Howard Look, President and CEO of Tidepool, is my guest this week. We cover his time at TiVo as a Vice President of Software and User Experience and his role as Vice President of Software at Pixar before getting to Tidepool. Tidepool is a non-profit developing an open source platform that will serve as the hub for previously isolated and siloed diabetes data. This is a really big deal. Enjoy!
I’m joined Nate Heintzman this week, and our primary topic is Google Glass. Specifically, Nate is working on a project called Glucose Glass that looks to integrate data from external diabetes devices in an intuitive and seamless way. We discuss the project, obstacles to success, and what the future of diabetes data could look like if open access were a reality. We also cover the origins of Insulindepence, as Nate is one of the co-founders. Enjoy!
I’ve been quite lucky in my podcasting adventures over the past few years. I do my best to present my show as a professional, something to be proud of each and every week I publish a new episode. I try to let my content speak for itself rather than worry about an overly wordy pitch or request for an interview. No matter how convincing I may be, I still rely on people actually saying “yes” to my invites.
These past two conversations are just another instance of kind folks taking a leap of faith and having an hour-long conversation with a total stranger. All of this based on an email with 5 sentences and a link to a podcast, inviting prospective guests to “sample my podcast if they would like to see how I conduct my business.”
As you hopefully read, the reaction to Miss Manners’ idea of manners was a bit of a mixed bag. The vitriol wasn’t as bad as anything I’ve seen from the gaming community, but it wasn’t exactly PG at times.
I’m joined this week by fellow diabetes advocate, Heather Gabel. We discuss Heather’s takeaways from Medtronic’s Diabetes Advocates Forum, her diabetes diagnosis and discovery of the diabetes community, as well as the evolution of her writing style on her diabetes blog. We also cover her work at the Diabetes Hands Foundation and something called Pug Life. Enjoy!
Over the weekend Dayle and I watched the epic hockey matchup between the United States and Russia from Sochi. Being on the west coast, and lacking most of the other NBC-based channels that are showing the winter games, our options for Olympic consumption is quite limited.
I’m sure some of you are saying “but Chris, you can watch everything online at nbcolympics.com”. And you’re right, person talking to their computer monitor, but did you know you have to verify your television service before accessing more than 30 minutes of footage? This is perfect for cord cutters because…no, wait, it isn’t perfect. Thankfully my parents have been generous with their FiOS account, allowing access to HBO Go and now full replays of Olympic events. It’s a crappy workaround, but at least it works.
The happy ending to all of this, besides the final score of the game is that we were able to watch all of this on our television thanks to some nifty connectivity between my MacBook Air and an Apple TV. Now I know making fun of Apple for one reason or another is still a thing people do, but in this case I can’t complain. It simply works. And it’s great.
I’m not sure if there’s a diabetes tie-in to this, but I’m sure I could string out some kind of connection to device connectivity and data interoperability if I really tried. Luckily, I won’t bore you with that drawn out attempt.