Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps

In today’s world of mobile phones, there are a million plus apps out there. There are apps out there for gaming, work productivity and everything in between. At first for myself making the change was bitter sweet, thinking that this was just a fad. However I am EXTREMELY happy that my Nextel is collecting dust. It has been easy for the smartphone to not only dominate the market, but to raise the bar for tech itself. Personalization has allowed, developers to innovate on a new level as well as carve out a niche for themselves. With demand out pacing new offerings; individual developers and companies find themselves in a peculiar position.

mobile apps, iPhone, Android

Due to the shortage of talent, the industry is placing a premium on training tomorrow’s young leaders. Oracle has led the charge for quite some time now, with extending java training to collegiate institutions at no cost. There are multiple entities like Oracle doing this, but universities find themselves scrambling as the attempt to incorporate this into old education models. With the internet expanding borders like never before, learners do not have to be confined to a traditional learning setting.

Apps, iPhone, Android

So how does a person choose, what apps they would like to learn first? It is either Google’s Android, which is my personal fave or Apple’s IOS platform. There are others out there, but they simply don’t have the market share to raise the proverbial eyebrow. If you are smart you wouldn’t choose one, but would want skills to launch apps on either system. JQuery mobile, which is a Oracle product will allow you to do just that. Now if you prefer to stay in the tech stone ages J, there are certifications out there that are specific to the two giants mentioned above. With us being in a tech world without limits why commit to just one.

Apps. Android, iPhone

Over the coming week we are gearing up to launch online tutorials or online instructor lead courses to help jump start your new career. Unlike our competitors we are looking to price gouge, but to empower everyone with this information! I mean the normal price for our online tutorial is $199, but we will be giving it away for $50. So come check out more at www.givengo.org for more and next Monday we will launch our special prices through our blog! See you next week!

Becoming A Data Scientist

Becoming A Data Scientist

Data Science, Big Data and all overall analytics is what steering our new tech revolution! Startups are empowering users like never before by engaging them with new tools to increase their personal experiences. Targeted info for any savvy user can be worth a goldmine if leveraged correctly. The business community is now beginning to catch own and see the value of the numbers. From marketing businesses using targeted SEO ads, to professional teams using predictive analytics to gauge player potential. According to data giant Gartner www.gartner.com in 2015 there are over 4M jobs outstanding. This sector is revving up the entire technology industry with its growth due to the non-IT created by just one data science job.

If you already possess skills to command tasks like MySQL databases or creating basic data visualizations. My good friend you are ahead of the game :)! However having the desire to learn the needed skills to become a data scientist will work as well. Here are some of the skills needed to get you hired immediately and get you on the road to a dynamic career!

Analytics- In my opinion the heart of this great discipline is what drives everything else from simple application of statistics to computer programming.

Analytics, Data Science

Machine Learning- If you are a mathematician this is for you. This area focuses on algorithms, patterns to artificial intelligence. Honda for example has mastered machine learning, check them out. http://asimo.honda.com/

Computer, Machine Learning, Data Science, Big Data

SQLThis is one of the more valuable skillsets, as it will give you the tools to tap into any needed database. Some of the systems that you will be able to manipulate are MySQL, Access, Oracle and more.  Data mining is one of the guiding principles for anchoring all Big Data companies and business on whole.

Data Science, Databases, Big Data

Hadoop- Developed by the Apache Software foundation and released over 5 years ago. This has experienced rapid growth with former execs from companies like Facebook, Google and Oracle blazing its path!

 

 

Hadoop- Developed by the Apache Software foundation and released over 5 years ago. This has experienced rapid growth with former execs from companies like Facebook, Google and Oracle blazing its path!

There are a few more items that will help make you marketable to employers like data mining, software engineering and data visualization.

Take a look at this great video on data science from another industry thought leader Amazon.

Memorial Day By The Numbers

Memorial Day By The Numbers

Hey guys! It’s been a while! I missed you :)! Happy Memorial Day to everyone! As we salute today’s veterans, it gets me thinking a lot about numbers. I have been a numbers person for a while now being a finance minor. Working for a top financial firm for a decade, before venturing out on my own. The value of numbers and more importantly what can be done with them are expanding.

 

Data science is the new bees’ knees of the 21st century! It has created buzz, due the level of ease to transition into a new high paying career. There are over 8 different areas of interest in this field and growing. The even greater thing to me is how technology has impacted the use of numbers, with code being math in its purest form. Take a look at this infographic from Data Camp below www.datacamp.com.

Data science Info

Give N Go is gaining traction in the data training business by looking to work with leaders, such as Oracle, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook etc. Training is what we do best at our core. In the coming days we will release affordable online courses through channels like Groupon and Living Social. We wanna show you what we got!!! Next week will take a look at how if you already have a technology background how you can get a jump on your peers. We wish you a blessed and prosperous rest of the week! See you next Monday!

