Today on the show, we have Dr. Kyle Gillett, a renowned advocate for holistic individualized care. With his vast expertise spanning preventive medicine, aesthetics, sports medicine, hormone optimization, infertility, precision medicine, and genomics, Dr. Gillett passionately believes in a comprehensive approach to achieving optimal health. In this conversation, we delve deep into the core principles of his practice, centered around the concept of the 6 pillars of optimal health. Focusing on understanding the intricate balance of hormones, we explore the transformative power of hormone optimization and when it's ideal to begin blood work. Additionally, we tackle the crucial topic of finding the right doctor for hormone replacement therapy, unraveling the importance of shared decision-making and an evidence-based, patient-centered approach. BPN Key Lime Protein: https://bit.ly/bpnkeylime (code NICKBARE10 to save 10%) Follow for more: IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness/ YT: https://www.youtube.com/@nickbarefitness Keep up with Kyle here: IG: https://www.instagram.com/kylegillettmd/ YT: https://youtube.com/@gilletthealth Clinic: https://gilletthealth.com/ Topics: (00:00) Intro (1:38) Kyle's background (5:17) Comprehensive blood panels (10:17) Beneficiary of critical thinkers (11:47) Increase of interest vs. issues (14:31) Six pillars of optimal health (22:00) Diet and exercise fix most health conditions (26:24) Optimal diet for everyone (27:30) Hormone optimization through diet (30:08) Individualized diet approach (31:26) Precision medicine (33:46) Gut health complexities (38:55) Increasing gut motility (42:40) Effective probiotics (48:03) Diversified diet (49:41) Exercise protocols (51:23) Impact of endurance training on hormones (1:00:25) Sleep cycles and circadian rhythm (1:03:13) Best time for sunlight (1:04:27) Red light therapy (1:05:13) Optimizing sleep and sunlight (1:09:05) Tips for sleep in a caloric deficit (1:11:58) Stress management (1:16:39) Spiritual health (1:21:43) Male vs. female hormone optimization (1:25:03) Issues of contraceptive methods (1:31:51) Issues of tele-doc for HRT (1:35:19) Optimal male hormone health (1:38:14) Determining the ability to build muscle (1:44:13) Factors to consider before taking synthetic hormones (1:48:17) Accessibility and use of TRT (1:51:56) Why do most individuals utilize HRT (1:55:10) Finding the right doctor (1:57:14) The right age to start blood work (2:00:27) Age of declining testosterone
Today's episode of Shabbat Replay is from our Virtual Shabbat service on Friday, May 19th when Rabbi Steven delivered a pre Shavuot sermon. Celebrate Shavuot and Rabbi Deena's last service this Friday, May 26th. Join us in Northcenter Town Square at 6:30 pm or come early at 5:30 pm for a Pizza Picnic complete with an ice cream truck and games!https://www.mishkanchicago.org/events/2023-05-26/****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Drew Manning, the "Fit2Fat2Fit Guy," experienced a unique transformation journey after gaining 75 pounds in 2011. Drew explains his story with Dr. Brian, including how he stopped exercising and ate a standard American diet to gain weight. Drew shares his knowledge of the complex factors influencing weight loss and health change, such as hormones, mental and emotional factors, and food addiction. He also talks about the disconnect between himself and his clients before the experiment due to his never being overweight and how that changed when he completed the Fit2Fat2Fit experiment. Lessons Learned From Drew's Fit2Fat2Fit Experience Drew experienced first-hand how powerful emotional eating can be. Food is the most accessible drug in the United States because it gives us a dopamine hit. Our brains crave more of that dopamine hit, so we eat more. This dopamine hit is why it is so hard for people to get off processed foods and onto healthier options. It is like going through withdrawal symptoms.Drew faced cravings but stayed on track with his transformation plan thanks to accountability and motivation from followers. He also learned that transformation involves mental and emotional aspects, addressing food addiction, self-sabotage, nutrient processing, genetics, and hormone balance. Despite the complexity, with motivation and accountability, he achieved a healthier life.Health and Your Relationship With FoodGenetics can impact our relationship with food. Emotional attachments formed in childhood, such as associating ice cream with rewards, can lead to reaching for it during emotional moments. It's crucial to be aware of our eating patterns and behaviors, considering how genetics influence our relationship with food. With motivation and support, making the necessary changes for a healthier life is achievable.Weight Loss Is Highly Individualized Despite genetic influences on our relationship with food, it's possible to achieve a healthier life. Understanding our own food patterns is crucial. Comparing ourselves to online influencers and expecting their results is unrealistic. Weight loss is a complex and individual journey, requiring empathy for those facing challenges.Key Takeaways:[02:14] Getting fat to motivate clients.[03:58] Complex factors in diabetes management.[07:00] Processed food and addiction.[17:14] Emotional eating habits.[20:30] Fitness industry and body types.[27:10] Accessibility to healthy food.[29:11] Overcoming mental and emotional hurdles.[38:10] Maintaining weight loss.[41:22] Self-love and healthy lifestyles[45:10] Age and fitness transformation.Resources:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fit2fat2fit/Website: https://fit2fat2fit.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/fit2fat2fit/Twitter: https://twitter.com/fit2fat2fitFit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose: https://www.amazon.com/Fit2Fat2Fit-Unexpected-Lessons-Gaining-Purpose/dp/0062194216Complete Keto: A Guide to Transforming Your Body and Your Mind for Life: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Keto-Guide-Transforming-Your/dp/1401956262/ Support the show
As much as 20% of the population has a disability – Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini discuss how to expand our content to include everyone.
Join Larry Hryb, Xbox's Major Nelson along with Jeff Rubenstein and Rebecca Gordius from Team Xbox for discussions about as latest news in gaming, chats with developers and more. 00:00 What We are Playing & News 19:31 James Berg, Senior Technical Program Manager for Accessibility, Xbox 39:04 Wrap up Games discussed range from rated Everyone to Mature. Subscribe to The Official Xbox Podcast | https://anchor.fm/officialxboxpodcast # # # --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/officialxboxpodcast/message
Every weekday at 8:00 am, Mishkan Chicago holds a virtual Morning Minyan. Our Thursday sessions are hosted by Mishkan's Founding Rabbi, Lizzi Heydemann. You can join in yourself, or listen to all the prayer, music, and inspiration right here on Contact Chai!Our May 18th, 2023 session covered Parashat Bamidbar. This portion is from Numbers, and numbers are sequential, logical, and clear, right? Wrong! It's a wild one — strap in.Tomorrow, May 19th, we will hold a special Morning Minyan send-off for Rabbi Deena who is leaving Mishkan at the end of the month. We invite you to join us to lend your goodbyes and well wishes to R'Deena!****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Benjamin and Chance discuss the iOS 17 Accessibility features Apple previewed this week. Apple also unveiled some new live concert features for Apple Music. Rumors give more color on the iPhone 16 spec situation, and anticipation for M3 Apple Silicon Macs grow. Plus, Chance goes hands-on with the newly-announced Beats Studio Buds+. Sponsored by Zocdoc: Go to Zocdoc.com/happyhour and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for free and book a top-rated doctor. Many are available as soon as today. Sponsored by Fast Growing Trees: Join 1.5 million happy customers and save 15% off your perfect plants, shrubs, and trees! Follow Twitter: @ChanceHMiller Mastodon: @firstname.lastname@example.org Benjamin Mayo @bzamayo or @email@example.com Read More Apple previews iOS 17 accessibility features: Assistive Access, Personal Voice and Live Speech, more Review: The new transparent Beats Studio Buds Plus First M3 Macs may launch by end of the year, chip has more CPU/GPU cores compared to M2 Subscribe or Follow Apple Podcasts Overcast Spotify
Last week, Elon Musk revealed he had tapped Linda Yaccarino to be the next Twitter CEO. But Musk won't be leaving Twitter completely. And now Tesla shareholders want him to create a succession plan at that company. Plus we get a bunch of updates on AI news, as well as some good news for Microsoft.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple's Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Enjoy the podcast? Shop Apple at Amazon New episodes of 9to5Mac Daily are recorded every weekday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available. Stories discussed in this episode: Apple previews iOS 17 accessibility features: Assistive Access, Personal Voice and Live Speech, more Apple's new 'Personal Voice' feature can replicate a user's voice Apple Music adding concert set list playlists, tour dates, and more Follow Chance: Twitter: @ChanceHMiller Mastodon: @firstname.lastname@example.org Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Overcast RSS Spotify TuneIn Google Podcasts Catch up on 9to5Mac Daily episodes! Don't miss out on our other daily podcasts: Quick Charge 9to5Toys Daily The Buzz Share your thoughts! Drop us a line at email@example.com. You can also rate us in Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Overcast to help more people discover the show.
