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- Microsoft: Intrapreneurship and Corporate Investing (an interview with Jim Brisimitzis, General Manager for US Startups at Microsoft.)
- Watsco: Corporations and the Open Innovation Model (an interview with Ivan Rapin-Smith, Managing Director of Watsco Ventures.)
- Achieving Productive Intrapreneurship (an interview with Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President of Registry Services at Neustar, Inc.)
Healthy Reminders For New Moms (on Mother’s Day!)
An estimated one in six women suffer from postpartum depression, and many more develop compulsive behaviors (such as washing their hands or obsessively checking whether their baby is breathing.)
As a cocktail of hormones surge and sleep arrives less regularly, anxiety and depression can weigh heavily on new parents—and particularly on moms who must nurse around the clock. It’s important to remember that taking good care of a baby is impossible without taking good care of yourself.
Below are some reminders for staying healthy after becoming a mother:
How to Spot a Fad Diet
The characteristics of a fad diet are built around the intense, contagious enthusiasm for a niche weight-loss strategy, and the general promise of a faster and easier pathway to results. These crazes seem to emerge without scientific credibility or precedent, and are most often accompanied by the toned abdomen of a popular, fast-talking swami.
This economy is rooted in the painful reality that a vast majority of American adults are overweight, and nearly 40% are clinically obese; a medical condition that dramatically increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, fertility and respiratory breakdown, and cancer. A 2017 study found that obesity now drives more preventable deaths in the U.S. than smoking.
When trying to identify a diet that works for you, THIRA’s Resident Dietician Emily Fitch encourages you to consider these red flags:
3 Ways Women Can Open Doors to Entrepreneurial Success
For the eighth year in a row, the majority of 2016 U.S. doctoral degrees were awarded to women who outnumbered their male counterparts by 35%, but male graduate students still vastly outnumber women in the study of engineering and computer science—a gender gap considered by some to be a “national crisis”—and one that might curtail the hopes of many women in the entrepreneurial workforce… but it shouldn’t! Here’s why.
Photo Series: Offices Around The World
As entrepreneurs, we often take for granted our office-less lifestyle. Sometimes we decide to wake up and work from bed. Entrepreneurs generally don’t have a bureaucratic figure looming overhead telling us how it has to be done, when to start, where to eat lunch, and what time we can go home to see our families.
I’ve never considered how something as simple as a desk, an office, can reveal power, status, and control until I saw Jan Banning’s work, Bureaucratics.
Life Off The Grid
Homemaking can require hauling a sofa up ten narrow flights of concrete stairs, or carrying a mattress a thousand meters into the Olympic Rainforest.
The trick is: when you get where you’re going, you have to find a way to be comfortable. Photographer, Christopher Kerksieck, wasn’t comfortable when he arrived in Washington State. The move marked Kerksieck’s first experience living off the grid, in a rainforest, away from electricity, plumbing, and his mid-western roots.
3 Major Perks of Being a Software Developer
In the demanding market where they work, U.S. software developers earn almost double the average American worker. Additionally, the United States Department of Labor has predicted that the number of American software engineers will grow by 17% between 2014 and 2024—dramatically faster than any other occupational segment.
It's a trend observed by Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, USA Today and others; they have reported extensively on the elevated demand for software developers in the U.S. CEOs call out to them, customers continue to demand their product, and non-technical employees seek a career-reboot through studying their craft.
Through hipper offices, higher salaries, and happier smartphone users everywhere, software developers are making a lasting cultural impact. In an effort to attract and keep coders, the leaders in tech are using salary, benefits, and opportunity to publicly compete for the best available talent.
Data insights are the difference between knowing a customer has just strolled into your store, and knowing their name, size, color, and style preference, along with the occasion they’re shopping for.
More than ever before, retailers are expected to deliver a seamless and differentiated experience for new and loyal customers, alike. This e-book explores how retailers can use digital transformation to personalize the shopping experience for each customer.
5 Types of Tech Companies
Companies need software developers—and whether you’re looking to round out your resume or to secure a new and gratifying challenge—organizations both large and small are eager to receive applications from competent, qualified developers.
In this post, we’ll break down a few types of companies that depend on software developers, and highlight what each can offer to your career.
