I sold out.

Well I didn’t actually sell out, because if I did I would be on a yacht off the coast of Ibiza sipping Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes. But in the world of young hungry startups, I sold out. At the end of last year I joined Scalr, a successful eight-year-old company building the market’s leading enterprise cloud management platform.

Even though I’m in product marketing today, I’m a developer at heart. But the roles have been reversed — I have no clue what’s under the hood at Scalr. The product that Engineering has built over the last eight years is nothing short of incredible. …


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Hi — I’m Alex. I’m going to build some things this year. This month was an FB messenger bot named Patron that would send you NYC bars based on what you wanted: by borough (brooklyn, queens, manhattan), price range( 1 -5 ), or vibe (college bar, chill, date spot, good food). It’s not perfect and a little buggy, but like the awkward middle child it’s mine so I love it anyway.

Here’s how that went.

When the Messenger platform was first announced during the ‘chatbots are the future’ maelstrom last year, I succumbed and built something. …


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Hi, I’m Alex.

I’ve been brainstorming of a new product idea for the longest time. It hasn’t been easy. I’m sure all of us tinkering away on an app, or a book, or just an idea know how hard the struggle is. Two of my friends recently started GTFO Adventures, a travel company based in the NYC area for affordable weekend field trips out of the city. The premise is dead simple — pay for trips outside the city, with travel to and from the location included. Think $100 for a high ropes course in PA, $75.00 for a brewery tour in Montauk, etc. If it’s ski trips to Vermont, the lift ticket is built in. Super cool. …


My experience creating a Pebble watchface, and the joy of coding.

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Last month, I wrote an article about switching from Fitbit to a Pebble Time Round. The verdict? I love it. The round design, timeline, and text reply sold me: proving I didn’t need an Apple Watch to do more than a watch. (I’m not a fanboy, I swear).

Plus, I had finally settled on a watchface that I loved called Business Time.


An interview with Moran Chaim on his debut novel, ‘Human Again’

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Last week, I wrote an article about why people love post-apocalyptic stories, asking the question — what enthralls us about a fresh start in a brave new world? Is it the thrill of survival with our bare hands? A freedom from the burdens of society? The ability to act unrestrained on free-will, so long as we have the might to back it up? After posting it on Reddit, I was flooded with a deluge of brilliant responses. The main answer was that in the failed promise of a brilliant future we dreamed of during the ’50s & ’60s, writers wanted to feel what those failures would look further down the road. …


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Count.It HQ, in the heart of SoHo.

Count.It is built by Count It Labs, headquartered in New York City.

The company believes passionately that a human body is a terrible thing to waste, and is committed to using the tools of community and technology to help people and communities live more vibrant, healthy, and productive lives.

The Count.It journey began way back in 2009, when Oliver Ryan, co-founder of Apartment Therapy, a top U.S. lifestyle media company, launched SocialWorkout.com, a blog combining color commentary on personal health with simple group health challenges. …


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Summer nights in Brooklyn.

Its summertime in the city now. The air feels like a blanket, sticky heat sitting on your neck and shoulders. The people are out on their stoops or riding bikes cutting through the night air. I’m walking down the block to get a gyro at the halal place — even though I’m on a diet, a $5 dinner ain’t too bad.

Walking down Flatbush Avenue, I can tell how much my neighborhoods changed since I was a kid. Isn’t that what you say when you’re getting old?

What was originally an all Italian neighborhood brought in Caribbean-Americans from Jamaica & Barbados, and now there’s a mix of El Salvadorians, Guatemalans, Pakistani, and Indians. …


It’s all about the fresh start.

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10 Cloverfield Lane-source:Geekadelphia

This weekend I finally sat down and watched 10 Cloverfield Lane. It’s a sequel of sorts to Cloverfield, the 2008 movie that started off the new wave of found footage movies (Seriously — 7 Paranormal Activities later and they’re still not done yet).

For those of you who haven’t watched it, Cloverfield was about an alien invasion in New York. Twist: you never really saw the giant monster, just all the destruction it left in it’s wake rampaging through the city. …


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Earlier this weekend, I did something I never thought I’d have to do in my life — go to a pawn shop. Last summer I freelanced as a photographer, and now that I’ve transitioned into the tech as a front-end engineer, I felt like it was time to part ways with my camera and get some quick cash.

I rode my bike down 2 miles of Utica Avenue here in Brooklyn, and came across what you’d expect — a big glitzy sign covered in flashing dollar signs with the words “PAWN HERE”, and doors that could hold against a mob. Inside, on both sides of a room that hadn’t been painted in the better part of a decade were two massive glass cases filled row to row with used sneakers. Imagine the type of high end pressurized case you’d keep luxury jewelry in, except here we’re seeing sneakers in vibrant colors, all pristinely cleaned. Jordans, Yeezys, Sneezies, and another dozen names I couldn’t begin to tell you. Each sneaker had a security beacon and yellow price tag on it with the year of the sneaker and it’s condition. On the metal benches facing the displays were a mix of guys in gold chains and fly shoes, either staring off into space or at the sneakers. Just sitting. Waiting.


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Marine Park, Brooklyn.

Update, December 2016:

The modern race for the smartwatch began in 2011, when a startup named Pebble closed a record-breaking 11 million dollar Kickstarter to build the greatest tech product of our time….a watch. But not just any watch — the smartwatches everyone dreamed about as kids. Talk to your wrist and cool stuff happens. A wrist calculator on steroids. For the most part, people collectively groaned at an idea that’s been tried so many times. …

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