Learn to code

30+ online resources where you can learn to program websites, games and apps

As the ability to build sites and apps becomes more in demand, technical skills are no longer just for IT professionals. If you’re interested in learning to code, these 30+ sites offer online classes and step-by-step tutorials that take different approaches to programming instruction. One of them is bound to be the perfect fit for your budget, interests and level of coding experience.

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Verizon to Award $6M to Innovators to Change the World

Verizon Powerful Answers Award

Verizon Powerful Answers Award

Verizon is looking for innovators to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Encouraging developers and entrepreneurs from around the world to leverage Verizon’s cloud, broadband and wireless networks to deliver social good, the company is offering $6 million in awards for solutions in the following categories: Read more

Pipeline Fellowship Opens Call for Applications for Fall 2014 Programs

In 2013, only 19% of U.S. angel investors were women and only 4% were minorities, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.

Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Since its April 2011 launch, Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp has trained over eighty women, who have committed more than US$400K in investment, and has expanded from New York City to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.. Read more

Google admits to lack of workforce diversity

Google has released its workplace diversity statistics for the first time, and the results are unsurprising.

In a recent blog post titled “Getting to work on diversity at Google,” the company revealed that most of its employees are white males. Women make up only 30% of workforce at the company and they represent only 17% of its tech workers. African-Americans and Hispanics only comprised 1 and 2% of Google’s tech employees, respectively. Google’s leadership is even more skewed toward men, who make up 79% of that group.

Without further ado, click here to learn more about Google’s workforce demographics.

In the blog post, Google senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, admitted the company had been reluctant to publish information about the diversity of their workforce, but now “it’s time to be candid about the issues.” He writes: “Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.” Read more

Steven Otu | Digital Diversity: Episode 3

In this episode of Digital Diversity, we’re talking with Steven Otu, a young serial entrepreneur with a passion for start-ups and the impact they have on the world. Steven is a Co-Founder of Distribb and iFundie.com.

Ready to learn how Steven launched his first two businesses? Tune in to our conversation to find out:

  1. Get tips for generating business ideas and identifying opportunities
  2. Get the scoop on how to make and market your first product
  3. Learn how to build your network to build your business

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Clyde Anderson | Digital Diversity: Episode 2

Clyde Anderson and Lauren Thomas on the set of Digital Diversity // Photo Credit: Dimitri Crowder Photography

In this episode of Digital Diversity, we’re talking with Financial Lifestyle Coach Clyde Anderson. He’s a nationally acclaimed speaker, commentator, consultant, author, blogger and trainer covering topics from the state of the housing market to blueprints for financial success. He uses traditional media and social media to encourage, inspire and uplift his audience. In fact, Clyde has appeared on CNN over 400 times!

Want a few of Clyde’s tips for moving to the next level in your life? Tune in to our conversation to find out:

  1. Get inside secrets on how Clyde built an audience of over 19,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter
  2. Learn when to start charging for that free advice you’ve been giving away
  3. Find out new ideas on when and how to start building teams to support your dreams
  4. Get tips for getting your money right

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Clyde Anderson on Following Your Dreams

Following your own path in life or in business is always comes with ups and downs. What happens when you run out of money? What happens when people lose patience with your pursuit of happiness? How long is too long when it comes to following your dreams?

When I spoke with Financial Lifestyle Coach Clyde Anderson, we talked about the challenge of rolling through the tough times and the importance of getting started on your journey instead of “waiting on that one perfect moment.” (Newsflash: there’s never going to be a perfect moment!)

Check out the video above for a sneak peek at my conversation with Clyde.

Natural Chica | Digital Diversity: Episode 1

In the premiere episode of Digital Diversity, we’re talking with Maeling Tapp, the fabulous natural hair blogger/vlogger known online as Natural Chica. She started her blog in 2009 as a way of documenting her transition from relaxed to natural hair. Since then the site has blossomed into a place where she shares tips & video tutorials to help others with their natural hair journeys.

Mae has built an audience of over 130,000 YouTube subscribers, over 90,000 Facebook fans, over 30,000 Twitter followers and a community of loyal readers. Along the way, she’s the been featured in The New York Times, NPR and EssenceEbony highlighted her a “natural hair blogger you should know.”  On top of that, she’s pursuing a pursuing a PhD in materials engineering and she’s a newlywed!

So how does she do it? Tune in to our conversation to find out:

  1. How Natural Chica launched her blog
  2. Tactics for “crowdsourcing” content
  3. Tips for getting started on YouTube
  4. Encouragement for finding you voice to stand out in a crowded (digital) space
  5. Advice for moving past your fear to follow your dreams
  6. How to leverage relationships to build your own blog or brand

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Natural Chica on leveraging relationships to build her brand

It was so exciting to sit down with the fabulous Natural Hair Blogger/Vlogger Natural Chica to learn more about how she got started and how she built an audience of over 130,000 YouTube subscribers. Check out the video for three of her tips for leveraging relationships to build your brand.

Natural Chica on Finding Your Voice

Natural Chica and Lauren Thomas on the Set of Digital Diversity, Photo Credit: Dimitri Crowder

Fear can hold us back in so many areas of our lives. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of rejection. Fear of abandonment. Fear of not being “good enough”. Fear of not living up to our own expectations – or someone else’s. So many of us walk around with lists of fears that are too long to count. And it can stop us in our tracks. The challenge is that you have to move past your fear to do anything great. Let’s face it: there are times when you have to step out of fear to do anything at all!

When I sat down with the fabulous Natural Hair and Beauty Blogger/Vlogger Natural Chica, she shared her insights on fear and gave us some encouragement for moving past it.

So what are you waiting for? What’s one thing you have been putting off, or avoiding or denying yourself? Whether your thing is landing a new job, starting a side hustle, asking that special someone on a date, or something else…  It’s time to take another baby step in the direction of your dreams.

Digital Diversity Trailer

The first episode of Digital Diversity will launch next Wednesday, September 18!

The goal of Digital Diversity is to provide an online destination for anyone who is interested in leveraging digital media to build a personal brand or launch a business. We’ll be featuring interviews with a diverse group of movers and shakers in this space, including some of your favorite bloggers, vloggers and mobile app developers. Our guests will share their personal experiences and provide action steps and resources to help you find your voice, develop new skills and turn your passions into profits. Stay tuned for interviews with:

Click here for a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur [Infographic]

Once upon a time, long-term employment was the safe road on the career journey. The go-to life plan was to get out of college and land a great job where you’d be set for the rest of your working life. Times have changed! These days, you need to have an entrepreneurial spirit and skill set to stay competitive.

Companies are spending less time and money investing in their employees so you have to invest in yourself. Jobs openings are incredibly competitive so you have to brand yourself to stand out.

Consultants and freelancers are cheaper to hire than full-time employees with benefits. Technical jobs like software development are being outsourced overseas for a fraction of what they cost in the U.S. and robots are taking over the world (of manual labor). This infographic from San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders explores the shift from employment to entrepreneurship and highlights why “Everyone Will Become an Entrepreneur”.