Apple announces new accessibility tools coming later this year, LG Display will supply Samsung with TV OLED panels, and one NFL game will exclusively stream on Peacock next season. MP3 Please SUBSCRIBE HERE. You can get an ad-free feed of Daily Tech Headlines for $3 a month here. A special thanks to all our supporters–withoutContinue reading "Apple Announces New Accessibility Tools – CSH"
There are lots of things that may be accessible for one person but not another. Some are inconvenient, and some are impossible. From topics in other episodes to recently traveling together, we noticed a handful of things that make sense, and things that don't make sense. Listen for experiences, both good and ridiculous, as we discuss the challenges of accessibility. In this Episode: Sean tells us the latest in his dealingsx with StorQuest. Spoiler: It's not good. You Got This, Mental Health - Sean and Kyle share similar stories of their wheelchairs rolling away from them. We all struggle. Sharing with others can help lighten the load. The Dudes talk about a recent experience at a hotel. It helps expose some issues about accessibility. Thank you notes - An aquaintance at a laundromat, and Neighbor Melanie (the best!) Links and Resources: Episode 193 - Accessibility Matters: Air Travel is Not Exempt - with Mary Caruso This episode brought to you in part by Reata Pharmaceuticals. Reata Pharmaceuticals is the company that makes SKYCLARYS™ (omaveloxolone) 50 mg capsules. Our mission is to develop innovative therapies that change patients' lives for the better. For more information about SKYCLARYS, visit: Skyclarys.com ©2023 Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All rights reserved. SKYCLARYS, REATA, and their logos are trademarks of Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Last week, Rabbi Steven and Rabbi Lizzi were honored to attend Mayor-Elect Johnson's Interfaith Breakfast with hundreds of faith leaders from around Chicago. In his sermon at our May 12th Friday Night Shabbat service, Rabbi Steven reflected on this moment of optimism and cooperation, and challenged us to treat everyone in this city as not only neighbors, but kin, loved ones so dear to us that we cannot help but stand with them in their struggles.****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Good News: Greece is installing “self-operating” wheelchair access ramps at their beaches! Link HERE. The Good Word: A lovely thought from His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Good To Know: A truly odd historical fact from the UK… Good News: Eating walnuts can help adolescents to develop better brains! Link HERE. Wonderful World: Take a short […]
Every weekday at 8:00 am, Mishkan Chicago holds a virtual Morning Minyan. Our Thursday sessions are hosted by Mishkan's Founding Rabbi, Lizzi Heydemann. You can join in yourself, or listen to all the prayer, music, and inspiration right here on Contact Chai! Our May 11th, 2023 session covered Parashat Behar-Bechukotai. This portion includes instructions on shmitah, the sabbatical year where the land gets a Shabbat of its own. How can we apply this fascinating, liberating concept in modern society? Next Friday, May 19th, we will hold a special Morning Minyan send-off for Rabbi Deena who is leaving Mishkan at the end of the month. We invite you to join us to lend your goodbyes and well wishes to R'Deena!****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Can you smell what the AT Banter Gang is cooking? This week Rob and Ryan welcome Blind Griller Extraordinaire Chris Peltz to the podcast to tell us all about his unique YouTube Channel and Podcast that details his experiences grilling and gives out some pointers for blind and sighted individuals alike! If you have ever wondered if you can make Banana Bread on the barbq, this episode is for you… Show Transcript https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2023/05/at-banter-podcast-episode-335-chris-peltz-and-blind-grilling.pdf Show Notes Blind Grilling Experience https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blind-grilling-experience/id1515334158 Blind Grilling on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/BlindGrilling AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.
Travel is something that many of us love, but unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face barriers and challenges to travel that are often overlooked. In the first episode of season two, host Brandon Ehrhardt and guest host Toby Willis sit down with Alvaro Silberstein, founder of Wheel the World. After a car accident that left him in a wheelchair when he was 18 years old, Alvaro knew he wanted to continue traveling, but found obstacles in his way that able bodied people didn't face. Based on his experiences, he founded Wheel the World, a resource that provides information for travelers with disabilities to find accessible travel experiences. Join them as they discuss the current challenges facing travelers with disabilities, recent positive changes in the industry, and how Wheel the World is helping to make travel more accessible. Powering Travel is produced by Expedia Group in association with Quill.
214: On this episode of Sales Bluebird we talk with Moty Jacob, the CEO of Surf Security, and we dive into the world of enterprise security, company differentiation, and the rise of browser-based solutions. We begin by exploring an open onboarding process tailored to employees' needs and how important it is for new employees to understand the company's capabilities. We also discuss building successful channel partnerships, reducing attack surfaces, and finding talent with strong networks and trusted reputations. Our guest shares insights on enterprise security and how finding a buzz around the industry can attract senior security leaders. Furthermore, we hear a personal story about the Venice Carnival and the challenges of attracting CISOs. Finally, we learn about Surf Security, a browser-based zero-trust solution for enterprise-level security, and how it can collapse all security tools into one power control point for improved agility and reduced security risks.[00:03:15] "CISO Creates Revolutionary Browser-based Cybersecurity Solution"[00:08:47] "Chrome-based app offers unbreakable security solution"[00:10:31] "Surf: The Innovative Browser Combining Security and Accessibility"[00:15:33] Revolutionary Endpoint Security Solution Streamlines Cloud Access.[00:19:01] "Stealth tech startup Surf facilitates security stacks"[00:20:16] "Venice Carnival: The Winter Tradition You're Missing."[00:22:56] "Claiming and Climbing Mountains Across Italy"[00:25:10] "Web Platform Revolutionizes Security Market Capabilities"[00:29:02] "Scaling a Company: Evolution from Founders to Salespeople"[00:30:43] "Open Onboarding Process for Dynamic Success"Moty Jacob on LinkedInSurf Security websiteSupport the show
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At our May 6th Saturday Morning Shabbat service, Rabbi Deena reflected on the difficult verses in Parashat Emor which ban people with certain physical disabilities from serving as priests. In the light of the disability rights movement, how can we do better?****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Mental healthcare delivery is about to get revolutionized through technology. In this episode, Evans Rochaste discusses how ReKlame approaches mental healthcare with telepsychiatry and addiction services to address social equity, affordability, and accessibility in underrepresented communities. He also enthuses how provider burnout and health equity can be tackled with new technology products that improve system workflows and processes. Listen to this episode to learn about the revolutionizing approach ReKlame is implementing in healthcare! Click this link to the show notes, transcript, and resources: outcomesrocket.health
Chris and Mike discuss their history with pellet grills and accessibility issues. Mike has had extensive conversations with several manufacturers about making their controllers accessible for the blind and visually impaired. However, there is still much work to do. Email us with comments and questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Chelius and Dax Castro talk through some of the nuances of the European Accessibility Standard, EN 301 549. Do you know which countries adopted this standard? Some things we found were surprising and others just made sense. Stick around to hear our discussion on Reflow and why it is missing from the accessibility standard.
