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Charles Teague is co-founder and CEO of Lose It! Before co-founding Lose It!, Charles was a Technologist in Residence at General Catalyst, where he worked to identify new investment opportunities in mobile software, software infrastructure, and internet technologies.
Lose It! currently has more than 64,830 likes on Facebook and 7,282 Twitter followers. Lose It! has helped its users lose 11,370,476 pounds to date. The site also contains a blog for additional advice on dieting and recipes.
Will the future of weight loss entail more apps and online functions and less human interaction? After considering all the money consumers spend on gym memberships and trainers per year, is the solution to give them the autonomy and control to do it themselves while making it easy for them to control their own destiny?
Staying in Shape with Social Wellness
As cold and gloomy March leaves and a warmer spring arrives, it's more important than ever to fight the winter blues and pesky extra pounds. Rather than sticking to a boring gym routine, many are exploring different social sites that let you take control of your fitness and full advantage of their natural surroundings. Founded in 2007, the exercise enthusiast site MapMyFitness operates a suite of websites and associated mobile and tablet applications, providing more than 6 million runners, cyclists, walkers, and other fitness devotees with access to an innovative geomapping application that permits them to track and store their daily workouts in an online searchable database, creating, essential community-based fitness content, unique online training tools and fitness calculators, comprehensive global event listings, and a dynamic social network of healthy and active individuals.
The world of fitness is constantly evolving in the digital age, from workout apps to healthy lifestyle websites. How is MapMyFitness an innovator in the fitness digital landscape? How are their website and mobile apps changing the way people work out? What is ahead for the company and the digital fitness industry as a whole?
With spring upon us, many people are turning to the Internet to book their travel. Finally, there is a site that turns all the chaos of organizing a trip into an organized process. Founded in 2006 by frustrated travelers, TripIt is designed to make it easy to manage all components of a trip by organizing trip details into one master online itinerary. Travelers can simply forward confirmation emails from airlines, hotels, car rentals, restaurants or anywhere else you book to firstname.lastname@example.org TripIt automatically creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar or anywhere online. TripIt also automatically includes maps, directions and weather, as well as providing the option to book restaurants, theatre tickets, activities and more from within the online itinerary.
Government has been moving toward being open for some time, but there are still some that worry about data, apps and the cloud. With government there are different considerations than with corporate implementation of the cloud, access to data and social networks. How do you open data and protect privacy? How do you use and access all that data in efficient and useful ways? Is the cloud right? How do you implement it all? Peter Biddle and guest Adriel Hampton of gov2.0radio will talk about topics that include:
• Open Data
• Government and the Cloud
• Apps and Social Media by The People, for The People.
Adriel Hampton is a strategist with deep experience in traditional media and in managing and advising on high-profile technology initiatives. He is one the world's most recognized advocates of government and political social media use and an expert in marketing and community building using social media. In 2009, Adriel co-founded the popular weekly public interest podcast “Gov 2.0 Radio.” He is a frequent speaker on open government topics, and is an organizer for Third Thursdays SF and CityCampSF.
Apps, Browsers and Platforms! Oh, My! Everyone is talking about apps and the mobile web. With an app for everything, it comes down to more than just Angry Birds; it’s about access to information, fun and more. There is a lot more to apps and the mobile web than the average consumer thinks about: Which app store to use? How to keep the mobile web safe and secure? Will apps become more important than the web or are they a passing fad?
Our guest this week on MashUp Radio will be Mahi de Silva, Opera Software’s executive vice president of Consumer Mobile. Opera develops the Opera Web browser, a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded Internet products – including Mac, PC and Linux computers, mobile phones and PDAs, game consoles, and other devices like the Nintendo Wii, DS, and more. Opera’s vision is to deliver the best Internet experience on any device.
Mahi is responsible for commercial activities for Opera’s consumer mobile products and services. Before joining Opera, Mahi was co-founder and CEO of AdMarvel, Inc., the global leader in mobile advertising platforms, acquired by Opera in 2010. Prior to AdMarvel, Mahi co-founded Frengo Corporation, a mobile social media platform. Mahi also spent 10 years at VeriSign, where he was part of the startup management team. From 2002 to 2006, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Wireless and Digital Content Services at VeriSign, where he built the world’s leading mobile messaging and mobile entertainment business with revenues exceeding $600M per year. Prior to VeriSign, he served in various technology leadership roles at Taligent, Apple and NCR Corporation.
Everyone agrees that education in the U.S. is in dire need of improvement and that technology can play an important role. But that seems to be where the agreement ends. For students and teachers alike, to what degree can technology help us provide the education our children need to compete in the 21st century. Is technology one aspect of education in which we can ensure a level playing field?
On this episode of MashUp Radio, Peter Biddle and education technology consultant and reporter Chris Dawson will discuss how technology and education come together. Peter and Chris will talk about topics that include the benefits of adopting open source software in educational environments, and whether the netbook or the iPad is better suited for today’s classrooms.
Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, pre-Starbucks coffeeshops, and flannel-accompanied music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received an Information Systems degree from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and education IT that ultimately led him to become Technology Director for his local school district and finally to freelance writing and consulting in educational technology.
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Among copycat designs for hardware devices and applications, every now and then we come across a rare gem: a product or experience that really speaks to us. While creating user-friendly technology experiences is the holy grail, how personal do we want our experiences with technology to get and what are the people behind those experiences thinking? Peter Biddle and his guest Katie Dill, Associate Creative Director at frog design, will discuss topics including touchless gesture user interfaces, what makes us love technology experiences, and whether there's a killer app for motion control.
Katie Dill, Associate Creative Director
As Associate Creative Director at frog design, a global innovation firm that works with Fortune 500 clients like Disney, GE, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and MTV, Katie leads multidisciplinary design projects to realize comprehensive user-centered solutions. Over the last three years, Katie has worked with Intel on global research programs that explore the future of retail, including the development of the Intel PoS and Intel Digital Signage concepts that enhance the user’s in store experience.
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