5 Technologies Changing the Agriculture Industry
The agriculture industry is tasked with feeding the inhabitants of planet earth, and considering that an estimated 795 million human beings go malnourished each day, the system has room for dramatic improvement.
Join the Community: 8 Websites Where You Should Make Your Presence Known
Being active in an online community is a productive way to build connections and diversify your understanding and experience with software. We recommend these eight networks to get you started.
Stuck in a Rut? 5 Ways to Revamp Your Job Search
If you're struggling in your job search, it's time to alter your strategy. Here are some tips for when you’re knee-deep in job applications and not getting results.
What is the Cloud?
It’s not magic that allows your smart phone to summon Snapchat’s responsive contortionism at a moment’s notice: it’s the vast network of computer servers located in branded warehouses around the planet that your device is fundamentally connected to. It’s the Cloud.
Music Meets Code: How a Musician's Background Translates to a Career in Tech
For professionals and hobbyists alike, software has become a necessary component for the recording, mastering, and distribution of music. Code connects artists and audiences in ways unimaginable to the rock stars of yesteryear. The laptop—while lacking the stage presence of an electric guitar—has emerged as the hallmark tool for a new generation of music makers.
“Or Equivalent Experience”: Why You Don't Need a Four-Year Degree to Land a Coding Job
As total student loans in the US approach $1.5 trillion and the average university graduate braces for more than $35,000 in academic debt, more Americans are opting for less traditional—and faster—forms of education.
5 Technologies Changing K-12 Education
In the midst of mind-numbing testing cycles, burgeoning enrollment, and shrinking budgets, American classrooms need help—and educational technology (ed-tech) may be part of the emergent solution.
How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume
When applying to jobs in software development, as in any other profession, you should expect to compete against other highly qualified applicants. A common concern we hear from incoming students is that their previous work history or gaps in their resume will hinder their job search. Even with demand for software developers at an all-time high, it’s essential to consider how your past work experience will affect your hireability going forward, particularly as you interview for your dream job.
10 Tips to Interview Well
Not knowing how to answer an interview question; being late; delivering a weak handshake; saying the wrong thing—these are just a few of the nightmares that lurk in the dark corners of a job hunt. The good news? All of these anxieties can be easily alleviated with deliberate preparation before your next interview.
How to Plan Your Career Change, Part 1
If you are bored at your current job, dread Mondays, or just feel generally under-challenged and under-paid, you may need to do more than change jobs—it might be time to change your career.
Software developers are expected to see the highest IT job growth through 2020, and continue to enjoy some of the best perks available in an office environment. And if you already enjoy learning, like working with data, and have a little experience managing the code on your Tumblr or SquareSpace site, you’re well on your way to becoming a coder!
Start your transition to a career in software development with these resourceful steps:
How to Plan Your Career Change, Part 2
The first half of this series looked at five steps to explore a career in software development. From researching earning potential to attending introductory classes, you’ve prepared to make the switch.
But now comes the more challenging (and rewarding) part of your journey: the part where you learn to code and get a job! Here are the actions that you can take after completing steps one through five that will help you make a successful career switch.
Creating Art With Code
Can code be used to create art? Absolutely—just ask the growing community of artists who are using free, open-source technology to engage audiences with a new medium of digital expression.
When our eyes are trained on the economic, political, and cultural ramifications of code, it’s easy to understand why software developers remain in such high global demand. President Obama recently pledged $4 billion for funding of computer science education in US public schools, and analysts continue to project dramatic growth in the software economy through 2016 (up to 45% by some estimates, even after record-breaking growth of 36% in 2015).
My personal continuum of engagement—with friends, family, and world events—is possible most principally through the ingenuity of code. And despite being a ‘non-technical’ professional, I’ve committed myself to a career path that is almost entirely dependent on software.
From the time my phone alarm rings each morning to the time I close my laptop each night, my relationship to code is inescapable.
Boost Your Career: 8 Non-Programming Jobs that Benefit Big from a Coding Education
You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate the work-streams, vernacular, and economy of software development—but if your job requires you to directly support programmers, your proficiency with code will inevitably correlate with your compensation.