In the latest episode of "This is Product Management" Jonas Klink, Vice President of Product and UX Design at Thrive Market, discusses his passion for accessibility and the three-step framework to implement it at the core of every product. Learn also about the craft of product management and how to ensure mission and vision are always front and center. TIPM, brought to you by DISQO, features the brightest minds fueling product teams as they share insights on product management, strategy, development, and how they put customer experience (CX) front and center.
Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio
This Week: Quiet Quitting Let's start with what it is. Because it's not quitting a job. From our coverage of #23NTC, Delaney Mullennix explains the increasing phenomenon, how we got here, and what to do to prevent it. She's executive … Continue reading →
Why accessibility matters in business and how everyone can benefit when individuals with disabilities are included in the plan instead of as an afterthought, was the topic of this panel discussion that took place at Overit in Albany, NY. To learn more about Willowbrook State School: https://ncd.gov/newsroom/05042015 For the full Overit panel discussion on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/2s643hb7 Alisha Washington reported on this for the Hudson Mohawk Magazine.
Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today's episode, we talk with Jaclyn Wegner, Director of Conservation Action at Shedd Aquarium about Aquarium Conservation, Modeling Behaviors, and Program Accessibility. Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you'd like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 1:53 Nic & Laura discuss nostalgic foods8:17 Interview with Jaclyn Wegner starts10:14 Aquarium conservation21:21 Modeling behaviors31:54 Program accessibility37:33 Field NotesPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Jaclyn Wegner at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaclynnwegnerGuest Bio:Jaclyn Wegner is the Director of Conservation Action at Shedd Aquarium where her team mobilizes individuals, communities and businesses to take action through restoring local wetlands and rivers, sourcing sustainably-sourced seafood, tackling the plastic pollution crisis, and more. Jaclyn has led conservation action efforts at Shedd since 2014 and has worked on environmental programming since 2006. She has a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in education.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the showThanks for listening! A new episode drops every Friday. Like, share, subscribe, and/or sponsor to help support the continuation of the show. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and all your favorite podcast players.
Accessibility Minute with Laura Medcalf
Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools, and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing, or other special needs! Since 2015, the Be My Eyes app has worked to connect its 6.3 million volunteers to users with visual impairments to help with […] The post AM522 Be My Eyes new Virtual Volunteer Feature first appeared on Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads.
Sysamone Phaphon and Eunice Kim collaborated to create an ongoing education initiative for cannabis literacy and accessibility for the AAPI communities. With the help of many other AAPI cannabis activists, they published a book that translates cannabis terminology into many Asian languages. The book contains easy-to-understand definitions of cannabis terms, as well as information about the various ways cannabis can be used and consumed. It also includes stories from AAPI patients and advocates who have experienced the healing effects of cannabis firsthand. Following the book's release, Sysamone and Eunice held a series of community events to promote its message and allow people to learn more about cannabis in an open and safe environment. Through their efforts, they hope to make sure that everyone has access to education about cannabis so that they can make informed decisions about their health care.Important links:CannaCuriousYour Highness SubstackHiVi lifeSavanh WellnessRanchera MamiMitragaia.com (listeners can use code YHPOD for 10% off)Yourmomlikesmymusic
Every weekday at 8:00 am, Mishkan Chicago holds a virtual Morning Minyan. You can join in yourself, or listen to all the prayer, music, and inspiration right here on Contact Chai!Our Thursday Morning Minyans are hosted by Rabbi Lizzi, and in our May 4th, 2023 session, she had a lot to say about the whole "only people without blemishes can serve as priests" thing in this week's parsha. What kind of person does God want serving God? Do our "imperfections," physical or moral, really disqualify us? On Friday, May 19th, we will hold a special Morning Minyan send-off for Rabbi Deena who is leaving Mishkan at the end of the month. We invite you to join us to lend your goodbyes and well wishes to R'Deena!****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Carrie and Kezia speak with Chris Hawkins, the Director of Administration, with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Mobility Management Services department. Chris, describes the different options of transportation that are available for individuals with disabilities to strengthen their independence.To contact DART - Twitter: @DARTAlerts @DARTMediaFacebook: facebook.com/DARTDallasYouTube: Youtube.com/DARTDallasInstagram: @dartdaily @ridedartSupport the showNew episodes drop every Thursday everywhere you listen to podcasts. Do you want to support us? - Give us some feedback, tell us what bindwaves has meant for you by emailing us at email@example.com- Leave us a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify- Share episodes with your friends! - Make a monthly or one time donation at www.thebind.org - Follow bindwaves on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!Visit our website!
Digication Scholars Conversations
In the concluding part of our conversation with Katie Lester, our guest reflected on the importance of using headings, labels, and lists in webpages to allow users to scan pages and navigate easily using a screen reader.You will be impressed by the ease and flexibility with which Katie got to briefly demonstrate how she uses a screen reader to navigate to different pages in a Digication e-portfolio.Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/-WWIRSzosks(09:15) You too can advocate for accessible technologies by joining the IADP program at UIUC: http://iadp.ahs.illinois.edu/ For more information about this podcast, please visit our podcast website using the link below:https://buff.ly/3SWPJDVListen on Apple Podcasts using the link below:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/digication-scholars-conversations/id1538850043Follow us on Social Media!Twitter: https://buff.ly/3SXhzQHFacebook: https://buff.ly/3T0FtdZInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/makelearningvisible/Please visit our website at https://buff.ly/3rMBqWy#A11Y #Accessibility #SocialWork #BlindStudent #Blind #EdTech #Usability #DigicationScholars
This week gang welcomes Dr. Rheanna Robinson, member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, Assistant Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and advocate to the show to discuss her research of Indigenous perspectives on disability, intersectionality, advocacy, and her own lived experience living with Multiple Sclerosis . Show Transcript https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2023/05/at-banter-podcast-episode-334-dr.-rheanna-robinson.pdf Show Notes Dr. Rheanna Robinson at UNBC https://www2.unbc.ca/people/robinson-dr-rheanna AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.
Edited recording BCAD009 Live Chat:04/05/2023 (Linked In) BCAD Live Chats are not limited to one platform. We hope to schedule on different days in order to help provide more opportunity for live participation across the globe. To find out where/when the next Live Chat will take place be sure to follow: on Twitter Nefertiti: @NefMatOli Cheryl: @WhoAmIToStopIt Thomas: @tsreid For Transcript visit: www.ReidMyMind.com
At our April 28th, 2023 Friday Night Shabbat service, Rabbi Lizzi connected the ancient nation-building project of Moshe in the Torah to the 20th century foundation of the State of Israel, and examined the losses suffered by both Israeli and Palestinian families to create it. Seventy-five years after the day which Israelis mark as a joyous Independence Day and Palestinians mark as a mournful catastrophe, can we now work together to build a world safe for everyone?****For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript
Transcript: bit.ly/41WQelGJudge Anita Schutte was appointed to the Denver District Court in June of 2022 and currently presides over a domestic relations docket. Prior to her appointment, she represented the Colorado Department of Human Services at the Colorado Attorney General's Office, served as a municipal court judge, as a public defender, and represented children with disabilities.Judge Schutte has a severe hearing loss and recently co-founded the Colorado Disability Bar Association alongside Judge Johnson. She received her law degree in 2003 from Whittier Law School and her bachelor's from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2000. She is a first-generation college student.Judge Sueanna P. Johnson was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in December 2019. Before her appointment, she was employed with the Colorado Attorney General's Office first as an Assistant Attorney General, then as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Business and Licensing Section. While at the Colorado Attorney General's Office, she also worked in the State Services Section and served on the internal Ethics and Fellowship Committees.She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003 and earned her bachelor's in political science from Colorado College in 1997.As a person with albinism and a visual impairment, she is also a member of the National Organization of Albinism and Hypopigmentation. Judge Johnson was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted when she was three years old.Connect with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at RockyMountainADA.org or find us on social media. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts!
