Cassie Betts is the founder of District2.Co, a technology company that connects brands/designers with factories to streamline the manufacturing process, and Made In South LA (MISLA), a DevShop Academy. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, learn how Cassie went from being homeless to being called “The Woman Turning South LA into Startup Land” by Forbes.
- How Cassie Betts started her entrepreneurship and coding interests in her youth.
- Battling Sexism and Racism in the technology industry.
- Leveraging past experiences and using them for success.
- What District2 is and its mission.
- The current state of the fashion industry with regards to innovative technology.
- How the District2 platform has streamlined the fashion industry process.
- Challenges faced by the fashion industry with manufacturers.
- What is Made in South LA (MISLA).
- How MISLA is trying to change the current economic situation by offering training to high paying tech jobs.
- Problems of underrepresented minorities in the technology industry and possible solutions.
- Training approach to help the ill effects of gentrification in communities.
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“Tech should be built for good” says Amanda McGlothlin, co-founder and Chief Design Officer at HQ Network, a Los Angeles space start-up providing digital security products and services for individuals and businesses. As a leader in tech, Amanda believes that privacy is a fundamental human right. Hear her tactical, realistic approach to product design that truly protects the user’s privacy.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
- How VPNs secure your information and prevent unwanted information getting to your devices.
- How ads and third party tracker are not only annoying, but cost us money and make our technology less valuable.
- The future of an ad-free user experience.
- The use of ad-blockers and whether they are as effective as we think.
- The new privacy laws that protect consumers from data breaches.
- How companies can exercise more responsibility around their data practices to both protect the user and create success for their business.
- What product managers and coders can do to support these companies who are willing to change their data practices for good.
- What dark patterns are and how they apply to data and tracking.
- Why it’s possible to collect data in moderation and still experience the benefits of analytics.
- HQ Network’s view of data collecting and their ethical approach to their data practices.
- A recent Facebook scandal and how it relates to user research.
- How consumers can protect their data and exercise safety while online.
- Facebook, as an example of a company that uses less than perfect data practices.
- Sally Hubbard
- Google Analytics
- App Store
- Enterprise Certificate
- Troy Hunt
- Katharine Hargreaves
- Stuart Turner
If you enjoy this episode, you might enjoy my conversation with Sally Hubbard: Google and Facebook are Monopolies: Does it matter?