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General Assembly Joins Tech Gives Back in National Day of Service

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Members of the General Assembly community in New York get their hands dirty in the Bronx for Tech Gives Back.

Earlier this fall, about two dozen of General Assembly’s New York employees stepped away from their desks to visit two schools in the Bronx. Most of the group got their hands dirty by gardening, painting a mural, and setting up a new greenhouse at P.S. 30 Wilton School, while the rest helped students at P.S. 171 Patrick Henry pitch business ideas.

They joined more than 250 volunteers across the country — including GA employees in San Francisco — in donating more than 1,000 hours of service in one day as part of Tech Gives Back. The annual service event brings together tech companies across the country to provide much-needed help to local organizations.

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Volunteer Assembly: New York Common Pantry

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At General Assembly, we pride ourselves on empowering those around us to find greater well-being in their daily lives, both in the classroom and beyond. At times, this growth can be inspired by something as simple as a healthy meal.

On a recent Tuesday, our team at GA NYC skipped its usual weekly Team Lunch — where we share a meal and learn about each other’s work — to help feed fellow New Yorkers in need.

For the second year running, team members swapped hairnets for funny hats, stacking up more than 500 sandwiches for the New York Common Pantry (NYCP). The nonprofit’s mission: “to reduce hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.”

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The Winklevoss Twins Speak at GA on Bitcoin, The Future of Currency, and Gemini

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The Winklevoss Twins speaking at GA.

General Assembly recently welcomed Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to our headquarters in NYC for an enlightening interview about bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s been associated with the Dark Web.

Cameron and Tyler attended in their capacity as President and CEO, respectively, of Gemini, a new bitcoin exchange (the NASDAQ of bitcoin, they call it) that they have been developing. They were interviewed by Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and author of the recently released book “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.”

The Winklevosses had no shortage of stories about their past but reminded the audience that, for bitcoin, “it’s still the early days…It’s so young and there’s so much to do.”

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General Assembly Raises $35 Million in Series C Round

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Since our launch in 2011, General Assembly has made tremendous progress towards our long-term vision: Creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue the work they love. General Assembly has already touched hundreds of thousands of lives, with a community of more than 100,000 students, including an alumni network of more than 6,000 graduates of our courses across eight campuses.

While our progress has been tremendous, our work has barely begun. Our mandate, our deepest organizational responsibility, is to support these alumni not just now, but for many, many years to come. It is this obligation that led to our new round of funding for General Assembly, designed to ensure that we will be able to educate students and help decades of alumni yet to come. Led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), this round represents over $35 million of investment, with participation from other investors including GSV Capital, Rethink Education, Maveron, and Western Technology Investment. IVP is an incredible firm, with an awe-inspiring portfolio including Twitter, Omniture, Netflix, Akamai, Soundcloud, and Snapchat. Todd Chaffee, general partner at IVP, is joining our board, and we’re proud to partner with the firm as we continue to expand our audience and scope of offerings.

While we look toward the future, I also want to recognize General Assembly’s team today. We have 250 amazing, talented people, working tirelessly from outposts across the globe. Working at a startup is a constant challenge and I’m proud of what our team has accomplished. Our ability to continue to invest and grow is due to their commitment to General Assembly and to our students; they are the most crucial element of our collective success to date.

While a financing round is a milestone, it is hardly an endpoint. We want to build General Assembly to still be thriving 75 years from now, and have mountains of work to do to continue to serve our students, alumni, and the countless individuals we have yet to reach. There will be new courses, new campuses, and new audiences to come. We look forward to sharing them with our growing global community.

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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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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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Alumni Unleash Their Creative Sides

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General Assembly students take a mid-week break to focus on their creative sides. At the Painting Lounge, a group of NYC grads from all different courses expressed themselves through art.

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“Absolutely loved this class!! It’s really great to have the opportunity to do these sorts of events and bring friends and meet new people.” – Molly Gillette, Web Designer at Jeffries & Co., Graduate of General Assembly’s Product Management Class.

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Words of Wisdom from Vinod Khosla

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Vinod Khosla is a seasoned Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur who is unafraid to speak his mind, however controversial his ideas.

Last Friday, Vinod did just that during a fireside chat moderated by Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney at General Assembly’s New York City campus. The conversation was live streamed exclusively to subscribers of Front Row, GA’s monthly online learning service. Viewers were encouraged to submit questions for the Q&A section that followed.

Vinod shared his view on a wide variety of topics including innovation, success, and Elon Musk. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite quotes below, but encourage you to watch the hour-long video:

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Summer 2013 Web Development Immersive Graduation & Reunion

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Last Tuesday night, we held our first joint graduation and alumni reunion for our Web Development Immersive (WDI) students. We admit that it’s a bit unusual — homecoming and graduation events are typically separated by several months and various weather conditions. But we think about education a little bit differently.

From “TA Phil” Lamplugh reflecting that “[being] able to say ‘this doesn’t work because you spelled restaurant wrong’ has been a daily highlight” and WDI Product Manager Mercedes Bent recounting stories from the graduating classes to GA co-founder Matt Brimer imploring students to “always keep [their] education in beta,” the theme of the night was really all about lifelong learning.

In his speech to graduates and alumni, Brimer noted that “Alumni has the connotation that you’re no longer involved. We never want you to leave the GA community.” It’s that mindset that drove the evening, as the ceremony was less about sending graduates off into the world or giving alumni the opportunity to reconnect with each other, and more about alumni welcoming students into the next stage of their education and into the network of WDI alumni.

The strength of that alumni network — less than one year from the first instance of WDI — was readily apparent through the night. Our alumni appreciated the opportunity to welcome new students in, but they didn’t need us to bring them together to stay in contact. It was clear that they had already done that on their own.

In his congratulatory remarks, Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis advised graduates to “brute force their way into the future” while mentioning that there’s never enough good developers in the world. Perhaps no point better illustrates the benefits of the WDI program. Not only are graduates embarking into an in-demand career, they’re doing so together — creating a powerful community of collaborative developers, learning enthusiasts, and most importantly, friends.

If you’re interested in joining this network of alumni, learn more about WDI.