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The Kodak Zi8 has been the core part of my sub-$500 video capture rig for a few years now. But Vimeo always complains that the bitrate of the videos is too low when I upload them, and I don't think that's a setting I can change on the camera, so i'm looking for a replacement.
I searched for a few minutes but couldn't really find anything better than the zi8. My requirements are:
One option would be to use a GoPro, but I don't really need the ruggedness of it (and in any case, I would probably go with the Contour+2 camera, which I consider superior to the GoPro, and can be used with an iPhone as the screen).
But I'd like to find something inexpensive, under $200, so I can produce a bunch of these video rigs for others in my company. Any tips? Jeremy Caverly, I'm looking at you for guidance!
If you want to know what CloudApp is, you can learn more about it here: http://go.DanielOdio.com/massive
Here's how to install it:
Step 1: Go to GetCloudApp.com and grab the app from the mac appstore.
Step 2: Download the app, drop it into your applications folder, then double click on it. You should get a registration screen. Go ahead and register.
Awesome Inc opened the application for its first full-scale class to go through the Awesome Inc Accelerator, Kentucky's annual mentor-driven summer accelerator program for web and mobile startups on January 21st, 2013. The participating teams will be selected during the first week of May with the program beginning on June 10, 2013. The program will run for 3 months. It will be based at the Awesome Inc space with events taking place across the Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky regions.
The Awesome Inc Accelerator is a selective program, accepting only 6 teams for the 2013 class. Founder Brian Raney said, "We're looking for teams with talent and good ideas, but most importantly the ability to execute." Successful candidates will undergo intense training in business, product and customer development under rockstar mentors like Drew Curtis (Fark.com), Nihal Mehta (LocalResponse), Davis Marksbury (Exstream Software), Marc Nager (CEO, Startup Weekend) and others among a total cast of more than 60 mentors.
Upon admission to the program, teams will also receive downtown office space, technical and legal support, funding up to 20,000, and the aforementioned mentorship. Teams will be expected to relocate to the Lexington area for the duration of the program.
The Awesome Inc Accelerator hosted its first class in 2011. It started out as a small, entrepreneur-led accelerator program with 3 teams. Since then, it has grown into a fully funded accelerator.
For more information and applications: http://accelerator.awesomeinc.org
Now that I've had it for a bit I can give you a better comparison to the Corvette. In theory their performance is comparable, although I think the handling with the Tesla might be a bit better.
With the Corvette and any other ICE powered car, the maximum horsepower is obtained at higher RPMs. This means that a skilled driver can shift into the appropriate gear at a given speed to get into the engines sweet spot. This can be difficult especially on the highway at higher speeds. It requires practice and skill. I also suspect that the power from an ICE is pulsating as the cylinders fire which cause the tires to have a tendency to lose traction. This is why, especially off the line at low speed, overpowered super-cars tend to be "tire-limited"
With the Tesla, there is none of that. The only skill required is pressing the accelerator to the floor. The smooth even power delivered to the wheels seems to drastically reduce loss of traction even at maximum acceleration. The result is that with normal drivers, there is absolutely no comparison. Unless you are racing against a professional driver, I don't think *anything* on the road has the slightest chance against the Tesla under 100 mph.
Over 100 mph, which I don't care about, the Vette or any other supercars' high gears would pull away from the Tesla in a hurry. Even the majority of motorcycles on the road are slower. The few that are faster would need to be ridden by a suicidal maniac who knows how to keep the front wheel on the ground.
Unlike the Corvette Z06, which is really designed to be a street legal racing machine, the Tesla is a luxury sedan. The quiet smooth ride reminds me of a Lexus or Mercedes. I suspect the Tesla may also be one of the safest cars on the road.
I get asked this question a lot - "Do you have any advice on how to get better at networking?". I recently received an email from a previous intern (team alpha member) posing the question. I've copied the contents of my email response below. At some point, I'll likely turn this into a more organized blog post.
Thanks for reaching out. Here's some feedback on networking:
It's definitely important to know the right people. It will benefit you a lot. But it's actually more important that people know you. We have a saying at Awesome Inc - "It's not what you know - it's who you know, who knows you, and what they think of you." With that in mind, here are some tips:
I'd be happy to share my experience (and pics when I get the car).
The Tesla buying experience is very unique. It's not at all like buying a car from a dealership, and more like buying something on the Internet. The people at the showroom really just answer all your questions, and I never felt like I was dealing with a sales person. After going online to order my car, I was paired with Ron at Tesla who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through the paperwork and even replied to emails on Saturdays. The people I've had contact with at Tesla have been very cheerful, helpful and seemed to be excited about their job. It's intangible I know, but I like doing business with a company whose employees are happy, competent and always do what they say.
B of A provided 1.9% financing. Solar City came out right away and the cost for wiring my detached garage with 100A 220V was less than I expected ($2200). I could have gotten away for less cost on the electrical work but I wanted the maximum power with the shortest charge time. Insurance from State Farm is no problem.
Where I live in the Chicago area, I'm told all our power comes from nuclear, and we have an option for our electrical power to be purchased from green renewable providers for a small additional cost. A full charge of green power is roughly $3.50 where I live - 4.13 cents/KwHr vs. 4.035 for normally sourced power.
I should clarify the extended warranty and service options. It's $2500 for the 4 year limited warranty extension to bring the warranty to 8 years/ 100,000 miles. The 85KW option I selected has 8 years, unlimited miles on the motor and battery as standard. To get the full bumper to bumper "everything but tires" service option for 8 years is $3800 instead of $2500. Although its more than I thought, this seems like a great deal compared to conventional cars. They also have "road ranger" mobile service trucks $100 per visit or and extra $1000 for unlimited visits over the 8 year period. The service center is not that far away for me and I don't expect to need much service so I'm not planning on going with unlimited mobile service...
Awhile back, I compared the Lumix Micro 4/3 20mm pancake lens ($399 on Amazon) with the 14-42mm zoom lens ($299 on Amazon).
But there's one other pancake lens in this category I've been dying to try: The 14mm pancake lens ($319 on Amazon). Finally, on my recent trip to Spain, I got the chance to compare both pancake lenses.
The 14mm lens is significantly smaller than the 20mm lens, which is important to me. It also has a wider field of view, which is a good thing for most situations (everything except portraits). But, there's just one thing about the 20mm lens: It's 1.7 F stop creates an insanely awesome depth of field effect that's heart stopping, at least to me.
Subject: Showcase your yoga studio through video
A lot of potential customers visit your website. Have you thought of putting a video of your yoga studio on it?
If you're interested, I would love to have a quick phone meeting.
Thanks in advance for your time,
Daniel I need to work on my angellist profile and I would like to utilize your wonderful article. However when I try and bring up the text in red or follow what should be links, nothing works. I can not get the text to enlarge so I can read it. I am using Firefox so I do not believe it is the browser. Can you give me any help. Email [email protected] Thanks for the post and your time. John E.
Hi, Daniel. I happened on your blog post of the U.Va. students' visit with you and it made me smile. It was fun to see the images of your earliest endeavors and I would very much like to share what you are doing now with our listeners in Charlottesville. Care for a live chat about entrepreneurship and the life experience you mention outside of the classroom? Cordially, Wendy @wendytime