Top 10 Stories of the Week: Facebook’s FbStart, an 11-Year-Old App Developer

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  1. Facebook Announces FbStart, a Free but Competitive Support Program for Mobile Startups: At this week’s Facebook Developers Conference, f8, the company launched FbStart, a new program to help provide support for startups building iOS and Android apps through various tools and services from Facebook’s partners. Startups can apply for the program now.
  2. 5 Things to Know About NYC’s Grand Central Tech Accelerator: A new accelerator program that’s offering free office space in Midtown for a year in exchange for zero equity. They recently closed their application process.
  3. Can’t Code? It’s Not a Problem Anymore with Apptimize: Apptimize is an A/B testing platform that allows developers to implement app updates without having to use any code.
  4. 500 Startups Partner George Kellerman Joins Paul Singh at Disruption: Paul Singh announced this week that former 500 Startups partner, George Kellerman, will join him at his Disruption Corporation, as well as serve as partner in the Crystal Tech Fund.
  5. 3 Yoga Poses for Busy Entrepreneurs: Boston-based startup, Happier, launched a one-week yoga course that can be completed within Happier’s mobile app. Called Yoga to Go, we highlight three poses from the course that are perfect for entrepreneurs.
  6. DFJ’s Heidi Roizen Reveals the Sexual Advances She Dealt With as an Entrepreneur: Heidi Roizen is an operations partner at VC firm DFJ. In a recent Tumblr post, she highlights the various times she’s encountered sexual advances, and points out the unique challenges that women entrepreneurs have to face.
  7. Not Teenage Yet: Interview with an 11-Year-Old App Developer: We interviewed 11-year-old Jonathan Mendenhall, the cofounder of Mende Games, on what it was like for him to get into coding. Mendenhall first learned Java when he was 10-years-old; his company recently released its first app.
  8. The Unraveling of Miami-Based We analyze the situations that led to the fall of Miami startup,, and highlight the lessons we can learn from founder Freddie Laker.
  9. 500 Startups Announces the 29 Batch 9 Accelerator Participants: This week, 500 Startups announced the list of companies that will be participating in Batch 9 of their accelerator program.
  10. 3 Reasons to Use HTML5 for Mobile App Development: Using HTML5 in mobile app development provide some great benefits that can allow developers to monetize their apps and maximize profits.
  11. 2.0: The New Media Party is the True Tech Party This Nerd Prom Weekend: This weekend is dedicated to all the politicos and celebrities attending White House Correspondents’ Dinner events, and this year’s events include parties from the likes of Google and Facebook. 2.0: The New Media Party argues that it’s the only true tech party this weekend.
  12. Female Programmers Make 90% of Male Programmers’ Salaries. Should We Celebrate?: A recent article in The New York Times highlighted the continued inequity between women and men with regards to salaries in various industries. Most notably, it noted the near closing of this salary gap among engineering and programming occupations.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.
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