The Biggest Success Story On Kickstarter Just Dropped Dead 

Image: Pebble

One year you are a major success story in the tech business, twelve months later no one wants to know your name. Unfortunately,  I have seen my fair share of tech businesses come and go. 

Innovative companies have a very difficult time sustaining themselves. If your company is that trendy, you have to constantly come up with new ideas in order to stay ahead of the competition and/or keep customers interested. 

Such is the case with Pebble Technology Corporation, manufacturers of smart watches. The company just announced it is shutting down and selling its intellectual property to Fitbit. This is shocking, considering Pebble was the darling of the crowdfunding industry. 

The company attracted $20,338,986 in Kickstarter funds with 78,471 backers. All Pebble really wanted to raise was $500,000. Pebble became a celebrity company in just a few short weeks. Every other company which needed to raise money since then wanted to model itself after Pebble. 

Pebble’s popularity ran out when other manufacturers, with big brand names,  entered the smart watch market. One such company is Apple. To make matters worse,  the smart watch market didn’t take off as everyone expected. 

The demise of Pebble was first reported in the Los Angeles Times. Read it here.

Rosa And Carlos de la Cruz

Today we visited the home of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz on Key Biscayne. They are two of the top art collectors in the U.S. Their home is one big art gallery. They also own a separate art museum to house their collections. You can read all about them here


Fashion Parade At Red Dot and Spectrum 

Art Basel of Miami, one of the largest art exhibitions in the world, brings out art lovers who enjoy dressing up to show off their creativity. We visited two satellite exhibitions tonight, Red Dot and Spectrum, to check out the art and the fashion. This is what we found.

The Future Of Jewelry 

My daughter Whitney, and her boyfriend Fredrick,  presented me with a birthday present that was a perfect DigiDame gift. I’m now the proud owner of a Marchesa Amphora necklace that was made on a 3D printer. 

You can read all about it below. I am thrilled that I am one of the first women to own a piece of precious metal that was manufactured on a 3D printer. I find it very exciting that they thought enough of me to make sure I was at the forefront of something that I believe in so much. 

Thank you Whitney, and thank you Fredrick. 

Get ready world. This is the future of jewelry making. 

Seniors Should Learn To Have A Good Time With Snapchat 

Snapchat is an app that allows you to get extremely creative with short-lived or self-deleting photos and videos. If you watch my creations below, you will understand why you may not want these on files forever. My cousin Hanna and I had a ball making these.

It’s about time that seniors have more fun with digital applications. Try it, you’ll love it. 

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Instagram Introduces Disappearing Photos And Videos

  1. I’m officially old. I don’t get it. I am just reporting the news. Instagram, the social media platform where we post pictures and captions, is now adding a new feature. You can send disappearing photos and videos to groups and friends in Instagram Direct! 

Why anyone would want to do this is beyond my imagination, but apparently the under 40 crowd loves this type of feature. Other social media platforms, like Snapchat and Periscope,  already have it. I guess young folks want to capture themselves doing stuff that they don’t want the world to see. They want it to disappear in a short period of time.

Tech Crunch, a tech site, has an in depth story that explains it all. You can click here to read all about it.

Kevin Weil of Instagram told Tech Crunch,  “Instagram should be all of your moments, not just your highlights. Since the new Live and Direct content self-destructs, Instagram hopes users will be less concerned about how they look or if they’re doing something cool.

“Instagram Live videos disappear as soon as the stream stops, which could get people broadcasting more frequently rather than saving the capability just for big flashy events or citizen journalism. Meanwhile, viewers will feel greater urgency to watch immediately because they know it’s their only chance.”

Have fun! 

Airbnb Enters Travel Biz 

Airbnb wants to combine their home rental business with a travel agency. If you think about it, it’s a natural. I’m not sure how many DigiDame readers have ever used Airbnb, but now you may have a reason to.

Called Airbnb Trips, the company wants to offer local experiences that travelers don’t readily have access to.  Learn how to surf, ski, bake a cake. Airbnb feels this new service is perfect for people who are lonely when traveling, and want to get out and do new things.

Airbnb is starting with 12 cities. For starters, the travel service will be featured in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris. Airbnb wants to offer experiences in 50 cities as soon as possible. 

From the minute I heard about this new Airbnb service, I had one thought. The company will now be known as a destination to find cool stuff. This is going to be very interesting.

Celebrating Optical Art 

Our local art institute, the Perez Art Museum of Miami, honored the work of Julio Le Parc, (born September 23, 1928) an Argentina-born artist who devoted a great portion of his life to creating modern op art and kinetic art. 

I am not an art aficionado, but I know what I like. I was always drawn to geometric designs and tonight I got to see a lot of it on the walls and on the fashion worn by many of the art patrons who attended the opening night.

In case you think you recognize the Julio Le Parc name, you’re right. Hermès collaborated with the artist to produce the Hermès Éditeur initiative, works of his art on silk scarfs. Hermès claims they are wearable masterpieces. 


 

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