Monday In Tech And Hip-Hop: Sheryl Sandberg Joins RapGenius, Everyone’s Obsessed With Snoop’s New App

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Technology

20130507-085323.jpg. Mondays aren’t always smile-inducing, but today two
news stories cropped up that were pretty fun — and
showed the increasing crossover between the worlds
of technology and hip-hop. First, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg signed up for
a verified profile on Andreessen Horowitz-backed “hip-
hop Wikipedia” RapGenius to help decode the
preamble to her best-selling business book Lean In. Her annotations range from references to additional
data points and Nicholas Kristof books to personal
photos from her honeymoon and college graduation. The main takeaway is that it’s fun to see typically
buttoned-up people like Sheryl Sandberg talking about
real issues in a unique way — and, of course, it’s
another feather in the cap for RapGenius’ always
quotable founding team. Also stealing some of the Monday news spotlight has
been Snoopify, the app released today from legendary
rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion.) It seems to be
the tech elite’s favorite photo app obsession of the
moment (pictured above is New York Times technology writer Nick Bilton taking Snoopify for a
spin.) So @SnoopDogg just made me look like a gangstah’.
Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) May 06, 2013
Yes, it’s a silly celebrity app, but it’s also actually
slick, addictive, fun, free to download on Android and
iOS, with revenue-generation-tool-of-the-moment
“stickers” available for purchase. So basically, all the other mobile app CEOs out there should watch their
backs. Individually each of these two things are small news
items. But they’re just the latest examples of
technology and hip-hop coming together — and that’s
proving to be a marriage that seems to produce some
of the most interesting stories around.


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