On this Episode of Unrepresented, host Camila Dejesus has the delight of speaking to CapMetro Supervisor, and Eco Chica Committee Member/ Judge Jo Anne Ortiz. The pair delve into what working for a Metro System in Austin is like, why she joined forces with Latinitas, and how her small-town upbringing instilled a sense of community and joy! Hosted by: Camila Dejesus Edited by: Frankie Alaniz Music by: Jordan Lackey
This weekly Audio Description Network Alliance series interviews your favorite audio description professionals for movies, series, and more.
In this podcast, Chad Chelius and Dax Castro talk about the top 7 things that usually come up for people just starting their PDF remediation journey. How many of these have you experienced? Not only do we talk about them, we help you solve them! Listen in as we cover the following 7 struggles for new PDF accessibility remediators. What is the correct size for accessible text? My content disappeared! Reading Order messed up my Tags Tree! Links in my header/footer are not being tagged! My hyperlink descriptions are not being voiced! Why do I keep getting irregular table errors? What program should I use to remediate my content? If you want to know how to fix or address any of these errors ake sure you listen to this episode on your favorite streaming platform or watch us now on YouTube!
For some households in the Navajo Nation safe drinking water is not accessible. Now a research project from Johns Hopkins University is looking at just how many homes are going without.
Accessibility is a human right.Resources: https://universaldesign.org/definition and https://www.washington.edu/doit/universal-design-process-principles-and-applications and https://accessibility.umn.edu/importance-accessibility/impact-people-disabilitiesWATCH: www.youtube.com/juliemericaGET A MONTHLY NOTE FROM ME: www.makeyourdamnbedpodcast.comTUNE IN ON INSTAGRAM FOR COOL CONTENT: www.instagram.com/mydbpodcastOR BE A REAL GEM + TUNE IN ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/MYDBpodcastThe opinions expressed by Julie Merica and Make Your Damn Bed Podcast are intended for entertainment purposes only. Make Your Damn Bed podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/make-your-damn-bed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Go to https://www.signalwire.com/wan to claim your $50 credit upon signing up. Protect your loved ones! Monitor your kids online activity with Bark at https://lmg.gg/bark Help out an animal in need! Check out CUDDLY at https://lmg.gg/cuddly Timestamps: (Courtesy of Andrew :)) - Note timing may be off due to sponsor change: 0:02 Topics 1:03 Intro 1:29 Topic 1: Canada's Bill C11 2:08 Background 5:15 Unintended consequences 9:26 What is Canadian Content? 12:05 Local content 18:04 Cultural pride 19:40 C11 Cynicism 27:36 What will happen at LTT? 30:44 Topic 2: AMD's Burnt Chips 33:35 Computer parts, then vs now 37:26 Quality control 38:46 Foreign Manufacturing 44:57 Topic 3: ROG ALLY 44:58 Leaked price (600 dollars) 45:43 ROG ALLY vs Steam Deck 49:21 LTT Store Update/Merch Messages Explained 50:34 LTT Store Deals 54:48 LTT Onesie 56:07 Carabiner update and demonstration 1:07:25 Merch Messages 1 1:07:26 Advantages/Disadvantages ADHD 1:09:14 Approach to content creation 1:13:30 Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 1:15:29 Nvidia 50 series 1:15:35 Atlas OS 1:18:11 Nebula corrections 1:23:48 Topic 4: School Chromebooks 1:26:19 Kids break stuff 1:27:45 Device lifespan 1:33:18 Sponsors 1:38:18 Topic 5: Twitter Re-verification 1:41:16 Elon's deepfake argument 1:43:01 Twitter sucks 1:44:15 Topic 6: Linus' Cosmetic Surgery 1:47:52 Topic 7: LTX 2023 Update 1:50:34 LTX Digital Pass 1:54:50 Canadian cash woes 1:57:50 Merch Messages 2 1:57:51 Motherboard Chipset 2:01:16 What other company might Luke want to work on? 2:03:45 Building LLMs 2:06:23 GameLinked 2:08:42 Unlimited money 2:09:17 Ultimate gaming minivan 2:10:53 Favorite April Fools Video to shoot? 2:18:43 RCS 2:19:31 LTT Cowboy hat (no) 2:20:21 Luke's favorite bird memory 2:22:13 WAN show as Audio Podcast 2:23:07 Topic 8: Activision Blizzard Merger Blocked 2:26:14 Luke's (accidental) rude hand gesture 2:27:42 Topic 9: Colorado Farmers Win Right to Repair 2:30:02 WAN Show: After Dark 2:32:32 Youtube ads and sponsors 2:37:22 Favorite memory of new tech 2:39:15 Companies supporting games 2:41:38 Future town square platforms (hi future you!) 2:43:46 Future Framework Modules 2:44:46 Perception of value 2:46:31 Shooting videos at Linus' home 2:48:58 Linus' pool update 2:51:58 Non tech-savvy people 2:53:07 Bonus Topic: Luke's NASA Trip 3:00:14 Microcloud Server 3:02:57 Tech concept products 3:03:50 Apple and gaming 3:05:44 How to time manage for Linus 3:07:35 Merch message ideas 3:09:34 Motivation 3:11:09 Embarrassing screenshare moments 3:13:02 Pet birthday 3:14:51 Solutions for C11 3:15:53 Relocation for LTT 3:17:36 Upcoming Movies 3:20:25 Young kids and video games 3:23:20 European customers 3:23:30 Product updates 3:23:54 Coding bootcamps 3:25:36 Product design 3:26:46 Accessibility in gaming 3:28:42 Wedding ring 3:30:40 Quality over Quantity 3:31:34 Nostalgia and childhood games 3:35:40 Model train project 3:36:36 Wii on the Steam Deck 3:37:31 Closed vs open source code 3:40:43 Outro
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In this episode, I speak with Eileen Rivera Ley, who owns Blind Savvy USA, LLC. We talk about how she became an advocate for the low-vision community starting at James Hopkins University, then onto advocacy for diabetes, and then onto Low Vision Logic. In 2020, she founded ACE Academy Online which helped those who were blind or visually impaired to ... Read More The post MPP 157: Accessibility and Advocacy for the Blind with Eileen Rivera Ley, Owner of Blind Savvy USA, LLC appeared first on Christopher Duffley.
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Welcome to this episode where we explore the top 5 reasons why Siri is better than ChatGPT. As much as we love ChatGPT, let's face it, Siri has some impressive advantages that make it stand out. Firstly, Apple has integrated Siri into their products, giving it access to your data and making your life easier. Siri can be seamlessly integrated into your daily life, from setting reminders to controlling your smart home devices. Secondly, Siri's voice recognition technology is unparalleled, making it a more natural choice for users who prefer voice commands over typing. You can simply talk to Siri and get instant responses. Thirdly, Siri has accessibility features like VoiceOver, which assists users with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, by reading out information displayed on the screen. Fourthly, Siri allows users to customize voice commands and shortcuts, making it more flexible than ChatGPT. You can create personalized shortcuts to perform routine tasks more efficiently. Lastly, Siri's user-friendly interface makes it easy to use for everyone, regardless of age or technical expertise. With a simple interface and a wide range of features, Siri is the perfect virtual assistant for anyone. So there you have it, folks, the top 5 reasons why Siri is better than ChatGPT. While both virtual assistants are excellent, Siri has some unique features that set it apart. Thanks for listening!
