September 30, 2013

Ansa: Text friends safely, securely & without regret

Go ‘off the record’ when sharing sensitive messages

Target audience: Startups, network managers, college students, privacy experts, mobile users, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaMobile is taking over the world, as tens of millions of us migrate from desktops and laptops to smartphones and other mobile devices. Today I’m attending Launch Mobile in San Francisco to get a sense of the latest trends (see my tweets by following @jdlasica on Twitter). And earlier this month I attended TechCrunch Disrupt, where a number of young social and mobile startups were on display.

One of the startups that caught the eye of the judges was Ansa, a messaging app that gives you control over the messages you share. One judge called it “Snapchat for grownups.”

I interviewed co-founder and CEO Natalie Bryla in this 6-minute video:

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September 12, 2013

Photos of TechCrunch Disrupt 2013

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JD LasicaIthink this is the seventh year of TechCrunch Disrupt in all its incarnations, and I’ve been to them all. Yesterday I wrote about some new social travel startups making their debut, and today I’m sharing my photos of the event.

Here’s my Flickr set of TechCrunch Disrupt (remember Flickr? I still prefer it to Facebook for sharing photos), and I’ll be adding more later today.

While some of the mainstays of the tech scene — Marissa Mayer, John Doerr, Jeff Weiner — remain the same from year to year, the new founders and startup teams — from startups like Udacity, Lyft and Snapchat — are what give TechCrunch conferences their sizzle. See if you recognize anyone! 

September 28, 2012

What we’re really doing during a conference call


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

David SparkUgh! Not another conference call. Many of us are not so attentive when it comes to our participation or even listening on a conference call. At the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, I wanted to see if people were being star employees or were they complete slackers not even paying attention. And if they weren’t paying attention, what were they really doing?

Want to know what people are really doing on a conference call? Watch this video to find out.

September 25, 2012

Embarrassing moments in social media


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

David SparkWhether posting something public what you meant to DM (hello Anthony Weiner) or letting drunken photos of you get posted to Facebook, we’ve all done stupid things in social media. At the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, I asked the socially savvy attendees, “What’s the most embarrassing thing either you or someone else has done in social media?”

Even though they wanted to block out the past, many were able to come up with some embarrassing tales. Check out our 2-minute roundup.

September 14, 2012

Up-close photos of TechCrunch Disrupt 2012

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JD LasicaIn the past two years, TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has become the single most important technology conference on the planet. And so it was this week, as entrepreneurs and startup founders and marketers came out in droves at the SF Design Concourse for three days of preening, schmoozing and, yes, showcasing of cutting-edge technologies, many of them social tools.

I received a press pass to this year’s event, which ran Monday to Wednesday, and created this Flickr photo set of 174 photos, including Mark Zuckerberg, actress Jessica Alba, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and dozens of innovators, venture capitalists and tech fangirls and fanboys (I’m certainly one). Continue reading