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Astro Digital Featured in Wired

Ryan Sommer

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.

The Race to Rule the High-Flying Business of Satellite Imagery -- Wired

Fullstack in Chicago Tribune on Coding School Transparency

Ryan Sommer

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.

Do coding boot camps measure up? These groups want to help you find out -- Chicago Tribune

Fullstack Academy on Why NYC

Ryan Sommer

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

4 founders weigh in on why choosing NYC over the Valley, or any other tech hub, was best for their startups -- Built in NYC

Fullstack Founder Joins Jewelbots and Coder Foundry for Discussion on Future of Coding

Ryan Sommer

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 Expansion Platform Featured in Forbes

Ryan Sommer

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:

New Co-Working Outfit Seeks To Upgrade Cookie-Cutter Desks To Work Communities -- Forbes

Grace Hopper Dean Cited in Newsweek

Ryan Sommer

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:


Astro Digital - Kongsberg Satellite Partnership in Satellite Magazine

Ryan Sommer

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

Grace Hopper Dean Cited in Built in New York

Ryan Sommer

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.

Fullstack Academy Funds NY Teacher Matching Platform: Selected

Ryan Sommer

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:

"Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups" -- TechCrunch

"Selected Receives Seed Funding" -- Education Week

"Fullstack Academy Invests $20K in Alumni Startup Aiming to Match Teachers with Jobs" -- EdSurge

Spark Labs Expands to Bryant Park

Ryan Sommer

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

Spark Labs in NYC is the Coworking Space That Will Boost Your Business -- AlleyWatch

Group love: Co-working offices flourish across town -- New York Post

Fullstack Academy in the News

Ryan Sommer

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


Arago Drops AI Bomb on TechCrunch Disrupt London

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Arago ( 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!

Arago’s AI can now beat some human players at complex civ strategy games -- TechCrunch

Arago teaches an AI to play games, the better to manage IT systems -- PC World

Watch Arago’s HIRO Beat Out Human Gamers in Freeciv -- Futurism


Ryan Sommer

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.

"Inside Grace Hopper Academy, a Coding Boot Camp for Women"
"The Promise of Fullstack's Pricey But Intriguing Online Coding Program"

Fullstack Academy is Open in Chicago

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy has acquired The Starter League, the original coding bootcamp, and is opening its newest campus in Chicago. This new location will provide the same cutting-edge, immersive, JavaScript-oriented education as Fullstack Academy’s main campus in New York City.

Check out the coverage around this important East Coast partnership:

Fullstack acquires Chicago's Starter League coding school -- Chicago Tribune

Fullstack Academy—whose grads land at Facebook and Google—acquires Chicago coding school pioneer -- Chicago Biz Journal

The Starter League just got acquired by New York's Fullstack Academy -- BuiltInChicago

Starter League code school acquired by Fullstack -- Crain's Chicago

Coding Bootcamp, The Starter League, Acquired by Fullstack Academy -- EdSurge

The Starter League, One of the First Code Bootcamps, Acquired By Fullstack Academy -- ChicagoInno

Lutebox Announces Seed Funding/BETA Launch from Le Web London


MaintainPR client Lutebox, a new and pioneering social mall where you can shop together with family and friends while videochatting, announced their seed round and a major strategy pivot today from Le Web London.

Starting today, people can browse for top brands at leading retailers such as M&S, Bhs, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Debenhams, view content together, get instant feedback and have live discussions, all while socializing with friends at the same time. It's all done through a proprietary video chat within the Lutebox platform, and coverage on this new methodology for shopping online certainly got people talking.

Bobbie Johnson from GigaOm posted his thoughts in between curating on stage at the event, and BetaKit has also weighed in, stating "merchants are obviously excited about the idea, since it provides another opportunity for them to market their wares without any real risk."

Congrats on the successful BETA guys!

ViewsOnYou in Job Searching


ViewsOnYou have an exciting product proposition for our times -- where social media has truly reached its tipping point, and Facebook continues to dominate all facets of life online.

The site and Facebook app allow you to set up a 360 review and profile from crowdsourcing your peers. You can then match your "soft skills" against the growing database of companies to see your best fit in the workplace.

Alison Doyle, career expert for, took the site for a spin and did this write up, stating: "by matching you personality with that of other companies, you can more easily decide which jobs to apply for -- and which don't seem to be a good fit for you."

Click here to see the full article.