We’ve been busy cooking up some pretty cool and incredibly useful projects at The Glue this year. One of our favorites is a crowdsourcing app that we are calling Eyes on the Street. It will allow anyone in LA to submit data on the condition of sidewalks all around the city. We want to know if a sidewalk is accessible to people in wheelchairs, if it’s lit, if it’s buckling, uneven, has potholes, or my personal favorite, if a sidewalk is used as an apartment building’s trash can storage area — boo!
One of my favorite things to do during my long walks at the beach is to listen to podcasts. That ocean view requires great storytelling in the background. The Glue produced its first podcast series last summer with Los Angeles Metro: Off Peak. Off Peak played a huge role on my walks last year. It explores the rich history and future of rails, bus, cycling, walking and all manner of getting around LA. Towards the end of that project we launched Naula on iTunes.
As we celebrate our 4th Anniversary this week, we wanted to share with you some of our successes and deepest secrets:
We’ve gotten a few inquiries lately about Naula app’s pricing from potential users. They’ve basically asked us why Naula is not free or why is it more expensive than other apps in the app store. This is a fair question, and as users we would probably ask it as well. At The Glue we strive to be as fair and as transparent as possible so here’s a straight answer to a straight question.
In times of crisis, it can be hard to figure out what to do. Thankfully, The Glue has a handy Guide to Ginormous Setbacks. Use some of these tips to be good to yourself (and others!) during a difficult time.
One of my favorite quotes from Leilia Bailey-Leahy, from my favorite episode of Off Peak, which may be my favorite professional project to date, never even made it into the episode. We first spoke on the phone early last summer about her glass ceiling-breaking career at RTD in LA and the possibility of me interviewing her for our podcast. One of the first things she said to me, quite matter of fact was, “It was tough, but I was tougher.”
This morning, I was all set to write a blog post for The Glue celebrating the election of America’s first woman president. In the context of our women-owned company, it would be especially meaningful and poignant, even if not all of us were, at all times, enamored with Hillary Clinton.
Instead, if I may speak for myself, Paula, Rachael and the women who work with us, we are in shock and devastated.
Musicians, compose. Poets, write. Engineers, plan. Artists, imagine. We all create something. For Elizabeth Walker, founder of The ART Of Infertility, the desire to have a baby and the difficulty to get there inspired her to create something unique and meaningful.
I am fascinated with the creative process behind logo designs. The choice of colors, shapes, fonts, readability and, most importantly, symbolism, tells a story. Ours turned out to be very simple and minimal.
It all came about because I was stuck. I was a sales rep in a go nowhere company doing something that made me utterly miserable and sucked the fun out of life. I was 35 at the time and I didn’t know what to do. Two years earlier I had decided to go back to school but quickly realized that going to school full time and working full time are hard to do. I also realized that in reality, school didn’t matter. If I was going to make anything of my life, I was going to have to work incredibly hard and (gasp) narrow down what I really wanted to do. I had originally cast a wide net that included ANYTHING TO GET ME OUT OF SALES!