Things have been crazy the past few weeks. And by crazy, I mean AWESOME! After being with Mashable for 14 months, it was definitely time for a change. I’m very thankful for my time there as I learned a lot about things to do and things NOT to do as well as had an opportunity to plan events like Mashable Connect at Walt Disney World and host the biggest event at SXSW. But that’s all in the past.
So what’s next for me?
I took a few weeks to think about what it is that I want to do. As word got out that I was ‘available for hire,’ I had multiple companies contacting me about work. I took a very selective approach and was honest about my thoughts with those companies. While I wondered if I was passing up what could have been very close to my ideal job at a dream company, deep down I knew what I needed to do and that was to venture out on my own.
That’s right, I’m doing my own thing and am amazed at the conversations and potential clients already in the works, not to mention the companies I’ve already signed on with for event work:
If you know me well, you know that I have some AMAZING things in the works that I can’t tell you about…yet. I will let you know that I’m super excited about the people I’m working with who are all people I admire as they are leaders in their industries.
And yes, I’m lining up new clients so definitely reach out if you’re interested in working with me.
Oh, and stay tuned for a BIG…I’m talking HUGE announcement in the next few weeks. One that’s sure to knock your socks off. </teaser>
I’ve recently decided to check out Spotify as it seems more and more of my friends are using it since the recent launch in the U.S. I’ve had access to Spotify since 2009 (thanks to early invite) but was frustrated by the interface and bailed on it early on. I wanted a platform where I could press PLAY and it would allow me to discover new artists via others lists and not have to spend a lot of time curating my own lists or seeking those lists out.
When Rdio came on to the scene I was SO excited to know that I could search for an artist and see playlists the artist appeared on. This is my favorite feature as it allows music discovery in an easy way. I also love the ‘New Releases‘ feature and get excited on Tuesday mornings to see what the latest albums are to add to my collection. The cherry on top of all things I love about Rdio was the mobile app. Very easy to use and intuitive.
With Spotify being the new kid on the U.S. block, a lot of my friends are buzzing about it, but it’s definitely a divided buzz between Spotify and Rdio. However, I may have just been swayed onto the Spotify team. I sat down about an hour ago to try to find public playlists to follow that I could subscribe to in order to get me ready for a week of giving Spotify a real try again.
After looking on the Spotify website, and not finding anything, I decided to go to the all-mighty Google and searched “How do I find public playlists on Spotify?” The results were not encouraging as most told me how to create my own. But then I came across a blog post that talked about spotifyplaylists.co.uk…from February 2009. I crossed my fingers that this URL was still good, but it wasn’t. However, it redirects to a NEW URL, sharemyplaylists.com, which lists it tagline as “Long Live the Mixtape.”
My life is complete, though my subscriptions to Spotify playlists will continue to grow.
Share My Playlists is a site that completely ties into your Spotify account by allowing you to subscribe to new playlists via search or the Charts of playlists that’s updated each Monday. You can also generate your own playlist by listing a few artists and clicking a button, similar to the genius function in iTunes, though it curates the list with music that may, or may not, be in your library.
Before you dig into Share My Playlists, let me share a few tips so you can start loving it just as much as I do:
- The Playlist Generator allows you to select a list of 10, 15 or 25 for initial creation. BUT, once it’s created, you can click the Add More Tracks button (at the bottom of your new playlist) to grow that playlist as long as you want!
- Once your playlist is complete, it’s as easy as drag and drop into Spotify on your desktop. You can right click on the playlist in Spotify to rename.
- To add a public playlist to your Spotify account, you have to click PLAY on the list which will then open the playlist within Spotify. You can then SUBSCRIBE within Spotify.
- This same tip (Play the Playlist) applies to the iPhone and iPad Share My Playlists apps. Not sure if it’s the same for Android, but thinking it probably is. (I’m an Apple girl.)
- If you want to ‘Favorite’ a playlist within ShareMyPlaylists.com, you’ll see the standard ‘heart’ icon above and just to the right of the title of the playlist. Be warned that it defaults as a red heart and you have to click it so it’s a white heart, which is then added to your Favorites. Backwards, right?!
And I have the badge to prove it…
Last night, I was leaving dinner with my friends, Marianne Masculino, Cesar Torres and Dane Hurtubise (and Dane’s friend, Ray) when we found a backpack on the sidewalk a half block from the restaurant. As Dane started checking it out, I walked off thinking boys were silly for picking up a backpack from who-knows-where left on the sidewalk in San Francisco. That’s when I noticed a nice small leather bag just a few feet away that I picked up to inspect. The bag contained an iPad and a temporary bank card.
Dane said “There are passports in the bag.”
Marianne said “That’s a folder from the bank when you open a new account.”
Cesar said “There’s a knife* on the sidewalk too.”
We picked up all of the items that were laying on the sidewalk within 10 feet of the empty bag and inspected them more. Moleskine notepad, collected business cards, foreign money, disposable phone, credit cards, underwear**…
We had a name from the passports, David Adewumi, and an email address (thanks unlocked iPad) with a company name. So we did what any normal person who works in the interwebz would…we Googled him. Used to write for VentureBeat, graduate of Penn State, co-founder at innoblue. This guy was like us; entrepreneur, geeky, intelligent. So why was his stuff strewn on the sidewalk of San Francisco?
Because we weren’t sure what we were facing, though all of those CSI and Law and Order episodes we’ve watched helped us create scenarios of what might have happened on the mean streets of SF, we decided to call the police as we had no idea where David might be.
