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HotelTonight

For my company’s holiday party last week, Ashley and I decided to give HotelTonight a try for the very first time. I’d been following the app for awhile now, but hadn’t quite found the perfect reason for me to even use it. Since our holiday party was in San Francisco and I didn’t feel like driving back south afterwards, I thought that we could not only get a room to stay in following the party, but also have a place to get ready with the girls as well.

As a first time user, I found it to be fairly easy. It was simple to enter in all of my information and book the room that I wanted without any hassle (except for the part where we forgot to confirm and had to go through the process a second time.)

Here are my biggest takeaways from using HotelTonight:

  • The later you wait to book a room, the cheaper it is. However, you should be weary that some rooms will get snatched up quickly and you might not want to wait. It’s important to just set a boundary for yourself as to how long you’re willing to wait to book.
  • This app is perfect for non-planners. As someone who is a planner and likes to be thrifty I kept checking the app every half hour to see if prices would change. It was kind of stressful. However, if you’re someone who likes to be adventurous and do things on the fly, HotelTonight is probably your dream app.
  • It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to pay based on what you need. For us, Ashley and I decided that we just needed one bed and a bathroom. We got just that and a whole side of mirrors for us to use to get ready as a bonus for just $200. We really didn’t care to have any extra ammenities like a place that has a pool or a spa or living area within the room.

Using HotelTonight the night of my party was a really great idea. If I had to use HotelTonight in another city, that might make me a little bit nervous given that I might not know the neighborhoods as well and planning a trip in advance, you kind of want to have those details set prior. With that said, I would probably use HotelTonight again for events like the one that I just had. I also think they’d make for the perfect spontaneous date night!

PS: Does anyone know why their tagline “I want tonight to last forever” is so seductive? Just me?

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Girl Scout Cookies via The Internet

The Girl Scouts are getting it in with technology and have announced that this upcoming cookie season, cookies will now be available to purchase online. While frequent buyers are probably really excited to learn about this, a few of us (myself included) are wondering what took so long. I suppose it’s part of what makes the brand so great though. Buyers love knowing that there’s an actual “cookie” season and that we can buy from local troops outside of our neighborhood grocery stores or near our workplaces. This next year, troops will still be doing that, but adding the internet component. Announced on Monday, Digital Cookie is an online platform that will support the selling of the cookies, but will not be an online store. What does that mean exactly?

Well, the Girl Scouts will still need to initiate every sale.

Girl Scouts can reach out to people by email, and only that recipient can access the girl’s profile. If the email is forwarded, the link to the Girl Scout’s profile will be broken, a Girl Scouts representative told Mashable.

The reason behind this is ultimately for the girls’ safety. All sensitive information about the individual Girl Scouts are kept hidden and most of the interactions with the digital platform are overseen by their parents. Through this, the organization is hoping that their Girl Scouts will learn the following skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Additionaly, they also have a chance to be exposed to working with apps and test their skills in online marketing.

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Happy November Y’all!

Happy start of November everyone! I hope all of you had a very fun, but safe Halloween last night. I debated for weeks about what I wanted to be for Halloween this year… a loofah, a cupcake, Boo from Monsters Inc. and Ariana Grande. Eventually though, I decided to pick my favorite sassy emoji! It was such an easy costume to make, but I can’t take all the credit for it. I definitely had some help making my text bubble. All in all, it took about 45 minutes, but really it just came down to cutting and pasting. The shirt was borrowed from my mom a very long time ago and I never ended up giving it back so… uh… it’s mine now.

And of course Halloween costumes are more fun when your friends join in…

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Google Inbox

I’m always looking for new ways to better manage and prioritize all of my various inboxes – for my personal, blog, and work email accounts. Even when I feel like I’ve got it down, I know that there’s always something that I can be doing better. Learning how to tackle email in college was never as hard as it is now. It’s something that I wish my professors would have taught me back then! When Inbox was released earlier this week, I hadn’t learned that much about it, but quickly saw it fill up in my Quora feed and was immediately intrigued by it. I saw an opportunity to snag an invite from a former intern that worked with us and jumped at the chance. I downloaded it, but am still trying to find my way around it and am wondering if I will use it more often from my mobile now than on the web. Also, I thought I would be receiving a few invites to give out as well, but my app is missing the golden ticket!

