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If I lose you at ‘Devops’ … you’re missing the point.
 
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September 26, 2016

Minority Report: #SOCAP16

Impact investing, race relations, practiced inclusion, social capital.  While my first piece on SOCAP came from a more tactical topic (they invited me to startup pitches, I was grateful to attend), this piece came from a much larger issue consuming minds these days, both in tech and in the nation at large: racism, sexism, and discrimination in all forms. In fact, my interest when registering for SOCAP was chiefly two-fold: 1) impact investing 2) impacting culture. That is to say, attendance was tied to this issue that shows itself relentlessly in the United States, in its cities with bullets, in its companies with comfortable stereotypes, and sadly even in its presidential politics. [...]

 
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September 23, 2016

Foundational Capital: #SOCAP16

[DISCLAIMER: this post is in no way associated w/ the VC firm Foundational Capital.]

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My first SOCAP was illuminating to say the least, and not just because I was excited to see what the world of Impact [Investing] was all about, but also because I got to hear firsthand what young companies in countries with little to no venture capital do to get off the ground. What do they do? What they have to. It turns out a big piece of that equation is working with private foundations and government entities, and so perhaps appropriately, I was keenly interested when the World’s second largest Telco invited me to their startup pitch [...]

 
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September 19, 2016

If I lose you at ‘Devops’ … you’re missing the point.

 [But then again, the Title drew you this far, so perhaps you’re onto something.]    Disrupt SF did not disappoint this year. Yes, the Secretary of Defense, both Marc’s (Benioff & Andreessen), and Steph Curry all made headline appearances, in the same day no less; but I would like to take a moment to highlight the lesser-sung heroes of the conference [and our industry and World for that matter]: DEVOPS. Let’s break IT down: Development Operations, as in Software Development and IT Operations. A match made in tech.haven no doubt, and that’s even before you drop some of that crazy QA into the mix. DEVOPS deserves more respect. I intend to convince you. Who [...]
 
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August 30, 2016

Fashion Mind

Fashion is all about experimenting with ideas and the creation of new trends and being a student at London College of Fashion allowed me to study and work at the same time. 

Working in retail broadened my understanding of fashion trends and customers’ behaviour and I was lucky enough to partake in internships, which allowed me to see the processes and challenges incurred as a fashion designer. 

To develop my collection, ‘Vaulted’, I looked into Gothic architecture and incorporated it into my designs. My objective for this line was to challenge normal clothing and produce pieces that would stand out from the ordinary apparel. I also wanted the line to evoke female empowerment [...]

 
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May 28, 2016

Buddy: The companion robot accessible to everyone

From day one, our goal was to develop affordable, advanced robotics technologies with a purpose: enable richer interactions with loved ones and the world, and enhance quality of life at all ages and in everyday situations. 

That’s how Buddy came alive. This little guy protects your home, entertains all the family, serves as a smart home monitor and helps you stay connected with the ones you love. Also at school, he introduces the world of digital technology to children in a fun & engaging learning process.

Buddy is also ideally suited for seniors and less mobile people who will not only benefit from its companionship, but also from the robot’s ability to help with [...]

 
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May 23, 2016

Co-living fintech house opens in Greenwich

StartupHome, the first co-living for young entrepreneurs in London, was co-founded by two mentors of Level 39, and is currently divided in two chapters: StartupHome in Whitechapel and StartupHome Greenwich dedicated to Fintech.

“It was important to have the Fintech home as close as possible to Canary Wharf where Level39 resides.” Tells Stefano Tresca, one of the founders.

“We’ve been looking for the best houses in the best locations. Take StartupHome in Whitechapel for example. It is literally 7 minutes slow walking from Second Home in Brick Lane and 20 minutes from the Google [...]

 
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May 14, 2016

How to Make Sure You Get the Best Auto Insurance Rates

For most people, owning a car is a necessity due to the travel demands of their job and their home life. There are many things that you have to have when driving a car, but none of them are more important than auto insurance. Generally, in most states, you will need to get auto insurance before you are able to drive on the roadways legally. Attempting to Drive No Insurance is dangerous, which is why you must get a good auto policy. Even though having car insurance is a requirement, it doesn’t mean that you have to overpay. The following are a few tips on how to make sure you get the best rates on your auto insurance in your area.

Do Annual Rate Checks

The first thing [...]

 
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April 5, 2016

Living in Edinburgh, working in tech

We love London, we really do. Only when we find ourselves being 28 years old with a great career and still sharing a flat with 3 other (not very tidy) people, stuck on the tube for 2 hours daily, working way too hard, feeling really tired and not having time for anything fun… that’s when we understand what level of living actually means. And also that there must be better places for that.

Edinburgh is the one. The Level of Living Capital, it is also a second largest financial centre in the UK, extremely startup friendly and has almost London level of salaries with everything else significantly cheaper. It is also compact and charming and full of history and [...]

 
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February 26, 2016

Reasons Why a Company Will Drug Test Prospective Employees

For most people having a job is important due to the financial ability it gives them to take care of their families. The owners of businesses all across the country will have a variety of measures that they put in place to find the best possible candidates. By taking the time to put these measures in place, a business owner will be able to put the best possible members on their team. For most of the businesses out there, performing a saliva drug test is important. Below are some of the reasons why having these types of drug tests is important for a business.

Addressing Problems of a Community

One of the first reasons why a business will opt to drug test prospective employees [...]

 
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January 2, 2016

Should Academics Adapt Their Teaching for International Students?

International students have increased in recent years and now forms a large part of most universities. International students are often the first to fail courses due to the language barrier and differences in teaching methods. Such problems as language barrier, difficult subjects and an atmosphere in campus, lead to stress, problems with studying process and depression among foreign students. Mymathdone, leading homework help service, reports the increasing of demand on homework help among students. “It’s a connected to changes in bachelor programs in many universities. Foreign students don’t have enough time for adaptation and meet a hard [...]

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