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What Does an Engineer Look Like?

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Credit: Isis Wenger

Credit: Isis Wenger

Isis Wenger wasn’t looking to start a social movement. But when her face appeared on an advertisement for OneLogin, where she works as an engineer, Isis quite literally became the face of gender diversity in the tech industry. And rather than shirk the publicity, Isis embraced her newfound celebrity and launched a social media campaign aimed at highlighting the pervasive inequalities of the industry.

Isis’ specific ad (one of four her company created) immediately generated heated discussion and controversy, which in turn has highlighted the sexism that continues to characterize this industry. Reactions ranged to comments on her appearance to doubts she actually worked at the company. It boils down to one unfortunate point: People have a set idea of what an engineer should look like, and Isis doesn’t fit that mold.

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Women on the Rise: Meet Our Extraordinary Winners

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Women-on-the-Rise_FacebookThumb_484x252 This summer, we sent out an APB to find four talented women ready to join us in San Fransisco for a week-long exploration of the ever-changing world of tech.

We set up exclusive company tours, one on ones with peer mentors, VIP conference passes, and lunch with leading women in Silicon Valley tech. Our hope is to inspire and empower these women to pursue their interests in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation at its epicenter.

Over 7,000 incredible women applied for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re thrilled to announce our winners!

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Bringing Innovation Home: How One Student is Supporting Local Business in Flint, MI

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Adrian won the GA World Tour back in 2013, getting an exclusive deep dive into GA and the startup world. She has since enrolled in our online HTML, CSS &Web Design Circuit to learn front-end web development and design skills. Now, she’s putting her skills to work as a Senior Consultant for the Flint Area Reinvestment Office, supporting local entrepreneurs and building a startup culture in the blossoming Michigan city.

Follow Adrian on Twitter: @sunnyokina

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Eye On Alumni: Sarah Adler, Co-Founder of Spoon University

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Spoon University is an online food publication powered by over 900 college student contributors at 35 campuses across the country. Our Web Development Immersive graduate and co-founder of Spoon, Sarah Adler, built an internal training tool to help scale their network of contributors efficiently. We caught up with Sarah to hear about how this feature was created, and more importantly, how it’s been able to help her company succeed. 

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Tech Hub: Seven Success Stories from Boston-Based Startups

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Boasting many top tier universities, an emphasis on innovation research, a closer-knit community, and one of the highest rates of venture capital investment in the country, Boston is home to one of the richest tech ecosystems in the US.

Startup accelerators and incubators such as TechStarsFuture BostonMass Challenge, and Harvard Innovation Lab offer capital and mentorship opportunities in exchange for small amounts of equity. Coworking spaces including WeWork, WorkbarKoa LabsIdea Space, and Cambridge Innovation Center provide rented spaces for solo founders and growing teams to work on their projects. For those interested in sharpening their skills, groups such as Boston New Tech Meetup, Girl Develop ItRails Bridge, and General Assembly offer classes, workshops, and events on a wide range of topics including coding, digital marketing, data science, and project management.

Given the wealth of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, Boston is brimming with triumphant tales of talented techies. Below are seven success stories from The Hub’s tech community:

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Counterintuitive Business Thoughts from MOO.com Founder Richard Moross

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This week in London, we attended a talk given by Richard Moross, CEO and founder of MOO.com. The event was implemented through Startup Grind London at the Cass Business School, and was a fireside chat about how Moross revolutionized a 500 year-old industry: printing!  To boot, it was Startup Grind’s six-month anniversary in London; each month they have a successful speaker connect to and inspire a  group of entrepreneurs.

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SXSW 2014: Alumni Community Building

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Over the years, the SXSW Interactive festival has earned the reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technology, and so it only makes sense that we take the journey to participate. Last week, Austin served as the meeting point of four GA campus alumni groups and a weekend focused on community building.

Over an intimate dinner of fajitas and guacamole, we caught up on everyone’s latest endeavors and exciting ideas for the future. A quick shuttle ride took us to the bustling GA, Splash, and Maveron Midnight Garden Party, an event so vibrant we’ll let the photos after the jump speak for themselves..

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Fundraising on AngelList: 4 Tips to Get Noticed

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Are you using AngelList to its full potential? Ash Fontana, Head of Fundraising at AngelList, recently stopped by GA to share best practices for connecting with investors on the site. Some of the key takeaways are listed below. For more details and examples of best practices, watch Ash’s talk here.

1. Build a Good Profile

Fill in as much information as you can. AngelList was designed to eliminate any possible mistakes being made on your end; like presenting information illegally or making it difficult for investors to digest your profile. There are convenient tips listed in each field you need to fill out — read them all. Lastly, don’t use fluffy language. Stick to the facts and state your credentials clearly.

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A Peek inside L.A.’s Flourishing Tech Companies: Nasty Gal, The Honest Company, Fullscreen and TOMS

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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.

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Ben Horowitz on “The Hard Thing About Hard Things”

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Ben Horowitz, one of the most respected entrepreneurs in tech, stopped by General Assembly in New York for a fireside chat. He spoke with Steve Stoute, CEO of Translation, about navigating the most challenging of circumstances in pursuit of startup success.

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