Author Archives: Melanie Albert

What Do Law, Data, and Coding Have In Common? Read This To Find Out

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pauline chow

With a background in law, coding, and data science, Pauline Chow is truly a triple threat. She graduated from our part-time Data Science course back in the spring of 2014 and has gone on to land impressive roles at startups like Clique Media. After the course, Pauline went on to share her passion for data science/analytics as an instructor at GA. She’s also pursuing her masters in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology! 

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How ‘Cords For Music’ Founder Turned His Passion For Music Into a Thriving Career

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Nicholas Coblence

With a lifelong passion for music and a professional background in the arts and luxury industries, Digital Marketing graduate, Nick Coblence, struck a perfect balance with his socially motivated company, Cords For Music. CFM sells jewelry collections inspired by music, with a portion of profits going towards developing music education programs for children in underserved areas

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Brewed to success: How One Woman’s Business Won Over Coffee Lovers And A Shark

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Samantha Meis

It’s been quite a year for Samantha Meis. In May 2013, the Los Angeles Web Development Immersive graduate pitched her business, MistoBox, on ABC’s Shark Tank, and landed a deal with Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. Mix that with a new office space, a customized subscription offering, plus thousands of happy customers, and you’ve got a winning business. 
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How Two GA Students Are Making A Lasting Impact on Sydney’s Community Through User Experience Design

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Nataniel and Janek

Janek (left) and Nataniel (right), two User Experience Design Immersive students at General Assembly Sydney, won first place at Design.Code.Plan, a two-day hackathon challenge organized by the University of Sydney and the NSW State Government Department of Planning, with their app, Better Burbs.

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Mixing Math and Music: How a Composer Launched His Career in Data Science

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Ruben Naeff

Meet Ruben, who earned two master’s degrees in mathematics and music composition before taking our Data Science Immersive course at our New York City campus. With a knack for data and coding, he dove into data science and landed a sweet gig at the adaptive learning company Knewton.

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Hacking for change in the healthcare industry

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HackingHealth-NYCTeamAlumni

In May 2014, Shawn Dimantha launched the first US-based chapter of Hacking Health, an organization designed to ignite collaboration between tech creators and healthcare professionals to solve healthcare issues. Shawn has since invited two fellow Product Management graduates on as co-organizers. Together, they’re on a mission to make an impact in health tech. We caught up with Shawn (left) and Frida (middle) to hear their story.

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Alumni Unleash Their Creative Sides

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General Assembly students take a mid-week break to focus on their creative sides. At the Painting Lounge, a group of NYC grads from all different courses expressed themselves through art.

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“Absolutely loved this class!! It’s really great to have the opportunity to do these sorts of events and bring friends and meet new people.” – Molly Gillette, Web Designer at Jeffries & Co., Graduate of General Assembly’s Product Management Class.

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Corporate to Startup: How One GA Student Made the Leap

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Meet Jesse Owens II, a spring 2013 Product Management graduate, and currently a Product Manager at Imagine Easy Solutions.

1. What were you doing before you came to GA?

During my six years at JP Morgan, I served in a number of roles in the Asset Management and Investment Bank lines of business, from Server-Side Java Developer, Production Support Analyst, to Technical Business Analyst.

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GA Alumni Team Up to Win at HackFit Boston

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GA Alumni at HackFit Boston

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.

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Alumni Interview: General Assembly Hong Kong Alum Denis Tsoi

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General Assembly Hong Kong Alum Denis Tsoi

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!

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