Podcast: James Lopez: The Phat Startup & The Tech 808 Conference (#Tech808 #Bossup)

On the latest Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, Kevin interviews The Phat Startup co-founder James Lopez on:

  • The Phat Startup’s  upcoming Tech 808 technology conference in New York City
  • How the Lean Startup method has a lot in common  Hip Hop
  • The need for diversity in technology
  • Tech 808’s first keynote speaker: Girls Who Code founder,  Resha Saujan  
  • The origin of the term #BOSSUP.

Listen to the full podcast at DigitalKev.com

Contact Lockettmedia@gmail.com if you like to be a guest or sponsorship information.

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Podcast: Maurice Martin (WinslowSoul): Music Licensing, YouTube & SXSW (DigitalKev.com)

On episode #14 of the Digital Life, Kevin Lockett talk to Maurice Martin, lead singer of the rock/soul band Winslow.

With a hearty assist from Little Fish Records & Tinder Box Music, the Akron/Cleveland based band is part of growing number of artists who are using music licensing to find audiences (MTV, NASCAR, Bad Girls Club).

During the conversation, Maurice talks about the band’s experiences at South by Southwest, their love of food, the love they have performing and his thoughts on what special each band member brings to Winslow.

The band also has a popular YoutTube series called “The WInslow Chronicles” and recently scored the music for the Cleveland Browns documentary “Red Right 88”

Click on the link on the top to hear the podcast. 

You can find out more about Wislow at WinslowSoul.com or on Twitter &  Instagram @WinslowSoul.


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Geek Beat Live’s Cali Lewis on Building a Local Tech Community

On this bonus track from the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, tech queen Cali Lewis discusses how social networking tools like MeetUp and Eventbrite can help build a local tech community.

You can hear the full podcast at www.digitalKev.com. You can follow Cali Lewis on Twitter.com/CaliLewis orwww.GeekBeat.TV. You can reach Kevin Lockett at  Twitter.com/Kevinlockettsoul88.com orLockettmedia@gmail.com

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Podcast: Ben Greenman on Print Journalism vs. Digital Media

On this Digital Life bonus track on Soundcloud, New Yorker editor and co-author of Questlove’s “Mo Meta Blues” discusses the future of newspapers and magazines vs. digital media platforms.

You can hear the full podcast here goo.gl/OkWRVq on iTunes (goo.gl/UhwCl) or DigitalKev.com

Follow Ben Greenman at wwww.Twitter.com/BenGreenman.

You can reach at www.Twitter.com/Kevinlockett, www.soul88.com or Lockettmedia@gmail.com

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Mark Cuban Crowdsources For New Dallas Mavs Jerseys

Steve Nash, Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki in the old days. (Glenn James/ Getty).

On his blog recently, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban wrote that he is looking for someone to create new jersey designs for his beloved Mavs for the 2015-26 season.

The idea that the ABC “Shark Tank” star is thinking outside the box and is offering regular people a chance to be part of NBA history is fantastic.

In simple terms, Crowdsourcing is basically  where you ask a bunch of people to help you  solve a problem.

So instead of asking  high-priced consultant to solve your problem, you put out there in the digital universe so anybody, anywhere can help you the find the solution.

 Kickstarter is a form crowdsourcing where regular folks helps people fund their projects. The Boston Bombing was another form of crowdsourcing as people sent their digital photos to the law enforcement to help them find the bombing suspects.

The fact the Mark Cuban is using crowdsourcing to help design his team’s jersey is pretty remarkable.

However there is a catche….no compensation.

Cuban said ” If you think its cool that the Mavs could possibly use your design and you will have eternal bragging rights , then post away. If we really like your design and you , I may even throw in some tickets.”

I think most professional designers would take a job like this pro-bono job for tickets, just because they probably  feel like the “bragging rights” alone could lead to more lucrative designing opportunities.

However, if you are regular basketball fan who likes designing, but is not  business savvy, watching your jersey sell millions, while you only have a few tickets to show for it, might be bitter-sweet.

Look, I’m a big Mark Cuban guy.

Ownership wise the NBA is actually stronger because he brought new ideas and enthusiasm to the league.

In fact,  I wish Cuban would bring this love to game to Cleveland to either buy the Indians or the Browns one day, (especially  if current Browns owner Jimmy Haslam can’t shake his rebate case with the IRS and the Feds).

However as much as I like Cuban and his crowdsourcing jersey idea , here’s hoping that the winner will get something in between a few tickets and the millions the jerseys will make a few years from now.

It would be the right thing to do as well as seal Mark Cuban’s legacy as one of the best, innovative  owners of all-time.

Which could  make him one of the best owners of all-time

Should companies/organizations compensate a person(s) if they crowdsource a problem that could make money?

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Zoom H1 Makes Greater Urban Film Fest Podcast Sound Great!

 On the recent episode of the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, I hit the road and attended the  second annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

GCUFF is yearly film fest in Cleveland, Ohio which features minority filmmakers as well as  films about people from different cultural backgrounds.

Another great thing about GCUFF is that they also have  a variety of  engaging, thought provoking  panel  discussions.

 I attended  two of the panels. One was creating a web series with the producers and cast from “Black & Sexy”  while the other was a discussion on animation and gaming 

Following the animation panel, I interviewed three of the panelist: directors Eric Matthews (MadWerkz Films) LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite/ The Boondocks) and gaming specialist  Tamar Medina (formerly of EA Games) using  my Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder.

Now don’t be surprised by the slenderness  or the toy-like appearance of the of Zoom H1. For being a small recorder, it packs mean vocal punch!

All you do is press the red button and your automatically in digital journalism mode, (if you can find a wind muff for it,  is sounds even better).

I bought my H1 on Amazon last year for less than a  $100 and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. 

The H1 is also great if you are a filmmaker looking for a digital recorder on a budget.  

Now if you are filming something a bit sturdier, you might want to check into another Zoom recorder like the H6 , the Tascam DR-40 or other digital recorders including the Zoom H4N (right).

If not, just put a muff on your Zoom H1 Handy portable recorder and channel your inner J.J. Abrams.

You won’t be disappointed.  

Check out my H1 Zoom Handy recorder interview at Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival  on episode 5 of the Digital Life with  Kevin Lockett here . 

Find out more about the Greater Cleveland Urbaan Film Festival, go to Gcuff.org.

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