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Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots
Neal Bloom is a Managing Partner at Interlock Capital, a community of founders, investors, and subject matter experts. Victoria talks to Neal about what he finds attractive about startups and companies he's excited about, out of all the pitches he receives, how many he gets to say yes to, and when working with a team, what he uses to manage information and contacts for investors. Interlock Capital (https://interlock.capital/) Follow Interlock Capital on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/interlock-capital/), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/InterlockCap). Follow Neal Bloom on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nealbbloom/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/NealBloom). Check out his website (https://withkoji.com/@Nealbloom) and blog (https://freshbrewedtech.com/)! Follow thoughtbot on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thoughtbot) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/150727/). Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Transcript: VICTORIA: This is the Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots Podcast where we explore the design, development, and business of great products. I'm your host, Victoria Guido. And with me today is Neal Bloom, Managing Partner at Interlock Capital, a community of founders, investors, and subject matter experts. Neal, thank you for joining us. NEAL: Hey, thanks for having me. It's so great to be here with you. VICTORIA: Fantastic. I'm excited to finally get a chance to talk with you. I met you at an investor hike that you organize once a month. NEAL: A founders' hike, yeah. I get up nice and early on the first Wednesday of each month in Torrey Pines in San Diego. And we hike up and down the hill with ocean views. It's not a bad day. VICTORIA: It's a great way to start the morning, I think, and to meet other people, other builders of products in technology. So tell me more about your work at Interlock Capital. NEAL: Sure. It really kind of organically happened that I became an investor, but not planned at all. I have an aerospace background then built my own edtech and talent tech marketplace. I call it the LinkedIn for students is really what we built as our first startup called Portfolium. We sold it, and I got really into startup communities, especially because of some people who helped me with my first startup. I want to be a part of building an even better ecosystem for others. And that turned into a podcast, a blog, an event series. And once I had the capital from my exit, turned into angel investing as well, too, and really just found that as I got to know people over time, the more and more I got to know them, the more certain ones stood out that said, wow, I don't just want to help them for the good of it. I also just want to be along for the ride. And I started writing checks to other founders. So that was the beginning of my investor journey about five years ago. And over COVID, a whole bunch of other later-stage experience operators, either founder-level or executives at tech companies, said, "I want to learn to do this. Can I do it alongside you?" And we created Interlock Capital as an investment syndicate. A group of us can share and utilize our brainpower, our time, and our capital to help companies. It's kind of our focus. So that's why we call it a community because it's not just kind of a one-way pitch us, and we'll write you a check. It's very much get to know the people, find the exact right domain experts who have subject matter expertise, who've been there and done that before. If they like the company and they want to personally invest, then we go to the greater group and say, "Hey, everyone, who wants to join this deal specifically?" So 18 investments later from Interlock Capital, we now also have an investment fund. So now we write two checks into every company. We do our syndicated style, pass the hat, if you will, "Hey, everyone, anyone want to invest in just this deal?" And then match it from our fund. And we're writing between $300,000 to $500,000 checks into early-stage software or/and software plus hardware companies. VICTORIA: What an incredible journey. And I love that it's led you to creating a community as part of what you do as an investment capital group. What do you find interesting about these startups and these companies that you want to be interested in? NEAL: Part of it is how much you learn about yourself, to be honest. I get to meet three to five new founders a day in a variety of ways, whether it's straight Zoom and pitch, or grab a coffee, or see them on a hike. We're kind of constantly introducing ourselves to each other. There's a bit of learning about how to size someone up to a certain regard. So you're kind of building this inner algorithm of how to top-prank people and their ideas. That's one interesting way that I never thought I would be doing professionally. There's a lot that we say versus what we do, and that's a data point that I have to keep track of because I get pitched amazing ideas that will literally change the world for so much better. And you get really excited about it, and you get invested in it. And I call it founder love. You fall in love with these founders specifically and almost say, "I don't even care what you're working on. I just want to work more with you. How do we do it?" So there's a lot of that. So there are some dating aspects [laughs] in terms of founder dating, like getting to know people. There's the determining how do we date towards marriage? Meaning, I'll write you a check, and I'm along for the ride for the next ten years. And then there's the kind of relationship maintenance which is okay; I wrote the check, now what? Where can I be helpful to the company? How can I anticipate their needs so that they have to think one more thing of how to satisfy me? It's quite the opposite way around. I'm trying not to be a barrier. I'm trying to work for them while they're sleeping. So yeah, it's really interesting the kind of the relationship aspect that goes into getting to know and helping founders take their ideas and turn it into reality. VICTORIA: That's very cool. And I have talked to people who have met you and talked to your company and just how supportive and helpful you all are even if you choose not to invest. So I think that's a really valuable resource for people. And I wonder, do you think it's something unique about the San Diego community in particular that is exciting right now? NEAL: I think so. I think San Diego specifically has always had this culture of give-before-you-get mentality, and so we kind of lead with that. There are a lot of people moving here. And you could choose many places that could be great, like LA versus San Diego, and there's a certain kind of person that chooses here versus somewhere else. And what I have found is there's a certain kind of give-before-you-get cultural mentality here that somehow people register pretty quickly and come with. And so that's an underlying greatness about us here. There's also because of the great environment we live in, by the beach, healthy lifestyle. I think we choose to work on things that maybe are also satisfying, just like our personal lives, meaning we work on things that matter, that are going to change the world, that are life-changing. That's not to say that we don't need certain other kinds of technology. I'm sure at some point, we felt we needed Twitter, and maybe we don't feel like that now. [laughs] But here, it feels like everyone's working on very impactful things, and I think that's really special to think about. Some examples of that is we've got an interesting subset of the SaaS world in nonprofit tech. So GoFundMe was founded in San Diego. They have since acquired three other nonprofit tech SaaS companies in San Diego, like Classy. So that's kind of interesting. You've got people who want to build a business that services nonprofits, and now they're all under one roof. So yeah, I think there is something special. We can dive deeper into some of the other sub-industries or categories that are interesting here, too, if you're interested. VICTORIA: Well, I could talk about San Diego all day. NEAL: [laughs] VICTORIA: Because I'm a fairly new resident, and I'm in love with it, obviously. [laughs] But let's talk more about products that can change the world. Like, what's one that you're really excited about that you've heard recently? NEAL: Ooh. I would start a little high level in certain categories that I'm really liking. I like things I'm seeing in the infrastructure space right now, meaning, you know, whether it's pipes and our water utilities, and I would include that in energy and EV, you know, kind of a mobility piece. There's even the commercial side of mobility, so trucking and freight. That whole infrastructure layer is really interesting to me right now. A certain company that, full disclosure, we invested in recently is a company called EarthGrid. They have a product that is boring holes tunnel-wise underground, but they're using just electricity and air, so plasma. And it's fascinating. They can bore holes 100 times the norm right now. They don't need to potentially trench, meaning they don't need to cut above the surface. They can just dig for miles straight underneath the ground, so they can go under things with that. And really a lot of the expensive pieces, closing lanes on freeways or highways to put fiber in or plumbing and all that. So it's really interesting to see that. Now, one element is the technology is interesting. But they have a plan to actually own their own tunnels that go across the entire United States. So they don't just want to be a device that they're going to sell to everyone. They want to actually own their own utility that has major tunnels across the United States. So that's fascinating to me because that's like think big, think exponential around that. So that's one area that's kind of fascinating to me. VICTORIA: That's super interesting, and thinking about the