Santa Monica Startup WaiveCar

February 3, 2016 by  
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Santa Monica startup WaiveCar could become the next big sharing economy disruptor. As explained by CEO Isaac Deutch:

The idea behind WaiveCar is to provide free to low cost, clean transportation alternatives for cities. We cover our costs with ad revenue via a digital display mounted on the roof of the vehicle.

The displays are not just a computer monitor – besides for being military grade, the screens are smart – they can display ads dynamically, including geolocated ads – very cool for on street, hyper localized ads.

For now, we’re using the Chevy Spark EV. We have 20 cars and they get about 80 miles of range on a charge. Our first market is LA, starting in Santa Monica. From there we’re planning on expanding the LA fleet to 200 vehicles.

Rentals are completely FREE for the first 2 hours. We just take need to check your drivers license and have a CC on file. After 2 hours, it’s $5.99 / hr (not to make money, but to ensure trips are short and the system can be used by all).

We launched on Monday. If you’re in Santa Monica, please download the app, stop by, and rent a car for free!

The Vatican Bank and Gods Bankers

January 27, 2016 by  
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Bennet Kelley speaks with Gerald Posner, author of “God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican Bank.” Afterwards, he speaks with legendary writer/director/producer David Paulsen who traveled to the Vatican in 1970 as a journalist, accompanying Bishop James Edward Walsh to meet with Pope Paul VI following his release after 12 years in prison in China and has met some of the actors involved in the Vatican Bank Story.

God’s Bankers is  a rare exposé and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private investigators, and questionable suicides; a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church’s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world’s more recent history.

 

 

Lessons for Life from Snow White Bui

January 20, 2016 by  
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Bennet Kelley speaks about Lessons for Life with Snow White Bui (yes that is her real name). After working long hours at a start-up for a four years, Snow White quit her job to take time off for herself. She spent several months living in different parts of California and recently returned from a four-month long solo ‘field-trip’ around the country where she visited 25 states, met hundreds of people and learned the history of each region.

Snow White is the curator of a project called Lessons for Life, a grassroots effort that seeks to inspire reflection, encourage the sharing of important life learnings and foster human connection. Individuals from all walks of life are asked one question: “What are the three things you wish you knew when you were younger?”

Copyright Decision on Media.net Advertising vs. Netseer

January 13, 2016 by  
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Bennet Kelley welcomes returning guest, Leeor Neta, to comment on the recent victory on the copyright decision in the Northern District of California of a case between Media.net Advertising vs. Netseer, Inc. Leo explains how he CSS codes how a company can protect their website’s HTML.

Leeor counsels clients on intellectual property, Internet and mobile marketing, data privacy, communications, and general corporate law. He has prosecuted and defended hundreds of intellectual property and Internet-related disputes. He represents domestic and foreign clients in a variety of matters, including IP infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, domain disputes, and licensing. His practice spans a variety of jurisdictions in courts throughout the country. Leeor is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Berkman Center Internet Monitor

January 6, 2016 by  
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We learn about Berkman Center Internet Monitor with Rebekah Heacock Jones, Senior Project Manager at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, manages complex projects with research, technical development, and community organizing components.

The launch of the Berkman Center  Internet Monitor dashboard, Harvard’s Center for Internet and Society explains it as a freely accessible tool that aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity through data analysis and visualization. . . .

The dashboard lets users customize a collection of data visualization widgets—some offering real-time data—about Internet access and infrastructure, online content controls, and digital activity. Users can create multiple collections that enable easy comparisons across countries and data sources, and are quick to configure, edit, and share. In addition to creating their own collections, visitors to the dashboard will be able to view a selection of featured collections based on topics such as online media and network traffic around the world.

Eric Bogosian on Operation Nemesis and Tom McMillen Remembers Munich

December 30, 2015 by  
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Bennet Kelley talks with acclaimed actor, playwright, and author Eric Bogosian. Bogosian is best known as the writer and star of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play and Oliver Stone movie “Talk Radio” and for playing Captain Danny Ross for five seasons on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”

Our interview was recorded previously courtesy of the Miami Book Fair. It was a fascinating discussion that continued after we off the air.

Bogosian’s new book tells the story of a tightly knit band of killers, who in 1921, set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Detroit Stories and Los Angeles As a Gig City

December 23, 2015 by  
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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Maraniss talks about his latest book, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story. Bennet Kelley talks to David here about the rise of Motown and how it captured the world with its amazing artists. Plus we go back to a  interview Bennet had with Steve Reneker on Making the City of Angels Los Angeles a Gig City.

2015 Cyber Heroes and Zeroes

December 16, 2015 by  
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As we do every year, we end the year with a light-hearted review of the cyber heroes and zeros of the year. Frequent guests Dan Tynan and Brenda Christensen are the judges.

CLBR Special on the 2016 Presidential Edition

December 9, 2015 by  
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With voting set to begin in Iowa in less than two months and the race becoming more heated with each statement from Donald Trump, what better time to take a look at the Republican field and the office they seek.

Bennet Kelley speaks with White House correspondent Kenneth Walsh, author of Celebrity in Chief: A history of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom, courtesy of the Miami Book Fair.

Walsh is followed by Washington Times Columnist Ralph Hallow who gave his assessment of the Republican field following the Conservative Political Action Committee convention.

Battling Mexico’s Cartels Online with Rafa Fernandez De Castro

December 2, 2015 by  
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Battling Mexico’s Cartels Online as Bennet Kelley welcomes Rafa Fernandez De Castro. De Castro recently wrote in Fusion How Narco Data seeks to x-ray Mexico’s drug cartels, detailing efforts by Narco Data to create an online platform to assemble historic and current information on the drug cartels.