Tech Newbie & New Media

Tech Newbie & New Media

Hello! How was your weekend!? Great I hope!! It is your neighborhood tech newbie. My weekend was very nice, if you are wondering!! Got to help my mom plant a part of her gardenJ! Over the past few weeks we have been discussing new & social media. By now I think we all have a pretty good idea, of the benefits it presents to each of us. Give N Go is reducing NPO’s bottom line through partnerships and networking. Nurturing these partnerships alleviates the need for additional overhead in terms of marketing and public relations in consideration for NPOs’ shrinking annual budgets. Our intent is to assist other “grass root” NPOs and help them become current in today’s new social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter where the internet expands a company’s reach like never before. In today’s virtual market place 86% of NPO’s nationwide have a presence on these sites. With that number in mind of that 86%, half (50%) of them also state that they don’t effectively use those sites. 46% of these non-profits indicate fundraising as an important role for their social networking presence, making soliciting donations the second most popular role behind marketing the organization. These funds can go back into the company’s budget helping to further sustain progress. Acquired capital will assist in supporting new programming for multiple NPO’s locally and nationally: which in turn contributes to the spread of even greater community impact.

Arrow, Social Media, Growth Hacking, Fundraising

Our flagship initiative Start Something is built to create visibility for community based projects. This is essential to fulfill a shared vision that will also increase exposure and marketability.   Additionally, NPO’s will be able to use our system to post events and news.  By strategically positioning ourselves in the media our NPO partners gain real time access to the masses during prime viewing and listening times. Comparatively, to address other developmental needs to increase their overall appeal, we’ll also assume the role of intermediary for NPOs seeking relationships with Corporate America and the entertainment industry.

Live Radio, Radio show, online radio

Give N Go is seeking support to help, empower, and strengthen a very, needed nonprofit sector. With the new arrival of social media and other means to engage audiences, the competition for funding has grown fierce. Bridging the gap between sponsorships, underwriting, and advertising will allow for better synergy between cause marketing and social media. Cause Marketing involves a cooperative effort, from a “for profit” business and a Non-Profit Organization for mutual benefit. The first major difference between cause marketing and what most believe to be corporate giving is that the latter involves a tax deduction. For profit companies engage in cause marketing regularly due to shared social concerns. The company’s highest priority is the relationship between them, NPO and the underlying relationship maintained is the one in the communities they reside in helping them to leave their personal footprint.

Social Media, Content Marketing, Fundraising, Cause Marketing

Forty-one percent of Americans say they have purchased a product in the past year because it was associated with a social or environmental cause. Eighty-three percent of consumers want more of the products, services and retailers they use to benefit causes, according to the new 2010 Cone Cause Evolution Study- the nation’s only 17-year benchmark of cause marketing attitudes and behaviors. Monetary support will allow us to carryout Give N Go’s mission and objectives of engaging NPOs’ existing sponsors and volunteers in a new way that will increase participation and ultimately create a new resource for advocacy through networking and sustained partnerships. Funding will provide operating support so that GNG may implement programming effectively that fills gaps in the NPO sector, while also creating a platform to shape and reinvest in our youth.

Lastly check out an old interview of ours!(We start around minute 4)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sxn80jmv3s8p549/DJBLogger-06-09-2012-1200-LQ-1300.mp3?dl=0

 

 

 

 

Appreciating Our Social Media Journey

Appreciating Our Social Media Journey

Carolina Panthers, Christmas, Toy Drive, Charity Work

Howdy howdy! It’s your friendly tech newbie. I first would like to say happy belated Mother’s day to all of the Mom’s!!!  Last week I wrote about the genius of the late music icon Prince and how he masterfully was able to leverage social media. The majority of development directors at our grass tops charity such as United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters etc stay in a constant scramble to connect with current/new donors. It is no fault of their own, but the business models these organizations were created would be compared to the stone ages. Things such as the internet were “pie in the sky” ideas of dreamers.

Today I would like to re-introduce a radio show the co-founder of Give N Go and our mentor co-hosted. The Start Something Radio Show, was actually a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte that they vacated. We were able to adopt, revive and most importantly grow it to its true potential. The point of the program is to do media buying, selling and training for nonprofits of all sizes. A lot of charities still do not effectively utilize social media for its intended purpose. Its main/only purpose in my opinion is to break boarders and give real time interaction/engagement to us. We crave it more than ever and the millennial generation does not understand how to operate outside of it.  We simply used the tools and we met EVERYBODY we wanted to meet and then some.

Take a look at a old story on us to learn about a few of the things that were able to do. My personal proudest moment is when Linebacker of the Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis chose a community we run after school programming for!

 

Radio Host, Radio Show, Mr. Joe

MOSAIC recently had the chance to hang out with the cast of the WGIV “Start Something” radio show and engage in a fun roundtable with its members. During our studio visit, we asked cast mates to vote each other “most likely” to do something.

Here are the results: Mr. Joe was voted “Most likely to do a Michael Jackson impersonation,” JoeDREW was nominated as “Most likely to be class clown” and J. Hayes was chosen to be “Most likely to win a Nobel Peace Prize.”

