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Young and Entrepreneurial: How a Random Email Led Undecided Cornell English Major Molly Johnson to High-Growth Education Startup Piazza

David Ongchoco | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
David Ongchoco

Piazza is an education platform startup that is quickly becoming a staple for university students. Using the Piazza platform, students get to ask questions and have them answered by fellow students, TAs and Professors.

It's Time to Tackle the Series A Funding Gap

Ray Leach | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

For entrepreneurs, there are few tasks more important than raising the capital they need to keep the doors open as they continue their long march toward a profitable venture.

9 Reasons Silicon Valley Should Move to Chicago

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Janet Tavakoli

Are you tired of living in Silicon Valley's tech bubble? Do you want to be part of a growing startup-friendly tech hub? Come to Chicago! Here are nine more reasons to make the move.

Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

Michael Flores | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Michael Flores

When you set out to raise money, you think you're doing it based on the strength of your ideas, but most investors are looking equally if not mostly at the team.

Going Against the Flow: Mikkel Svane, CEO and Cofounder of Zendesk

Charu Sharma | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Entrepreneurship means embarking on a journey that you believe in and are willing to devote yourself to. It means working hard to find that "luck" everyone thinks is out there, and looking in unexpected places for your opportunity.

Young and Entrepreneurial: From Action Figures Collector to Lenda Cofounder & CTO - Elijah Murray

David Ongchoco | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Elijah Murray's entrepreneurial journey is one that was filled with its fair share of ups and downs, along with spontaneous moments that have altered the course of Murray's career. As I asked him to talk about how he got to where he is today, Murray was able to clearly articulate every step.

The Recipe for Creating a Silicon Valley

Richard Moran | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Richard Moran

Every region wants to create another Silicon Valley. It's not only the prestige -- it's the jobs, the wealth creation, the excitement of innovation, the ripple effect on businesses nearby and most importantly, the future.

'Female CEO/Startup Founder/Momtrepreneur' Not At All Tired Of Having To Defend Every One of Those F-ing Titles

Prabha Kannan | Posted 05.16.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

As Lin recalled, her abundant experience with sexual discrimination began 40 years ago, when she was born a female, and her adeptness at handling these situations grew with each passing year, making her an ideal candidate for Silicon Valley leadership.

Going Against the Flow: Danae Ringelmann, Cofounder of Indiegogo

Charu Sharma | Posted 05.15.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world's la...

Going Against the Flow: Gil Elbaz, Founder & CEO of Factual

Charu Sharma | Posted 05.15.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Gil Elbaz is an American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist best known for co-founding Applied Semantics (ASI), which was acquired by Google i...

Going Against the Flow: Matt Crampton, Cofounder and CTO of Gigwalk

Charu Sharma | Posted 05.15.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Matt Crampton is the Cofounder and CTO of Gigwalk. He originally founded Gigwalk to create a marketplace to help businesses mobilize people to get wor...

Disrupting the Status Quo With Glassbreakers

Samantha_Harris | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Samantha_Harris

We break bread, we break rules, we even break-fast -- but rarely do we break the glass ceiling together. It's 2015 and only 4.2 percent of Fortune CEOs are women, out of 500 companies on the S&P there are only 24 female CEOs.

Silicon Valley Rising Fights for Worker Justice

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A number of labor, faith and community groups have joined together to address income inequality, create affordable housing and urge corporate responsibility among tech companies. On Friday I attended the launch of the new coalition, called Silicon Valley Rising.

Autism, It's a Hot Focus for Tech

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Technology
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

While frequent attention to autism in the media brings light to the topic, in recent months, there has been a less well-publicized, yet emerging trend: technology companies big and small have been stepping forward to focus their resources on projects to help individuals with autism.

Twitter Should Buy Meerkat

Kevin Siskar | Posted 05.02.2015 | Technology
Kevin Siskar

Something different happened yesterday. While I was on Twitter one of the people I follow Matt Mazzeo @Mazzeo sent out a tweet that said:

Artificial Intelligence Technology Is 'Breaking Out of the Box'

Peter Mellgard | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"The exponential improvement in the elements of computing is not about to run out of gas. We've got generations more of it to go. Geeks out there are going to take that computational power and that ocean of data and do things that astonish us."

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

91-Year-Old Is Living Her Dream As A Tech Designer At Silicon Valley Firm

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.02.2015 | Good News

A nonagenarian has started a new career as a valuable part of Silicon Valley's tech world, bringing her years of wisdom to the industry. When Barba...

Twelve Ways To Reverse California's Income Inequality

Capital & Main | Manuel Pastor & Dan Braun | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

This piece was originally published by Capital & Main. “The California Chasm” is a challenge that threatens to transform the nation’s most po...

Hillary Clinton Addresses Silicon Valley's Women in Tech

Tabby Biddle | Posted 04.26.2015 | Technology
Tabby Biddle

Yesterday in Silicon Valley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood before an audience of 5000 women in the tech industry, eager to hear her perspective on advancing women's leadership, advocating for themselves and other women in the workplace.

Hillary Is Ready and So Are the Women of Silicon Valley

Michelle Kraus | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

You know it's always fascinating to watch the beginning of the next really big thing. Well, that's what it was like at the Watermark Conference today when Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, took the stage.

Hillary Clinton: It's Time For Wage Equality 'Once And For All'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton lamented the number of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math at a Silicon Valley women's conference on Tues...

Non-Profit Brings Tech to Rural Youth

Dieter Holger | Posted 04.17.2015 | Technology
Dieter Holger

By bringing in local 15-to-24-year-olds, encouraging young women to join, providing a safe place, contemporary computers, software, and workshops, Digital NEST aims to change the face of technology.

These Are The Top Five California Corporations Driving Inequality

Capital & Main | Gary Cohn | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

This piece was originally published by Capital & Main. Economist William Lazonick caused a stir last year when the Harvard Business Review printed ...

Young and Entrepreneurial: The Sky's the Limit for Skyler Logsdon

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

The first person I featured in this series was Penn Alumnus Jon Youshaei, a Google Associate Product Marketing Manager, writer and intrapreneur (you can find the feature article here).