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16 Coding Bootcamps That Offer Scholarships for Women

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In a recent study, RJMetrics found that the tech community was about 29% female, with some cities scoring as low as 17% or 20%. Sam Altman just released some Y Combinator statistics on diversity, revealing that 19.5% of the startups they’ve funded this year have women on the founding team. Women are underrepresented in startups,… Read more »


How to Speak Like Your Graphic Designer

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Graphic design is all about communicating and solving problems through creative imagery and formatting. These days, everything is done using specialized computer programs and tools. Designers work with digital images more than anything else, and these images come in all kinds of formats with their individual pros and cons. To really connect with graphic designers,… Read more »


UK Web Development Shop TheGenieLab Opens US Office in Miami

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A team of web developers from Wales, TheGenieLab, is setting up shop in Miami’s trendy neighborhood Wynwood. The new office – located within incubator campus The Lab Miami - is a way to expand a further footprint into the US market where they have an already high-demand for their offerings. The company, founded by Andrew Cargill and Daniel Lewis,… Read more »


Open the Bidding! Crowdsourcing Logo Design for Startups

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If you’re having difficulty conjuring up a logo for your business, crowdsourcing is the solution. An impressive logo allows you to communicate instantly with your target customer base. By crowdsourcing a logo design, you can take advantage of the newest trends and concepts in creating brand identities. Finding the right designer is easy with crowdsourcing,… Read more »


5 Reasons to Outsource Your Ruby On Rails Developer

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Finding a decent Ruby on Rails developer is hard enough when you’re trying to create new apps and mobile sites for your business. It gets even worse when you try to find someone who really understands the language well who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg. If you want to hire a Ruby developer… Read more »


9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

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Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership ratio of the DC tech community. The Meetup was inspired by… Read more »


One Little Feature That Could Help Your MVP Succeed

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I recently finished reading a book called Absolute Value. The gist of the book says that in the world of Yelp and other customer review sites, people do not buy brands; they buy reviews. This certainly seems quite true. The author cites a great example of how ASUS motherboards picked up much more in sales than Intel,… Read more »


Why Ruby on Rails is My Go-To App Development Platform

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When it comes to developing business web applications, companies are faced with a tough decision. There are a variety of development platforms or programs to choose from including Java, Python, and Ruby among others. But in my experience, Ruby on Rails is the go-to app for developing web apps for your business. What is Ruby on… Read more »


The Slick Bib: Utilizing an Engineering Background to Design a New Kind of Running Shirt

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While an undergrad at the University of Virginia, Adrian Santos pursued a major in chemical engineering. “I like chemistry, and I liked solving problems…[and I liked] taking things apart and putting them back together,” said Santos, regarding his motivations for choosing to study engineering. But four years after getting his engineering degree, Santos has found… Read more »


7 Essential Traits Your App Can’t Survive Without

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I’m going to start off by throwing some big numbers around. (That always seems to make the point clear, a lot quicker!) According to Gartner Research, the total number of apps downloaded annually is set to zoom to 310 billion by 2016. As per a Nielsen Cross Platform Survey 2013, smartphone owners spend 86 percent… Read more »


The Do’s and Don’ts of Developing Mobile Business Apps

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Mobile is the new language of commerce, marketing, communication, and entertainment, so businesses assume that moving into the world of apps is the key to remaining relevant. But marketers and professionals are often left with the question: Do mobile apps increase revenue? The answer seems far from a simple yes or no. Multiple factors, such… Read more »


Why Titanium App Development is a Smart Move for Startups Who Need Apps

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Developing mobile applications is a challenge for every professional developer. They need to focus on each elemental aspect, while coding applications that are responsive, functional and compatible. Covering the bases for every feature is not exactly an easy task, even for the most talented developers. That’s why the Titanium application framework has emerged as one of the best for extensive mobile… Read more »



How to Bring your App to Market

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You wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat. Shakily, you grab a pad and paper and jot down the ideas that are swimming in your head. Overcome by exhaustion, your head falls back to the pillow and you fall back asleep. The next morning, you wake up and read the notepad… Read more »


7 Things You Should Know About The DC Design Community

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DC breeds a culture of creativity. With design agencies, startups, artists and freelancers aplenty, it can be hard to navigate your way through the creative jungle of the District. For that reason, the good people at General Assembly organized the first Introduction to the DC Design Community event last night. The reputable panel included designers… Read more »


Bootstrapping Logo Design: How to Get a Great Logo for Less

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A good logo is essential for any startup. However, most fledgling companies don’t have in-house designers. Rather than paying a lot of money to hire a freelance designer, try crowdsourcing your next logo. There are a variety of sites available, where people can be commissioned to create personalized designs. Regardless of your budget or project… Read more »