The dynamic personalities making up the “Start Something” cast might not possess formal backgrounds in broadcasting, but they do share a strong devotion to giving back.

A program powered by the Give N Go nonprofit, “Start Something” is a weekly radio show that advocates for people and organizations active in the Charlotte community. Simply put, the goal is to highlight those helping others.

Every Saturday at noon you can catch these guys’ live, on-air hosting segments centered on one of four “pillars”: health and wellness, arts and creativity, exploration of diversity, and service to mankind.

There’s Joseph “Mr. Joe” Butler, dubbed “The New Mr. Rogers of Radio” because of his optimistic outlook, often viewing life as a glass half-full.

 

Radio Show, Radio Host, Joe Drew

I want to see the best in everything that we do so I’m always pushing positivity,” he says. The son of a former minister and weekly host of “Start Something,” Butler facilitates the on-air discussions at their studio and doesn’t hesitate to interject with words of wisdom when needed.

Or take Joe Drew-Hundley, “JoeDREW” for short, who is the playful comedian in the bunch. “I like to bring some energy and keep everybody laughing; that’s how my brain works. I find a joke in everything,” he says. Named “The Witty One” by Butler, Drew-Hundley’s quick comebacks and colloquial banter keep the on-air mood fun and light.

Then there’s Jerry Hayes, or J. Hayes as he’s popularly known, founder of the Give N Go nonprofit, the organization that makes “Start Something” possible. He’s the “Swiss army knife” of the crew bringing whatever is necessary at the time. “I’m a utility builder, I can be funny when needed, I can be serious when needed … I’m in the moment for whatever is needed,” he says.

Recently, MOSAIC was invited behind the scenes during the “Art of Mass Communication & Media” segment with special guest No Limit Larry of Power 98. On the show they spoke to listeners about mentorship and the importance of being passionate about what you do, and encouraged those tuning in to be “one-of-a-kind” and to not follow the masses.
Relationship rooted in being a positive force

Asked how the “Start Something” cast came together, Drew-Hundley playfully recalls his and Hayes’ first encounter. “We met in 2002 in class together, kind of looking at each other side-eyed…”

Butler became part of the movement several years later when he and Drew-Hundley were doing fundraisers for the United Way.

Butler recounts: “… We had to go out and raise money so we would do a lot of public speaking together and kind of developed a passion, a skill and some specialized tactics about how we would go and speak to people in the community.”

Connected by friendship and working relationships they united to impact their community and “Start Something.”

Since debuting the show they’ve had the opportunity to speak with notable guests such as talk show host and author Tavis Smiley, renowned matchmaker Paul C. Brunson and Carolina Panther Thomas Davis. Often, they’ll do remote broadcasts on-site for a number of community events as well.

“We want to use this as a vehicle to advocate for the community nonprofits that don’t have a voice because mass media, they pick and choose who they want to give credibility and shine to,” says Hayes. “…We want to be that voice for the mom-and-pop nonprofits because it’s a lot of good community work going on out here and everyone needs to know.”

Prince A Social Media Master

Prince A Social Media Master

Prince, Social Media, Content Marketing

Howdy howdy! Hope that you have had a great and restful weekend! This past week we lost a music icon in Prince. When the news broke, the first person I called was my Mom. To cut through the hour long conversation we had, I’m just going to give you the high level points. The first thing that she spoke about was how far he was ahead of his time and being an innovator lyrically. She then spoke about how many instruments he played and him playing with some of THE baddest bands. The last thing she said that stuck with me the most was…Prince being the internet before the internet was out. So I took it as all the stuff that is glamorized now from fast cars, partying, pretty girls etc he been about that life lol. After she had said that, it really got me to thinking about his body of work. By the numbers Prince published 39 studio albums, 4 live albums, 6 compilation albums and 136 music videos!

Prince, Social Media, Content Marketing  Prince, Social Media, Content Marketing

Some people may object to her statement, due to his “rocky” relationship with the internet.  I would most certainly disagree though and say that Prince was very masterful at the use of its tools. In today’s online world we crave dynamic images and videos. So it was seamless for him to do it, I mean you can start by taking a look at album covers and old footage. Everything was already internet ready lol! From color schemes chosen, to specific scenes in his music vids. He was a misfit and a purist when it came to music. His real problem was with record labels further abusing their power and limiting what artist earned from hard work. Prince effectively used social media to engage with past and current fans.

Prince, Social Media, Content Marketing

Could you imagine if someone like Prince would have had the tools we are able to leverage today online back in the 70’s? This leads me to an important point about the internet. It is like the wild wild west and employers are looking for experts to help the tame the market. Mastering new media can not only help you work with MEGA STARS like Prince or even help the next fortune 500 company…but you can become a star yourself with these skills! Give N Go as an organization is now just really catching the early late train lol. Consider gaining skills like search engine optimization, keyword writing, content marketing and online selling.

Next week we will dive in to the jobs market for new media and how you can go from zero to hero in less than 90 days! We appreciate you for taking the time out to hear our rant! Peace & blessings.

Prince, Social Media Content Marketing