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Using Web Analytics to Invest in StocksA mentor recently recommended that I check-out the book Web Analytics 2.0 by Avinash Kaushik to…View Postshared via WordPress.com

Using Web Analytics to Invest in Stocks

A mentor recently recommended that I check-out the book Web Analytics 2.0 by Avinash Kaushik to…

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MailChimp Analytics

For the past 2 months, I have sent out a newsletter every Monday that outlines one business development or VC start-up event each day of the upcoming week. I used MailChimp to send out the weekly e-mails. MailChimp offers some great, free analytics…

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How I Learned The Basics of Programming

After I left my job in investment banking, I spent about 7 weeks learning to code. My goal was to understand the fundamentals of programming and to be able to communicate with web developers. I also wanted to understand how long applications would take to…

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Efficiently Growing Your Business

Over the past few weeks, I’ve put together a side project and set a goal for myself to complete 10 transactions. For the sake of this post, let’s assume that in order to complete a transaction, I need to broker a deal – there has to be a buyer and a…

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NYC Uncubed

Yesterday I went to the recruiting event NYC Uncubed. I was really excited about Uncubedbecause its websites advertises the event as a career fair “with an art battle, founder talks, a bar, dogs & snow cones – it’s the lovechild of a circus and a job…

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(con’t)

I continue to notice a trend with the websites I visit for my tech news. When I first tried to immerse myself in the space, I found that tech focused sites directed posts toward two audiences: the tech literate and the tech illiterate. The sites will…

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My Problem With General Assembly

General Assembly is a huge success story in New York. They’ve positioned themselves in the middle of the start-up ecosystem in NYC by offering a shared co-working space and hosting start-up relevant classes. You can check out their website here. I have…

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Ideas You’ll Hear At Every Pitch Event

I got coffee with a friend yesterday who works for a company that helps coordinate start-up workshops across the US. Actually, his company recently expanded to Europe to host these events. The workshops are usually 3 days long and start with a pitch…

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How to Start a Business the Lean Way

I recently went to an event at NYU-Stern about cost-effective ways to test an entrepreneurial idea. The session was taught by Amit Klein of Startup Giraffe. I’ve been reading the book The Lean Startupby Eric Reis, and this event offered a hands-on…

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NY Tech Meet-Up: Election 2012 and the Internet

Last Thursday, a buddy and I went to watch Fred Wilson on a panel to talk about the 2012 election and the Internet. I know very little when it comes to each candidate’s policies on open Internet. I mainly just went to watch Fred Wilson.

It was obvious from the beginning of the event that most of the crowd had an opinion on the topic. It felt almost more like a town-hall gathering for technologists with strong concerns about the future of the Internet. I learned quite a bit from listening to the panel and watching them field questions from the audience. My two favorite moments had little to do with tech policy, though.

One audience member offered this to the panel: “I’m 60. When I was in China, someone told me the best way to raise a successful generation is to make sure they are brought up to think exactly the opposite of the way we do. What would you teach your children to make sure they grow up to think differently from us?”

Fred’s answer was my favorite. He talked about how he believes that by the time our generation takes over, China and India will both be wealthier than the US. He teaches his kids to understand that “America is not the shit.” Instead, he raised his kids to appreciate other cultures and be very worldly.

The other part of the meet-up that I enjoyed was when Fred talked about technology and education. He’s worked to put together a software academy for high schoolers. I don’t really know how students are selected for the school, but he made it seem that it will be done differently than the current NY feeder schools. He talked passionately about how he doesn’t think that you have to go to Harvard or MIT to be a good coder. Instead, it’s about passion to drive to make things. It was a very inspiring thing to listen to, and I hope the school proves Fred’s hypothesis.