Monday, April 21, 2014

Washington DC News Media : Washington Business Journal - Business Reading Over the Weekend

I eagerly look forward to the Washington Business Journal every Friday. I have been a long time subscriber of the Washington Business Journal and the print version is my way of disconnecting  and  reconnecting. I usually read the print version over the weekend, starting with the Back Page first, top read Jennifer Nycz-Conner column and see if I know anyone featured in the photo section of the BackPage.

I love the fact that the Washington Business Journal has large photos of the reporters and has divided the paper by topic. I follow Bill Flook through out the week as @TechFlashWBJ and also the newsletter that I get every day, and it is always nice to see if I missed anything in Bill Flook's print column.

Since I joined Bozzuto, I am paying a lot of attention to the coverage of Real Estate by Michael Neibauer and Daniel J. Sernovitz who seem to know everything real estate and your life in the Washington DC Metro.

Rebecca Cooper covers my favorite topic - Restaurants, retail, hospitality and the arts  and even though I have not met her in person, I feel like i know her through her tweets and the newsletter. IF you want to know what's opening in the Washington DC area, follow her.

Tina Reed is new covering health care and I have had the privilege of meeting her at  a Washington Business Journal event for Minority Business Leader's Award. 

Between Dough Fruehling and Rob Terry, they manage to make the viewpoint column very personal and interesting. 

I met Alex Orfinger the publisher of the Washington Business Journal at a DC Chamber of Commerce event, many years ago and he does a very good job being social, human and upto date.

I love the fact that most of the reporters at the Washington Business Journal do a great job with social media. It is not a big deal to subscribe to the print edition of the Washington Business Journal and you can keep in touch with the pulse of business in the Washington Dc area and get leads from news about companies in the Washington DC area. 

A subscription to the Washington Business Journal is a well worth the investment of $59 for a year. Your monthly coffee is probably more expensive.

The other way to keep in touch is to go to the events organized by the Washington Business Journal organized by my friend Whitney Suntum. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Get Google Search Trends into Your Inbox

If you were wondering about what people were searching on Google, a service called Google Trends is very useful. It gives you fodder for blog posts, reports and sometimes just curiosity.
Google has added a new feature to Google Trends, you can now subscribe to receive a trend email alert for any topic of your choice. Since I work at Bozzuto, I am signed up for a Google Trend alert for "apartments", this could help me understand search behavior and determine if people are searching for "rental apartments" or " Apartments for rent"

This service is new and to sign up for an alert you have the choice of :

  • Topic
  • Country
  • How often ( Weekly or monthly)
You can also determine a timeline of the trend and which terms related to your topic are rising. A useful tool for sure. Of course, just like how Thomas Claburn says in Information Week , we wish Google Trends had an API.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Forget Wearables, I need a clock

It's been a few months since I stopped wearing a watch. The places where I miss a watch the most:

1. Conference rooms- it's awkward to take your phone out and see the time. I have tried putting the  phone on the table as a clock but the screen shuts off

2. Speaking - it's difficult to time yourself when you are speaking without a watch.

3. Social gatherings: Even if you are  having the best time, you still want to pace yourself or time yourself to get home. It's awkward to keep pulling out your phone to see the time.

All these can be resolved, if there was wall clock close by that you can see.

What do your think? Do you miss wearing a watch?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Watches that tell you the future - Android Wear

In a blog post today Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps of Google announced the Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. If you are a fan of Android, you know one of the best things is "Google Now" - getting your info that is most useful to you when you need it.

I am looking forward to the launch of the Android Wear, even though right now I am weighing replacing the battery on my Timex watch $5 or buying a Android wear which could be $299 onwards. I am going to wait and see