By Claire Willett & Elise Kovi
To kick of the series, we turned to Yuri Broze. Yuri is a number of things, including: maestro of the right and left brains, unicyclist, pianist, and world-class whistler. He may not be the only data scientist with a PhD in Music Psychology, but he is the only one we know.
By Ann Millspaugh, Britt Lewis, Mihran Abrahamian & Claire Willett
One of the possible solutions to the current dearth of skilled developers? Programming bootcamps: typically three month intensive programs that promise to turn coding n00bs into qualified junior developers. Do they deliver (and are they worth their heavy price tags)? We turn to three current students at General Assembly's Web Development Immersive to find out.
By Claire Willett
There were a number of interrelated themes at QZ’s The Next Billion conference, (so named after the next billion internet users) but the biggest was, in the words of Intel's Mike Bell, “mobile has become a real power for people to get their businesses done.”
In emerging markets, where wifi may be scare but cellular penetration is rapidly increasing, the phone is single point of operations: it’s the office, the payment center, the scheduler, the communications hub.
This past Friday, I went to a MongoDB meetup on backup strategies -- both current and newly available through MongoDB’s new backup service, MMS Backup. The speaker was Kelly Stirman from MongoDB. Andrew from Crashlytics was hosting. I thought the content was quite helpful, so I’m posting my notes here, for all you Mongo users (mongoids? mongods?).
The power of digital crowds extends beyond kickstarting and vigilanteism. As National Breast Cancer Month draws to a close, we take a look at how scientists are using social platforms and gaming technology to further cancer research. Plus: Oregon Ducks, hackathons, and the origin of symbolic pink.
By Christina Nguyen
It is now relatively simple to create internet-enabled devices with either WiFi or a cellular network, and we’ve entered the era of the smartphone-as-universal-controller; small wonder entrepreneurs and larger manufacturers alike are taking notice of the potential of so-called “smart” devices.
It is not possible for a new product to be both big and good. A big company can make something big and bad and then have the financial depth to make it better. A startup has to make something good for a few people and then make it big.
By Kyle P. Johnson, Claire Willett & Elise Kovi
These days, few jobs are more heralded than "Data Scientist" -- but what do they do, exactly, and why should you care? We turn to classics academic-turned-data scientist Kyle P. Johnson for answers (and come away feeling much better about data's potential impact on mankind).
By Michael Fargnoli, Paula Marciante & Claire Willett
When everyone from basketball players and pop stars to presidents and massively successful founders is urging you, yes you, to learn to code, well, you start to listen. Today, I've rounded up some online code school vets discuss the structure and quality of three popular options: Codecademy, Coursera, and Codeschool.
By Austin Gardner-Smith, Claire Willett, and Elise Kovi
Native ads. Brands as publishers. #BreakingBad. Target telling your dad you're pregnant. Advertising may have lost its 3 martini lunches, but it's gained a position at the forefront of both high-tech and narrative innovation. On this episode of Truth in Tech, we talk to Hill Holiday's Austin Gardner-Smith about the industry's future, and the cultural and technological shifts behind it.
By Brian Barnes
Hiring a PR agency is a big deal; you want to get it right. For one thing, the good ones are expensive; for another, they will be helping create your press strategy and shaping your external image, both of which are critical factors in determining initial --and often longterm -- success.
By Tamar Rucham, Claire Willett, & Elise Kovi
Tamar Rucham is a software engineer here at Skimbox. 11 months ago, she had her first child. Today, she describes the life of a new mom/developer: compartmentalizing, guilt, independence, and why Austria is the bee's knees.
By Tamar Rucham
The other day I was thinking about how I would describe my life - being a young mom and a developer - as an app. It goes something like this:
var self = new mom+developer();
var baby = new baby(10 months);
self.myBaby = baby;
baby.cute = true;
By Christina Nguyen
As a designer, seeing people interact with things as they would normally provides better data than seeing them interact in a strange-to-them workspace. If I'm doing any user research, I tend to go to people's workplaces or other contexts that they may be more comfortable and natural in.
BY ELISE KOVI, CLAIRE WILLETT, NICK MARTIN, & SETH MOORE
When Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky launched StackOverflow in 2008, the site quickly became the place for programmers to ask and answer questions.
You’re a Computer Science major (or something tech-related)—you’re already awesome! So make sure your resume shows that. Let companies know you have the skills they want and need. And make sure they know if you don’t have those skills yet, you can learn them on the job (something a lot of people worry they can’t do, but end up surprising themselves—myself included!). It’s a good idea to beef up your resume with past experience and examples of projects you’ve done at school. If you can show that you’ve worked on a team before, companies will see that as a huge plus.
If you haven’t had to name a product before, know this: it isn’t a lot of fun. Or, to be more precise, the fun of coming up with new names diminishes when everyone has an opinion. Building consensus within the organization while not infringing on other companies' trademarks, web domains, or even feature descriptions can make the whole thing seem impossible.
The Quantified Self movement has its origins in diaries and log books (Ben Franklin was a big fan), but today's technology makes it easy to track, well, pretty much everything. On this episode of Truth in Tech, AskMeEvery founders Eugene Granovsky and Mark Moschel stop by the virtual studio to chat about why self knowledge through numbers is so compelling.