James 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. Continue reading →
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.
The Web Design Circuit is a 12-week online course where students learn how to code and design websites with the help of a mentor. Watch the above video to hear more information about the course and get a sample design and coding lesson.
Secure your spot in the next instance of Web Design Circuit by enrolling now, or visit us at ga.co/webdesign for more information.
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.
2014 was a bad year for paper. When CareerCast released its list of the year’s most endangered jobs last June, it was clear that tech advancements were (at least partially) to blame. Newspaper reporters face growth prospects of -13%, while printing workers face job “growth” of -5%.
But for those who can build apps and websites, the future looks grand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that from 2012-2022, web developers have projected job growth of 20% – “faster than average for all occupations.” And your entrepreneurial spirit is in luck – a quarter of all web developers were self employed in 2012, earning an average of $30.05 per hour.
If you love to solve tough problems, can think systemically, and break complex ideas into solvable stages, web development could be your dream career. How can you tell if the work is for you?
As a fan of the show Mad Men and its wonderful anachronisms, I had a good chuckle over Sterling Cooper & Partners’ season 6 acquisition of the IBM System 360. Without spoiling much for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the firm attempts to step up its data research game by bringing in a computer mainframe so mammoth it takes over the entire employee lounge, and seems so alien and imposing that one staffer worries it might actually be reading his thoughts.
The introduction of the IBM 360 50 years ago was actually revolutionary, and it helped pave the way for the modern computing systems we use today. And I’m sure that generations of ad men believed it was an effective tool for winning accounts and selling more soap. But in terms of capabilities, it probably did less than a first-generation iPod shuffle.
After a nudge from a friend, Jonathan took Business Fundamentals & Tactics in New York City. During the course, he came up with an idea for Lost and Found, a missedconnections app, which became the focus of his final project. Since, he’s kicked his idea into hyperdrive and is committed to building his app full-time.
Groupon’s original business plan. Image source: Amanda Peyton (via The Point blog)
If you work in digital, you have met them. The data people. You know, the ones who can see level upon level of digital data unfolding in their mind’s eye? The Beautiful Mind types who have the ability to create an almost three-dimensional Excel spreadsheet? Perhaps you are one of these people, and this stuff comes naturally to you. For the rest of us non-data thinkers, creating a digital map on paper is a skill. It’s known as data modeling.
The idea of a data model is to create an overview of a digital project that all invested parties can access, understand, and use to do their jobs. Whether you are a data specialist, an agile whiz, or just a content strategist who studied James Joyce in college and doesn’t inherently think in data bytes, if you work in digital, you will probably have to create a model.
Many of you may have noticed that our website went down on Monday. While at first, staffers joked and grumbled, we quickly realized that the issue was something more serious, affecting not only GA, but hundreds of websites across the Internet–that’s right, we were under attack (on Cyber Monday, no less).
While many entrepreneurs stood out in 2014 for their product, their personality, or their potential, there were some that seemed particularly interesting, for better or worse. Here are the 11 entrepreneurs who entered our consciousness in 2014.