Does anyone have any tips on how I’ll be able to have my own invites, too? I think it’s also a matter of time before Google makes the app available to everyone too so maybe having the ticket won’t be necessary.

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Yow Yow! Off Duty

I meant to write this post before I left, but then time got ahead of me and I completely forgot altogether. There haven’t been any posts this week because I’ve been hard at work with my day job and traveling for the first time with my company. I don’t talk about what it is that I do on Yow Yow! because I generally like to keep my blog life and my work life separate. However, I will say that I work in recruiting and I attended the Grace Hopper Conference in Phoenix this week celebrating women in tech!

It was the first time that I had ever been to anything like this and I found it to be not only a really positive event, but truly inspiring. It’s incredible to be amongst many talented women each expressing their passion for tech and striving for success for themselves. The conference is filled with sessions and talks throughout the couple of days, but also a career fair every day for three days. It was the most exhausting thing that I have ever been a part of, but I loved telling people what we do and seeing people come to our booth to let us know how much they love our product!

I also happened to collect the most swag that I have ever obtained at an event. It was awesome. Pouring it all out when I got home felt like Christmas. A very tech Christmas.

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So my job is at its peak season currently which means Yow Yow! posts will be few and far between unfortunately. I didn’t receive a press pass for Treasure Island next weekend and am realizing now how tough it is to build up Yow Yow! in the Bay with a full time job. I think I’ve always known that. I wish I could have both, but I am very fortunate and lucky to have my job and I wouldn’t choose to have it any other way.

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Dudes in Startup Shirts

So it’s not the best looking Tumblr, but how Silicon Valley of them anyways…

Can we include some females in this though too? We also wear startup shirts if you didn’t know.

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Sleepover @ IKEA for the Night

For one night only, IKEA is letting you live out that scene from 500 Days of Summer on August 31, 2014. In a partnership with Airbnb, IKEA is letting the families of three winners stay overnight at their store in Tempe, Sydney. The store has decked out three promotional rooms for this event and while we don’t have any photographs, we know it’s something that most would be thrilled to have the chance at doing. The three themes? Rustic charm, inner city living and modern elegance. So how much does it cost to stay in one of these rooms? 12 Australian dollars.

“Airbnb gives people access to the most unique listings around the world from treehouses to yurts to villas, and now we’re adding Ikea to the list,” Eva Ross, Local Operations Lead at Airbnb Australia, said in a statement. “The experience is sure to thrill any guest.”

There’s one proviso in the fine print: “By entering, you agree to be part of an event that will be covered by the media,” it says. “Oh, and that you will be woken in the morning in a remarkable way. Nothing frightening — we promise!”

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Blog Roundup

- Because Burning Man begins this weekend and it is being completely overrun by the tech industry these days. [NY Times]

- Seattle’s 2014 indie rock bands [Seattle Mag]

- 10 SF Startups to watch [Strategy Eye]

- The Burning Man packing checklist [Fest300]

- Don’t give up on your space dreamz. I love flow charts. [GOOD]

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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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Google Removes Name Restrictions on Google+

In questionable moves today, Google announced that they have removed all name restrictions from Google+ and have issued an apology to all of their users who faced difficulties because they did not want to provide their name on the social network originally. I find this to be a little bit odd because all other social networks require you to use your name and that makes the most sense to me. It’s a way of making sure people are authentic and maybe an extra cushion to make sure people are who they really say they are. Maybe I’m wrong though because there’s always catfishing. I would think that by Google+ removing this they will definitely receive more troll-y accounts. Their reasoning for this is to make Google+ a more “welcoming and inclusive” place.

Very interesting. It’s informative news, but it’s not making me run to the social network to make an account.

