Close your eyes and imagine the founder of a new tech startup that designs social sharing apps. What does this person look like? What are they wearing? How old are they?   The truth is that when people picture the founder of a tech startup, there tends to be little diversity among the figures that pop into their minds. He – yes, he – is typically skinny, maybe a little geeky, probably dressed low-key, and definitely young: mid-twenties to early-thirties.  Read More
  It’s no secret that, over the past few years, the demand for innovative cloud-based tools, mobile apps, and bots has exploded, as the world becomes increasingly connected and mobile. As a result, the number of aspiring programmers and coders looking to strike it rich with the next Airbnb, Uber, or Tinder has also shot up, with many forming startup communities that are conducive to idea generation, product development, and collaboration. Hackathons are one of the cornerstones of such communities. A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and other tech ninjas gather and form teams in order to design and develop a software product. The event usually lasts 24 to 48 hours, with a winner being crowned at the hackathon’s completion.   Has your startup attended a hackathon? If not, here are a few reasons why you should sign up your startup team for the next hackathon event in your city. Read More
  With a growing demand for free, open, and flexible learning solutions, a number of organizations, from leading universities to e-book publishers are posting entire courses online and making them accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Now, anyone can learn about early New England poetry through Harvard, or study African American history with Yale.   If you’re in the process of launching a business, there are a number of high quality, free, open online courses that can help you get started on the right foot. Here are 23 courses you should check out today. Read More
  Launching a startup is a risky endeavor. Startup founders pour everything they’ve got into their newly founded businesses, from personal savings to 16-hour work days, all in the hopes of becoming the next Facebook. Although the chances of reaching billion dollar valuations are slim, the likelihood of gaining invaluable knowledge, skills, and abilities from the experience is high.   If you're considering launching a startup but want to hedge the risk involved, then keeping your day job is your best bet. Here are six tips to help you effectively juggle launching a business and keeping your day job, without losing your mind. Read More
  Liking a former classmate’s status update about a new job, posting a photo of your beach vacation, and sharing an easy-to-make fudge brownie recipe: it’s what millions of Facebook users around the world do each and every day. But more and more, social media users are liking economic updates about job growth, posting photos of local protests, and sharing news article about education reform. Social media and the news are becoming progressively intertwined and the impact is far reaching. Read More