TechCrunch Disrupt 2016

TechCrunch Disrupt took place last week at Pier 48 in San Francisco. Disrupt is a melting pot of startups, venture capitalists, thought-leaders, and tech-enthusiasts. For years it has been a staple of the Bay Area tech community. Attendees take part in three main activities: listening to “fire-side” conversations with thought-leaders, engaging in “elevator pitches” from […]

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Using Data to Save Lives

Seeing a friend or loved one go through a crisis can often create a crisis of its own. As a counselor on Crisis Text Line, I have conversed with a good number of these texters. We define “third party” texters as individuals seeking resources to support a friend or loved one who they fear is […]

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This Will Define The Next Generation of Tech

In today’s world, we take for granted our ability to summon private drivers in seconds, order thousands of products for same-day delivery, and stream millions of songs, videos etc. instantaneously. These conveniences have fundamentally changed our daily lives. The ascension of these services is linked to many areas of use, such as smartphones, mobile applications, […]

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1251 Days Later.

Day 1: I don’t want to get out of bed. The frustration, the self-hatred, the anger… I can feel my emotions cycling through my head in a painful loop. I want to be normal. Normal people don’t have to deal with this. Normal people can get married and have kids. Normal people are happy.  I […]

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We Need Another Tea Party

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.” – George Washington Back in AP US History I […]

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Profit vs. Impact – The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility

An Apple shareholder recently asked the company’s CEO Tim Cook why he has embraced supply chain sustainability, third party worker safety audits and several other initiatives that are expensive and unprofitable. With a bluntness rarely articulated by a public company CEO, Cook responded, “[Apple does] a lot of things for reasons besides the profit motive. […]

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Crisis Surrounds Us

“High-Risk” – classification given to conversations with texters who have been deemed to have a high-risk of suicide. As a crisis counselor, conversations like these jolt your adrenalin and training into action. Your own emotions are quickly put aside and you dig in. -:-:-:-:- For the past 12 weeks, I have spent more than 50 hours interacting […]

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