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Shane Paul Neil is a writer for Technorati as well as the business manager for the Back2Reality Podcast

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Big Data and Bigger Breaches With Alex Pentland of Monument Capital Group

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:21 PM

We now live in a world where data is its own form of currency. From email addresses to social security numbers and medical histories we are, in the grand scheme, a collection of data points. In order to function in the modern world we as individuals are now largely required...

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Thinking of Investing Through Crowdfunding?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Caveat emptor...

Crowdfunding is not all it appears to be...

With the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") sought to bring the "wisdom of the crowd" to the sale of equity securities by companies. Today, dozens of platforms have...

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Rented Teslas, and Other Methods for a Greener Commute

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 8:02 PM

I live in New York City and have come to endure my daily commute. Now, with clients in Silicon Valley, I'm frequently flying, and it's got me thinking: What kind of global footprint am I leaving? So I did some digging.

According to the EPA, almost every...

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5 Ways Hiring a Freelance Developer Can Help Your Company

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Any employer in the technology field knows the importance of finding top-tier engineering and development talent. The shortage of high-quality engineers and developers means the cost of hiring full-time talent is skyrocketing. Rather than being bound to geographic restrictions (local talent) and paying full-time costs when you may not have...

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4 Ways Student Loan Holders Can Master Their Debt

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Nearly 40 percent of younger Americans are carrying some amount of student debt and the Pew Research Center's research shows that an inability to manage and pay off that debt can impact future earning potential. The center's 2014 Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-being Study released earlier this...

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How One Woman Went From Executive Assistant to Executive Coach

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:35 PM

To thrive in today's job market you need the right skills. Python, C++, Java... learning these programming languages in today's software-driven world can help you achieve a successful professional career. Fine, but what if you don't want to write code for a living?

What if on the road to...

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Marijuana and Tech: Colorado is Now Ground Zero

(25) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:30 PM

My oh my, what Colorado has done to turn the tables on America's "war" on drugs.

Having approved marijuana for legal sale, distribution, and cultivation, Colorado is leading the way in attracting all kinds of investors and luminaries who seek to cash in on this nascent industry, not just...

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4 Misconceptions About Cloud Based POS Systems

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:57 AM

For the uninitiated, a POS system is simply a computerized network operated by a main computer and linked to several checkout terminals. Cloud based systems have moved that main computer off site, typically to a number of servers hosted and maintained by a third party service. Cloud based options have...

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The Best Ideas Come From Fixin' Things

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:09 PM

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In our problem-plagued world, nothing stands out more than problem solving. Global warming, pollution, severe income disparity, structurally high unemployment, these are major problems demanding leadership to tackle them head-on before circumstances force a solution not willingly sought after. But in...

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Four Apps to Help You Run Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:21 PM

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Whether you are a solopreneur or own a small business with multiple employees finding easy and affordable quality solutions is a constant challenge. For most small business owners the day to day can be a hodgepodge of responsibility as you are forced to...

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Old School Rock Meets New School Tech

(10) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:28 PM

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What do you do when you have spent nearly the last half century touring the world as one of the greatest bands ever assembled and you want to put out a new album? If you are the seminal band Chicago, you develop possibly...

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On Donald Glover, Weirdos and the Myth of the Black Male Narrative

(14) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

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Photo courtesy of Flowtography by @PhenomBlak

I was raised in the Bronx in the '80s at the height of both the crack and AIDS epidemic. My neighborhood gave birth to Pistol Pete and the Sex, Money, Murder set of the east coast Bloods....

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The Wahlburger Effect, How Reality TV Leveraged a Good Business Into a Great One

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 7:00 AM

The first reality shows I can remember growing up have little in common with today's brethren. Shows like TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Candid Camera and Kids Say the Darndest Things existed in an era where shock held little value and the laughs were innocent (pardon me if I sound...

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Three Things We Have Learned From the Heartbleed Fiasco

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:18 AM

The dust has at least begun to settle around the Heartbleed bug. The news cycle has spun forward, passwords have been updated, patches have been created and a million articles and blogs have been written. While we are inevitably doomed to repeat this cycle (ILOVEYOU,

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How Upstart Website Platforms Are Catching Up to Wordpress

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 1:16 PM

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When it comes to market share and overall popularity nothing comes close to rivaling WordPress when it comes to content management systems. According to VentureBeat, as of last year Wordpress powered nearly 20 percent of all websites and 66 percent of...

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When Good Intentions Go Wrong: The NFL 'Nigga' Penalty

(23) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Before I even get into the proposed NFL rule accessing a 15-yard penalty for using the word "nigga" (I refuse to say "N-word" as it is a complete cop-out) in all its iterations on the field, I offer a moment of full disclosure: I don't use the word, or at...

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Circle Twerk in the Media: An Open Letter to Teddy Wayne

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Mr. Wayne,

I start by saying that I have never read any of your work outside of your piece about twerking, and only because the piece flashed through my Twitter timeline. I have to assume that you are a writer of at least some substance to write...

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Trayvon Martin, Social Media and Inactive Activism

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 7:54 PM

The verdict flashed across my iPad. I winced and checked my Facebook knowing what it would look like. My timeline was filled with comments ranging from sadness to near terroristic threats with a sprinkling of pro Zimmerman sentiment. My Twitter feed was much the same. Between the two platforms over...

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Black Podcasts Bring the Barbershop to the Internet

(43) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:05 PM

I first started listening to podcasts a couple years ago. They were a great respite when I was at work and got bored listening to music. Running a small business I would often spend hours in the office alone and the chatter helped the day seem less lonely. It started...

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An Open Letter to Rob Parker

(112) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 8:12 PM

Mr. Parker,

As a matter of full disclosure I must admit that I have never been a fan of your commentary. For some time I have been of the opinion that you are a soundbite looking for an audience. I have watched you on various ESPN shows over the years,...

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