Vinod Khosla is a seasoned Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur who is unafraid to speak his mind, however controversial his ideas.
Last Friday, Vinod did just that during a fireside chat moderated by Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney at General Assembly’s New York City campus. The conversation was live streamed exclusively to subscribers of Front Row, GA’s monthly online learning service. Viewers were encouraged to submit questions for the Q&A section that followed.
Vinod shared his view on a wide variety of topics including innovation, success, and Elon Musk. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite quotes below, but encourage you to watch the hour-long video:
Two General Assembly campuses made one (winning) team at HackFit Boston last weekend. Alumni from GA’s Boston and NYC long-form courses joined forces at the two-day hackathon, which took place at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center from September 28-29 in Cambridge, MA.
Five NYC alums made the trip up to Boston on Friday night in an Audi SUV from our friends at ZipCar. WeHostels provided accommodations for the weekend.
Over the course of two days, the GA alumni team – a diverse group of UX designers, front-end developers, and back-end developers – got to know each other, mapped out their idea, and set out to win. And win they did.
Meet Denis Tsoi, a graduate of General Assembly’s 10-week Front-End Web Development course in Hong Kong. In a previous life, Denis worked as a dealer for a precious metals brokerage. He realized that “working in finance is not what it’s cracked up to be,” and since learning to code at GA, he’s embarked on a new career as a web developer at the creative agency Imagination HK.
What inspired you to learn to code?
It all started a year ago when I first joined Dim Sum Labs, a hacker space in Hong Kong. At the time, I didn’t know anything about programming or how to make a website.
One of Dim Sum Labs’ co-founders, William Liang, mentioned an upcoming Startup Weekend event that he’d be mentoring at. I had just finished reading The Lean Startup and The Four Hour Work Week, and thought I’d give it a try. At the event, I noticed a surplus of “business” types, but not many designers or coders. I was frustrated when I realized that I wasn’t one either.
A few months passed. I was applying for jobs, and emailed someone at a startup that I was interested in. While I was bummed that they weren’t hiring, I thought it’d be best to keep in touch since he was so nice over email. I later found out he was teaching GA’s Front-End Web Development course, which I had heard about through somewhere else. It was a sign!
Last weekend, General Assembly teamed up with Glamour magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to host Dressed to Code, a one-day fashion-themed hackathon.
Hosts Cindi Leive (Editor in Chief, Glamour) and Steven Kolb (CEO, CFDA) kicked off the morning with opening remarks about the intersection of fashion and tech. “A year ago, I didn’t even know what a hackathon was!” Kolb confessed.
The attendees — a mix of designers, web developers, and creative thinkers — formed teams and worked on their ideas until the 5:30 pm submission deadline. Representatives from API partners Facebook, Aviary, Gilt, Tumblr, Glamour, Foursquare, and SendGrid were available for support.
Unlike typical hackathons, which tend to draw a male-dominant crowd, over half of Dressed to Code’s participants were female.