A race is on in the stratosphere. Not just for satellite imagery (which can tell big picture stories faster than ever before), but also for companies with the means to make sense of large changing data sets. Check out Sarah Scoles excellent piece in Wired featuring MaintainPR client Astro Digital.
Not all coding schools are created equal. Which is why MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy joined the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. Read more in the Chicago Tribune about what Tier 1 schools are doing to advance the space.
For a long time, Silicon Valley was the place to launch a tech company. While this sentiment still rings true, the Valley is no longer the only place successful startups call home.
Check out MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy on why they picked NYC in Built In NYC
MaintainPR client and Fullstack Academy Co-founder David Yang recently joined Bobby Davis (Coder Foundry) and Sara Chips (Jewelbots) at the NY Biz Journal offices here in Manhattan to discuss the future of code.
The discussion was recorded and produced as part of Anthony Noto's "Wantonomics" podcast series.
As Anthony points out in his companion article, "the average "Class of 2016" graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up 6 percent from last year. Couple that with a super-competitive job market," leaving too many students with CS degrees at a disadvantage.
Bobby, Sara and David do a great job of exploring the other options available (i.e. coding schools), but also talk in-depth about what has changed in the last decade in both Academia and applied software development.
Do you code? Two bootcamps and a bracelet maker explain why you should -- NY Business Journal
WANTonomics Ep. 14 - Fullstack Academy, JewelBots, Coder Foundry -- WANTonomics on SoundCloud
Spark Labs recently announced new partnerships with service providers including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Silicon Valley Bank and IBM to help foreign tech expand in the United States.
Spark Labs model of one membership that will work at various desks around the world, and also allow access to the mentorships, paperwork and service providers via online portal is a new take on the typical co-working space.
Check out the write up in Forbes by Silicon Valley stalwart Rebecca Fain:
Grace Murray Hopper, the late computer pioneer and naval officer, will be the new namesake of Calhoun College at Yale.
MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy has run a female-only, tuition deferred program with the same namesake and Dean Shanna Gregory was recently quoted for this piece:
MaintainPR client Astro Digital is pushing the limits of data downlink capacity, requiring a ground station partner that could capture the data at an industry leading velocity and cost equation.
Read more about Astro Digital's partnership with Norway’s Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) that enables them to run lean and fast in Satellite Magazine below.
Delivering The Globe: An Interview with KSAT and Astro Digital -- Satellite Magazine
As industry players Planet (formerly Planet Labs) and Skybox prep for a merger, MaintainPR client Astro Digital speaks with Via Satellite on what it means.
A Startup Perspective: Potential Impact of the Skybox, Planet Merger -- By Juliet Van Wagenen
Taylor Majewski at Built in New York recently polled top female tech leaders in NYC for their Winter reading recommends.
Check out Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis, which is a fav from MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy's Shanna Gregory.
Shanna is the dean of the Grace Hopper Program, a tuition deferred immersive software engineering school offered by Fullstack Academy. With over 4 years of experience in the coding education industry, Shanna oversees all operations and partnerships, while working hands-on with Grace Hopper graduates on employment after completing the program.
Selected (a platform and matching engine based on the NYC School Survey (completed annually by nearly 1 million teachers, students, parents, and administrators), to uncover those schools that best fit teachers) has been funded by Fullstack Academy!
This is one of the first investments from Fullstack Fund. Read more on TechCrunch, Education Week and EdSurge below:
"Selected Receives Seed Funding" -- Education Week
MaintainPR client Spark Labs is a coworking solution that will help you scale your business in the U.S. market.
Founded by Christophe Garnier, a seasoned French entrepreneur with 17 years of U.S. tech experience and two successful ventures under his belt, the team recently announced the successful expansion to a second space in midtown/Bryant Park.
The difference you get with Spark Labs as an entrepreneur is the support infrastructure and global network of more than 30 innovative tech spaces across the world. The collaborative ecosystem assists local and global startups currently operating outside NYC to scale and make their mark on the east coast of the U.S.
Read more about the second space and successful business model supporting global entrepreneurs coming the the States!
With a Second Coworking Space, Spark Labs Continues to Scale -- NY Biz Journal
Group love: Co-working offices flourish across town -- New York Post
MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy continues to impress students and grads with their rigorous curriculum and high placement rates.
Check out these recent placements in Chicago Tribune, BuiltInNYC:
Could coding boot camps see stricter standards? -- Chicago Tribune
For women in tech, New York City is calling -- Built In NYC
MaintainPR client Arago (www.arago.co) has been in the AI game since the 90s. They are a leading artificial intelligence company that helps businesses automate their IT processes through intelligent automation.
Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Arago dropped a bombshell: their proprietary AI platform HIRO, which uses reasoning and a knowledge-based problem-solving engine optimized by machine learning to deliver cutting-edge enterprise IT automation solutions to clients worldwide, is already beating human players at FreeCiv.
It's a huge accomplishment for a smaller company (Google's DeepMind, with much more resource, only just start accessing APIs to play Starcraft II) and some of the world's biggest AI players, like Facebook, said it couldn't be done at all!
For more details, check out the press release and coverage from TechCrunch's Darrel Etherington as well as IDG Paris bureau chief Peter Sayer. Both are Civ players themselves that never got close to even beating the game's built in AI!
Not many folks in tech or startups are familiar with programming pioneer (and namesake for the Fullstack Academy Grace Hopper program) Grace Hopper.
Check out this profile which features info on both by Salvador Rodriguez in Inc. to get acquainted!
PC Magazine author Will Fenton recently took a closer look at both Grace Hopper Academy (tuition deferred coding education for women) and Fullstack's new Remote Immersive program which enables anyone to become a software developer anywhere in 17 weeks. Have a look at both deep dives below.
The Verge team has been looking for a good remote control that can "control anything you might have today and anything you might buy in the future."
With a 7.5 score the Ray Super Remote is on the shortlist! Have a look here.
Fullstack Academy (http://www.fullstackacademy.com/) co-founders David Yang (formerly Gilt Groupe, Recycle Bank) and Nimit Maru know a thing or two about startup ideas and how to see ideation through with proper development.
After graduating from Y Combinator, the two have grown NY/Chicago based Fullstack Academy into the world's top coding school.
Today they have announced Fullstack Fund provide seed funding for its graduates to launch their own startups. Each admitted startup will work full-time for 8 weeks on the NYC Fullstack Academy campus, with the goal of securing another round of funding after the program -- by getting accepted into a top accelerator like Y Combinator, raising an angel round, or figuring out how to bootstrap its growth.
Read more about the Fullstack Fund in TechCrunch, Inc., Tech.co and many more to come!
Astro Digital (www.astrodigital.com) is enabling big data analytics from space. The team (based in NASA's Moffett Field) monitor Earth from space through open data and their constellation of multi-spectral satellites, providing software for imagery analysis and distribution. It's all about faster monitoring of commercially active land use to model global change and analyze local activity.
Astro Digital was recently featured prominently in a print (and web) piece on "supersmart" nanosats in the prestigious New Scientist after an intro pitch via MaintainPR to science write Hal Hodson (London and SF).
Check out the piece here:
"Supersmart satellites reveal crops and fields like never before" -- New Scientist
This year's LDV Vision Summit, produced annually in New York by serial investor and photo fanatic Evan Nisselson, covered everything from 3D imaging and VR to deep learning and Facebook Live. We all came away convinced that The Internet of Eyes is coming and it's an important area that all of us — creatives, engineers, marketers, and investors — should be keeping an "eye" (pun intended) on.
MaintainPR is agency of record for LDV Vision Summit and has managed media relations since the inaugural event in 2013.
With speakers like Bijan Sabet (Spark Capital); Patricia Hadden (NBCUniversal Media, SVP of Marketing), Jason Rosenthal, (Lytro, CEO), Yuanzhen Lim (VSCO Director of Engineering, Sold Moving Sciences); Nicolas Steegmann (GoPro Software Engineering Sr. Director. Sold Stupefix), Larry Zitnick, (Facebook AI Research Lead) we have a blast each time and learn a ton.
Check out some of the selected media coverage in The Next Web, TechCrunch and more below.
"Why image recognition is about to transform business" -- TechCrunch
"It’s coming! The Internet of Eyes will allow objects to See" -- The Next Web
"Facebook Is Trying to Figure Out How to Automatically Detect Mirror Selfies" -- VICE Motherboard
"Could Blockchains Solve The Web's Image Attribution Problem?" -- Fast Co.
"You need to be thinking about computer vision" -- Venturebeat
Spark Labs (http://spark-labs.co/) is a coworking ecosystem and U.S. expansion hub to fast track startups coming from Europe to the United States.
Founder Christophe Garnier (prev Totsy $23.5M funding) has carefully curated a selection of contacts forming an ecosystem for global tech (with an eye on what's new in Europe) and helped companies such as expand their innovative tech to the States.
Read more about Spark Labs in this extensive piece on NY coworking by Crain's NY Matthew Flamm.
"Is the co-working boom creating the next real estate bubble?" -- Crains NY