Me to the police, “Hello. I have a non-emergency to report. We found a backpack on the sidewalk with a bunch of other items including and iPad, passports, credit cards. There’s also a knife, but it doesn’t look like it’s been used…but we haven’t really looked at it.” The police told me we could drop it off at a police station or we could wait until an officer arrived, but it may be a while. We decided we’d take it in.
Dane walked Ray to his car a few blocks away while Marianne, Cesar and I sat in my car with the bag, doors locked, being very aware of who was around us. I DM’d VentureBeat alums, Anthony Ha (who I later saw was on his way to Berlin for a much deserved vacation!) and Jacob Mullins to see if he knew David. We looked on Facebook to see if we were ‘friends’ or who we had in common. Dane called us while walking to Ray’s car to tell us he KNEW this guy and had his number in his phone as they met a few years ago in SF. (Cue creepy music)
We collected Dane and drove to the nearest Police Station, which isn’t in the greatest area. As I parked, Cesar advised me to pull up in one of the “reserved for police car” spots. Thankfully I’m smarter than that… We walked in to the deserted police station and took care of business. No really, we all had to use the bathroom so we took turns with the bag while we each went through the metal detectors (observation–guys usually have more metal objects on them than women which set the alarm off!) before the guards took us behind locked doors to the bathrooms. Guess we looked safe enough to let through.
For the next 3 hours, we waited at the police station while they looked through all of the items and logged them. Shortly after we got to the police station, I emailed the innoblue’s “contact us” email address, hoping someone would get it and would know where David was. It was a simple email saying we found his bag and items and were taking them to the police station. We put on our thinking caps to discuss what might have happened. David’s a runner (thanks Google!) so we wondered if he had been mugged and chased the guy down. We kept saying that we hoped he was OK.
Three hours is a long time, but we kept ourselves entertained. I tweeted about another case being filed. We sang “Every breath you take” by The Police. We talked about which character from Scooby Doo we each were.We did more research on David (the lead on his About.Me pageis touching). Cesar told the office that we found a number for David’s father and he was escorted behind the glass where he was quickly promoted to IT support because he was the one who actually knew how to turn the iPad on. We documented our visit on Path and assured our friends we were all fine. We were weary of the homeless man who came in (and camped out for at least 30 minutes) to try to get a ride to the hospital.
Just as we were about to leave, still with no news on David, I got an email from him. “Someone must have broken into my car. I’m on my way to the police station now.” The police officer called his cell number included in his signature on the email. She was a bit confused saying “Oh, it just said his name but it’s still ringing?” We looked at each other, nodding our heads. Google Voice. We waited around for David to arrive and were relieved to see him walk through the doors a few minutes later, wearing a Hipmunk shirt. We introduced ourselves, with Dane saying they met a few years ago and David remembered Dane’s startup, JobSpice. He was even a loyal customer! David told us he had parked his friends car a few blocks away from a party he was attending at Twilio and checked his email with 3% battery left and saw my email. Crazy!
We’re SO glad David is safe and were happy to return all of his items to him. Someone had broken into the car, busted a window, and stole 2 backpacks that were in the car, but left his MacBook in the car. We’re not sure what happened to the other backpack. Maybe another good samaritan found it and has turned it in.
As we left the police station, I realized my car wasn’t across the street. Minor freakout that it had been stolen, until I realized I parked up the street. Maybe I SHOULD have parked in the reserved Police Car spot.
Just another day fighting crime…NBD.
*Not to take away from that dramatic statement above, but it was a ginormous hunting knife in a case that said US Air Force.
**David told us those were his emergency pair…cause you never know when you might need ’em!
This just makes me love both of these men even more. Rap is one of the fast ways to my heart. 😉
History of Rap (part 1) with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
History of Rap (part 2) with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
Ah, push it…push it good!
I often say that what some people call ADHD, I call multi-tasking. I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD but I’d bet that there’s a good percentage of those who work in the internet space who would agree, to some extent, that they have it. There are always so many opportunities that need our attention that it’s hard not to be a little scatterbrained.
It doesn’t help that we’re always connected. For instance, I spent the day at Walt Disney World, riding rides and doing research for a conference I’m planning in a few weeks. (No really—it WAS research!!) The beauty of the day was that I was able to answer emails while waiting in line for rides. However, that was also the downside to the day as I was constantly staring at my phone. At one point, all four of us that were together were all on our phones.
The distractions are always available and I hate when I get antsy to check my phone while sitting face-to-face with someone. HOW EFFING RUDE IS THAT?!?! And yet…it still happens, sometimes without realizing what we’re even doing. I will say that it’s been a few years since I’d wake up every night to check the Blackberry for emails. Maybe it’s because I’m using an iPhone now which is *thankfully* without the blinking red light, taunting and teasing me about new emails waiting for me.
It actually feels good to write this all down. I have this blog and have neglected it for so long. It has such a pretty design thanks to a great friend and yet, I don’t pay attention to it. Truth be told, it’s not only because I have other distractions, but the list of reasons includes overthinking the posts and it’s so hard for me to slow my brain down enough to get my thoughts out in a coherent way. Sprinkle all of that with the fact that I have the worst grammar ever (hey–I’m from Oklahoma. What do you expect?!) and the anxiety is too much to bear.
However, it’s a new day and as Michael Jackson said, I’m gonna make a change…
I’m going to try to get my thoughts down in this space at least once a week. I consider it a way to discipline myself to ignore all of the distractions as well as a way to focus on myself and my thoughts. Need to wipe some of those cobwebs out of my headspace a bit!
Now…wonder what I’ve missed on Twitter in the 10 minutes it took me to get this out. 😉