phone or tablet.
In July, 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer action will continue in Brazil, with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT. The match will be broadcast live on ABC from Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Circus showman PT Barnum, Ernie from Sesame Street and Princess Diana were all born in July. The first zeppelin flight took place this month in 1900. NASA was established in 1958. And Apollo 11 made its voyage to the moon in 1969. In the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Tricky is an iOS application for skateboarders to record video of tricks with their smartphones and share them with friends and fellow skaters. Skaters can build and explore the Tricky Video Map, which is an archive of trick clips from spots in your city and around the world. Skaters can also submit videos from competitions hosted through Tricky and sponsored by brands and local shops for prizes and exposure.
Daniel Menard is CEO of Double Stallion Games, an independent game studio based in Montreal, Canada, that focuses on mobile gaming. The company’s mission is to bring arcade style games to mobile, the right way, with HD cartoon graphics and great touch controls. The company’s first offering, Big Action Mega Fight (BAMF), is on the iOS mobile platform.