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LA Jobs and Java

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How do you take your coffee? Milk, sugar? How about a spoonful of career advice? We’ve partnered with Timeout LA to offer career counseling for people interested in exploring jobs in technology, business, or design.

Each week we will select a coffee shop in LA and send a team familiar with the LA startup scene to help people find their path.

We’ve created the ultimate cheat-sheet for you below to get some quick facts on some of the best coffee spots in LA. To learn more about the vibe of each place, check out the full write-up on Timeout LA.

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Monday Motivation

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Five Tricks for Breaking into UX Design

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The field of User Experience Design is growing rapidly. According to Qconnects, a California-based talent agency, requests for UX designers rose by 70% from 2011 to 2012, with starting salaries averaging $60,000 (Usability Professionals Association, 2011 Salary Survey). There’s high demand, a shortage of supply, and in that gap, a fantastic opportunity for individuals to learn these critical skills and transition into the field. Here are five easy ways to get started:

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Alumni Interview: Zachariah & Wesley

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Meet Zachariah Reitano & Wesley Carr, graduates of our Web Development Immersive and creators of Shout, the mobile app for a new marketplace, available now in the AppStore.

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

W: I was taking a year off from college (which I didn’t want to go back to), working at a yoga studio and in rehabilitation for my left foot.

Z: I attended Columbia University. I graduated in May with a degree in Economics and Creative Writing.

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Party in Park City

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Last week, we had the pleasure of sending two lucky people to Park City, Utah for a week full of activities during the 2014 Sundance Festival. Daniil and Stanislav were our two contest winners, old friends from Russia making the journey from their current homes in San Francisco and Moscow respectively, to meet up in Park City. Throughout the week, they were treated to exclusive parties, celebrity meet and greets, snowboarding time on the slopes, and both warm and adult beverages.

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Introduction To The NYC Startup Community

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Whether you’re looking to found your own startup or wishing to become a part of a budding team, getting acquainted with the New York tech scene can be somewhat overwhelming. To help you navigate your way through this complex web (pun intended), we’ve put together a comprehensive guide full of resources NYC startup enthusiasts use regularly to stay connected, advice to keep in mind as you get started, and places you can go where everyone will know your name (removed for copyright infringement).

“A startup is not a smaller version of a large company. It’s a temporary organization designed to search for a scalable business model.” – Steve Blank

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Eye On Alumni: Chris Place

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GA Hong Kong Product Management graduate, Chris Place, already had his product in place. He just needed help taking it to the next level.

Meet JUMP, “The first charging solution that fits your lifestyle.”

Chris began working on JUMP with his team at Native Union as a product designer. He came to GA to help realize the potential of the product by realizing his potential as a product manager. We recently caught up with Chris to learn more about JUMP and how his time at GA was able to empower him to take on more responsibility within the project.

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Alumni Feature: Melanie Araujo

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After five years experience in practical and theoretical neuroscience, Melanie Araujo decided it was time to start exploring other opportunities. She grappled with the decision to attend grad school in London, but wasn’t completely sold – there was another fit out there.

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Alumni Interview: Melody & Grace

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Meet Grace Kim (left) & Melody Tran (right), graduates of our Front-End Web Development course in NYC, both currently working at ExpandTheRoom.

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“Lights, Camera, Code” Scholarship Winners

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This winter, we teamed up with LaunchPad LA, Cross Campus, and Los Angeles Venture Association to offer a select number of $2,000 scholarships to our full-time Web Development Immersive program at our brand-new campus in Los Angeles, California. After pouring over thousands of applications, we are excited to present the five winners who will be embarking on a 12-week journey to become full-stack web developers.

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