TED’s Fair Play

For all of us entrepreneurs that play by the rules; there are many who don’t. The 2014 TED prize winner Charmian Gooch is a passionate social entrepreneur who is on a mission to end anonymous companies. Check out her TED2014 talk. Her organization Global Witness is on a mission to expose corruption worldwide. And since these companies are also the ones most likely to pollute and abuse the environment, its an Earth Day twofer—here’s to Fair Play!

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Got an Hour? Code!

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Hour of Code is an initiative from Code.org to transform the world through programming. In just one hour you can get a taste of coding with easy to use tutorials created by well known techies. Founders and twins Alie and Hadi Partovi raised $10 million dollars to pursue their dream of STEM for everyone. And with big supporters like Mark Zuckerberg, Angela Bassett, Ashton Kutcher and Shakira, more than 10 million participated in the national  Hour of Code challenge, during Computer Science Education Week (CSEd) in December.2014 01 | Geek Chloe closeup

Patricia Edwards, of the Computer Society, a big supporter of Hour of Code, hosted a CSEd Week- Lunch N Learn Computer Science Carnival at Mckinley Technology Education Campus. Nearly 900 students celebrated computer science during their lunch hours. The modules were set-up on laptops provided by Microsoft, AthleTECH and the IEEE Computer Society. There was also participation from  the National Science Foundation, DC United, First Robotics (FRC) and Northrop Grumman Corporate Citizenship. With this level of support it is hoped to become an annual event!

“ Ultimately, Hour of Code is an initiative designed to let people of all ages and educational backgrounds know that ‘Anyone can learn to code!’ Through interactive learning modules, participants in the initiative have an opportunity to see that there is a universal language – Computer Programming – that once understood, introduces a new way of looking at computer science and how it affects our daily lives. When students walked up and were able to see modules designed by Mark Zuckerberg, and Google with Angry Bird skins they were immediately captivated and wanted to learn more,” says Ms. Edwards.

“We have fully integrated into the digital age,” she says. “ Many students already use a multitude of mobile devices for up to 90% of their daily communication. Computer programming as a language should be just as integrated into the K-12 curriculum as the emphasis of other foreign languages like Spanish, French, or Chinese. We must fully equip our youth with the tools necessary to function in tomorrow’s future,  today. Every child should have an opportunity to learn how to code!”

‘Hour of Code’ is a year-round initiative with fully interactive modules and additional lesson plans on the site so it’s never too late to COME PLAY IN THE CODE. See Code.org/ educate for more info.

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CSEdWeek is an initiative put together by the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) and includes a multitude of partners including IEEE Computer Society and Code.org to demonstrate the importance of the introduction of Computer Science education curriculum to students in grades K-12.

Related Articles:
Code.org’s Incredible Year One! http://codeorg.tumblr.com/post/73414288834/2013update

President Obama asks America to learn computer science https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XvmhE1J9PY

Teach an Hour of Code to your students http://code.org/educate

The real reason there aren’t more women in tech http://codeorg.tumblr.com/post/71933359496/women

Smart Chick Term-Pixel

Tiffany Norwood:

I originally posted this Feb 2010. Camera’s have a lot more megapixels now, and not sure if MyVu still exists…but the basics are still spot on!

Originally posted on MyFemBot:

Pixel \noun\ a picture element. The number of pixels defines resolution quality.  So the more, the better. Each pixel represents a tiny sample or dot of the original. This is why resolution quality is sometimes described as dots per inch. Pixel resolution can also be stated as a single number, megapixel, where the rows and columns of pixels are multiplied. For example, 2048 x 1546 = 3.1 megapixel, like your digital camera. There are certain standard display resolutions, such as VGA (640 x 480), as seen on the MyVu.

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“You’ve Got Drones”-Introducing Prime Air

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recent interview with 60 minutes discussing the future of using drones for delivery….