Getting Creative with an Education in Code
Nearly half of the occupations in the US will be computerized over the next 20 years, and many industries are rushing to renovate their products and services for the future. The brands, industries, and individuals who can deliver a quality user experience—particularly to a mobile audience—have the best chance of success.
Measuring Your Application For Success
Measuring your application’s performance offers an opportunity to objectively understand the product’s functional, practical, and financial viability. This means recording as much data as possible—and remaining determined to act based upon what certain segments of data expose.
And while this process can reveal embarrassing realities, the point of recording your application’s performance is to improve the product and experience on behalf of users.
Aye, Robot! How High Tech is Changing the Assembly Line
The science fiction image of droids and robots going about daily life alongside humans is quickly becoming a reality. Futuristic fiction has predicted modern advancements in science and tech as we watch robots learn from humans and join assembly lines and factory floors.
Check out our favorite labor-intensive robots to inspire your own view of the future of tech:
Meet David Gardner, Code Fellows Grad and Co-Founder of DealTapp
How to Build a Web App, Part 4: Marketing and Promotion
You’ve spent countless hours preparing your web app for “The Market” . . . but what now? Do the people you’ve imagined using your product actually exist? And if so, how do you find them?
Having a full-time marketer isn't always an option, so we’ve provided a few simple methodologies for getting started on your own.
Brothers Seattle: The Bainbridge Pack
The Bainbridge was born on a rainy morning in Washington State-- emerging dry from the folds of more cumbersome, rain-soaked baggage.
The pack climbed aboard its human, destined for stormy navigation of the cities and airports and backcountry spaces of planet earth-- retreating occasionally into its larger counterparts-- only to redeploy for errand and adventure, alike.
In addition to traveling essentials, the Bainbridge protected peace of mind for its human, to whom it was guaranteed for life.
Visual Robotics: The New Assembly Line
In 2014, Omron Corp. built robotic technology to rally with mankind at table tennis; European Space Agency robotstransmitted data from the surface of a comet; and, to the dismay of the Federal Aviation Administration, Amazon advertised their quest for drone-flight delivery.
In 2015, computer visualization technology will offer manufacturing robots a broader ability to observe, record, and respond to the tasks placed in front of them. And while robots are already moving and responding more fluidly than ever before (see robot riding a bike,) the inability for robots to see often constrains these advanced machines to one, specific task.
One Startup’s Novel Approach to Extracting Consumer Data
Whether preserving hair follicles, or the secrets to wrinkle-free skin, consumers can be bashful when providing feedback about the cosmetic care products that make life (with hair loss, body odor, acne, etc.) more comfortable. And when a clientele is unwilling to tweet about #dandruff or #zitcream, how should beauty brands hope to digitally connect with customers suffering from common, ego sensitive conditions?
The beauty industry has long depended upon market research firms for collecting and organizing consumer feedback. Through monitoring personal care data and trends online, startup Poshly intends to give this research cycle a makeover– for brands and consumers, alike.
How Mobile Is Changing The Event Experience
For every flower-crowned, hippie-flavored photo that hit your Facebook feed this year during Coachella, you have an event organizer to thank. For every dinner party that you brag about on Instagram, or every free gallery that you tweet about, an event planner somewhere deserves a pat on the back.
American students, entrepreneurs and artists each seek the occasions and communities in which they do their best work. In the bars, lecture halls, and hotels where these individuals gather, there is evidence for a growing sector of the American economy.
This economy includes the smartphone technologies that make taxi rides more productive and cute doggies more shareable. It also includes the job sector responsible for organizing the food, Ferris wheels, and tech celebrities that may appear at your next work event.
Make Your Own Silicon Valley
California may be the world’s largest and best-known technology hub, but it is not alone in fostering innovative startups. In fact, such firms are emerging – almost unnoticed – everywhere, from Asian megalopolises like Singapore and Shanghai to small European cities like Espoo in Finland and Dwingeloo in the Netherlands. Many international startups – including Sweden’s Spotify, Estonia’s Skype, Israel’s Waze – and, most recently, China’s Alibaba – have gained billion-dollar valuations.
