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From Phone to Mailbox: General Assembly Grads Reinvent the Traditional Postcard with Pennypost

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When General Assembly students graduate from their course — whether it’s user experience design or data science — it’s always exciting (and sometimes surprising) to see the range of products and passions that actualize as a result. In the case of Nathan Maas, a Web Development Immersive alumnus of GA Seattle, the product was an idea called pennypost. The passion? Connecting the world with homemade digital postcards that are easy to send and share.

Nathan — who took a range of night classes in product management, front-end development, and data science at GA before choosing WDI — developed a web (and soon-to-be iPhone) app, pennypost, which was inspired by his travels to nearly fifty countries across the globe. Though he bought postcards everywhere he went with the intention of sending them home, constraints like time, postage, and tracking down mailing addresses, meant he never actually sent them. An idea was born.

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Should You Learn How To Code?

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With more than 100,000 available positions for web and mobile developers in the U.S. in the past year alone, asking “should I learn how to code?” is a common question among today’s job seekers.

Whether you’re looking to level up in your current role, or change careers altogether, coding can be a powerful tool in helping you land your dream job or build products that you never thought possible.

Learning a new skill may seem daunting, but the payoff is great, and you’ll find confidence in knowing that you can expand your skill set. Here are four questions to ask yourself to see if you’re ready to get started.  Continue reading

From Finance to Full-Stack: How Learning Code Revamped A Paper Pusher’s Career

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Will took a chance on General Assembly when he enrolled in our Web Development Immersive to learn fullstack coding skills. He is now exploring brand new job opportunities where he can ABL: Always Be Learning. He has shared his journey with us to inspire others. Enjoy!

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New Creative Agency Focuses Solely On Socially-Conscious Companies

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Web Development Immersive student turned Expert in Residence Andrea has teamed up with fellow GA-er to co-found Nature of the Beast, a creative company that works with socially-minded companies.

Follow Andrea on Twitter: @butterloverz

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Meet the Founder of Bookmarq, An App To Help You Find Recommendations From Friends

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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.

Check out Mike’s app, Bookmarq.

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Instructor Story: Life-long Coder Teaches WDI In Chicago

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James Traver, WDI Instructor for General Assembly in ChicagoJames Traver is a WDI instructor in Chicago. Having learned programming on his own from a very young age, James enjoying helping his students avoid the pitfalls that he endured as a new developer.
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Business Exec Catapults His Career By Learning to Code

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Photo by Myleen Hollero, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Kourosh has years of experience in business development for both media companies and startups. Before joining San Francisco’s Web Development Immersive, he worked for Tugboat Yards. Post-course, he launched a startup with a classmate and landed a new role as the VP of Strategic Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation. 

Follow Kourosh on Twitter: @kouroshk

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3 Ways To Stand Out As A New Developer

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I was recently invited to attend Write/Speak/Code, a workshop-based, three-day conference to help female software developers increase their visibility in the tech community. I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside seasoned developers and code newbies on everything from writing a compelling bio to brainstorming talk topics, and finally contributing to open source.

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A Startup Founder’s Journey With Code

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James Ingallinera, far right, is the co-founder and CEO of Founder House, a co-living network for creators. He recently graduated from GA’s Web Development Immersive in New York City. 

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How To Land Your Dream Developer Job (As Told By Your Future Boss)

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Jesse Podell ImageJesse Podell is COO of DevShop, a boutique web development agency, and NY TechDay, the world’s largest startup event (coming to Washington, D.C. in October 2014). He is also the co-organizer of NYFTS, the largest Fintech Meetup group.

Whether you’re a hardcore nerd who’s been coding since grade school or a recent bootcamp grad, getting hired for a developer position will always come down to more than just your aptitude for code. At my firm,

At my firm, DevShop, a Ruby on Rails web and app development agency based in NYC, my partner and I easily spend 20% of our time recruiting. We’ve found that the best hires are people who are dedicated, passionate about learning, and clear about what kind of role they really want.

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