Patrick Thompson, 25, was working minimum-wage jobs at Costco and the post office when he stumbled across a YouTube video about a nine-month online coding school that didn’t charge tuition. Instead, Lambda School students would pay 17% of their income over two years, capped at $30,000. “It sounded really good but also like a scam, maybe too good to be true,” said the San Jose resident, a single dad of two. But after researching Lambda, it seemed legitimate, so he enrolled last summer. During the program’s second half, Thompson worked closely with a career counselor and started sending out several job applications a day. By the time he graduated last month, he’d applied to 532 companies, gotten 40 interviews, landed 32 second interviews — and had four job offers. He will start this month as a software engineer at Sustainable Capital Finance in San Jose, making $110,000 a year. “That salary is bit of a leap from $20,000 a year,” he said … [Read more...] about This coding boot camp is free — as long as you pay later
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Paige Leskin, provided by Published 8:34 pm EDT, Thursday, March 21, 2019 Silicon Valley investors are known for their business savvy, but not necessarily their fashion sense. A new site, called VC Starter Kit, lampoons what's seen as the tech investor uniform: You can buy a Patagonia sweater, Allbirds sneakers, and a handful of other stereotypically VC accessories like a Tesla keychain, all in a bundle. The website says all profits from starter kit purchases will be donated to AllRaise, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more diversity into startup founders and investors. It's not known who made the site, or even if it's actually for real, so buyer beware. The best venture capitalists are known for their ability to look at all the very many tech startups out there and pick out winners like Facebook or Uber. They are not necessarily known for their unique fashion sense. Enter VC Starter Pack, a gentle satire that lets you buy a bundle that includes two of the … [Read more...] about Someone is selling a Silicon Valley investor ‘starter kit’ as a joke about how venture capitalists all dress the same
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: November 15, 2018 at 11:18 am | UPDATED: November 15, 2018 at 11:23 am Using artificial intelligence and their own smarts, two Cupertino teens are working on identifying and predicting areas in a forest that are ripe for wildfires, with the hopes of providing early warnings to fire agencies. The Smart Wildfire Sensor device by the Monta Vista High School seniors has gotten the attention of Google, and the students have submitted it to Cal Fire for review. “Our device is unique,” Sanjana Shah said Wednesday. “It combines weather data with real-time classification to predict wildfire.” She and Aditya Shah (no relation, except that they’re schoolmates), both 17 years old, have been working on the device for the past year-and-a-half. CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Pictured is Smart Wildfire Sensor, a device that could help firefighters accurately … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley teens create smart wildfire sensor, get Google’s attention
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group October 8, 2018 at 6:00 am OAKLAND – Some of the proud Warriors players danced in the streets without their shirts. Warriors second-year forward Jordan Bell chugged a bottle of Hennessy. So did Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who also sprayed champagne on Warriors fans along the parade route. The Warriors felt intoxicated with championship euphoria and alcohol as they hopped on and off the bus during their championship parade in June. Well, most of them. When Warriors general manager Bob Myers sat on the bus and stared at the crowd of fans cheering at every turn, he did not think of the team’s third NBA title in the past four years. Instead, he became worried about returning to the Warriors’ practice facility in time to see rookie Jacob Evans in a pre-draft workout later that afternoon. “Your mind can’t be out there with a bottle of Hennessy when you have a draft … [Read more...] about How long do Warriors enjoy NBA championship before preparing for next season?
In May 2001 a middle-aged woman named Sharon visited her oncologist for what she thought could be her final appointment. Two months earlier, Sharon had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and her condition was already well beyond dire. Her liver was riddled with metastases, a massive tumor was slowly collapsing her left lung, and fluid was pooling in the pleural cavity of her chest. Doctors didn’t expect her to live more than a few weeks. At the time, metastatic melanoma was a death sentence. When melanoma is localized—known as stage 0 or stage 1—it is threatening but easily cured with surgery. But when the disease spreads and finds a home in other organs, it transforms into a brutal killer, resistant to radiation, chemotherapy, and, until recently, everything else doctors had devised. When Sharon was diagnosed, just two drugs had ever received FDA approval to treat her stage-4 disease: a chemotherapeutic agent that had never shown a survival benefit and an … [Read more...] about The Iconoclast