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Argus App

Welp, I’ve set a new record! I have officially had an app for one entire day before deleting it. Over the weekend, my girlfriends told me about a pedometer app called Argus. Since the winter, I’ve been looking for a way to track how active I am during the day – ie) via how many steps I’m taking or how many miles I’m walking just at work. A coworker of mine sent me a couple of pedometers my way that I could purchase and that email is still sitting in my inbox. Then, Jennie and Winny told me about an app they used called Argus. It did exactly what I was looking for and it was free! Today, it notified me that I had walked 6,429 steps! The only downside? It eats up my battery like you wouldn’t even believe. By the end of the day, I was down to a 20% battery life as opposed to the 80% I normally have. I was told from my friends that the reason why it kills your battery is because of the GPS portion of the app tracking your steps. So while I love that this app is the app I’ve been waiting for, I’m afraid I’m not willing to sacrifice my battery life. Goodbye Argus, it was a fun trial for the day! Let me know when you’ve made some updates :)

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The Chosen One

I promised I would let you all know when I decided on the book that would go into my office’s library soon and I finally picked one. However, it was by no means, an easy task. In fact, there was quite a bit of pressure because I also found out each book chosen by an employee would have a printed bookplate pasted into it with our names and the reason why we chose it.

So basically I couldn’t choose an inappropriate book like “Go the F*ck to Sleep.”

It was a tough decision for me because since I started blogging, I pretty much gave up books for good. Seriously, I’ve been reading “Lean In” for three months. I can’t even finish the thing yet because I, myself, just don’t want to make time for it. So I knew early on that I was going to pick a book that I haven’t read before. I chose Blog, Inc by Joy Cho not only because she is one of my favorite bloggers and blogging role models, but because I get asked often what it’s like to have a blog. How do you keep up with it alongside a full-time job? How did you get started? How do you stay motivated to write every day? I have answers to these questions, but gosh – Joy probably does it so much better. So I haven’t read the book, but someday I will. At my workplace, we really value learning and knowledge so I figured a how-to book would be useful to the collection. I’m excited to see what all my other co-workers will contribute to the shelves!

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A Day in the Life of a Tech Worker: LA vs. SF

This infographic is awfully cute. And yes… it’s better in the Bay Area than LA.

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Dress Your Tech By DesignLoveFest

When Yow Yow! was first created, we had a completely different layout. I changed the header every month representative of how I was feeling, but mostly because I wanted to see how Yow Yow! would look if constantly changed. With every new month and every new header, I would write a post introducing these things and describing what I was most looking forward to (sort of like how I did earlier today!)

Though we’ve stopped doing that on Yow Yow! I still try to keep up with changing my wall papers on my work laptop every once in awhile and I do it for that same reason. It’s nice to look forward to change and when there is change present, we act a little bit differently than we normally would. It throws off our routine in a good way. That’s why I am a huge fan of Dress Your Tech by DesignLoveFest. Every so often, blogger Bri Emery shares with her readers new desktop wallpapers that are highlighted on her website for you to snag yourself. The one pictured above is my current because of its simplicity and because it’s too perfect for summer. As fall approaches, I’m hoping that Bri will have other inspirations to share with us!

Check out the rest of the wallpapers from this series here.

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $16 Billion

In major tech news today, Facebook went ahead and purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion ($12 billion in stock / $4 billion in cash) What. I’ve never used the app, myself, but from what I’ve heard from my coworkers – it seems to be an app that people absolutely love. It breaks down the barriers of texting internationally and simply makes it easier to communicate with those abroad.

WhatsApp currently has 450 million monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly said on the Feb. 19 conference call that he believes WhatsApp will quickly grow to 1 billion monthly active users.

When the acquisition was announced, it was reported that WhatsApp currently had 32 engineers on their team and altogether somewhere around 50 that will be joining Facebook shortly. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. Facebook is incredibly powerful and the string of news that is trailing them right now is exciting to hear.

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