Silicon Valley is often regarded as a place where ideas can flow freely, innovation is embraced, and all are welcomed as long as they have the chops to make it in the fast-paced tech world. Despite being put on a pedestal in this regard, Silicon Valley has its faults, according to some critics. Many have lobbed accusations of race and gender bias, arguing that a black woman in Silicon Valley is more likely to be passed over for a promotion or raise than her white male counterpart.   While those who accuse Silicon Valley of such discriminatory practices tend to agree that they are somewhat subtle -- e.g. job postings will never say "Women need not apply" -- another ism has been looming over Silicon Valley for years has been anything but subtle. Ageism is much more overt in the tech space and is even encouraged. Read More
  We all know Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sheryl Sandberg can code. After all, these big names are considered A-listers thanks to their accomplishments in the technology space. But tech superstars aren't the only celebrities who can code. Coding is a passion that is being embraced by people all over the world, including a number of celebs in fields that you normally wouldn't wouldn't associate with web and app development. From athletes to actors to models, here are five surprising celebrities that love to code. Read More
  When startups are looking for capital, there are a number avenues they can go down to acquire the cash they need to grow their business. Some startup founders opt to lease equipment, others approach the bank for a loan, while others turn to family and friends for funding. Many startup founders, however, are willing to give up shares in their venture in exchange for the much coveted cash they're after. There are two principal investor types that are heavily involved in the startup scene: angel investors and venture capitalists.  Read More
  We've looked at the top coworking spaces in Dallas and Montreal. Now it's back to the Lone Star State, where we review the top five coworking spaces in Austin, Texas.   In recent years, coworking spaces have become extremely popular. Due to the sagging economy and lack of secure jobs, many people have turned their backs on traditional employment and instead, have been forging an entrepreneurial path -- Austinites included. As such, several coworking spaces have opened up across the city and are home to a number of growing startups and small businesses.       Here are our picks for the top five coworking spaces in Austin, in no particular order. Read More
  Whether you're launching a brand new business or expanding your current venture, you'll be on the hunt for capital, assuming you don't have the cash on hand to fund the startup yourself. For those startup founders who will not be self-funding, the question on their minds is, "Where am I going to get the capital that I need to make this a reality?" The answer to that question is almost always one of two options: take out a loan or give up equity in exchange for cash.    If you're a startup founder, you'll need to be aware that both of these options have their own advantages and disadvantages that must be carefully weighed before deciding on which is best for your startup. Read More