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Changing the Perception of Music in America

Changing the Perception of Music in America

by JSquared
How do we go about changing the perception of music in America? And what does that mean for music education and ultimately for the STEM and startup community? Musicians and Music Educators lit up the Twitter and Blogosphere this past weekend after Seth Meyers referred to high school marching bands in the Macy’s Parade as clowns. Previously Jim Rome has been called out for similar comments. While both men glibly apologized and news cycles have moved on, music educators and musicians are again left to defend their existence to a culture that currently only views music through the lens of […]

Music Education and STEM: Why the Tech World Should Be Concerned about Cuts to Music Ed

by JSquared
J Squared is a tech company. Yet music is at the heart of what we do. We are both musicians and tech geeks. For us it’s not an either/or proposition. And if you’re part of a company in a STEM field (Science, Math, Engineering & Technology), it shouldn’t be for you either.  In fact, you should be as concerned as we are about cuts to music education and what they mean for your future. In late October NPR ran a story about STEM education as it relates to the rewriting of No Child Left Behind. A few alarming statistics were […]

Our Interview in The Startup Van

by JSquared
Two of the coolest people we had the pleasure of meeting at Web Summit were Mark McDonagh and Graham Hussey of the Startup Van. Not only do they get do drive around in a cool vintage 1970s VW Van, but they get a front row (in the back seat, no less!) view of what’s working for startups around the world these days. We had a blast chatting in the Startup Van. Watch the videos and you’ll see why. Mark and Graham’s informal interview style and sense of fun is central to every interview. So you not only learn what’s really […]

Alpha & Web Summit: What We Learned

by JSquared
Last April, on a whim, we applied to participate in the Alpha program at Web Summit. I had no idea what it would ultimately mean for us. But as a young tech company, I thought it would be a good process for us to go through, both to validate our product and to better articulate who we are as a company. Less than 10% of companies who applied were accepted (1,900 of over 20k applicants). While it lit a fire under us to complete and ready our app, Interval Runner, for launch, I still wasn’t sure what it would mean […]