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Loren Feldman on Jan 29, 2015 10:34AM

Thursday's Entrepreneurial Briefs: What It's Like Staying in Silicon Valley's 'Hotel 22'

Today's quick scan of essential reading for business owners, including why GoDaddy pulled its Super Bowl ad and how London is becoming Europe's Silicon Valley.

Robert W. Wood on Jan 30, 2015 12:07AM

Senators Blast IRS Commissioner Over Waste, Bonuses, Bad Service, More

As the 2015 tax filing season gets underway, Senators place the blame with the IRS, not Congress. Meantime, Obamacare requires extra filing attention.

Robert W. Wood on Jan 29, 2015 11:26PM

Tax Deductible Work Clothes? Yes For Lady Gaga, But Not For You

If you buy a wardrobe for work, isn't it a business expense you can write off on your taxes? It may depend on how unique you look, and who looks more unique than Lady Gaga?

Heng Shao on Jan 29, 2015 09:30PM

What Happens When A Chinese Tycoon Stands Up Against The Government?

In a country where political power easily makes or breaks a company, it is rare to see a private-sector business at loggerheads with a state-level government entity. That’s why the latest brawl between Alibaba, which is China’s biggest e-commerce company and is run by the country’s second richest person, and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce well deserves the intense spotlights that it’s getting.

Stephanie Burns on Jan 29, 2015 07:54PM

Why Women Are Choosing Coding Bootcamps

My new husband and I got off the plane in Bali, super excited to get our honeymoon started. Our driver picked us up and drove us straight to the co-working space, Hubud, where I was to begin learning the programming language Ruby On Rails. I have been accepted into the Ruby On The Beach program in Ubud, Bali - and it started a few days after we got married. After some I do’s and a quick kiss, we were on a plane to Indonesia. The first day of class, I was pleasantly surprised that out of the 10 students, 4 were women. Kintan from Jakarta, Mona from Ubud, and Jenny from Manchester. We had a great first day getting to know each other and at lunch, I turned and asked Jenny to tell me about herself. Jenny just graduated with her BA and MA in History.  “History!?!” I said, I’m sure looking shocked. “That’s awesome! What made you decide to learn coding with a background in History?”  Jenny Ho went on to tell me that she was hoping to bridge the gap between history and tech - she loved them both and thinks that the field of history could use some tech updating. I thought that was a great idea and we dug in a bit deeper. Why she chose the bootcamp route was what intrigued me most. “My dad really wanted me to go into Computer Science, but it was such a heavily male-dominated environment, that I decided to take another route.”  A self-proclaimed amateur programmer, Jenny has been dabbling in building websites since she was 15, so her interest in the subject matter is great.  "I chose to go the bootcamp route because it’s a better fit for me right now. The short-term immersive experience helps me to actually learn and retain information. If I had to do this in one year, I would probably procrastinate for 9 months. The bootcamp works out cheaper than a degree. It’s easier to save for living expenses for 3 months rather than to save for a year or more. I looked at quite a few bootcamps before I settled on Ruby on the Beach as my ideal bootcamp.” she said.  Turns out, the rapid learning immersive environment is what appeals to most women.  Jessica Weinberg, graduate of FullStack Academy and now employed at TimeHop said, "It was the only alternative for me after graduating with a 4 year degree in Communications. The first computer science course I tried to take in college was very intimidating. The teacher started the first day by saying that he was going to skip over a lot of fundamentals because we probably already knew them. I also wasn't sure what I wanted to do in general so it felt like a very big commitment to go through with a major without being completely sure that it was something I wanted to do. It wasn't until I was able to start building things and felt comfortable that I really felt like this was a career I wanted to pursue.” Laura Mead, Dev Bootcamp graduate and now Salesforce employee said "I knew I wasn't wasting my time.  I'd been to a 4-year university, and while it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, I knew that not every class was applicable to an English career.  While I majored in a useful degree (there's nothing wrong with learning how to speak and write eloquently!), I don't diagram sentences ever.  Which leaves me to believe that while CS degrees are valuable, there are classes and concepts you're just never going to come across in real life.  So why waste your time?  With DBC, I knew I was getting to the core of what I would be using every day as a developer.  And after a year and three months in the business, I can say that I use my skills every day.” 



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