An Interview with Maci Peterson of On Second Thought

I had the pleasure of meeting Maci several years ago here in DC. Since then, we’ve shared laughs, drinks, dating horror stories, and now a love for the vibrant tech startup community. She’s adorbs, right?

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Photo credit:  Christine Ciszczon

Perhaps you recognize her. Last year, she made major headlines  about her last year when she won the Startup Oasis competition at SXSW Interactive with her new app, On Second Thought.

I sat down with Maci to talk about the exciting developments of 2014, and what she’s looking to do this year.

Quin Woodward Pu: How exactly does OST work?

Maci Peterson: On Second Thought (OST) is very easy to use. Once you’ve downloaded the app, go into the app Settings and check the box to make On Second Thought the ‘default SMS app.’ While in Settings, you can determine your Grace Period, the amount of time you have to ost (recall) a message–you can choose up to 60-seconds. Since On Second Thought is now their default messaging app, all text messages are sent and received through the app. Osting a message is as simple as swiping left to recall or right to delete. 

QWP: Alright, so we’ve all been in this position before. In fact, I probably should have osted back when I blogged about that guy on my 26th birthday. I was far too nice to him in my text.
What event finally pushed you over the edge to launch this app? Be honest–did you send a naked selfie to your boss?
MP: I actually dislike taking pictures of myself, so there haven’t been any naked selfies. I did, however, accidentally send a very embarrassing autocorrected message. I was supposed to meet up with a guy in Maryland, but I wanted to move our date to DC. I intended text him asking, “Are you in DC or are you in MD,” but autocorrect changed the message to, “Are you in DC or are you in me?” I was SOO embarrassed, but he, being the gentleman he is, responded by saying he was at his grandmother’s house in Maryland. What really pushed me over the edge to launch On Second Thought was winning 1st Place in a pitch competition at South by Southwest last March.
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QWP: How is OST unlike anything else in the marketplace right now?
MP: We’re the only app that lets you recall SMS and MMS messages in general, and text messages before they get to the other person’s phone. There are other messaging apps in our space, but they all handle chat/IM. We’re the only app that becomes users’ default messaging app.
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QWP: I’m also a minority woman in tech, working in an almost 100% male environment. I love it, both because I love men and because I love being a trailblazer. How will your experiences in the industry affect the way you grow your team, board, and partnerships?
MP: Diversity is the key to any great company. That being said, On Second Thought will hire and appoint the best
people for the given job. As long as we continue to work with the best people, we will naturally develop a thriving company.
QWP: Startup launches are almost like the new restaurant opening–high rate of failure and a seemingly ubiquitous number of wannabes. Where can we expect to see you this year, and where would you like be this time in 2016?
MP: We have some amazing opportunities in the queue for this year. Our goal is to meet our market where they are. That being said, this year you can expect to see On Second Thought integrated into the storylines of popular television shows and movies. We’re also working on some fun partnerships with lifestyle brands so you can stay tuned for those as well. This time next year, we hope to be known as a trusted company that has helped countless people save themselves from their messaging mistakes. We’ll continue to develop new, interesting features that will help our users save themselves from themselves and autocorrect. 
QWP: Most importantly, how do you think being the CEO of a startup related largely to accidental inappropriate texting affects your relationships with men? I’m asking this completely out of journalistic interest, and not for personal curiosity reasons…
MP: Of course you are ;-) If nothing else, my company will save me from accidentally asking men if they are in me when I mean to ask them if they are in Maryland.
Learn more at www.onsecondthought.co, and download the app from Google Play here.

Food Tank’s 2-Year Anniversary Celebration

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Food Tank will be holding a very special reception and dinner to celebrate our organizations 2nd anniversary!

Keynote speakers include Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan, Chef Jose Andres, and more.

The event is being hosted by Farmers Fishers Bakers.

IMPORTANT: While tickets last, take advantage of exclusive savings for Food Tank members, those attending the Food Tank Summit, and students (with valid ID). A $50 discount on each dinner ticket [promotion code: “FTdinner”] and a $10 discount on each reception ticket [promotion code: “FTreception”].

Architects for Animals: Washington Humane Society Fundraiser

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Architects for Animals is a fundraising and awareness initiative that supports our community cat program – CatNiPP.

Participating architectural design firms build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide DC’s homeless cats with refuge from the season’s freezing temperatures. These shelters will be on display to the public at the event and at the end of the evening all shelters will be donated to care givers who work with the WHS. The shelters will be distributed throughout DC to be utilized by community cats.