impact it can have on making power more secure for more people, things like that. There are just so many problems to solve, and so many are people trying to solve them. [laughs] - NEAL: Yeah, exactly. And they have a clean tech angle in that there are a lot of different ways to dig and tunnel that includes chemicals, and so their big thing is to not do that. Some of their background is installing these kinds of lines in the EV space for solar panels. So they have a big kind of clean and sustainability focus there. And our infrastructure is aging big time. We've got 100-year-old bridges and pipes and other things that it's really interesting to see the government put money into. And so that is another aspect, a business model, per se of infrastructure. You have the government putting billions, if not trillions, into upgrading our infrastructure, which as an investor, I like to hear that there's free capital out there in forms of non-dilutive funding to help these along, and that's existed for hundreds of years. Cars and oil industry got these kinds of subsidies, and then the EV and solar panels. So that's a good area that I like to look in as well is where is there additional large-scale funding to help these products really get to market? VICTORIA: That makes sense. And so you're meeting three to five founders a day, and you're watching where the funding is available. And out of all the pitches that you receive, how many do you really get to say yes to? NEAL: Oh, it's small, I mean, one to two a month if that would be a lot, and those could take a few months to work through. The best way for us to invest is to get to know the people for as long as possible. So I kind of mentioned that relationship aspect. I want to see how people operate. I want to see how they build product. I want to see how they get to know their customer and iterate and bring that back into design thinking. And so that's a big piece is getting to know and see the people do the things that they're saying. Man, there are so many companies that I like on paper, whether it's oh my God, amazing team, or, oh, cool, the product. Yes, love that idea. And then you have to look at everything together, the timing, the valuation that they want, the team. Has this team been there, done that before? So there are a lot of elements that go into it. Like I mentioned, you have this founder love where you fall in love with the people, and maybe the rest doesn't work out or vice versa. But yeah, I think each investor comes at it differently. So my area because I built two tech companies that were talent tech-related, meaning connecting people for opportunities; my investing style is very team and talent and recruitment-focused, meaning what are the superpowers of the founders? Are they aware of their weaknesses and their strengths? Have they filled in those gaps by finding co-founders that are complementary and opposites? And then my partner, Al Bsharah, he is a super product guy, and he wants to break the product and see, how can you break it? What are they thinking product roadmap-wise? That's his first go-to. And so, for us, we're super complementary in that regard. So we will assess the same company in very different ways and then come together and say, "Let's share our scores, share our rank. Where do you think this company sits at in all these different areas and boxes?" And so that's a great way, that complementary skill sets as investors. We utilize those strengths together. So yeah, it's hard for a founder to know that. A founder who's building a product, the person on the other side of the screen, they're meeting me. They're not going to know my algorithm. They're not going to know what I value more than something else. So there's this whole dance. I wish it didn't have to be that way, but it is a dance. It's a negotiation. And that's why I build a community because I'd really rather take the gloves off and get to know people when they're not raising capital, when they really are just inspired by innovation and by customers, and they're just excited, and they're building product. That's the time I want to get to know them and see how they iterate before the capital question comes in. Because when it's capital, it tends to feel a little transactional, and that's just not the name of the game per se. VICTORIA: It makes sense. And I'm curious, working with your partner who has a specialty in product, has there ever been a big surprise that he presented with you that you would never have thought of without that product perspective? NEAL: Oh yeah, absolutely. I think there are many times now where either the company is really touting a specific piece of their product, whether it's a certain kind of technology that as a non-product builder either I think, wow, that's unique. That's special; that's novel. And I go to my partner, who really is an automation expert in terms of product building, and boom, can whip it out in a second and say, "I could that with Zapier," or now ChatGPT. So I think there are those elements that are good checkpoints of putting too much...maybe I get too excited about uniqueness or a novelty of a product. And then there's the opposite. There's the team undersells their product, and really they're touting, hey, we have a background in this industry. So we're going to go build because we know how to get into that industry. Our uniqueness is go-to-market, so they think. And it turns out, hey, you're really underselling the product here. There's something special about your vision system here or your data set that you're using to build your ML model. So I've seen a variety of both of those. I think we're going to see more and more right now where ChatGPT and other AI models are going to show that maybe the tech exactly like AI isn't the specialty. That's going to be a democratization across the board. We're just going to expect that everyone can build a baseline product. So how are people going to differentiate on the product? That's where I'm really excited to see where product stands out now that more and more people have more tools at their disposal to build a good product. VICTORIA: Yeah, I'm excited for that too and to see which experiments with AI really pan out to be something useful that becomes part of everyday life. Do you have any instincts on where you think you're going to see the most out of AI innovation in tech? NEAL: AI is such a big word, and it feels so buzzwordy right now. But actually, in San Diego, we have a deep history in the high-level AI, and it starts with analytics. We have a deep, deep bench of analytics talent here. In fact, Google Analytics was founded in San Diego under the name Urchin Analytics and acquired by Google in 2004. VICTORIA: Oh. NEAL: And so you have these big analytic models and builders here that is interesting to tap into. I kind of bucket it in a few areas. I look at the vision aspect, so motion capture, motion classification, image classification. That's really interesting that I think we'll see a lot of that that applied to blank. I'm seeing that applied to life sciences, so cancer detection through some sort of imaging. Obviously, the mobility aspect, whether it's self-driving or driver assisted for blank, whether that's drones, self-driving trucks, all those areas. That's one area interesting from the AI piece. Natural language processing which there's a piece of ChatGPT to that regard. I think it is really interesting from what is your dataset? What are you tapping into? I'm also seeing that applied to digital health, whether it's clinical trials bringing AI models there, whether it's taking genomic data and saying, let's build better clinical trial classes. Maybe we don't need 500 patients when we can build the best 30 patients to enter a trial because we've got genomic data on our side. So yeah, I think I'm more looking at certain industries and saying, what is the right AI model for it? And I think that's pretty exciting. 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At the end of the day, there are a few different funnels we are managing within Interlock Capital. We're managing our customer, which really is the startup. We want to make sure we're keeping track of them on whatever timeline. And so we use CRMs, basically, to manage funnels per se. So that's startups. Then there's the deal flow sharing, so these are other VC firms, maybe other service providers, where we're sharing companies with each other. And then we have investors, so we're using CRM for managing our investors, like our limited partners, our LPs. So that's basic CRM. Luckily, we were able to use an off-the-shelf product called Streak for that. But what we do uniquely is we want to engage in two directions our investment community, meaning we want to get to know them, get to know everyone's expertise so we know when to tap them to say, "Hey, can you help on this deal?" And help is very broad, meaning it could be to give it a quick look before I've even met them to say, "Is this something I should even be looking at?" Or I've already met the team, maybe spent a few hours with them. And I'm asking for a deep dive with an expert to say, "Join a call with me after you've reviewed a deck and help me ask harder questions." So there's that aspect of we wanted to figure out how do we get to know our people in our group? Because we're hundreds now. So we decided to build a platform off Bubble.io and Airtable basic no-code where we could build a light profile of everyone. So everyone self-selects a number of profile aspects about themselves. It's also where we're starting to keep data and documents for them as well too. So whether it's tax documents or other forms, we can have it all in one spot. And then lastly, when we do decide to make an investment in a company, we write a very detailed memo that starts in Google Docs but then gets built into our product, the Interlock platform. And so in that memo which could honestly be 10 to 20 pages of diligence, in our language only, what are the pros, cons, and risks? We also showcase who is on the diligence team, what their specific expertise is to this investment, if they're