My First Year as a Founder — Crescendo’s Journey

My First Year as a Founder — Crescendo’s Journey

This weekend marks one year since my co-founders and I first brainstormed Crescendo. In the last twelve months we’ve gone from ideation to launch, cohabited in two apartments in two cities, and lived and breathed our company mission: to build technology that makes the world more empathetic. Here are four of the big firsts we experienced this year.

5 History-Making African Americans in Technology

5 History-Making African Americans in Technology

The Importance of Diverse Role Models Written by: Jamie Berger American computer science Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University @BergerWithASideOfCode We can all agree that role models are important for a child’s development. A dominant aspect of developmental learning is observational, so children repeat what they see. When I was a child, my role models [...]

Goodbye, Microsoft! My Next Chapter

Goodbye, Microsoft! My Next Chapter

For the last four years Microsoft has been my world, my launchpad, and my home. When I first started, I was an eager young university student developing Windows 8.1 apps, and Trendy Techie was still mostly a fashion blog. My mentors and experiences at Microsoft helped to craft me into the person I am today, [...]

Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

This past December I did something I haven't done in years: I took a full two-week digital detox. As soon as my vacation started I deleted all my social media apps from my phone, left my laptops and tablets at home, and boarded a flight to Orlando. What I learned during my time away from [...]

Elf Smart Plug Review

Elf Smart Plug Review

Eques, a Silicon Valley IoT startup, has built a suite of devices to connect your home. They sent me Elf Smart Plug, their connected smart plug that can turn any device into a connected device by toggling power via an app. Elf connects to your home wifi and lets you turn on and off your [...]

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Code is finally making its way into the hands of younger makers, and with this trend we are seeing more and more learn-to-code tools arrive on the market and in toy stores. But amidst all these code blocks and modular robots, one startup is focusing on coding for girls, and they are getting it right: [...]

Telepresence Education for Children with Autism – 360 Interview with Inventor Graham Smith

Telepresence Education for Children with Autism – 360 Interview with Inventor Graham Smith

Serial inventor and telepresence pioneer Graham Smith is paving the way to a future of remote collaboration. At VRTO I caught up with Graham to talk about his latest project, WebMoti, a telepresence system to give children with autism full control of their classroom experience from the comfort of their own home.