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April Joyner

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Brooklyn, NY
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  social responsibility, entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, business strategy, management, marketing, social media, technology, diversity, workplace culture
Doesn't Cover: business books, mompreneurs, tech reviews, product launch news

Writer. Contributor to @ozy @technicallyBK. Previously @Inc. Catch me tweeting cool links on business, music, sports & TV/film. Opinions & witticisms mine only.

I'm a writer and editor interested in how business, technology, and culture interact. Currently, I contribute to OZY.com, and I have also written for The New Yorker and Fast Company's websites. Before I began freelancing, I was a senior reporter at Inc. magazine. Outside of work, I like discovering new music, playing the violin, and watching football, tennis, and soapy TV dramas.

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This 'egoless' new game from the NYU Game Center is so romantic

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) There's a brand new game out of the NYU Game Center. Meet , in which players navigate a star through a series of colorful, futuristic tableaux set to music. It was built by Atlas Chen and Nick Zhang, both graduates of NYU's MFA program in game design, in collaboration with graphic designer Kevin Chen, composer Tony Yen and technical artist Zack Zhang.

This hardware-focused accelerator for 'smart cities' is launching in Greenpoint

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) Urban-X , a hardware-focused accelerator program for companies "shaping the future of cities through technology," is moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It'll launch its second cohort this fall at , a design-focused center opening in Greenpoint. It's another notch in Brooklyn's manufacturing belt.

Looking to Africa for the Next Netflix

ozy.com — Hanging out in Cleveland but craving a Bollywood rom-com? Head to BoxTV. Ardent for anime in Albuquerque? Crunchyroll's got you covered. No question, viewers are spoiled when it comes to program selections from all over the world. In January, Netflix expanded to 190 countries, to accommodate the booming, global video-on-demand market.

Bed-Stuy is getting its own urban farming accelerator

technical.ly — (Photo via Square Roots) Last week, we wrote about how Brooklyn was beginning to look like an urban farming hub. Well, here's another step in that direction: Square Roots , an accelerator focused on urban farming, is launching this fall in the former Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue in Bed-Stuy.

Brooklyn Public Library got $400K to help children communicate with their incarcerated parents

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)'s Telestory program lets incarcerated parents read to their children via videoconferencing. The program, recently profiled in NextCity, received $400,000 in funding earlier this summer from the Knight Foundation to expand from its current four branches to 12 in total, including Brownsville and East New York.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just raised a $15.1 million fund

technical.ly — (Photo by Christopher Michel) Charlie O'Donnell announced today that he has completed fundraising for Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' second fund. (He went head to head with some basketball player who also announced a new fund today.) The fund is $15.1 million. That's nearly twice the size of the firm's previous $8.3 million fund.

The death of a corporation, through 500,000 emails

technical.ly — Sam Lavigne has a lot to say about the excesses of corporate and consumer culture. We're just along for the ride. His latest project, in collaboration with Tega Brain, an artist based between New York City and Sydney, is designed to expose the banal yet fraudulent underpinnings of one of the biggest business scandals of the last 20 years: the collapse of Enron.

These gnarly lampshades are made of 'shrooms and they're weirdly perfect

technical.ly — (Photo by April Joyner) Walking into Danielle Trofe's bright, minimalist gallery in Industry City, you're immediately struck by the display of lampshades throughout the room. They're different shapes and sizes and appear to be made of plaster. Some feel like clay. Others feel, remarkably, like velvet.

Meeteor wants to make meetings suck less

technical.ly — (Meme via the internet) Mamie Kanfer Stewart has entrepreneurship in her bones. The 34-year-old CEO of productivity company Meeteor grew up working for her family's business, GoJo, the Akron, Ohio-based maker of Purell hand sanitizer. She later set up her family's foundation, working remotely from Minneapolis, where her husband was attending graduate school.

Hello, this genderless chatbot is not sorry

technical.ly — Jacqueline Feldman is an artificial intelligence user experience designer. In the world of tech acronyms, that would be the futuristic-sounding "AI UX designer," but we like her description of the work better: she creates characters through language.
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Aug 29, 2016

I really enjoyed what @theatlaschen, creator of @geminithegame, had to say about game design & culture, here:  http://bit.ly/2bx3YP9 

Aug 29, 2016

A friend of mine suggests that the "ethnic purity" thing may make some hesitant to sign up. Don't wanna unleash dark secrets. @euny @qz

Aug 29, 2016

Fascinating read by @euny. 23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color:  http://bit.ly/2bR72E8 

Aug 29, 2016

RT @mashbusiness: A German startup is the latest company to try to take banking entirely online:  http://on.mash.to/2bZPup4 

Aug 28, 2016

Not gonna stay up much longer, but looks like Key & Peele + Alicia Keys have not fared well at the #VMAs. Look fwd to highlights in the AM!

Aug 28, 2016

I'm probably not even going to watch the #VMAs, just scroll through Twitter and catch the highlights later. #imold

Aug 28, 2016

@JamilahLemieux my suggestion: make another but don't announce, just follow the people you want


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