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Who says Cincinnati doesn't get mobile?

Today I gave a keynote at the sold-out MobileX conference in Cincinnati.  I can't tell you how impressed I am by this group.   Brian, Therese, Evan and the entire crew did an amazing job scheduling and executing on this event, and it's no wonder it sold out.  Top notch facility and speakers.  They had camera crews throughout, so although I brought my own camera equipment as I always do to capture content, I'll likely just swap it out with theirs once it's live.

Here's video from the main keynote I did (slides are below):  The title was "Capitalizing on the Mobile Tsunami: Trends and how to Leverage them for Success."  I talk about mobile trends our company is seeing and provide a perspective of being a mobile entrepreneur for the past four years, first with the consulting company PointAbout, then the DIY app creation product AppMakr, and now with the social API Socialize.  I'd also like to credit my cofounders Sean Shadmand and Isaac Mosquera for their contributions to the content in this presentation, as we all bounce ideas off each other all day, and the final product is stellar.

Socialize & AppMakr breakout: After the keynote, I got to do a much more intimate break-out session to discuss Socialize and AppMakr in more detail.  We also touched on how to leverage social media in general, outside of mobile.   I referenced my Henry Ford blog but neglected to reference my post on why service providers should blog, which would've been perfect to discuss.

Today I gave a keynote at the sold-out MobileX conference in Cincinnati.  I can't tell you how impressed I am by this group.   Brian, Therese, Evan and the entire crew did an amazing job scheduling and executing on this event, and it's no wonder it sold out.  Top notch facility and speakers.  They had camera crews throughout, so although I brought my own camera equipment as I always do to capture content, I'll likely just swap it out with theirs once it's live. Here's video from the main keynote I did (slides are below):  The title was "Capitalizing on the Mobile Tsunami: Trends and how to Leverage them for Success."  I talk about mobile trends our company is seeing and provide a perspective of being a mobile entrepreneur for the past four years, first with the consulting company PointAbout, then the DIY app creation product AppMakr, and now with the social API Socialize.  I'd also like to credit my cofounders Sean Shadmand and Isaac Mosquera for their contributions to the content in this presentation, as we all bounce ideas off each other all day, and the final product is stellar. Socialize & AppMakr breakout: After the keynote, I got to do a much more intimate break-out session to discuss Socialize and AppMakr in more detail.  We also touched on how to leverage social media in general, outside of mobile.   I referenced my Henry Ford blog but neglected to reference my post on why service providers should blog, which would've been perfect to discuss. Slides from Keynote: Being a mobile entrepreneur Here's a great pano from the event, a relevant twitter feed below that. . //

APIs: Ambassadors of the Tech Industry

OK I'll admit it:  I'm an API-oholic.  I'm addicted to APIs.  In the nerdy tech world, APIs are old news, but to most regular folks, the term APIs is just a confusing acronym.  It is my goal to de-mystify the API a bit in this post, and explain how APIs are changing the world in very real, tangible ways that will matter to you.

First, a definition and a bit of history.  API stands for Application Programming Interface.  That's also a pretty incomprehensible set of words to most people.   So let's simplify:  For the purpose of this blog post, think of an API as a key that opens a door to a room you really want to get into.

Let's take this fantasy analogy a bit further.  Let's imagine that there are rumors that there's an island in the Pacific ocean that's inhabited by a previously unknown group of humans which have never before had contact with the modern world.  They don't speak English, but it just so happens that their little island is known to have a tremendous stockpile of diamonds and gold.  There's a mad rush by many people to figure out where this island is located so they can lay claim to its natural resources.

But the inhabitants of this Secret Island are smart.  They know how valuable their gold and diamonds are, and they know that by allowing the modern world to find them, they'll be in danger.  So they send an ambassador to strike a compromise, and that ambassador happens to find you (imagine the odds -- it's your lucky day!) The ambassador tells you that the entire modern world can communicate with their island through a special interface they've set up.  And they will answer, but only if the communication happens on very specific terms -- their terms.  They won't answer to any random requests.

This interface he gives you happens to be through a computer terminal.  Well, that's convenient, they know how to use computers. This ambassador gives you a special URL through which you can contact his people.  It looks something like this: http://thedataweb.rm.SecretIsland.gov/data/2010/acs5?key=b48301d897146e8f8efd9bef3c6eb1fcb864cf&get=B02001_001E,NAME&for=state:06,36

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