Agile Event with Dan Olsen @ Comcast Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network presents a special Meetup with Dan Olsen on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 – 9pm.

Dan will be discussing key points and topics from his Amazon best selling book, The Lean Product Playbook. The Lean Product Playbook is a practical guide that describes an iterative methodology for achieving product-market fit. In his talk, Dan will be sharing the top ideas from his book including how to understand customer needs, how to ensure you have a clear value proposition, and how to test your product ideas with customers before you start building them.

Dan is incredibly excited to share this topic with us and we are excited to have him!

As always, light drinks and refreshments will be provided. Networking will begin at 6:30PM. Full address and location details can be found here on the event page.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday at Comcast Silicon Valley!

IFTTT Goes Live on X1

Along with our X1 core development team in Philadelphia, we’ve just launched IFTTT for X1.

If you’re not familiar, IFTTT (If This Then That) is a recipe-maker service that allows you to mix and add controls to the products and apps you already use and love.

And now, we’re launching a beta feature in partnership with IFTTT that lets people receive notifications on their television. 

Starting today, X1 users can have Xfinity send them personalized alerts on their TV screen from Gmail, Jawbone, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Evernote and many more.  That way, users can keep up with the things they care about, without missing a minute of their favorite programs.   

CSV team launches Watchable

Now live from CSV: the beta version of Watchable, a new, cross-platform video service that curates a selection of the best content from popular online video networks and shows in an easy-to-use experience. 

Now, iOS, and X1 users can watch videos from about 30 digital partners including: AwesomenessTV, Buzzfeed, CelebTV, Collective Digital Studio, Defy Media, Discovery Digital Networks, Fast Company, Flama, Future Today, GarageMonkey, GoPro, Jukin Media, Machinima, Maker Studios, Mashable, Mic Media, NBCUniversal, Network A, Newsy, The Onion, POPSUGAR, Red Bull, Refinery29, Scripps Networks Interactive, Tastemade, TEN, TYT Network, Vice, Video Detective and Vox.

On television, that means popular digital shows like Vice, DNews, The Young Turks, Day of Gluttony, and Defy Media’s SMOSH and Clevver will be available via the Internet on the same video platform as live news and sports.

We want people to try Watchable and tell us what they think.  Over time, we’ll add additional network partners, make the experience more personalized, and include new options to share content with friends.

We think Watchable can be a unique place that curates and distributes the best content from some of the most recognized brands and producers on the web.  Plus, many of our Watchable partners have not traditionally had distribution on the TV and we can give them a path to reach new audiences and further monetize their content on the biggest screen in the home.

As the video industry continues to evolve, Comcast will continue to experiment.  We’ll continue to make investments in new media, create different ways for people to watch the movies and shows they love and test offerings that have the potential to attract new audiences.  

We think Watchable can be great for those who watch and create high-quality web videos and look forward to the feedback from our customers and users nationwide.

SJSU Career Fair

The Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center attended the Computer Science Career Fair at San Jose State University last week. The event hosted about 2000 students, recent graduates and alumni. Janet Lobendze, Dmitry Jerusalimsky at Matt Coler were there to shake hands and spread the good word about what CSV is all about. Starting promptly at noon, the crowd hit the event floor…
At first, the Comcast booth was quiet. We had a few eager students approach to watch our display featuring the realistic job previews and other videos offered on our YouTube Channel. But before long the crowd seemed to triple and our line grew quickly. It was awesome to meet with so many talented Network and Software Engineers and Product Managers, all asking questions about our internships and full time opportunities. Many left with a Comcast swag (Comcast smart wallets, notepads, workout bundles) but the real reward was in the conversations we had and all the great people we met.

By 5:15pm, the organizers actually had to come by and shut down the line at our booth. There was more interest in Comcast than the time allowed! We went into the event with of goal of sharing the work done at the Innovation Center. However, SJSU was the one who shared with us. The amount of talent in attendance was impressive. Summer intern hiring season is just around the corner. We have a feeling we will see a few new SJSU faces around the Silicon Valley office very soon.