#36: 'Your'n (Your Own),' with guests Justin Romano and Matt Harris of Backspace

Matt Harris (left) and Justin Romano.

Matt Harris (left) and Justin Romano.

This week, Cher and James speak with Justin and Matt of Backspace about starting a startup business, staying positive against adversity and microagressions, and finding confidence within. In Open Mic, they debate about sharing mediums, designers learning to code, and lifestyle businesses. Lastly, everyone discussing their affection for the Star Wars, bionic joints, cartoons, and two really beautiful, black musicians.

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References made during our conversation

Justin Romero, CEO of Backspace

Matt Harris, CTO of Backspace

Backspace, a way to be yourself without a digital trace

SnapChat, keeping all your internet escapades hostage

Poke, that old version of Yo, but way creepier

Slingshot, comparing things and yourself to others

Riff, a video collab with Facebook that didn't take off

1871, a startup incubator in Chicago, making things happen

Angel Investors, investing in the person, not just the business

Neal Sales-Griffin, CEO of The Starter League

Kanye, calling out folks on Twitter, sending out the subtweet of the year, thus far

Open Mic is BACK:

Cher vs Backspace: Best Share: Photo vs Video"

James vs Backspace: Should designers learn to code?

Open Ended vs Backspace: Lifestyle vs Startup businesses

You know we couldn't forget about Open Call:

Justin: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Matt: Shocks for your knees, so you can be bionic!; and Code Name: Kids Next Door

James: Kanye West new, "Real Friends", making me feel nostalgic for mixtape Ye

Cher: Tunde Olaniran, a Flint, MI native musician, who is pretty magical

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Script written by Cher and James.

Music by U+1F60C.

Until next time, keep things Open Ended.