Circuit Sticker Sketchbook from Jie Qi on Vimeo Jie Qi is the co-founder of a digital-paper-circuits company called Chibitronics. She's also a Berkman Fellow and an alumn of the Hi-Lo Tech Lab at MIT. In the video above, Qi demonstrates the analog precursor to Chibitronics with her Circuit Sticker Sketchbook. It's a delightful workbook and equally delightful demo video. And … Continue reading Inventor Spotlight: Jie Qi
In response to the uneven distribution of venture capital to female founders, women are forming their own funds to invest in female entrepreneurs. There are 30 female-focused funds/resources listed in this article here: 30 Angel Groups for Women And 3 more here including Ithaca's very own Chloe Capital: 3 Funds Challenging VC Gender Dynamics Onward!
My version of running away to join the circus would be to run away to and make Shaker furniture. I deeply appreciate the balance of simplicity with functionality in Shaker pieces. The work shown in the picture above is from a project called "Furnishing Uptopia" hosted by Hancock Shaker Village and Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum. The … Continue reading Shaker Furniture
This headline caught my attention the other day: Pebble [smart watch] is dead and hardware buttons are going with it: The future is all touchscreen, for better or for worse Eh not so fast. Sure, it's true that touchscreens are the status quo for interface design. But as with anything status quo, the players that are … Continue reading Long Live the Touchscreen?
If you think that the status quo can be changed over time, then you have to be a systems thinker. System thinkers have specific habits and ways of understanding and interacting with the world that helps them identify where to intervene in a system in order to change it. If you were lucky enough to … Continue reading Habits of Systems Thinkers
When you ask folks "Why aren't there more women working at this tech company?" they point to a pipeline problem: not enough qualified women are applying. When you ask folks, "Why aren't more women applying for jobs at X company?" they point to a pipeline problem: not enough women are studying technology in college. When … Continue reading From Pipelines to Pathways
David Letterman has a new special on Netflix - an interview with President Obama. The interview is about an hour long and covers a range of topics peppered with jokes from both Dave and the President. But the note that the interview ends on is the note that I love best. The two are thanking each … Continue reading We’ve Been Nothing But Lucky
I've been working on an illustration of a poppy. I chose the subject somewhat randomly. But as I was drawing yesterday I started to ask myself why I'm drawn to poppies. It's because they are a symbol of seemingly impossible resilience. The flower is large and bright and spreads it's paper-thin petals widely. And all … Continue reading On Resilience
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAN3s8bL1k&app=desktop Dr. Sabine Seymour is the Founder & CEO of SUPA. SUPA designs a modular system of trims (like zippers) that performance apparel companies can integrate into their product line to give it sensing and data tracking capability. Wanna make an impact? Design modular systems with emerging technologies for companies that already have distribution. Seymour is also the … Continue reading Inventor Spotlight: Sabine Seymour/SUPA
I have a complicated relationship with vulnerability. In my heart, I wish that we were all more willing to share our vulnerability. Vulnerability is authentic and real and when we express it, we connect with each other. So when I write from a vulnerable place, I get a lot of interaction. And it's not just me. … Continue reading On Vulnerability