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Why Women Programmers Feel Like Imposters

women programmers imposters

Despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary, Alicia Liu never believed she was a good programmer. “Within a field like computing where women are vastly underrepresented, it is especially likely for someone in the minority to feel like she got in by some fluke and doesn’t truly belong there,” Liu writes in a post on… Read more »

Experience Design Agency Manifest Digital Acquires Social Media Firm SocialKaty


The experience design agency Manifest Digital announced today that it has acquired the social media company SocialKaty for an undisclosed amount. According to Manifest Digital – which is headquartered in Chicago, but also has an office in St. Louis – SocialKaty’s 25-person team will join the company’s current 130-person UX design, content marketing and social… Read more »

Google to Buy Songza for $15 Million?


Early last week it was reported by Business Insider (BI) that Google has been talking with Songza, a music streaming platform, about buying them out. Reportedly, the price will be in the $15 million neighborhood and a bold strategic move for Google. Companies like Spotify and Pandora have long held dominant in the music streaming… Read more »

The MIT BitComp Competition Announces Round 1 Winners


MIT has maintained a constant hype around Bitcoin even though mainstream news outlets seem to be ignornig it. To that end they have designed a competition, the MIT BitComp, as an extension of the MIT Bitcoin Project. Last week MIT announced the results of round 1 of their competition in which teams were asked to… Read more »

Lessons from Ride Service Startup Uber

Uber lessons

Uber is one of the startups making immense waves across the country and across the globe. A company founded just a few years ago has presented a completely new business model that’s shaking up the taxi and private ride industry. Uber is changing how millions of people find rides in cities, how long it takes… Read more »

NASA Will Send 3D Google Smartphones to Help Research in Space


Even the robots in space need their smartphones. NASA announced its plan to send to space Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology, “where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.” Part of NASA’s plan is to use the phones to help its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient,… Read more »

Frank Gruber’s Book “Startup Mixology” Launches Today!

Frank Gruber Startup Mixology

After wanting to write a book for over ten years, I can finally check that off my bucket list. Today is the official release of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success, and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the book, inspired me to… Read more »

500 Startups Unveils Their Free KISS Legal Docs


KISS: one of America’s favorite rock bands, and now the title for 500 Startups’ newest throng of free legal documents for founders and investors. The acronym for 500 Startups stands for “Keep it Simple Security”, and they officially announced the release of these documents today. According to their blog post, the free legal documents were designed… Read more »

Six Tips for a Data-Driven Content Strategy


Digital marketing is a need that simply didn’t exist 50 or even 20 years ago. Back then, gaining customers was as simple as word-of-mouth and trust-based relationships. If a customer was happy with the service provided or product obtained, they’d spread the word. Likewise, advertising was a simple as putting a few facts on paper… Read more »

What Startup Teams Can Learn from the World Cup


I’ve been obsessed with the World Cup matches over the last few weeks. I find myself marveling at the elegance of some of the national teams. They have a way of moving fluidly like an amoeba, while striking out flexibly in order to defend or make a goal. As a leadership coach and as someone… Read more »

Health Tracking App Nudge Adds Android and Adequate Sleep to its Pudge-Busting Lineup


The Los Angeles-based health startup Nudge understands that being healthy is much more than simply eating right. Good health requires a steady mix of nutrition, exercise, hydration, and adequate sleep. The team also understands that Android is the favored smartphone worldwide, and that’s why they launched a new Android version of their health tracker app… Read more »