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South Florida Ramps Up Efforts to Teach Kids How to Code

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Miami’s entrepreneurial community recognizes the value that coding creates to individuals by creating more opportunities professionally. This summer a wave of summer coding programs became accessible for young people of all ages. These organizations aim at helping young people build the skills required to learn how to code. Coding camps are unique because it allows kids to create projects… Read more »



Test Your Startup Idea in the #GetStarted2014 Challenge

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Do you have a great idea but aren’t sure whether it has legs? The folks at Simpleweb, Onboardly, and Rackspace want you to know that there’s still time to take the #GetStarted2014 challenge. But you need to hurry – entrants must submit their ideas and drum up enough votes by July 31. The three companies… Read more »


Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Will Join Steve Case on ‘Rise of the Rest Road Trip’

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It was announced yesterday that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will join Steve Case on his Rise of the Rest Road Trip, the four-city tour through developing startup ecosystems (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville) in an effort to spotlight the successes of startups outside of Silicon Valley. Pritzker – who also serves as the chair… Read more »



Yahoo!: Privacy is Not Just An Issue for Large Tech Companies

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Tech increasingly straddles the precarious line between government and people. Startups have a long list of worries: raising money, user acquisition and market saturation to name a few. So why should companies worry about human rights issues? The term often evokes thoughts of humanitarian action in far-flung locations.  Similarly, there is a heavy connotation that… Read more »


Google Campus for Entrepreneurs Heads to Poland

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According to an announcement today, Google for Entrepreneurs is bringing Campus to Warsaw. Campuses are Google’s spaces for entrepreneurs to connect, learn and get mentorship, and build innovative startups. According to the announcement, posted by the Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe, Eze Vidra, the move to Poland is part of their “ongoing investment throughout the region.”… Read more »


Marc Nager Reflects on Startup Weekend’s Ramen Noodle Phase 

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Today, merged with Startup America, Startup Weekend now has a core team of almost 60 people at UP Global. Their larger community includes about 7,000 volunteers and an extended network of about 20,000 people. But Startup Weekend was a startup once, too.  “We lived the startup stereotype – ‘ramen noodles’ kind of days for about… Read more »


Marc Nager Explains Startup Weekend’s Secret Mission 

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According to CEO Marc Nager, a funny thing happened when Startup Weekend started asking participants why they decided to attend. Surveyed before the event, they say they came to build a company. But surveyed after, they say they came to learn. “The learning that we had is [to market] the sex appeal of creating a… Read more »



Steve Case’s ‘Rise of the Rest Road Trip’ Highlights Four Emerging Startup Markets with $400k Investment

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At last week’s 1776 Challenge Festival Closing Keynote, Steve Case addressed the audience about his “Rise of the Rest” theory, and the belief that startups outside of Silicon Valley should have ready access to capital in order to match those companies in more-developed startup markets. Specifically, the AOL cofounder spoke on crowdfunding’s role as the great equalizer… Read more »


Startup Jackpot Boston Leaves Startups with Valuable Advice and a Shot at Mass Challenge

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Last Saturday, the grassroots startup competition Startup Jackpot held an event at Boston’s WeWork South Station. Fifteen startups got the opportunity to pitch their businesses for a chance at a $4,300 cash prize, a final round interview with Mass Challenge, and a spot at accelerator Boost. The winner at Startup Jackpot Boston was Drinkwell, which… Read more »



Win a Mentor Lunch with Steve Case of AOL and Revolution

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What would you do to score a mentor lunch with a hugely successful entrepreneur? Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL, is offering one lucky entrepreneurial hopeful just that. These days, Case is heading up Revolution, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in world-changing ideas. He’s also the chairman of UP Global, an… Read more »


These Are the Top Languages Taught at Programming Bootcamps [STUDY]

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In a report released today by Course Report, Ruby led the way among programming languages taught at US bootcamps, at 57 percent: The 2014 survey included 41 of the 43 full-time programming schools in the US, which expect to graduate nearly 6,000 students in 2014. That’s up from around 2,200 graduates (and 33 schools) last year. … Read more »


A War for Founders Is Underway

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A few weeks ago, I took my first trip to Moscow to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).  This was the most impactful event of my current startup, CoFoundersLab. Since 2011, I’ve visited many of the 40 cities we’ve launched in and enjoyed the privilege of meeting the visionary community leaders and government organizations who… Read more »