Nelson Igunma, Author at General Assembly Blog

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

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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Invibed Helps Millennials Take Control of Their Finances

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Danielle left a cushy job as an Investment Specialist to teach others how to become more financially stable. With a little help from her Front End Web Development instructors, she launched Invibed, a website that teaches Millenials how to save money and be more fiscally responsible through shared money-saving tips. 

Get updated on Twitter: @danipascarella + @Invibed

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Entrepreneurs Find Advice and Inspiration From The Startup Magazine

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Startups are complex, and the road to closing on a round can be difficult. No one knows that better than Product Management graduate Yoav Farbey. The Startup Magazine started as his personal website to catalog the lessons learned, trials, and successes of Yoav’s journey as a first-time entrepreneur. It quickly gained traction as a resource for other entrepreneurs going through similar challenges.

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Music Lover Launches an Accelerator For Aspiring Artists

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Clayton Janes loves music and classic British cars (as you can see in his photograph). Being in the music industry for nearly twelve years, he’s decided to start The Music Accelerator, an accelerator program designed specifically for aspiring artists. After mastering his coding skills, he’s on to his next venture: growing the business and bringing exposure to new talent.

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