Author Archives: Nelson Igunma

About Nelson Igunma

Nelson Igunma interviews alumni from around the world as a Success Stories writer for General Assembly.

From Phone to Mailbox: General Assembly Grads Reinvent the Traditional Postcard with Pennypost

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When General Assembly students graduate from their course — whether it’s user experience design or data science — it’s always exciting (and sometimes surprising) to see the range of products and passions that actualize as a result. In the case of Nathan Maas, a Web Development Immersive alumnus of GA Seattle, the product was an idea called pennypost. The passion? Connecting the world with homemade digital postcards that are easy to send and share.

Nathan — who took a range of night classes in product management, front-end development, and data science at GA before choosing WDI — developed a web (and soon-to-be iPhone) app, pennypost, which was inspired by his travels to nearly fifty countries across the globe. Though he bought postcards everywhere he went with the intention of sending them home, constraints like time, postage, and tracking down mailing addresses, meant he never actually sent them. An idea was born.

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How Raaka Chocolate Uses Storytelling to Shape Their Marketing Strategy

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William Mullan graduated from Digital Marketing at General Assembly New York’s campus in 2015. Since joining Raaka Chocolate, he’s developed the company’s marketing efforts and advanced from an intern into the Director of Marketing. Now, William blends his passion for chocolate with marketing skills and techniques to share Raaka’s unique brand story in a way that is honest and engaging. Continue reading

Ohio State Student Gets Immersed in Tech to Follow Her Passion for Social Impact

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After a week spent prototyping and iterating her app idea, Erin Hallerin is using her new technical skills to become a more well-rounded social entrepreneur. She is one of our younger alumni, but still participated in the winter Tech Intensive in Sydney after an inspiring visit to the New York campus with her classmates from The Ohio State University. Now, back at college, Erin is working with a social impact-focused food truck and making plans for the summer while finishing her studies in Business Administration/Finance and International Economic Development.

“The Tech Intensive creates an environment of inspiration and dedication to inspire you to act on whatever business idea has been floating around in your brain with the help of the best brains in the industry.”

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“Hacking the Human Experience” with the Co-founder of Elm

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Mia Pokriefka enrolled in User Experience Design in January 2014 at General Assembly’s Los Angeles campus. Before long, she was able to combine her passion for serving and empowering people with her newly-learned UX skills into a site called Elm. Together with her best friend, Elissa, and a former classmate, Amanda, Mia is building her own company. Elm teaches everyone the skills you need for life based on other people’s shared experiences.  Continue reading

GA alum Advocates Importance of UX Design in Cambodia

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Since graduating from GA DC’s first UXDI course last year summer, Nina has honed her skills with freelance gigs, one of them at a big political consulting firm. When Nina wasn’t freelancing or leading a Code for America chapter, she made time for Visual Design this spring. Since her second GA graduation, she’s been exploring the nonprofit space by working with the Asia Foundation. After her work in Cambodia, Nina is considering other ways she can share the value of good UX in DC and beyond.

Keep up with Nina on Twitter @nbaliga1.

What were you doing before you came to GA?

I was a freelance UX designer and digital strategist. Prior to doing freelance UX, I was working at several digital marketing agencies as a project manager/account manager/digital strategist.

What did you choose to take a course with us?

I wanted to develop my portfolio to make myself more marketable. I also wanted to leverage the GA network to make more contacts to increase my number of freelance gigs.

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Instructor Stories: Faz Besharatian Inspires Students to Work as a Team in UXDI

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Faz (top row second from the left) with his UXDI students at General Assembly.

After several years designing for nonprofits and companies, Faz decided to make a go of freelancing full-time. After almost three years of choosing his own projects and clients, Faz committed to teaching the first UXDI course at General Assembly DC. He’s taught almost every UXDI cohort since.

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“SaladPower” Founders Design A New Way to Drink Your Veggies

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A recent Georgetown University graduate, Nikhil Wagh decided to join his old high school friend in founding SaladPower, the “world’s first truly drinkable salad,” to provide a healthy and affordable juice option. However, Nikhil soon realized that he was lacking some fundamental business skills that would help him bring the company to the next level. Now, as COO, he’s helping SaladPower onboard retailers across the East Coast!

Keep up with SaladPower on Twitter @saladpower.
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From Finance to Full-Stack: How Learning Code Revamped A Paper Pusher’s Career

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Will took a chance on General Assembly when he enrolled in our Web Development Immersive to learn fullstack coding skills. He is now exploring brand new job opportunities where he can ABL: Always Be Learning. He has shared his journey with us to inspire others. Enjoy!

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How One Student Transformed Her Passion For UX Design into an Internship with GA

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Evelyn Kim, UXDI Grad & Super Intern.

Evelyn Kim was fresh out of college when a Facebook ad enticed her to apply for the UX Design Immersive program here at GA. Now, after completing the 10-week, full-time program, she has just started an internship on our very own Instructional Development team, and she is ready to take her UX career to new heights.

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Product Management Consultant Shares His Advice in the Classroom

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Shane (second in from the right) celebrating the last day of his latest Product Management course.

Shane Williamson is a Lean Product Management consultant who assists entrepreneurs and organisations with change management from being business-centric to customer-centric by utilising lean product management processes and tools so they focus clearly on delivering value to their customers. He came to GA to teach the part-time Product Management course in Sydney. 

Follow Shane on Twitter:@shanewilliamson

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