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About the Episode

How do you use technology to make a real impact in the world? Well today’s guest talks about the importance of trying to find the role that technology plays in the world and how you can find ideas just by paying attention to world events. Also, listen to the story of when he had to shut down his previous company where he raised half a million dollars and the non-profit that was born from that experience.

Kurt Collins is Director of Technology Evangelism & Partnerships at

Show Notes

Finding Ideas for Technology Application By Paying Attention to World Events 

Kurt Collins came up with one of the most timely examples of how technology and man’s needs have been synched. Google’s app, “Finding People” came about because of so many people lost in natural disasters. Now finding people is not the nightmare it used to be. Kurt advises that all developers need is some creativity to see and apply technology as an answer to some of the pressing needs we hear about in the news.

How to Rise from the Ashes of Half a Million Dollar Business Flop 

It is no easy thing to close down a business knowing people depend on you for their livelihood. Kurt’s advice is to find some meaning in life again to save your soul. He found his in starting a non-profit enterprise to help young, black man by teaching them how to code. It is called “The Hidden Genius Project” and is still going strong today. It is part of the Google Impact Challenge.

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Lakshmi Uma is Appmaster's Podcast and ASO executive. She loves exploring ancient sanctuaries, architecture, and landscapes.

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