Apple’s naming convention lowers my expectations

I believe that the reason Apple dropped the number convention from the “new iPad” is because we are going to start seeing incremental improvements instead of radical changes.  This is the way the traditional PC products and their iPod line have been.  I don’t think this is very encouraging for those who expect huge things during each apple press event as yearly updates may be more like the boring spec refreshes we see with iMacs and Macbooks.  The new naming is causing a lot of confusion and they have to be looking at this as important for the long term because they would never introduce this level of confusion without a plan.

The iPad has now caught up on all the major asks people have had.  It has 4G, people can’t expect a faster connection for many many years.  It already has a screen with a higher resolution than the majority of desktop monitors. From here on out I think we just see spec bumps, the occasional form factor change, more battery life but nothing revolutionary, but I sure hope I’m wrong.

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GroupMe Partners Up to Introduce a New Generation to Tech Jobs like QA

Today I’m excited to launch SummerQAmp, an initiative to train a new workforce in high-tech skills, specifically Quality Assurance, and help create tech jobs for American youth. Developed as a commitment to the White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative, the movement is being led by me, Aneesh Chopra, former CTO of the White House, Kevin Haggard, Vice President of Quality Engineering at Gilt Groupe, Jason Baptiste, CEO of OnSwipe and musician Jon Bon Jovi.

I was inspired to develop this program because of the wonderful experience I had working with the QA team during my time at Gilt Groupe and the success of our QA team here at GroupMe. QA teams are extremely important as they ensure that we, the developers, can deliver high quality software after the codebase becomes extremely complex. Automated testing only covers so much and QA professionals are the final line of defense in those harder-to-test environments.

I also learned that, for many people, QA wasn’t a job you can train for in school. Some QA managers had engineering backgrounds, but many others had no training in the field. I often thought about where one could even get the training and what it would entail. During my career, I’ve watched some entry-level QA managers go on to become really good software engineers. Over time, I realized that this is both a potential career path and a starting point for those who may want to be software engineers.

We practice what we preach here at GroupMe. We have a great QA manager named Tobias McGuigan, but realized he was having trouble testing our application to run on four smartphone platforms by himself. We decided to take on a QA intern to grow the team. I encouraged my brother Mike, who had helped me to test my past startups, to consider the role. Mike eventually joined and quickly came up to speed with our QA processes. He now knows exactly how our applications should perform as well as our developers do. Mike has far exceeded our expectations and is providing tremendous value to the company.

Recently, my co-founder Jared and I had an opportunity to dine with Jon Bon Jovi and members of his team. The topic of job creation came up and I told Jon my story and my belief in QA as a source of jobs. He pushed me to bring this message to others and introduced me to Aneesh Chopra, who was CTO of the White House at the time. Aneesh thought the idea fit perfectly into the White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative to create more jobs through technology and came on board to help create the program. Thus, SummerQAmp was born.

SummerQAmp is more than a movement to create internships, though. We’re also going to work with Neeru Khosla and the CK-12 Foundation to design an online course that introduces SummerQAmp participants to software development. In addition, we’ll be developing an educational genome that can help direct students down the right path to learn more about different software careers (e.g., IT, engineering, QA, etc.). When we launch this online educational resource later this year, we will be leveraging the power of the Web to reach hundreds of thousands of people who are interested in QA and software development.

I’ve already reached out to many of my colleagues at tech companies and venture capital firms to get them involved. In addition to GroupMe and Gilt Groupe, companies like Onswipe, eBay, the CK-12 Foundation, and Boxee have already pledged to offer QA internships this summer. A number of other tech companies, investors and non-profits, such as JIBE, Knewton, SV Angel and Fiver Children’s Foundation, are helping to develop and guide the growth of the SummerQAmp movement. 

Our goal is to create 1,000 internship positions across the software and mobile app industry and we hope that many more tech companies will join us in this initiative to create a new workforce of QA managers right here in the U.S.

To join the roster of companies that are committing to create tech jobs in America this summer, visit www.summerqamp.org to learn more about the SummerQAmp movement and to sign the pledge to create a QA internship at your organization.

- Steve Martocci, Co-founder, GroupMe


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And I’m back (Taken with Instagram at LaGuardia International Airport    )

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groupme:

Thousands of awesome new GroupMe stickers just landed in our office! Keep an eye out for them in the wild—you never know where they’re going to pop up.
If you want a few to help us spread the word, we’d love to send you some. Here’s how to get them.
FREE STICKER INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Share this post. (Reblog, retweet, share to facebook, show it to a friend, email it, shout it from the rooftops…)
2. Send an email to spillman@groupme.com with your address. Tell us how you shared the good news about GroupMe stickers.
3. Receive stickers in the mail! We’ll ship them anywhere in the US.
We can’t wait to see where these turn up. Get going! And keep using GroupMe.

groupme:

Thousands of awesome new GroupMe stickers just landed in our office! Keep an eye out for them in the wild—you never know where they’re going to pop up.

If you want a few to help us spread the word, we’d love to send you some. Here’s how to get them.

FREE STICKER INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Share this post. (Reblog, retweet, share to facebook, show it to a friend, email it, shout it from the rooftops…)

2. Send an email to spillman@groupme.com with your address. Tell us how you shared the good news about GroupMe stickers.

3. Receive stickers in the mail! We’ll ship them anywhere in the US.

We can’t wait to see where these turn up. Get going! And keep using GroupMe.

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Share your location on GroupMe

groupme:

If, like many of our users, you’re on Foursquare, it’s easy to share your location with your friends on GroupMe. From any location page on your Android or iPhone Foursquare app, just press “Share”, then “by text message”.

Foursquare creates a new text message with the name and address of your location, and all you have to do is send it to your GroupMe. It’s that easy.

Try it out next time your group is trying to meet up!

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