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Bird Buddy, code, the kid years, and creativity

In this newsletter I talk about (1) the recent Ventures episode on the Bird Buddy story, (2) updates to the learn to code series, and (3) correlation between the early ages of life and the expression of creativity.

The Bird Buddy story, raising over $2m on Kickstarter, and growing an IoT company :: with Franci Zidar and Kyle Buzzard

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Franci Zidar (https://mybirdbuddy.com) and Kyle Buzzard (https://protaventures.com) discuss the Bird Buddy story from an idea to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Bird Buddy is a smart bird feeder that notifies users of visiting birds with a live stream and AI-assisted photo capturing features. We discuss many aspects of the story to date, including early validation work, design interactions, and the incorporation of feedback from interested customers. We also dive into practical advice for aspiring hardware/IoT entrepreneurs considering a Kickstarter campaign as part of their marketing strategy.

Course update Dec 13, 2020: Learning to code (plus, office hours / class session **this Thursday** Dec 17)

A quick update about some questions and answers that I have been discussing recently with students.

Web development, rockets, startups, and noninertial reference frames

In this newsletter I talk about my podcast episode on web development and thoughts on the analogy of startups as rockets.

Web development for startups vs. enterprises, StimulusReflex vs. React, and New Magic with Ruby on Rails :: with Joe Clarke and David Parrott

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Joe Clarke (TaskBill.io) and David Parrott (ProtaVentures.com) and I dive deep into the world of web development. We discuss its history over the past few decades, languages and frameworks, tools for entrepreneurs, tips for those learning to code, and thoughts about the upcoming “New Magic” from the Rails and Basecamp communities.

Design, the future of work, and learning to code over the holidays

Is this newsletter I talk about my podcast with Joel Fariss, and the 7 posts I published over the weekend helping students learn to code.

Design, innovation, work, and the future of humanity :: with Joel Fariss

In this episode, Joel Fariss - a design research and strategic futures associate at Gensler (https://www.linkedin.com/in/joelfariss/) - and I discuss the nuances of the word “design” in light of 2020 and the future of work and innovation. Based on his experience at Gensler and in the nonprofit world, we dive into the connection between design and value for humanity, the need for time and space for humans to innovate, and the role of grief to create a more equitable work environment.

Redux, Rails, and ActionCable :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 7 of 10

This post is part 7 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll dive even further into Redux by wiring it up with ActionCable from Rails.

Sending form data with Redux and React :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 6 of 10

This post is part 6 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll dive even further into Redux and React, which we introduced in part 5.

Redux and React :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 5 of 10

This post is part 5 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll begin diving into Redux and React.

Stimulus.js, StimulusReflex, and CableReady :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 4 of 10

This post is part 4 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here, we’ll dive into Stimulus.js and StimulusReflex with CableReady.

JavaScript and Ruby on Rails :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 3 of 10

This post is part 3 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll dive into JavaScript and introduce Ruby on Rails models, migrations, and PostgreSQL.

Shell Scripting and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 2 of 10

This post is part 2 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll dive into Shell Scripting and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs with Rails, React, and Turbo :: Part 1 of 10

This article kicks off a 10-part series of “Hello World” tutorials to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. We’ll move quickly through the basics of code for web browsers (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), Git, Shell scripting, Ruby on Rails (routes, controllers, models, views, and partials), Stimulus/StimulusReflex, Redux/React, Hotwire, and testing/linting in Ruby and JavaScript.

Innovation in media, landing livable wage jobs, private commenting in Satchel, and prep work for learning to code

In this newsletter I talk about my podcast with Omari, our joint venture to help people of color land jobs, a private commenting experience on Satchel I built this past weekend, and CSS/JS assignments for students learning to code.