5 Hot Tips For Pitching Your Startup To The Press
I’m Managing Editor of the UP Global blog. I receive countless emails from eager entrepreneurs wanting to get their story in front of our global audience. I wish I could help every startup craft their unique and subtly-branded pitch but the work-load (as for most editors) is just too high.
Unless you’re being interviewed and covered by the BBC – editors don’t have time to develop a story for you. That’s your job.
Why a War & Shrinking Economy Can’t Stop Syrian Innovation
Despite the zeitgeist of violence throughout the nation, young Syrians are mustering an entrepreneurial spirit.
Between a crowded, youthful conference room and a procession of Syrian business mentors, Startup Weekend Damascus was cause for optimism in the nation’s business community. The Startup Weekend format is based on a 54-hour incubation period for entrepreneurs, allocating time for team-building, mentorship, and product evaluation. Ideas are judged at the event’s conclusion, and teams are awarded further startup resources for their business.
My Emotional Reaction To Explaining Detroit
...I am trying desperately to incorporate the trends from this article into my analysis; an article detailing the economic hole that is “The Motor City.” Being a white girl from the countryside of Washington State, I have been privileged with not having to know– the when’s, the where’s, the why’s– which make the reality of this downtrodden city more excruciating. How have I been hidden from such social devastation? I work on the Internet, for Pete’s sake… how has this information not reached me?
Women Emerging as Entrepreneurs in Kiev, Ukraine
Prior to the Ukrainian political upheaval of 2014, two entrepreneurs scheduled a Startup Weekend Women’s Edition in the country’s capital city, Kiev. Kateryna Dehtiar and Tetiana Siyanko originally scheduled their women’s event for the last weekend of February 2014.
Lessons from Ugly Outfitters: Making Ugly an Everyday Brand
Brad Wason and Drew Osberg attended Startup Weekend Delaware on November 15th and pitched Ugly Outfitters, an online business that sells used and hideously chic Christmas sweaters for $35 each.
A little over a month later, the guys are expanding Ugly and finding success. They have added free shipping, every order is a surprise (yep, you have no idea what kind of Ugly you will get), and if you return your Ugly within 45 days…you get $20 back! How cool is that?
I spoke with Brad and Drew to find out what Ugly really means and how these two entrepreneurs will corner the market of Ugly.
Startup Weekend Damascus: Entrepreneurship in a War Zone
Imperialism, ideology, and war are not historically unique developments in a city that predates human record. After ten millennia, there is very little that the city of Damascus has not experienced. A Startup Weekend; however, is one such event.
On February 18, 2014, the international community will gain its first introscopic look into the entrepreneurial community of Damascus, the capital city of civil-war-laden Syria.
Startup Weekend Amman: Seeding Leaders in Jordan
Amman, Jordan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is Jordan's political, cultural, and commercial capitol; and from February 13th to February 15th, Amman hosted a Startup Weekend for the third time.
The Authentic Brand Is An Endangered Creature
‘Authentic’ branding is not manufactured. The lone opportunity for communities (entrepreneurial or otherwise,) to earn a branding of authenticity is to focus on the originality of what they produce, and the way in which they produce it.
Are Social Media Management Jobs Going Away?
Forbes published a list on 20-somethings, for 20-somethings, because 20-somethings enjoy sharing lists on social media (it was nearly the 20th list on my feed this morning.)
Jason Nazar is a Forbes contributor and business owner with startup experience. He has familiarity with what is valuable when staffing a startup, and understands social media trends within the tech industry. About 20% of the way through 20 things 20-year Olds Don’t Know, Nazar raises a point concerning many of his 20-something readers: he purposes the idea that in the near future, social media management jobs will be less abundant.
Margaret Miller Profile
NORTH CASCADES — Through 33 switchbacks, thousands of biting flies, and crowds of hikers, Margaret Miller managed to hike the Cascade Pass trail’s 3.7 miles of rocky, steep terrain in about six hours. At the age of 88, she is legally blind. Miller returned to the national park for the first time in almost two decades on Saturday, August 14, for the beginning of the National Park Service’s annual revegetation effort. Miller and her late husband Joe were solely responsible for initiating the re-vegetation process in the Cascade Pass area, and were one of five couples who fought to make the North Cascades National Park a reality.