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More on Remote Teams: Thomas Knoll on The Hows and Whys

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Even if you’re not managing a remote team, there are several tools available to help you increase productivity and transparency, which ultimately results in increased team happiness. Matt Mullenwegg and team leaders at Automattic are often hailed as the go-to for how to manage a distributed team, and one of the main ideas is that company headquarters are… Read more »


Remote Work Bans Are the Tech Industry’s Patriot Act

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On October 1, reddit joined several other tech companies with a ban on remote work, asking employees to relocate to San Francisco by the end of the year. On Monday, Re/code reported that reddit general manager Erik Martin is leaving, hinting that it may be because he doesn’t want to move to the West Coast…. Read more »


Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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October 14 is Ada Lovelace Day, commemorating the world’s first computer programmer. In the mid-1800s, mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, an early computer, that calculated a sequence of Bernoulli numbers. Although there’s some debate – and it was never tested – this is widely recognized as the first-ever computer program…. Read more »



17 Things Only Accelerator Graduates Understand

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Accelerators are the entrepreneurial equivalent of band camp – away from reality, stuck with your peers for all hours of the day, putting up with dubious living and culinary conditions. But there’s no more tightly-knit group than the marching band kids, right? After finishing an accelerator, you join that illustrious group of entrepreneurs who have survived… Read more »


Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Tells Girls: Start Coding

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Last Friday, in a historic move for the Nobel Committee, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – making her the youngest ever Nobel Laureate (in any field). And, now, just days after receiving her prize, the 17-year-old has made a public statement supporting Code.org and encouraging girls from around the world to… Read more »


13-Year-Old CEO Makes a Deal on ‘Shark Tank’

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Noah Cahoon is the CEO of the toy company Paper Box Pilots, that creates designs to turn boxes into airplanes and other play vehicles for kids. He is 14 years old and runs the company with his father Brian who also works for Oracle out of Salt Lake City. The Cahoons appeared on the latest sixth-season television episode of… Read more »


Teens Create Yelp-Like App to Rate Police Brutality

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Cases of police brutality have been making headlines and sparking debate throughout the country. A group of teens from a Georgia high school decided to launch an app aimed at changing the dynamic between law enforcement and communities called Five-O app. The Five-O app empowers citizens to rate, review, and store the details of their… Read more »



Insightful Interview with “Winning Without Losing” Author Martin Bjergegaard

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This isn’t exactly your typical magazine interview, but then again Martin Bjergegaard is not your typical book author. Not only did he speak with dozens of successful startup founders to compose “Winning Without Losing” with his friend and colleague Jordan Milne, but he launched [yet another] startup to go beyond traditional printing and publishing by… Read more »



20 Tech Pioneers to Celebrate Instead of Christopher Columbus

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Happy Columbus Day! Or not. I don’t know. That really depends on your opinion of the holiday and Christopher Columbus himself. Today is designated to be a day for celebrating the anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The man – as we’ve all surely been told in our primary school days – was responsible for… Read more »


5 Ways to Design Your Site for Conversions

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Website design is more than just putting together a snazzy new layout, or impressing people with your animation skills. A great website not only inspires, but also evokes trust and interest from a targeted audience. In fact, great designing is about conversions. That only happens when you have the right elements in your website. 5… Read more »


Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

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Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for the Reddit community. And, I mean, it’s certainly a significant topic… Read more »