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A Platform for the Modern-Day Entrepreneur

Guest Speaker Erik Hanberg gained and lost a lot of money managing a theatre using technologies that were cutting edge at the time. Using these technologies to sell tickets and promote without the large staff commonplace at the time; Erik was able to keep costs down. Amazon’s development of robots to sort goods, software to do logistics, and their current development of drones and self-driving vehicles are all motivations to limit labor and thus reduce cost in the long run. This is an example of disintermediation: technology removes the middle man. The middle man is expensive.
Hanberg’s success wasn’t attributed to his first venture, or even where he placed the majority of his funds. This may go back to the concept of ‘working smarter not harder’. Instead Erik earned his part time job with full time income from utilization of the digital footprint, authoring books and sales through Amazon books. On his most successful works, Hanberg regrets writing a trilogy instead of the now ubiqui…

What do I want out of this class?

If I hadn't taken tech classes this quarter whilst waiting for acceptance to the Computer Science major I would likely bore  myself out of college.

I grew up in the early 90s when the weird gadgets of the previous decade were still commonplace and the internet was mostly dial up. NES and Sega were considered cool; and we played them on the "tube". I would load early Paint sketches onto a floppy disk and transfer them between my parent's big dumb grey desktop towers. People never "Googled" they "Asked Jeeves". Road trips in my mom's Astro van consisted of listening to cassette tapes or early walkmans with foam 'ear muff' headphones. My family shared a single flip cell phone when I turned 13 before the phrase "iPhone" had ever been uttered. I got my first Blackberry and witness many functional and cosmetic changes to the mobile internet. I remember trying multiple pre-cursing touch screen technologies in early cell phones and c…