personally investing or not. We really want to show conviction from the diligence team. And then we've built in some really cool features where you've got a Q&A board that you can upvote other people's questions about that investment. You can watch a video right there and then about the company, and then you can commit to the investment itself on our platform, saying, "I'm interested in this deal specifically. Here's the amount." And boom, we take you over to a third-party platform to just sign in and wire. So that's current day the product that we decided to build. We've got this whole product roadmap that we've built out that we want to build out more. We would love to automate a little bit more of our deal funnel so that a certain company that we meet maybe they get to a certain stage that we know we're ready for diligence. We can auto-ping the ten people that have that specific domain expertise. So luckily, we built out the profiles about everyone. Now we need to start building some automation in there so that maybe I'm not the bottleneck. I'm going to meet three to five companies a day, I mentioned. That's three to five follow-ups that I need to do. I'm never going to be as fast as the founder wants me to be on getting back to them and saying, "Here's our next steps." So if we can utilize the greater body of people that are in our investment community, that's where we'd love to build out some of the pieces next as well. So automation is kind of the hope there. VICTORIA: That's great. And I love that you're able to take advantage of these low-code tools to build something that worked for you. What was your initial approach to figuring out how to build this in a way that worked for your user group? NEAL: Well, we looked at a lot of existing products first, and there are. There are these angel syndicate websites like AngelList is a big one, you know, a consumer-facing platform where if you're interested in investing, you can join a group, or you can join a dozen groups and just get an email when they have a new investment opportunity. And so we looked at...first, it was survey what's existing out there already. Start building a product feature must-have or is nice to have list for us to get off the ground within Interlock. And then determine the pros and cons of building off the shelf, the time and cost, and maintenance versus using something that already exists. So that was a big piece, just assessment upfront before we do anything. And I think learning the landscape was big for us. I find that building tools for startups there's a lot, but there are also not a lot of mature ones because there's just not a lot of money out there to be made. There's not a billion-dollar industry of making a website to invest in startups per se yet. So that was another thing as well. It's just understanding will the companies that we choose off-the-shelf products-wise will they still be there a year or two or three from now? And ultimately, we decided, you know what? We got to build it ourselves if we really want the two-way communication, not just one-way. We didn't see everything out there. And I think the piece you always underestimate is the maintenance over time as well as all the third-party tools and apps and services that you end up needing and using and how do they play into the maintenance role as well too. We've definitely had elements of our product break because they're no longer supporting that tool anymore. So those are all aspects that you can do as much as you can self-assessment upfront. There's obviously the maintenance piece that goes into it down the road as well too. VICTORIA: That makes sense. And then, in this way, you have control over it, and you can change it as often as you want. NEAL: Totally. VICTORIA: And as much as you like, if you have the time. [laughs] NEAL: One piece that I think we have never planned or expected is that because we built it and it's super unique, there are many other angel groups who have come to us and said, "Can we use your tool? Like, yours is better than anything that exists." And we did not build ours with a commercial aspect in mind at first. We can't just clone an Airtable and be like, "Here we go. Here's your product. It's Bubble and Airtable," because if it breaks for them, we're on the hook for that [laughs] as well too. So I don't think we thought through too much around a commercialized product when we built out our own. But because we've been pinged so many times about, can people use it? It's on our mind now. Like, it literally is on our list of priorities of hiring either part-time or full-time a product builder to go back in and commercialize aspects so that we could actually maybe turn this into a product one day, this whole investment community manager software. VICTORIA: That's really cool. And it's funny, talking to founders, there's always a story about how you set out to do one thing, which was build a community around startups and founders in San Diego, and then you end up building a product, [laughs] right? NEAL: Yup. VICTORIA: And getting something marketable later that you never even intended. NEAL: Yeah, I mean, I think the big learning there is, one, listen to your customer first, then go build products. And so yes, you said it exactly; we wanted to build a community where we could be more engaged with our customer. And as we heard more and more from our customer, it told us what to build. And I always find that from other startups, that's a great model to follow as opposed to build and then go determine if there's a market out there for it. VICTORIA: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. So it's interesting that you've had this experience of building tech startups from scratch and then now investing, and then now you're back [laughs], and you have a product again. NEAL: [laughs] VICTORIA: So I wonder, if you could go back in time starting Interlock Capital or when you started your companies, like, what advice would you give yourself if you could travel back in time and talk to your past self? NEAL: Oof, so much. Spend a lot of time getting to know yourself, not just what you're good at but what you like to do business-wise. And I actually see those are two different things. Sometimes the things we like to do we're not as good at, but yet we want to spend more of our time on it, and maybe it takes us longer to do it. So do some self-assessment. I would have done that more on myself. And I'll give you an example, I, for whatever reason, like to brute force certain things like our email outreach, whereas my partner loves to build automation campaigns for it because he built a software in the email space. I know I could learn a quick automation route [laughs] to do certain things, but for whatever reason, I love sometimes the analog version of things. And that's good sometimes, and sometimes there's no time for that. So learn a lot more about myself, what I like, and what I'm good at. And then the opposite, what I don't like doing, what could I shed as quickly as possible and could hire for in some way or another, trade my time or capital for time. And then, only then, once I know myself better, then go find the perfect partner that complements everything. It's the opposite of me in that regard, opposite in network, opposite in skill sets, and in that regard too. And so I think my first startup, we were carbon copies of each other. We were both aerospace engineers who kind of wanted to do the same thing who lacked emotional intelligence at the time. So yeah, that's a big learning. But I didn't know enough about myself at the time. And it took hardship to learn the hard things. Honestly, entrepreneurs seem to learn by doing more than anything. So you can only tell an entrepreneur so much. Sometimes they're just going to have to go and figure it out by running through a wall. That's one thing I would have changed about myself in that regard. I also probably would have, even earlier during college, gotten more internships to just test myself professionally and know what environments I do well in, meaning big companies, small company, or hands-on mentorship and management or hands-off certain kinds of skill sets. How could I be presenting more often versus just kind of behind-the-scenes doing? All of those I probably could have learned quicker about myself the earlier I would have put myself in those situations as opposed to getting my first job and working at one place for five years. That's a long time to dedicate to learning one culture about that I thrive in. But you live, and you learn. VICTORIA: I love the drive to keep learning and to be like, you know, don't expect to be good at everything [laughs] that you want to do. I think that's fantastic. And what do you see success really looking like for yourself in the next six months or in the next five years? NEAL: This year, this calendar year is really about getting the fund up and running. So we've raised an initial tranche of capital and got through this calendar year to get the full capital we want for the fund in. And we're being really picky about that. We really want operators, so that just takes time to go and meet the right people that maybe have recently exited, so have a little bit of time and have a little capital and now want to spend time with earlier stage companies. So that's a big piece of this year. I also, on the community side, want to scale it a little bit. I've found recurring...like the founders' hike is a really consistent and easy way to build community, just meet new people, get to meet 30 people at once instead of maybe 30 coffee meetings to meet those people and just kind of selectively choose who is good to follow up with. So building and scaling, thinking about how to scale community growth is another area, and hiring a little bit around that. So hiring either a community manager and understanding what does that role even mean? Because it's vague in a variety of scenarios. I think we as a company could utilize it. But I think even San Diego could really benefit from someone professionally community-managing all of us. I don't even know what that means yet. And I'd