CBS.com December 2, 2013
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a big surprise for correspondent Charlie Rose this week. After their 60 Minutes interview, Bezos walked Rose into a mystery room at the Amazon offices and revealed a secret R&D project: “Octocopter” drones that will fly packages directly to your doorstep in 30 minutes.

It’s an audacious plan that Bezos says requires more safety testing and FAA approvals, but he estimates that delivery-by-drone, called Amazon “Prime Air,” will be available to customers in as soon as 4-5 years.

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When Charlie Rose walked in and saw the Prime Air drones sitting on a tabletop for the show-and-tell, he exclaimed “Oh, my God!” It was a genuine reaction– Rose and the 60 Minutes team weren’t in on the secret beforehand. The story had been in the works for months before the Amazon representatives started hinting that a new project might be revealed to 60 Minutes.

Read and watch the interview

Hole in One!–20 Habits of Success

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I have been a serial entrepreneur for a long time and Chad Howse’s article on the 20 Habits of Successful People is a MUST read. Here are a few of my FAVES:

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3. Wake up at the same time everyday.
Having a good sleep routine will help you have more energy to do more work during the day.

 4. Always finish your to do list.
Get in the habit of never leaving anything that you wanted to finish at the beginning of the day, incomplete at the end. If you simply do what you set out to do, it will be hard for success to elude you.

5. Keep your to do list small and scaled.
Have 1 or 2 things that are important to finish, and make sure you finish them first. The rest of your tasks should be tended to only after your most important ones have been completed.

7. Measure everything.
Every goal you set needs to be measured. Every sales page you create, needs to be measured. If you measure everything you’ll have a blueprint for exactly what does work, and what doesn’t.

8. Stick to 90-minute work sessions.
Few people actually work as much as they say they work. Their time is usually made up of distractions. They Facebook, Tweet, and surf the interwebz. Time your work sessions. Keep a stopwatch. Focus for 90-minutes, take an active break, then get back to the beautiful grind.

10. Wake up early.
The list of successful people who wake up before the rest of the world is far too long to list. This isn’t a coincidence. Get up before 6 am, 7 days a week and get a head start on your day and your dream.

14. Share your dream.
Get in the habit of talking to others who have a similar dream, even if the similarity is the enormity of your goals, and the audaciousness of your plans. Napoleon Hill coined this relationship “a mastermind”, and it’s one of the most important factors in your eventual success.

15. Only surround yourself with successful people.
That is, don’t have “suckers” in your midst – people who will tear you away from your work, and destroy your dream. If you have friends that do this, stop hanging out with them. Are they worth you living a mediocre life when greatness can be in your future?

 16. Keep a healthy body.
Without a healthy body it becomes evermore difficult to maintain a healthy mind.

20. Write down 3 things you’re thankful for every day.
What you’ll find is that success is often in your midst if you look at it from the right perspective. And study after study has shown that happy people achieve far greater things than pessimistic, unhappy individuals. This habit, combined with hard work, is as simple a recipe for success as you can create. It’s also an effective one.

#GEW Whiz-Global Entrepreneurship Week is Back!

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Mark your iCal and Outlook, GEW is next week.  November 18th-24th more than 100 countries will be hosting events supporting and celebrating entrepreneurs and innovation.

????????Global Entrepreneurship Week was first announced in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW;  Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. That first year there were 18 host countries committed to GEW. By 2008 more than 77 countries and 3 million entrepreneurs participated. In 2012, the number was up to 131 countries and tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions.

GEW is one of the few globally centralized resources solely focusing on the act of making ideas real. Info on participating cities, events and other details regarding GEW can be found at the GEW website.

 

User User Billionaire

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Many investors these days are singularly obsessed with users, the growth in users, users acquired…gone are the days of “cash is king” laser focus on the revenue model. A house of cards? Who knows; but while we wait, I found this spreadsheet on the web of user based valuations of various tech companies (can’t remember where I found it, so apologies in advance to the author). Fingers crossed for Twitter to find its way to the bottom line.

Tech Valuations per User.xlsx

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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