To purchase tickets click here: http://support.washhumane.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101681

Washington Winter Show

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The Washington Winter Show is DC’s answer to the Antiques Road Show, with lectures, luncheons, three floors of exhibitor booths, and the opportunity to have your favorite antique appraised!

$20 General admission tickets can be used throughout the weekend. and include an invitation to theSaturday Soirée with live calypso music, hors d’oeuvres, and signature cocktails from our cash bar as you wander through the incredible selection of antiques and fine art on display by our renowned dealers. Tour our fascinating Loan Exhibit, “Vessels of Victory,” which showcases the America’s Cup trophy, recently won by the 2013 Oracle Team USA.

Appraisals are available on Saturday morning (9am-11am; charge of $10 per item).

For a complete schedule of events, tickets and show hours, visit http://www.washingtonwintershow.com/

The show hours are Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The Katzen Arts Center is located on American University’s main campus. Ample free parking is available throughout the Show in the parking garage below the building.

A Candlelight Christmas at the Kennedy Center

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We kicked off our Christmas season at the Kennedy Center this Sunday at A Candlelight Christmas. A favorite every year, this year’s event featured A CAPPELLA!, an elite vocal chamber ensemble from James Hubert Blake High School. This Montgomery County Signature School for Fine Arts and Humanities joined the Washington Chorus as part of their Side-by-Side Program.

Emmy-nominated maestro Julian Wachner directed the choral groups, along with  brass, organ, percussion, and harp. The 200-voice chorus sang a program featuring Christmas favorites, sing-a-longs, and even some arrangements by the conductor himself.

The majesty of the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall compliments holiday performances perfectly, and chorus members processed down the aisles to the stage during the opening piece, Once in Royal David’s City. Young voices from the A CAPELLA! group, under the direction of Sandra Lee Zinkievich, added youthful vigor with favorites like Here We Come A-Caroling and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. They then joined the ensemble, singing other standouts like Sussex Carol and The Dream Isaiah Saw. The performance concluded with a rousing sing-a-long of Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

You have three more opportunities to catch this festive concert: December 20th at 4pm or December 22nd at 7pm, both at the Kennedy Center, or at the Music Center at Strathmore on December 23rd at 7:30pm.

 

Choral Arts Young Patrons Host 5th Annual Carols & Cocktails,

Little Black Blog readers enjoy a discounted ticket cost! Using this link, purchase your tickets to this event for $99 (regular $129).cc-ecard-2

Washington, DC – As The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) celebrates its 50 anniversary season, Choral Arts Young Patrons hosts its 5th annual Carols & Cocktails on Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:00 pm. The evening begins with Carols, specifically a Choral Arts Chorus performance of A Capital Christmas at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Following the concert, approximately 8:30 pm, guests gather for Cocktails at the City Tavern Club, 3206 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. Each year Choral Arts has an honorary patron for its holiday events: This year is The Embassy of the Argentine Republic. In tribute to Argentina, Carols & Cocktails is entitled Fuego y Hielo (Fire and Ice), and the entire evening will be infused with Argentine music and culture. Tickets are $99 and include a ticket to A Capital Christmas on Monday, December 15, 2014 and admission to the after-party at City Tavern Club. Tickets can be purchased through Choral Arts Young Patrons is a community from all walks of life that comes together to sing, share, and connect. The group attracts primarily young professionals who are members of the Choral Arts Chorus, others singers, or people who just enjoy the arts. In addition to Carols & Cocktails, Choral Arts Young Patrons host casual gatherings after each Choral Arts concert as well as other happy hour events throughout the season.

Holiday Gala: A Parisian Discotheque with the Art Museum of the Americas

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The Art Museum of the Americas and the International Club of DC invite you to a Parisian Discotheque at the French Embassy!

Escape a cold winter night & celebrate the holidays at our French Embassy Holiday Gala featuring a live classical music performance followed by a Parisian Discotheque with dancing to our DJ. Let us transport you to a thrilling night in Paris and dance the night away to the thrilling sounds of a Parisian nightclub. Also enjoy delectable French desserts along with an open bar until 10:00 PM and a cash bar afterwards.

The French Embassy is one of Washington’s most magnificent diplomatic venues featuring modern French architecture and art.  Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an evening of wine, French desserts, art, & dancing in the ballroom of Embassy of France. Come on your own or with friends. Celebrate the holidays at our French Embassy dance soiree to dance the night away as you meet ICDC members and make new friends.

Please note that the event is presented as a stand-up reception with dancing and not a seated event with tables. The event features a delectable assortment of French desserts but dinner is not included.