I’ve had my Snapchat Spectacles for a few weeks now, and I’m really impressed by the videos you can make with them.

Using these techniques, my latest Spectacles video got over 1 million views. Here’s how you can get better snaps with your Specs:

Tip #1: Keep your hands in the shot 🙌🏼

Showing your hands in the video helps remind people that the video is first person.

Tutorial with the Ricoh Theta 360 camera

Last week, I was playing around with a friend’s 360 camera and made a Tiny Planet video. A few years ago this was a difficult and expensive process, so I was excited to discover how easy it is now!

Once you have the right equipment, it only takes a few minutes and now there are apps that handle all the editing for you.

We made this video:

Camera Equipment

It used to be a lot more expensive to make Tiny Planets (also known as Little Planet, or 360 Spherical Panorama). You used to need a $2,500 six Go-Pro rig and some…

A look at how we’ve changed in the past 100 years



My girlfriends and I have a private Facebook group where we exchange Tinder horror stories. And we’re not the only ones.

Women from all over the Internet submit to ByeFelipe, an Instagram account with over 300,000 followers that calls out guys who turn hostile when they get rejected or ignored.

Ever notice how on reality TV shows, there’s always a “token minority”?

A single person, usually African-American, is thrown into an otherwise entirely Caucasian show to make it seem more diverse.

Last week, the only minority on Chris Soule’s season of The Bachelor was eliminated.

Source: ABC

Of course, there are many reasons why someone might be eliminated aside from racial preferences. But what if we zoomed out and looked at past seasons too? How far do the “token minority” contestants actually get?

Is The Bachelor making a genuine effort at racial inclusion, or are they just throwing in a token character?

We just got into 500 Startups!

But the thing you should know is — four months ago, we applied and didn’t get in. Heck — we applied to them all — 500 Startups, YC, Techstars, AngelPad.

We got rejected from all of them.


You know what sucked? I knew a lot of friends who got in. And no one wants to feel inferior to their friends. But I found out something I didn’t know before — many friends whom I’d assumed got in the first time — confided in me that it was their 2nd, 3rd, 4th time applying.

“If I had known you would become pregnant, I wouldn’t have invested in your company.”

This is what an investor said to Michelle Crosby, Founder/CEO of WeVorce.

Her response: “What do you mean?”

Immediately the investor realized what he said and apologized for being an asshole.

That was one of the interesting stories from the YC Female Founders conference I went to today.

An hour after leaving the conference, I hopped on a phone call for work. This guy was describing to me what a pain his new employees were, bickering with each other. …

I’ve gotten everything I have because I was rejected.

My senior year of high school, every day I’d run to the mailbox. I was waiting to hear back from my dream college. I was so excited when the envelope finally came. I ripped it open, my heart pounding.

It was a rejection letter. I was devastated. I asked them if there was anything I could do to change their minds. Sorry, they said. There’s no waitlist and no appeals process.

But I really wanted in. …

I never thought I’d be on TV

I’d always wondered — how do they pick guests? Is it scripted? How is taping different than what you see on TV?

Last week I got to be a guest on The Queen Latifah Show. A couple things surprised me — I’ll share what I learned.


How they pick guests

A few months ago, I made a dance video that went viral (3 million views). Several national TV shows contacted me within a few days — it was a pretty whirlwind exciting time.

The best I understand it, these shows have assistant producers who scout the internet for interesting stories and viral videos…

Why is this news?

Well, it’s not supposed to be. News is when so-and-so raised a $15 million round from Sequoia-this or Andreessen-that.

Yesterday, we had an interview with Y-Combinator for our video startup, 100. We just had a pretty good launch earlier in the week. My co-founder Finbarr is more reserved than I am — he doesn’t like to count his chickens before they hatch. But me, I had practically made myself a chicken sandwich. We’d get in for sure!

A little embarrassing to admit, but I’d already started writing my self-congratulatory Facebook status in my head. …

Karen X. Cheng

Director / Brand Videos / Keynote Speaker. 500 million views. Founder http://butterbar.com

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