Cindy Yen moved from Taipei to Hong Kong in pursuit of a finance career; but was soon diverted by the bright lights of business and design. When she decided to act upon her newfound interest, Cindy signed up for GA’s Front-End Web Development class. Now she’s using her skills to develop her first startup, a quantified-self app launching in late 2014.
Knock out some unfinished resolutions before the clock strikes 12, and ring-in the new year with a clean slate and new skills.
We’re sharing some of our favorite tips from experts in Product Management, Front-End Web Development, and UX Design for some last-minute lessons. It’s never too late to get started.
- Test your new business idea
- Prepare to get the job of your dreams
- Learn a new (programming) language
- Get your website live
Meet Carolina Garcia, co-founder of Modabound, an online marketplace for college students to buy and sell fashion items. Along with co-founder Alexa Varsavsky, Carolina enrolled in GA’s Front-End Web Development course out of college, a year after they first launched Modabound. Carolina and Alexa are currently participating in the Techstars London accelerator program, with the goal of expanding to every college campus in America (and beyond!) — Emily Lu, General Assembly
Name: Carolina Garcia (@modabound)
Occupation: Co-founder, Modabound
1. What inspired you to learn front-end web development? How has it helped you run your business?
We knew early on that starting a business as non-technical co-founders would be a challenge — we wanted to guide our developers better, and anticipated questions from investors down the road.
As co-founders with front-end skills, we are now able to project manage much more effectively. While we’re also able to contribute with code, the main benefit is being able to communicate our vision more clearly to our developers, having a better grasp of how long projects will take, and ultimately working more closely as a team.
2. What surprised you most about diving into web development?
I was surprised to learn how welcoming the developer community is. Developers love sharing. They talk a lot. They have boards. People are so open to helping each other out and solving problems together. We gained a great framework for understanding from GA’s Front-End Web Development Course, and from there I’ve been amazed by how much you can continue to learn by using the web as a resource.
Name: Nick Schaden (@nschaden)
Occupation: Web Designer/Developer
1. In 140 characters or less, what is front-end web development?
A mix of programming and layout that powers the visuals and interactions of the web.
2. If a website were a house, front-end web development would be ______?
The pretty exterior that gives the house character, or the host that invites guests in and makes them feel at home.