A lot of my job as a Product Manager is to synthesize dense and complex sets of information, from multiple sources, into a concise summary that I can easily communicate to my team to drive decision making. These next couple of articles are exactly that — I’m going to spend time reading the reports (so that you don’t have to!) and attempt to untangle the web surrounding these really important issues to form my own perspective. …


This is my love letter to Houston, and an appeal for us to fight for the city we care about after the vice presidential debates.

A house flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Credit: Revolution Messaging

Before you read any further, I am a Democrat. Even if you do not share the same political ideology as me, I ask that you read this with an open mind. My goal is not to change your ideology nor to insult it; instead, I hope for us to find some common ground.

“Do you believe as the scientific community has concluded, that man-made climate change has made wildfires bigger, hotter, and more deadly and have made hurricanes wetter, slower and more damaging?”

When Susan Page, the moderator of the Vice Presidential Debates, asked this particular question to Vice President…


On Friday, December 9th, CORE Impulse had the pleasure of hosting Chris Deaner, the VP of Engineering at Dots, a mobile game produced by Betaworks and developed by Playdots, Inc. Deaner was featured as part of our Socratic Circles series: a forum dedicated to creating meaningful and personal conversation around entrepreneurship.

With a group of about 12 students in a round-table discussion, students were given the opportunity to ask personal and reflective questions to Deaner and discover, in the process, more about how Deaner got to where he is today, any challenges he has faced along the way, and any…


Last year, 14 lives were lost and 22 more were injured in a terrorist attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Since this attack, the government has tried to not only piece together the motivations of these perpetrators but also analyze and explore what relationships these perpetrators had with other extremist and/or terrorist groups in an effort to prevent another attack like this from happening again.

Obviously, one of the ways we communicate the most is through our cellphones, and in particular, our smartphones. On these devices, not only can we text and call others, but we…


The audience roars as the spotlight canvasses across the stadium. Eagerly, they wait to witness the finals, the epic battle between two gifted, talented teams who have trained relentlessly just for this moment. As the game begins, every person stands on their feet, jumping for a better view and shouting for their favorite team. All the team members know that this is it, this is everything they worked for that season. Everything is on the line, and it all comes down to this final game.

Now stop.

Did you imagine a basketball team? Or perhaps a hockey team? …


Ariana Huffington of The Huffington Post came to Columbia University’s campus to speak about her experience as an entrepreneur on March 2015.

This accent is real. Most people think I’m faking it to be an ethnic minority since it’s a good thing to be an ethnic minority anywhere but Arizona.

The audience burst into laughter as they intently listened to the wisdom Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, imparted wisdom from her experiences as a serial entrepreneur. Although the world of entrepreneurship, of bringing your own idea to life, may seem convoluted, Huffington pieces together her unconventional…


“Angel, you’re in charge of emceeing,” dictated my mentor Lucien Junkin, Chief Engineer of NASA’s Space Exploration Vehicle and Head Coach of FIRST Robotics Team 118: The Robonauts, as he thrust a microphone into my hand and walked away to tend to the other parts of the robotics competition. …


“It’s not going to work.”

“Why would you want to tie yourself down?”

“Don’t you want to meet new people?”

“Your SO has GOT to be cheating on you.”

“Why are you wasting your time?”

These are all phrases that people have the audacity to tell folks in long distance relationships.

Now you may be thinking that those phrases, although abrasive and rude, have an element of truth to them; after all, long distance relationships aren’t real relationships. But imagine if I told you those exact phrases about you and your SO (Significant Other) who are not in a long…


An acquaintance and I recently went shopping to buy some groceries to survive a Thanksgiving break without college dining halls. After we walked out of the store, I noticed he had a case of beer in one hand, and his fake ID and groceries in another hand. When I asked him how much he paid for the ID, he simply told me:

“No one uses money anymore. We need to be anonymous. We buy our fakes with bitcoins now.”

‘Bitcoin’ is a term that gets thrown around a lot, especially since the rise of college Bitcoin groups. Until recently, however…


Rolling out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday morning isn’t exactly on any college student’s to-do list. When my annoying dynamite alarm went off, I resisted every urge to throw it against a wall and go back to sleep, but I forced myself out of bed into Roone Auditorium.

Speaking in the auditorium was Scott Kurnit, founder of About.com, about his experiences in the startup world. Kurnit, after more than 15 years in the startup world, had a lot of valuable insight to offer about starting a company. Focused on making the speech interactive, Kurnit gauged the audience for…

Angel Maredia

Product Manager @ Google. Columbia 2018. You can catch me bursting into dance any time there’s music playing.

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