actually push that back on you. Like, you're recent to town. You've started to meet people in a variety of venues. What's the community management void that you see that exists locally? VICTORIA: Oh, great question. I'm actually going to the Annual March Mingle tonight. This episode will come out a little bit later. NEAL: I'll be there too. VICTORIA: Oh, I was like, I'm going to interview you and probably see you later. [laughs] NEAL: Awesome. VICTORIA: Yeah, I think what's interesting about what I've experienced so far is that there is a thriving community. People show up to events. There are a lot of different focuses and specialties. Like, there's the San Diego Design and Accessibility meetup, which had over 30 people over and has a lot of great content. The tech coffees usually have your standard crew who comes. I'm in North County in Encinitas, and then there's Downtown San Diego. And I think you and I have talked about this, that there isn't as much of a major hub. And people are kind of spread out and don't really like to travel outside of their little bubble, which isn't necessarily unique to San Diego. [laughs] I think we've seen this in other areas too. So I think deciding where and how and maybe just building that group of community organizers too. One thing we had in DC was we would have a meetup of all the meetup organizers. [laughs] NEAL: Ooh. VICTORIA: They were just the people who are running events would get together and meet each other and talk and get ideas and bounce off, and maybe that exists in San Diego, but I just haven't tapped into it yet. NEAL: Well, that's a great, great, great, great point because, yeah, learning from others. Everyone is out there doing. Let's learn what's working and what's not. I do that actually from community to community. I do compare...I'll pop into a city on personal travel, but I'll look for, say, the Neal Bloom of Phoenix or something [laughter] and share quick notes. Something Startup San Diego started... when Startup San Diego started ten years ago and became a nonprofit shortly thereafter, it wanted to be the convener of all the organizations that help startups. And so there became kind of the startup alliance, I think, where it was all people who run different startup orgs, mostly nonprofits or just meetups getting together. And that hasn't come back since COVID, and I don't know if anyone's thought to bring it back. So this is a great time to think about that. Let's do it. Let's absolutely get the startup community alliance back together and sharing what's working and what's not. Something else that I think matters as we're coming out of COVID and really matters also for product is it feels like curation matters way more than anything before. Like, we value our time more. We want to be home a bit more. And so we're only going to go to the things that we know there's some value out of it as opposed to, oh, I'll show up to that thing. It sounds cool. I get free pizza. So the curation piece, I think, is interesting to think about, like, how do you scale curation? Because if you make smaller groups and make it more valuable, you still can't make a group for everyone. Someone's always going to be missing out. That's a piece when I think of how has product worked really well for that? Obviously, product has done amazing things on curation with using filters and ranking and other things. How do you do that in real-time for community? VICTORIA: Yeah, that's a really cool idea. And it's interesting talking with organizers from Women Who Code DC who are still there and coming back from COVID. They were all virtual events, and now they're having part virtual and part in-person. And it's interesting where some people really want to get back to the in person and see people in real life. The virtual is also still a very good option for people altogether across the board. So, yeah, I think you're 100% right on the event has to be kind of worth it. [laughs] And how do we make that real? But we still have all these other options for connecting with each other too, and we should take advantage of this. I love that here if we're going out in person, you're on a patio. [laughs] You're outside. Even though it's pouring down rain right now so we're probably going to get rained out a little bit. NEAL: I don't think I realized how outdoorsy we already were until this recent rain, one, because COVID forced everyone outdoors already. So for the last three years, we've only been going to places that have been outdoors. But then I realized, wait, every coffee shop I go to already is just open air. Every brewery, every restaurant is open-air. We've got it pretty good here. March Mingle, as big as it is, which it's like you're 17, 18, maybe 20, it's always an amazingly cool crowd and a crowd that I don't always see at every event. It's not the same, same people. It's a crowd that just comes to March Mingle. VICTORIA: That's super cool. I'm excited to see you there later. And maybe by the time we've aired this episode, I'll have actually posted about it, so it won't be a surprise [laughs] for anybody. But I love that. Okay, so, wait, that was...did we talk about six months and five years into the future of success? NEAL: We didn't. We just talked this calendar year. Five years out, professionally, I think a well-oiled community, multiple funds under management that maybe have realized, like, let's have one with different focus. Maybe there's an infrastructure tech fund, maybe there's a diabetes tech fund. I'd love to explore the curated focused thesis aspects because it's easy to be pretty general when I'm meeting so many interesting companies, and I have so many experts at my disposal. Maybe it makes sense to have multiple smaller focused funds in that regard. I think five years out; also, we will have probably weathered some financial storms, probably be on the upswing of that, and therefore maybe there are some exits that would have happened in town. There's certainly a number of late-stage tech companies that have been at it 10, 15 years that a lot of early investors and employees with stock are just kind of waiting for a liquidity event, and I really think by then we will have seen that. And that will be really interesting to see if and how people recycle their capital back into the community, both from investing, from giving philanthropically, and then their time as well. Sometimes when you have really big success, it's easy to check out and leave, and I'm hoping we're getting ahead of that cycle now. We're getting people to put some skin in the game now so that when the exits happen, they stay connected because they're got some investments in the community. So I'm really hoping that we've closed the wheel on the flywheel of capital, recyclable capital here in San Diego five years out from now. VICTORIA: Oh, I really like that. And I think it makes sense from that idea of if you've benefited from being able to run your own company and to work with all these people in San Diego that when you exit, you invest that back into the community and grow future companies with it. NEAL: Exactly. I mean, someone helped you, all of us, and they're just ahead of us. It kind of behooves all of us; then, to each stage and phase we go forward, we should look back and say, "How can we help someone behind us?" And we started this conversation that is a very San Diego culture thing. And so I'm really excited to see when that line bends back on itself, that flywheel closes. So the other aspects of that is we're starting to build some crossroads with Tijuana. We tried before COVID, and we're trying again now. And I'm really excited to see the long-term effect of connecting these cross-border communities. And then we talked about some technology, five years out, man, if GPT is updating so quickly now, I can't even imagine what AI is building product by itself five years from now. And where do the humans play a role in that? People love the splashy headline articles of here's where AI is going to replace your jobs. I'm thinking quite the opposite. I'm so excited for the new jobs to emerge that don't exist right now, for us to complement technology, that, you know, we'll be doing things that are better than humans. So that's a whole piece of technology and product that I'm excited to see play out. VICTORIA: I agree. I think that it's humans plus machines make the most impact, right? [laughs] NEAL: Exactly. VICTORIA: It by itself won't do it. But I think that's fantastic. What a great note to kind of end on. But is there anything else that you want as a final takeaway for our listeners? NEAL: One, I'd love to meet you if you're building an interesting product. I'd love to connect you into our community, so that's a self-serving ask. Find me on LinkedIn or Twitter; probably, Twitter's easier. Write me that you heard me on Giant Robots Smashing Into Others. Absolutely would love to hear that feedback loop. Also, come check out San Diego sometime. Come join our founders' hike. If you're listening to this, pretty much we have it on every first Wednesday of each month. We'd love to welcome you into the community here. And if you have an idea for a startup but haven't started yet, that's a great time to be talking and thinking how could I iterate way sooner than you would have thought. So don't wait to get started on something; just start talking to people about it. Don't be afraid to share your product ideas. No one's going to steal it. So I would just tell people to get started sooner than you think. And the world will benefit from you putting that out into the universe. VICTORIA: I love that. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a guest on our show today, Neal. We'll have links for how to get connected with you in our show notes. You can subscribe to the show and find notes along with a complete transcript for this episode at giantrobots.fm. If you have questions or comments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can find me on Twitter @victori_ousg. This podcast is brought to you by thoughtbot and produced and edited by Mandy Moore. 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