Not even the bright lights of Tokyo and a solid internship in finance could keep Mike from his dreams of starting a business. After learning to code in our Web Development Immersive, he started Bookmarq, an app that allows you to find book recommendations from peers and thought leaders.
Visual-turned-UX designer, Diana, completed the UXDI program in Downtown Los Angeles. Post-course, she teamed up with peers a for the LA Codeathon. Together, they helped design a Jawbone-focused app that helps women get moving and stay moving. Currently, she is focusing on freelance UX and visual design projects in the Los Angeles area. Follow her on Twitter and view her portfolio.
Have you ever been stuck using an app and wished you had a live person to help? Showkit will do just that. A finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in May, ShowKit founders (and LA’s Product Management graduates) Emily Sipchen and Anthony Kelani are revolutionizing how companies are interacting with their customers. Since their debut, they’ve been making waves. Up next? They plan to roll out versions for Windows and OXS web plug-ins.
On February 28, 2014, 10 aspiring tech entrepreneurs, winners of General Assembly’s LA Tech Insider’s Look Tour, embarked on a one-day exploration of L.A.’s most promising tech companies, traveling from Downtown to Culver City to Santa Monica, where they visited their headquarters and held discussions with founders and technical leaders. A special thank you to NastyGal, The Honest Company, Fullscreen, TOMS and Launchpad LA for supporting our winners on their adventure.
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.
The Entertainment space and LA are no strangers at General Assembly. We are continuously striving to create enriching experiences, and this one did not fall short. Through a partnership with theAudience and Digital Marketing courses at our LA campus, students were invited to West Hollywood to experience first-hand what goes down in the world of social data around celebrities and talent.
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.
John Wander and Ameet Mehta are graduates of Los Angeles’ Digital Marketing course and co-founders of CHNL, a simple and beautiful way to share content from the web that allows users, professionals, influencers and brands to collaborate and share information publicly and privately. They brought their need for a digital marketing strategy to their GA course and have graduated ready and able to drive CHNL’s growth.
What do you think about Los Angeles and General Assembly?
John: LA is important right now and content is king is pretty real right now; Ameet and I have been around the since web 1.0. And what is separating successful companies today is content, and LA plays a much bigger role than it ever has because a lot of the content creation is done down here.
Ameet: A lot of technological innovation is being done up in the Bay Area but then a lot of business is happening down here in LA. There is a need for really good developers here in LA. I am a developer and it has been a challenge finding good developers but places like GA teaching the immersive courses is huge. GA is providing a resource for LA.
Tell us about your life before coming to GA & why you took this course?
John: I’ve been an entrepreneur in start-ups in a business development role, my background is in investment banking and I’ve been involved in an angel investor network, and was doing all this until I quit it all to dive headfirst into CHNL. The reason I took the GA course was because it was important for: a. to go really deep into an understanding of the whole process and implementation of a digital marketing strategy and b. hire the right person for our company and be able to measure their success. Continue reading →